The all new
CBS News App for Android® for iPad® for iPhone®
Fully redesigned. Featuring CBSN, 24/7 live news. Get the App

Burma urged by U.S. to eliminate 2-child policy

Burma opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi reacts to her supporters as she leaves a press conference in Tokyo, April 17, 2013.
Shuji Kajiyama/AP

WASHINGTONThe U.S. is calling on the government of Burma to stop the imposition of a two-child limit on a Muslim minority group that has been targeted in bloody communal unrest.

State Department spokesman Patrick Ventrell said Tuesday the U.S. is deeply concerned about reports that authorities in two townships of western Rakhine State plan to enforce the limit on minority Rohingyas.

Ventrell says the U.S. opposes coercive birth limitation policies, and urges Burma, in his words, "to eliminate all such policies without delay."

Opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi and Islamic leaders have also expressed their dismay. Burma has been accused of discriminating against Muslims.

The Buddhist-majority country is also known as Myanmar.