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Leaders pan Myanmar’s child limit on Rohingyas

‘ETHNIC CLEANSING’:Aung San Suu Kyi and others said the measure to restrict the birth rate among the Muslim Rohingya minority is discriminatory and illegal

AP, YANGON, Myanmar

Rakhine state spokesman Win Myaing said over the weekend the policy was meant to stem population growth in the Muslim community, which a government-appointed commission last month identified as one of the causes of the sectarian violence. He said authorities have not determined how the measure will be enforced, but it will be mandatory.

“This is the best way to control the population explosion which is a threat to our national identity. If no measure is taken to control the population, there is a danger of losing our own identity,” said Burmese National Affairs Minister for the Yangon Region Zaw Aye Maung, an ethnic Rakhine member of parliament.

He said restricting the number of children in the poorer Muslim community will benefit them because smaller families are better able to feed, clothe and educate their children.

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