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Myanmar Is More than Aung San Suu Kyi

Stanley Weiss | Posted 04.13.2015 | World
Stanley Weiss

Maybe being hailed as her nation's savior is more pressure than she, or many of us, could live up to. Or maybe the substance of Aung San Suu Kyi never really matched the symbol -- and the West would do well to see that Myanmar is much more than The Lady.

How We Should Advise Myanmar Now to Achieve Future Stability

Dr. Maha Hosain Aziz | Posted 02.04.2015 | World
Dr. Maha Hosain Aziz

How else should we be advising Myanmar now so its version of democracy isn't derailed in the future? Here are three pieces of advice that the US and other foreign actors should offer Myanmar's government to help create a stable, more inclusive society:

Why Won't Aung San Suu Kyi Say The Word ‘Rohingya'?

Religion News Service | BRIAN PELLOT | Posted 12.05.2014 | Religion

YANGON, Myanmar (RNS) In an article originally published in early 2012 and titled “Word power,” renowned Myanmar human rights advocate, politician...

The Ethnic Apartheid in Myanmar

Stanley Weiss | Posted 01.12.2015 | World
Stanley Weiss

When it comes to the way that the ethnic Burman majority treats the 135 different ethnic minorities that make up roughly 40 percent of Myanmar's population, "backsliding" is not the right word -- because that would presume that progress has been made in the first place.

What Will Be Obama's Legacy in Burma?

Rena Pederson | Posted 01.11.2015 | World
Rena Pederson

The question is whether President Obama can advance his foreign policy aims -- expanding trade, increasing military cooperation, keeping China at bay -- and honor the rest of that 2009 inaugural address?

More Than 10,000 People Fled Myanmar In 2 Weeks

AP | ROBIN McDOWELL | Posted 12.25.2014 | World

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — A growing sense of desperation is fueling a mass exodus of Rohingya Muslims from western Myanmar, with the number who have fl...

Intimidation, Uncertainty Mar Aid Work in Myanmar's Rakhine State

Kyle Knight | Posted 11.20.2014 | World
Kyle Knight

The aid response in the western Burmese state has been tricky since two bouts of communal violence between Rakhine Buddhists and the minority Rohingya Muslims in June and October 2012 resulted in more than 140,000 people -- mostly Rohingyas -- being forced to flee to camps.

Bangladesh Just Banned Marriages For This Muslim Minority Group

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 07.10.2014 | Religion

Bangladesh law minister Syed Anisul Haque announced on Thursday that the country would cease officiating marriages for Rohingya Muslims, an ethnic min...

Raid By Thai Police Exposes Human Trafficking Ring

AP | Posted 07.09.2014 | World

BANGKOK (AP) — A raid at a palm plantation in southern Thailand exposed a ring that trafficked Myanmar's ethnic minority Rohingya Muslims into the c...

Ramadan Reflection Day 7: Prayers for the People of Burma's Concentration Camps

Imam Khalid Latif | Posted 09.04.2014 | Religion
Imam Khalid Latif

Whatever walk of life you come from, please do keep them in your thoughts and prayers. For those who are fasting, encourage your community leaders, imams, khateebs and others to pray for the Rohingya with the community at large, especially in the blessed nights of Ramadan, and try to contribute to them whatever you are able to.

This Group Faces Terrifying Persecution, And You May Have Never Heard About It

The Huffington Post | Eline Gordts | Posted 06.27.2014 | World

In the past two years, more than 100,000 Muslims in Myanmar have left their homes in fear of rancorous mobs and angry assailants. Some have been force...

This Is Where the Real Work in Myanmar Begins

Erin Murphy | Posted 06.22.2014 | World
Erin Murphy

If anyone thought that Myanmar's transformation was going to progress perfectly, they were deceiving themselves. Myanmar has come a long way, but it will not be able to continue its remarkable transition if it fails to protect human rights and ensure rule of law for all of its people.

Rape and Human Trafficking -- Is This Burmese Democracy?

Azeem Ibrahim | Posted 04.16.2014 | Politics
Azeem Ibrahim

The world may be weary of stories of atrocities with constant accounts of man's inhumanity to man in the media. But recent events in Burma demand the attention and definitive action from the international community.

Using the 'T' Word to Justify Human Rights Abuses

Engy Abdelkader | Posted 04.12.2014 | World
Engy Abdelkader

From China to Burma to Egypt, some governments invoke the "T" word to justify official conduct that runs afoul of international human rights law.

10 Things You Need to Know About the Persecution of Muslims in Myanmar (Burma)

Kyaw Min | Posted 02.18.2014 | World
Kyaw Min

My wife, son, two daughters and I spent the next seven years in prison. They said our "crime" was declaring our rights as ethnic Rohingya. My jailers told me that speaking up for the Rohingya was giving Myanmar "a bad name" internationally.

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...

Punk Rockers SLAM Radical Monks In Myanmar

AP | ROBIN McDOWELL | Posted 08.05.2013 | Religion

YANGON, Myanmar -- Punk rockers draw double-takes as they dart through traffic, but it's not just the pink hair, leather jackets or skull tattoos that...

Temple Bombed To Allegedly Avenge Violence Against Persecuted Group

AP | Posted 08.05.2013 | World

JAKARTA, Indonesia -- A senior official said Monday that an attack on a Buddhist temple in Indonesia's capital was apparently aimed at avenging violen...

Rohingya: The Obligation of Refuge

José Ramos-Horta | Posted 09.18.2013 | World
José Ramos-Horta

Today, I plead with President Taur Matan Ruak and Prime Minister Xanana to let these unwanted, persecuted people stay in our country. Surely, we can share our bamboo roof, a loaf of bread, a plate of rice, cassava, some coconut water with our fellow brothers and sisters from Myanmar.

Burma Has Devised a New Way to Rid Itself of the Rohingya

Azeem Ibrahim | Posted 07.28.2013 | World
Azeem Ibrahim

The systematic persecution and violent resettlement of the Rohingya people is tantamount to ethnic cleansing, yet the world and Burma's own leaders are turning a blind eye to the situation.

Child Limit Imposed On Muslims In Parts Of Myanmar

AP | Posted 05.25.2013 | Religion

YANGON, Myanmar -- Authorities in Myanmar's western Rakhine state have imposed a two-child limit for Muslim Rohingya families, a policy that does not ...

Who Are the Rohingya Muslims, And Why Should We Care?

Engy Abdelkader | Posted 07.19.2013 | Religion
Engy Abdelkader

The U.N. has long characterized the Rohingya Muslims, a religious and ethnic minority community numbering approximately 1 million in Myanmar, as one of the world's most persecuted minorities.

Myanmar's Muslim Minority Refuses To Evacuate Ahead Of Cyclone

AP | TIM SULLIVAN | Posted 07.15.2013 | World

SITTWE, Myanmar — A cyclone only a day away carries wind and rain that could become deadly. But in dozens of refugee camps that spatter Myanmar'...

Boats Capsize During Cyclone Evacuation

AP | Posted 07.14.2013 | World

SITTWE, Myanmar — An overcrowded boat capsized while trying to escape a cyclone bearing down on Myanmar, tossing dozens of people into the sea. ...