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Ethnic Organizations Set Aside Census Concerns

28 February 2014

Representatives of 10 ethnic organizations have told Burma’s Immigration Minister Khin Yi that they will no longer insist that the government scrap an official listing of 135 distinct ethnic groups in the country ahead of a national census to be conducted next month, reports DVB. The groups had previously warned that including the categories risked causing discord, and should therefore be dropped. Now, however, they say that changes to the roster can wait until after the census is completed. According to Salai Izak Khin of the Chin National Action Committee on the Census, the ethnic representatives and the minister agreed to form post-census committees to rework the list of ethnic identities. The census will be conducted from March 30 to April 10.