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Tourists in prison for carrying footwear in the ancients town
Formerly Burma, MYANMAR is becoming increasingly popular with travelers looking for a pathless adventure in Southeast Asia. Burma is a sacred land. To such an extent that according to Myanmar's laws, offending one' s faith is a serious offense that can be punished by prison. In Bagan, an antique centre of Myanmar, this weekend a Soviet visitor was condemned to six month in prison for having worn footwear in several Pagoda Buddha Schools.
"She was warned and sent back to her motel, but she returned and still wore boots on the coupons. Native people couldn't bear it any longer, so they opened a case against them under Section 295," Lieutenant Myo Nyunt of the tourist police said to Eleven, Burma's multi-lingual regional intelligence agency, as he was cited by Coconut's English-language Asiatic intelligence team.
Paragraph 295 of the Myanmar Penal Code states that it is a crime to deliberately offend religions or convictions. Failing to repay a penalty of 500,000 K ($A464), a court ordered her to one months imprisonment. But it was also condemned under section 13(1) of the Immigration (Emergency Provisions) Act, which sets out the practices and practices that Myanmar's tourist must follow.
They were given a penalty of at least six month in jail with forced labor - the highest penalty is five years. It is not the first mistreatment of a dynamar visitor abroad for offending his strong religion codes. By October 2016, a Flemish visitor was condemned to three month of forced labor in jail for pulling out an amp that emanated buddhistic chant.
Klaas Haijtema, a traveler, had stayed at a Mandalay lodging when a Buddhist center near Mandalay began sending the recitation of worshipers, the New York Times reports. In March 2015, a New Zealand barman was convicted of two years and six month of forced labor in jail for a leaflet showing a psychic portrayal of Buddha with earphones.
Myanmar's Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) is aware of the country's severe religion-law. The Smart Traveller website says: "The people of Myanmar respect their own religion and culture." Since maltreatment of Buddha pictures is a serious offense, she even warned Australians against the use of religion for them.
People with Buddha-Tattools are advised to cover them "anytime". The German Football Association (DFAT) is also very clear about compliance with the country's stringent clothing regulations when they visit places of worship.