Burmese Buddhist monks rally on the streets of Mandalay on Sunday, September 2, 2012 as they support the country’s president, Thein Sein, who has called for the deportation of members of the Muslim minority Rohingyas, who live in Rakhine State. Photo: AFP Source.
Myanmar is set to adopt marriage laws that rights groups fear will trample women’s rights and fuel religious discrimination.
A group of ultranationalist Buddhist monks, known as Mabatha, have spearheaded a campaign to require Buddhist women to seek permission to marry men of other religions.
The monks – who have been accused of inspiring sectarian violence against non-Buddhists, particularly Arakan (Rohingya) Muslims – claim interfaith marriage leads to forced conversions and is eroding Myanmar’s national identity, which many people consider deeply entwined with Buddhist faith.
The package of laws has been approved by President Thein Sein and is due to be debated by parliament next month.
No fair! Discrimination! Women’s rights! Only Muslims are permitted to have such requirements.