Monday 14 October 2019

Burma puts two-child limit on Muslims

Didi Tang

Authorities in Burma's Rakhine state have imposed a two-child limit for Muslim Rohingya families, a policy that does not apply to Buddhists in the area and comes amid accusations of ethnic cleansing in the aftermath of sectarian violence.

Local officials said yesterday that the new measure would be applied to two Rakhine townships that border Bangladesh and have the highest Muslim populations in the state. The townships are about 95 per cent Muslim.

The unusual order makes Burma the only country in the world to impose such a restriction on a religious group, and is likely to fuel further criticism that Muslims are being discriminated against in the Buddhist-majority country.

China has a one-child policy, but it is not based on religion and exceptions apply to minority ethnic groups. India briefly had forced sterilisation of men in the mid-1970s but a nationwide outcry quickly shut down the programme.

Irish Independent

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