Posted by: becketfund | January 9, 2009

Burma: Authorities Proscribe Muslim Residential Worship

CHIANG MAI – Following a diktat to the Christian community against their worship in residential flats, authorities have given a similar warning to leaders of Burma’s Muslim community, Mizzimareported on January 9. Rangoon’s Kyauktada Township Peace and Development Council office summoned Islamic leaders on January 5 and warned them to halt all religious services and the reading of the Quran in residential flats. Thai-based Human Rights Education Institute of Burma (HREIB) Director Aung Myo Min said the position of the government is a clear violation of human rights because the ruling discriminates against a religious minority in Burma. “According to the latest constitution drafted and approved by the SPDC [government], all are equal before the law, irrespective of their race and creed. This is a violation of the fundamental rights of a citizen and moreover is discriminatory against a minority religion.” Burma is signatory to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), which clearly stipulates religious freedom and the right to practice one’s faith.

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