U.S. Urges Myanmar To End Two-Child Policy Imposed On Muslim Minority

Yangon, Shwedagon Pagoda Photo by: Christoph Mohr/picture-alliance/dpa/AP Images
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WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. is calling on the government of Myanmar to stop the imposition of a two-child limit on a Muslim minority group that has been targeted in bloody communal unrest.

State Department spokesman Patrick Ventrell said Tuesday the U.S. is deeply concerned about reports that authorities in two townships of western Rakhine State plan to enforce the limit on minority Rohingyas.

Ventrell says the U.S. opposes coercive birth limitation policies, and urges Myanmar, in his words, “to eliminate all such policies without delay.”

Opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi and Islamic leaders have also expressed their dismay. Myanmar has been accused of discriminating against Muslims.

The Buddhist-majority country is also known as Burma.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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