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Human Rights Watch Calls for Scrapping of Intermarriage Bill

25 March 2014

New York-based advocacy group Human Rights Watch has called on Burma’s government and lawmakers to “reject proposals for discriminatory marriage legislation that would strip Buddhist women of the right to freely choose whom they marry.” The interfaith marriage law was proposed by a group of nationalist Buddhist monks and is currently being considered in Parliament. The law “would violate fundamental rights to liberty and religious belief, and prohibitions against discrimination enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. It would also violate article 16 of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women,” HRW said.