Myanmar accused of bias in population control policy
Human Rights Watch says a two-child limit for minority Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar’s Rakhine state violates human rights and should be revoked.
NOTE: If you are in the business of advocating for a human-rights based approach to as-soon-as-possible global population stabilization and subsequent gradual decline, the following story is, at best, troubling and problematic. Whatever the impetus was for this misguided foray by the Myanmar government, the end result can surely said to be discriminatory and regressive on a number of fronts.
NEW DELHI – A watchdog group Tuesday called on Myanmar’s government to immediately revoke a population-control policy that blocks members of the minority Rohingya Muslim community from having more than two children, saying the newly revived measure is discriminatory, violates human rights and endangers women’s health.
The Rohingya, who account for about 1 million of Myanmar’s 60 million people, are deeply unpopular among the Buddhist majority, who do not consider them citizens even though many Rohingya families have lived in the country for generations.
Last weekend, spokesman Win Myaing of the western state of Rakhine said that the 2005 two-child rule for Rohingya, along with a mid-1990s rule requiring Rohingya couples to obtain permission before marrying, would be enforced in Buthidaung and Maungdaw townships along the Bangladeshi border.
“This is a case of one ethnic group making plans to control the population of another,” said Phil Robertson, deputy Asia director for Human Rights Watch, which issued the report. “This is the worst case of systemic abuse of human rights.”
Sectarian violence between majority ethnic Rakhine Buddhists and the Rohingya killed at least 190 people, mostly Muslims, last year and left tens of thousands in settlement camps after their wooden houses were burned or otherwise destroyed. Neither Myanmar, also known as Burma, nor neighboring Bangladesh consider the officially stateless Rohingya to be citizens.
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