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Suu Kyi criticises 'two-child policy' for Rohingya Muslims

May 29, 2013

RANGOON, Burma – Opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Monday (May 27th) condemned a decision by local officials in Rakhine to enforce a "two-child policy" on Rohingya Muslims.

Though the measure has been on the books for nearly a decade, officials only recently began enforcing it in areas where they say the high birth rate is fuelling ethnic tension, BBC News reported.

"If true, this is against the law," Suu Kyi said, according to Press Trust of India. "It is discriminatory and also violates human rights."

The policy applies to two Rakhine townships that border Bangladesh and have the highest Muslim populations in the state. The townships, Buthidaung and Maungdaw, are about 95% Muslim.

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