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Myanmar Violence

Myanmar Government, Rebel Groups Sign Draft Cease-Fire Deal

AP | ESTHER HTUSAN | Posted 03.31.2015 | World

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Myanmar's government and 16 ethnic armed groups agreed Tuesday on the wording of a draft nationwide cease-fire agreement aime...

Buddhists, Muslims In Myanmar Seek Peace

Religion News Service | Pai Soe | Posted 02.26.2015 | Religion

YANGON, Myanmar (RNS) Buddhists and Muslims in the central city of Meiktila were separated along faith lines after interreligious violence destroyed r...

Myanmar Activists Call For Probe Into Journalist's Killing

Reuters | Posted 12.29.2014 | Media

YANGON, Oct 29 (Reuters) - A group of activist organizations in Myanmar demanded the setting up of an independent commission on Wednesday to probe t...

Rohingyas vs. Buddhists?

Nayan Chanda | Posted 05.12.2014 | World
Nayan Chanda

As Myanmar moves towards its much-awaited 2015 national elections, persecution of the Muslim minority -- Rohingyas -- is casting shadows on the prospect of restoring democracy in the country. Violence against, the destitute Rohingyas numbering less than a million in a country 52 million majority Buddhists, has brought international condemnation. Discrimination also risks arousing sectarian violence from Islamic groups with serious security implications for Myanmar and Southeast Asia. The nine bombs targeting Buddhist pilgrims in India's holiest Buddhist shrine Mahabodhi temple in Gaya on July 7, 2013 was perhaps the first such response to the Rohingya massacre but may not be the last.

Dalai Lama Urges Monks To Stop Attacks On Muslims

Posted 09.18.2013 | Religion

As the violence in Myanmar continues, the Dalai Lama urged monks to act according to the peaceful principles of their religion and told them to "remem...

Myanmar Government Must Take Action Against Violence

Religion News Service | Richard S. Ehrlich | Posted 08.30.2013 | Religion

(RNS) Buddhists are killing Muslims in Myanmar with impunity because the government failed to stop the attacks, New York-based Physicians for Human Ri...

8.8.88: Myanmar Begins To Cope 25 Years After Unrest

AP | YADANA HTUN and TIM SULLIVAN | Posted 08.09.2013 | World

YANGON, Myanmar -- Twenty-five years later, you can still see the fear in the eyes of the doctors – two young men carrying a schoolgirl, her blo...

Radical Buddhist Monks Are Gasoline On Myanmar's Sectarian Fire

AP | TODD PITMAN and GRANT PECK | Posted 07.31.2013 | World

LASHIO, Myanmar — When a huge mob of Buddhist thugs crawled on the roof of Ma Sandar Soe's shop, doused it with gasoline and set it ablaze, the ...

Enraged Buddhists Burn Mosque And Muslim Orphanage In Myanmar

AP | TODD PITMAN | Posted 07.29.2013 | World

LASHIO, Myanmar — It was a terrifying sight: hundreds of angry, armed men on motorcycles advancing up a dusty street with no one to stop them. ...

Myanmar's Muslims Face Uncertain Future

AP | YADANA HTUN and TODD PITMAN | Posted 05.01.2013 | World

OKKAN, Myanmar -- They slept terrified in the fields, watching their homes burn through the night. And when they returned on Wednesday, nothing was le...

Extremists Destroy Mosques, Muslim Houses In Myanamr

AP | YADANA HTUN | Posted 06.30.2013 | World

OKKAN, Myanmar — Buddhist mobs hurling bricks overran a pair of mosques and torched more than 100 homes in central Myanmar, killing one person a...

Myanmar: A Nation at War With Itself

Stanley Weiss | Posted 04.20.2013 | World
Stanley Weiss

That a country that is 85 percent Buddhist -- the religion of peace -- is known for non-stop war is a cruel historical irony. What can the U.S. do to help? A lot.

Nearly 700 Asylum Seekers Rescued In Thailand

AP | Posted 03.12.2013 | World

SONGKHLA, Thailand -- Thai authorities said Friday that about 700 people from Myanmar's beleaguered Rohingya minority who had entered Thailand illegal...

Violence In Myanmar Ahead Of Obama Visit

AP | Posted 01.15.2013 | World

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Ethnic rebels in northern Myanmar staged a deadly attack on a prison convoy, state media reported Friday, highlighting one of...

Myanmar Clashes Leave Dozens Dead, Hundreds Of Homes Torched

AP | KHIN MAUNG WIN | Posted 12.26.2012 | World

SITTWE, Myanmar — Myanmar authorities on Friday revised downward the death toll from this week's ethnic violence in the country's west after war...

62 Dead In Myanmar's Clashes

AP | Posted 06.21.2012 | World

YANGON, Myanmar -- The official death toll for this month's communal clashes in western Myanmar rose to 62 on Thursday as Bangladesh's security forces...

Both Sides Suffer In Myanmar Clashes

AP | Posted 06.14.2012 | World

YANGON, Myanmar -- The communal violence that swept through a western Myanmar state over the past week killed 29 people and inflicted similar damage o...

Myanmar Residents Flee Deadly Violence

AP | Posted 08.12.2012 | World

SITTWE, Myanmar — People fled their burning homes and Myanmar's security forces struggled to contain communal violence Tuesday in a western regi...