Monday, November 10, 2014

USCIRF Issues Report On Burma As Obama Visit Approaches

In advance of President Obama's trip to Burma (Myanmar) later this week, the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom issued a report titled Burma: Religious Freedom and Related Human Rights Violations are Hindering Broader Reforms.  In a Nov. 6 press release summarizing the Report, USCIRF said in part:
USCIRF focused on four key issues in its mission: discrimination and horrible abuses against Rohingya Muslims; broader patterns of intolerance against Muslims driven by bigotry and chauvinism among religious and political figures that also impact all other minority religious communities in Burma; laws, policies and proposed legislation that entrench multiple forms of discrimination; and deprivation of citizenship to Rohingya Muslims and prejudicial practices in the issuance of identification documents to all Muslims.