End Discriminatory Two-Child Policy In Myanmar

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Target: President Thein Sein

Goal: End the discriminatory two-child law placed on ethnic Rohingya people.

The government in Myanmar, also known as Burma, must revoke a recent discriminatory policy that restricts Rohingya Muslims to having two children. Sadly, this policy is consistent with the way that the Rohingya population of Myanmar has been treated. The Rohingya are a stateless population that have been routinely diminished by the Buddhist government currently in power. The two-child policy originally began in 2005 but had been repealed until May of this year. This policy must immediately be revoked, as it is a gross violation of international human rights protections. It also poses a serious threat to women’s physical and mental health.

The two-child rule has been enforced alongside other regulations that require Rohingya couples seeking to marry to obtain licenses to do so by giving out bribes to local officials in charge of such matters. Rohingya couples are forced then to wait for periods of up to two years before finally receiving the right from the state to marry. Women are also often forced to undergo pregnancy tests as part of the marriage application process.

In 2012, government security forces, political party officials and even Buddhist monks participated in a campaign of ethnic cleansing against the Rohingya population of Myanmar as well as other Muslims in the country. As of this posting, no arrests have been made for those crimes against humanity. This new two-child policy adds up to another violation of human rights. Sign this petition and demand that the government repeal this action once and for all.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear President Thein Sein,

Your government must immediately revoke the law establishing a two-child limit for ethnic Rohingya in your country. While doing so, your legislative branch should also investigate other discriminatory policies, rules, regulations and laws regarding this Muslim population. Among those policies is the criminalization of abortion.

I also ask that you allow for international aid groups to provide medical services to the Rohingya people, a population that is essentially a refugee group. Your government must also immediately begin investigations into the 2012 murders of Rohingya citizens. These human rights violations go against international law and must be accounted for.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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