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article imageCalls for Burma to revoke two-child limit for Rohingya Muslims

By Katerina Nikolas     May 28, 2013 in World
Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi has added her voice to human rights groups calls for Burma to revoke the two-child policy applied to Rohingya Muslims.
In 1994 Burma introduced a regulation limiting the number of children born to minority Rohingya Muslims to two. However, the law has only been brought into enforcement in recent weeks. In addition to limiting the number of legal children, men are only allowed to have one wife and must seek permission to marry.
There are an estimated 800,000 Rohingya living in west Burma. Considered illegal immigrants they have no citizenship rights. Earlier this year a state of emergency was declared as sectarian violence erupted between Muslims and Buddhists.
ABC News reported the two-child policy is not extended to Buddhists, some of whom favour the limit to prevent a population explosion amongst the Rohingya. Authorities have not announced how they intend to enforce the policy, but defend it as a good measure to improve living standards among the Rohingya.
Brad Adams, Asia director at Human Rights Watch, condemned the two-child policy, saying:
“Implementation of this callous and cruel two-child policy against the Rohingya is another example of the systematic and wide ranging persecution of this group, who have recently been the target of an ethnic cleansing campaign."
Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi has added her criticism of the policy, saying: "It is discriminatory and also violates human rights."
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