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Myanmar's Aung San Suu Kyi opposes interfaith marriage proposal

Yangon - Myanmar democracy champion Aung San Suu Kyi on Friday slammed a draft proposal restricting interfaith marriage advocated by an extremist Buddhist monk.

"You can not treat women unfairly like that," Suu Kyi said. "This is a violation of women’s and human rights," she said.

The influential Mandalay-based Buddhist monk Wirathu, who earlier this year launched the 969 movement calling on Buddhists to boycott Muslim-owned shops, is to hold a meeting of monks on June 27 to gather support for his proposed legislation on interfaith marriage.

He is also trying to collect 300,000 signatures to support his draft law, which he hopes to submit to parliament.

The law would require any Buddhist woman seeking to marry a Muslim to first gain permission from her parents and local government officials, and force any Muslim man marrying a Buddhist to convert to Buddhism, the main religion in Myanmar.

Violators of the law would face up to 10 years in prison and having their property confiscated.

Eight women’s groups came out against the proposed legislation on Monday, labelling it discriminatory.//DPA


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