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One Region in Myanmar Limits Births of Muslims

YANGON, Myanmar — The local authorities in the western state of Rakhine in Myanmar 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 during earlier sectarian violence.

Officials said Saturday that the new measure would be applied to two Rakhine townships that border Bangladesh and that have the highest Muslim populations in the state.

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

In a recent meeting with President Thein Sein, President Obama mixed praise for the country’s rapid pace toward democracy with a warning that violence against Muslims “needs to stop.”

It was unclear how the local government would enforce the rule, and the announcement could be as much about playing to the country’s Buddhist majority as about actual policy. It was also unclear what effect the new limits would have; there have already been restrictions on Rohingyas marrying, which analysts said were meant to decrease the birthrate.

A spokesman for Rakhine State, Win Myaing, said the new program was meant to stem rapid population growth in the Muslim community, which a government-appointed commission identified as one of the causes of the sectarian violence.

Although Muslims are the majority in the two townships in which the new policy applies, they account for only about 4 percent of Myanmar’s roughly 60 million people. The measure was enacted a week ago, after the commission recommended family planning programs to stem population growth among Muslims, Mr. Win Myaing said. “Overpopulation is one of the causes of tension,” he said.

The policy will not apply yet to other parts of Rakhine State, which have smaller Muslim populations. The central government has not made any statement about the two-child policy, which was introduced at a local level. Calls seeking comment on Saturday from two government spokesmen were not immediately returned, but an official with Rakhine State, Myo Than, said all local policies require “consent from the central government.”

A new wave of sectarian violence in Myanmar first flared nearly a year ago in Rakhine State between the region’s Rakhine Buddhists and Muslim Rohingya. Mobs of Buddhists armed with machetes razed thousands of Muslim homes, leaving hundreds of people dead and forcing 125,000 to flee, mostly Muslims.

Human Rights Watch has accused the authorities in Rakhine of fomenting an organized campaign of “ethnic cleansing” against the Rohingya.

Since then, violence against Muslims has erupted in a few other parts of the country. Containing the strife has posed a serious challenge to Mr. Thein Sein’s government as it tries to make democratic reforms. It has also tarnished the image of opposition leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, who has been criticized for failing to speak out strongly in defense of Muslims.

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One way to deal with it I guess?

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It will be interesting.

There is ( and always has been) a lot of dialogue that says multiculturalism/ religion doesn't work.

Almost all military conflicts have been majorly, if not fully, ethnic/racial/religious driven.

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It will be interesting.

There is ( and always has been) a lot of dialogue that says multiculturalism/ religion doesn't work.

Almost all military conflicts have been majorly, if not fully, ethnic/racial/religious driven.
I could be wrong, but I think that race and ethnic issues can be overcome...... its just a matter of getting to know the others perspective.

Religion though, all common sense goes out the window......... It demands no compromise. How can you reason with someone that feels you are evil, and they are 100% right all of the time?

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Limit them, they should just kill them all at birth.

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I could be wrong, but I think that race and ethnic issues can be overcome...... its just a matter of getting to know the others perspective.
Ethnic issues?

Tell that to the Arabs and Africans. Hell even us in the west dont really like eastern bloc white people a lot of the time.

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I could be wrong, but I think that race and ethnic issues can be overcome...... its just a matter of getting to know the others perspective.

Religion though, all common sense goes out the window......... It demands no compromise. How can you reason with someone that feels you are evil, and they are 100% right all of the time?
Ask the native Americans, you still have a few scattered around Canada that weren't killed, right?

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Well Done to Myanmar!

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Re: One Region in Myanmar Limits Births of Muslims

why not just give that limit to everybody? if they truly want to limit the number of children these people are having, they need to have accessible birth control, abortion, and plan B as well as sexual education.

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Ask the native Americans, you still have a few scattered around Canada that weren't killed, right?
What does that have to do with anything? If we treated them any better than you guys did, it wasn't much better. Is that the point you're trying to make?

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