Elections take place this weekend in Myanmar after decades of military rule.
More than 90 parties are standing in the first national elections since a nominally civilian government took power in the country in 2011.
However the United Nations says persecution of ethnic minorities is a “grave concern”.
New religious laws are said to favour the Buddhist majority, while thousands of Muslims – known as the Rohingya – are denied citizenship and the vote.
The BBC’s Fergal Keane reports from Sittwe.
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