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MEP Kuki calls for full disclosure before ethnic census data is published
The Burmese Kuki ethnical minorities are being represented by a commission calling on the Burmese authorities to publish the 2014 figures for the 2014 U.S. and international censuses. RIANGOON - A panel that represents the Burmese Kuki ethnical minorities is calling on the Burmese authorities to publish the 2014 U.S. Population Survey information that has been held back so far.
Myanmar Kuki Representative Committee called this weekend for the group, which is not regarded as an "official" race in Burma, to know exactly how many Kuki live in the state. Kuki are not recognised as one of the 135 formal ethnical groups of the land, as established in the 1982 Citizenship Act, a controversial law used as a frame for categorisation in the UN-backed popularensus.
On Wednesday, the board hosted a news briefing on the Myanmar Journalists' Network and issued a six-point declaration welcoming the implementation of the U.S. Population Survey, but recommending full public access to the information gathered in March and April 2014. The Kuki's edition focuses on the numerical keypad 914, which the Burmese authorities called "catch-all" for those who did not recognise themselves as one of Burma's 135 nationalities.
Lhu Kho Pao of the Kuki Commission informed journalists that the Kuki people have been shrinking since Burma's liberation from UK-colonialism: "The Kuki have been the most vulnerable people in Burma: He said that the Kuki people throughout Burma were almost 100,000 people, according to a 1947 UK Federal Election of 1947, but by 1990 the army had only 40,000 Kuki who were regarded as Chin and not as an independent national group.
The use of the 1982 Citizenship Act as a base for the nationality survey is therefore a problem, according to Neh Kho Lala. "Of Burma's 135[official] ethnic groups, some like Ka Thae do not live there, as far as I know, and even if they do there will be very few, so we need to check this list," he said.
The Kuki are mainly living in Chin State, and the Zomi have also found themselves below 914 outside the scope of the citizenship law, although a representative of the group proved to be one of the few successful examples of minority politics in Burma's 8 November parliamentary elections.
The majority of recent figures were published in May last year, although information on race and religiousness was held back, with the administration saying that this information took extra reading to table. Particularly delicate and potentially destabilising detail about the ethnical and religions make up the countrys information is considered a delay in its publication.
Groupings like Kuki would determine their numbers and make them available to the general population when the ethnicality information is published, she added. Almost 100 different ethnical groups were registered under the 914 name, Khine Khine Soe said, and added that her section had finalized the collection of ethnical and religious information and was waiting for permission from the administration to share the information.
Mr Neh Kho Lala said the administration should organise a meet with members of the nearly 100 groups to discuss the issues of these ethnic groups outside the 1982 Citizenship Act. On Wednesday, Lhu Kho Pao admitted that the Chin ethnic group consisted of 53 different sub-groups, but pointed out that the Kuki were not among them.
The system of categorisation did exist despite some formal sub-groups like Khaung Saing, Guite and Thadou who shared a common tongue, a common literary and cultural heritage with the Kuki, he said.