Burma Times Correspondent: November 7, 2015
Despite being full citizens of the country, most Kaman Muslims are not going to vote in solidarity with the Rohingyas.
Unlike the Rohingyas, the Kaman Muslims of Arakan have traditionally been regarded as indigenous to the region. However in recent years their religion have left them open to persecution. In 2012, they were subjected to the same brutal treatment as the Rohingyas with hundreds being possibly exterminated.
Some Kaman Muslims have since been forced to the IDP camps alongside the Rohingyas and subjected to movement restrictions.
Although Kaman Muslims are allowed to vote, many of them say they will not go to the polling stations in solidarity with Rohingya Muslims whose voting rights were cancelled following mass protests by Buddhist nationalists.
The Kamans are also dissappointed by the discrimnation against Muslim candidates throughout the country.