Burma Times Desk Report: July 10, 2015
Human Rights Watch on Wednesday condemned the bill on interfaith marriage saying the government was playing with fire.
“It’s shocking that Burma’s parliament has passed yet another incredibly dangerous law, this time legislating clearly discriminatory provisions targeting the rights of religious minority men and Buddhist women to marry who they wish without interference,” said Phil Robertson, deputy director of Human Rights Watch’s Asia division.
The Buddhist Women’s Special Marriage Bill passed Tuesday effectively bars Buddhist women from marrying men of other religions. The law was passed following campaign by Buddhist nationalist groups who fear that Muslims are converting Buddhist women to Islam.