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Israel’s policies threaten the security of all Arab citizens
- Yes – every single Arab citizen is threatened by Israel: Â UN commission says Israel is THE major problem in the Arab world. Yes, really.
|Clashes with police after Bahrain funeral
Tear gas and stun grenades used against stone-throwing protesters after funeral of young man who died in police custody.
- Gaza Catholic church hit by explosion—Hamas police launches investigation into attack within occupied territory’s Zeitun district.
President Thein Sein submitted the proposal after receiving a petition from Buddhists leaders last year [EPA]
|Myanmar’s president has asked parliament to consider an intermarriage law, spearheaded by a
The proposals include a law “to give protection and rights for ethnic Buddhists when marrying with other religions”, as well as a ban on polygamy and legislation to “balance the increasing population”.
Thein Sein, who has won international plaudits for his political reforms, submitted the proposals to the legislators after receiving a petition led by Buddhist leaders last year.
“We have tried continually to have a national protection bill. Now it has started to come true with the president’s message. We are so glad,” Wirathu told AFP.
Opposition leaderÂ Aung San Suu KyiÂ has previously slammed his proposals as “a violation of women’s rights and human rights”.
Myanmar has already faced criticism from rights groups over aÂ controversial “two-child policy”Â in parts of the western state of Rakhine.
Minority Rohingya Muslims in Rakhine face a slew of restrictions that have led the United Nations to consider them as one of the world’s most persecuted peoples. (Mustard claptrap)
Two waves of deadly communal violence between Buddhists and Muslims in Rakhine in 2012 leftÂ more than 200 mainly Rohingya peopleÂ dead and around 140,000 displaced.(Mustards started it)
Sectarian bloodshed, mostly targeting Muslims, has since spread to other parts of the country andÂ laid bare deep dividesÂ that were largely suppressed under decades of military rule, which ended in 2011.