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Women’s Groups to Campaign Against Interfaith Marriage Draft Law

20 June 2013

Burmese women rights’ groups plan to launch a public campaign to stop a controversial draft law on interfaith marriage. Several groups discussed the Signature Campaign Against the Interfaith Marriage Draft Law and the formation of the Women’s Initiative Network for Peace in Rangoon on Wednesday. “Women would not accept anyone to control them in this democratic society where Burma is moving towards,” said May Si Si Aung, coordinator of Women Organizations Network. Last week, nationalist monk U Wirathu proposed a law that would require Buddhist women seeking to marry Muslim men to gain permission from their parents and authorities. The monk plans to organize a forum on the law on June 27.