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Myanmar President Approves Population Control Health Care Law Amid Concerns Over Potential Reproductive, Human Rights Violations

Associated Press: Myanmar president signs off on contested population law
“Myanmar’s president has signed off on a law requiring some mothers to space their children three years apart despite objections by a visiting senior U.S. diplomat and rights activists, who worry it could be used not only to repress women, but also religious and ethnic minorities. The Population Control Health Care Bill — drafted under pressure from hard-line Buddhist monks with a staunchly anti-Muslim agenda — was passed by parliamentarians last month…” (Win, 5/23).

Wall Street Journal: Myanmar’s New Family Planning Law Seen as Targeted at Rohingya
“…[R]ather than assuaging deep-seated concerns of the Rohingya about their future in Myanmar, the Population Control Health Care Act is raising questions among human rights activists about whether it will be used to limit population growth among Muslim communities — especially the Rohingya…” (Hookway/Mahtani, 5/23).

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