Buddhist monks walk in a procession while collecting alms in Yangon, on May 19, 2008. Buddhists in Cyclone Nargis-hit Myanmar celebrated the Kason festival, or Vesak Day, today marking the enlightenment of Buddha. Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Stringer
*Editors: This photo may only be republished with RNS-MYANMAR-NOISE, originally transmitted on February 13, 2015
YANGON (Reuters) Myanmar's Committee for the Protection of Race and Religion has pushed through four laws that critics say effectively legalize discrimination against women and the country's minority Muslims ahead of the country's first free vote in 25 years.