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Proposal to Restrict Marriage on Ethnic, Religious Lines Criticized

14 January 2014

A bid to amend Burmese law to restrict marriages between Burmese Buddhist women and people of different ethnic or religious groups has come in for criticism from women’s rights campaigners, the Myanma Freedom Daily reports. The report said Lower House lawmaker Thein Nyunt will propose a bill that would “restrict marriages upon ethnic lines—and is particularly targeted against ethnic Chinese and Rohingya Muslims” during the new parliamentary session. “A woman can marry whomever she chooses to—it’s no one else’s business,” responded Daw Khun Jar from the Kachin Peace Network, according to the Myanma Freedom Daily.