2013-05-29 17:33:23

San Suu Kyi: criticises family planning discrimination law against minority.

(May 29, 2013) In Myanmar, Opposition leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, has strongly criticized the bill recently introduced in Rakhine State, which imposes a family planning program for the Rohingya people. Accused in the past of failing to defend the Muslim minority, for the first time the Nobel Laureate - on behalf of her party, the National League for Democracy (NLD) - said that if confirmed, the imposed limit of two children is "a flagrant violation of human rights." She added that she was opposed to the entry into force of the controversial law, introduced at first by the previous military junta and confirmed by the authorities of Rakhine "to contain sectarian violence." The bill, which is part of a framework of measures targeted to reign in polygamy and the growth of the minority, will cover the district of Maungdaw, in Rakhine State., which includes the towns of Maungdaw and Buthi-daung. Both are located along the border with Bangladesh, in an area inhabited largely by members of the Rohingya Muslim minority, the only ethnic group to which the "two children law" applies.
Source: Asianews

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