Target: Hsan Sint, Minister of Religion
Goal: Strike down a law that would severely restrict freedom of religion in Burma
A recently proposed law proposed in the Burmese parliament would encourage further repression and violence against Muslims and other religious minorities, and the law would impose restrictions on Burmese citizens who wish to change their religion. Burma has recently been wracked by waves of anti-Muslim violence stoked by the government’s attitude towards religious minorities. This law would certainly cause unrest in the country and is a direct violation of international human rights law. The law must be immediately voted down.
The law states that citizens wishing to change religion must obtain permission from members of local government. Permission slips must be granted by the Ministries of Religion, Education, Immigration and Population and, if applicable, the Ministry of Women’s Affairs. They must also wait for a period of 90 days before permission to switch religions is granted. The religion law would also make it illegal to insult another religion. All of these statutes are illegal under international law.
Recent reports released by human rights organizations have found that the government backs groups responsible for the ‘ethnic cleansing’ of ethnic Rohingya groups and other Muslim minorities. The failure to halt the violence will only lead to more killings and discrimination. Citizens of Burma must be allowed to practice whatever religion they wish, whenever they wish. That is their human right as protected under international law. Sign this petition to urge the Burmese government to oppose the new religion law currently being considered in parliament.
Dear Minister Hsan Sint,
The religion law currently being considered by the parliament is a violation of multiple international human rights laws. It is obvious to the international community that this law is an effort to discriminate against Muslim groups that have long suffered under your government. I ask that your government immediately strike down this law and move to improve the lives of religious minorities in your country.
By doing nothing to stem the tide of discrimination and violence, your government will be at fault for future unrest. More must be done to protect the religious rights of your people. Doing so will be a positive signal to the world that your government is serious in protecting human rights. This will lead to a significant increase in international aid and investment. I urge you to immediately strike down the recently proposed discriminatory law against freedom of religion.
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