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Myanmar proposes restrictions on religious freedom

Catholic World News - June 11, 2014

The government of Myanmar (Burma) is pondering the approval of legislation that would curtail religious freedom.

The legislation, drafted by a group of Buddhist monks, would require non-Buddhist men to convert to Buddhism before marrying a Buddhist woman.

The proposed legislation would also “require anyone wishing to change their faith to seek permission from a host of local and national government offices and ministries, with a three-month waiting period for a decision to be made,” according to UCA News.

The Southeast Asian nation of 55.2 million is 89% Buddhist, 4% Muslim, 3% Protestant, and 1% Catholic.

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