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Bangladesh bans marriages for Rohingya Muslim refugees

Published on Jul 10, 2014 7:53 PM
 
Bangladesh said on Thursday, July 10, 2014 it has barred official marriages between its nationals and Myanmar's Muslim Rohingya refugees, whom it claims are attempting to wed to gain citizenship. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

DHAKA (AFP) - Bangladesh said Thursday it has barred official marriages between its nationals and Myanmar's Muslim Rohingya refugees, whom it claims are attempting to wed to gain citizenship.

Law minister Syed Anisul Haque said he has ordered marriage registrars not to officiate any unions between Bangladeshi nationals and Rohingyas and also between Rohingyas themselves, thousands of whom have fled to Bangladesh.

He said Rohingyas try to use the resulting wedding certificate to gain Bangladeshi passports and other documents, while Rohingyas who marry Bangladeshis could automatically qualify for citizenship.

"By registering their marriage in Bangladesh they try to prove that they're Bangladeshi citizens," he told AFP.

 
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