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  1. News - Asia - MYANMAR

    Kerry warns Myanmar against backsliding on human rights

    Posted Aug 10th 2014, 06:45am by AP

    ... violence is perhaps worst in Rakhine state, where Buddhist mobs are accused of attacking Rohingya Muslims. This has spread to other parts of the country, sparking fears that nascent democratic reforms in the predominantly Buddhist nation of 60 million people that emerged from a half-century of dictatorship and military rule with a 2010 election could be undermined by growing religious ...

  2. News - Asia - THAILAND

    Thailand grants UN access to migrants snatched from hidden camps

    Posted Jan 16th 2013, 01:57pm

    ... in Myanmar’s western state of Rakhine, heading to Thailand and other countries. Clashes between Buddhists and Muslims have left at least 180 people dead in the state since June, and displaced more than 110,000 others, mostly Rohingya. Myanmar views the roughly 800,000 Rohingya in Rakhine as illegal Bangladeshi immigrants and denies them citizenship. The UN, which has called Rohingya one ...

  3. News - Asia - MYANMAR

    Violence erupts again in Myanmar despite visit by President Thein Sein

    Posted Oct 02nd 2013, 12:00am by AP

    ... Associated Press in Thandwe Buddhist-Muslim conflict flares as president tours Rakhine state seeking solution to conflict Sectarian killing as Thein Sein visits Buddhist mobs killed ... that followed, the officer said, and between 70 and 80 houses were set on fire. Witnesses reported smouldering buildings- and several injured Buddhist Rakhines- in Shwe Hlay. A police officer said Linthi ...

  4. News - Asia - BANGLADESH

    Nearly 300 held in Bangladesh for attacks on Buddhists

    Posted Oct 02nd 2012, 03:25pm by Agence France-Presse in Dhaka

    ... Agence France-Presse in Dhaka Bangladesh police said on Tuesday they had arrested nearly 300 people after Muslim mobs attacked temples and houses in what Buddhist leaders described ... reporters that a final tally of the damage caused by the mobs in Cox’s Bazaar had found 11 temples were torched and seven were damaged or ransacked in the district. At least 20 Buddhist houses were ...

  5. News - Asia

    Myanmar unrest death toll reaches 43: state media

    Posted Mar 30th 2013, 02:28pm by Agence France Presse in Yangon

    ... reported on Saturday. Sixty-eight people have been arrested in connection with the Buddhist-Muslim unrest, which has left 11,376 people homeless, the New Light of Myanmar newspaper reported. ... into a riot, but witnesses say the wave of violence since then appears to have been well organised. It is the worst sectarian strife since violence between Buddhists and Muslims in the western state ...

  6. News - Asia - MYANMAR

    Cyclone Mahasen a 'dress rehearsal' for Myanmar's Rohingya Muslims

    Posted May 21st 2013, 12:00am by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Sittwe Cyclone a 'dress rehearsal' for thousands in camps Myanmar's victims of sectarian strife were spared the full force of Cyclone Mahasen, but many are now returning to flimsy tents in flood-prone camps with the monsoon season weeks away. Myanmar's Rakhine state is pockmarked with makeshift settlements for up to 140,000 people- ...

  7. News - Asia

    Thailand picks up boatload of Rohingya near Phuket

    Posted Nov 13th 2012, 12:00am by Alan Morison and Chutima Sidasathian in Phuket, Thailand

    ... on board. The fate of the other vessels is not known. "They have told us that the boat was one of seven that left Rakhine province in western Myanmar about the same time," said a Thai ... police that they had departed from Sittwe, the capital of strife-torn Rakhine, on November 2. But it is possible that some vessels in the convoy had set out from neighbouring Bangladesh earlier, ...

  8. News - Asia - MYANMAR

    Muslims flee as Myanmar death toll hits five

    Posted Oct 03rd 2013, 12:00am by AFP

    ... with members of Buddhist and Rohingya Muslim communities during his two-day tour. He spent Tuesday visiting a different area of Rakhine populated mainly by stateless Rohingya Muslims. In a message ... yesterday, residents said, after sectarian clashes which left five Muslims dead. President Thein Sein was expected to visit the violence-racked area as part of his first official visit to Rakhine ...

  9. News - Asia - MYANMAR

    Myanmar president rejects religious extremism

    Posted Mar 28th 2013, 09:00pm by AFP

    ... in front of them,” they added. It is the worst sectarian strife since violence between Buddhists and Muslims in the western state of Rakhine last year left at least 180 people dead and more than ... Agence France-Presse in Yangon Myanmar President Thein Sein on Thursday vowed a tough response to religious extremists after a wave of deadly Buddhist-Muslim violence in the former ...

  10. News - Asia - MYANMAR

    Myanmar unrest could destabilise wider region

    Posted Oct 30th 2012, 05:57pm by Agence France-Presse in Jakarta

    ... the whole of Southeast Asia. Surin called on the international community to help after clashes in the western state of Rakhine between Muslims and Buddhists this month killed at least 88 people ... and sanitation,” added the head of the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations, which includes Myanmar. Decades-old animosity between Buddhists and the Rohingya exploded in June after the apparent ...




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