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Two-Child Policy Against Rohingya in Force in Arakan District

17 May 2013

Authorities in Arakan State’s Maungdaw district have enforced a ban on Rohingya having more than two children, Eleven Media reported on Friday, quoting a local immigration official. The official said the population of Rohingya, called “Bengali” by the Burmese authorities, in the district was booming and needed to be stymied. The official added that the authorities would inspect the homes of Muslims to make sure the new laws were being followed. It was not clear how the authorities intended to enforce the regulations. Earlier in May the a government commission recommended “family planning” for Rohingya to stop future violence.