Posted by: becketfund | October 27, 2007

Myanmar: Non-Buddhist Burmese Face Difficulties in Obtaining Identity Cards

AsiaNews reports that despite the Burmese junta’s calls for all those living in Myanmar to “register [themselves]”, non-Buddhists have found that the process is substantially more difficult for religious minorities. Muslims, Christians, and animists living in the country find it nearly impossible to obtain identity cards, as they must supply more documents than Buddhists, and often have to resort to paying off officials. Those without an identity card do not have equal access to public health care and will not have the right to vote. See The Becket Fund’s written submission on Burma/Myanmar issued to the UN Human Rights Council in March 2007 here.

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