Buddhist-Muslim violence

Myanmar Muslims fear 'they'll be killed if they go outside'

Buddhist men brandish weapons on Wednesday as they roam through the town of Lashio, where several buildings were ransacked and at least one person was killed. Photo: AP

It was a terrifying sight: hundreds of angry, armed men on motorbikes advancing up a dusty street with no one to stop them. Shouting at the top of their lungs, clutching machetes and iron pipes and long bamboo poles, they thrust their fists repeatedly into the air.

Friday, 31 May, 2013, 2:47am 1 comment

Human Rights Watch accuses Myanmar of ‘ethnic cleansing’

A supporter of Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar holds up a placard during a protest outside the Myanmar embassy in Bangkok. Photo: AFP

Myanmar has waged “a campaign of ethnic cleansing” against Rohingya Muslims, a leading rights watchdog said on Monday, citing evidence of mass graves and forced displacement.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Rights group calls for probe into Myanmar's sectarian killings

Satellite images show the central Myanmar town of Meiktila on December 13 (top) and the same area on March 27, 2013 following a wave of violence. Photo: AFP

The New York-based rights watchdog released satellite images which it said showed more than 800 buildings which were destroyed in the central town of Meikhtila, leaving several charred areas where homes and properties once stood.

2 Apr 2013 - 2:10am

Anti-Muslim 'radicals' driving Myanmar unrest, experts say

Men ride on a motorbike as others remove debris from a destroyed mosque, in Gyobingauk, about 125 miles from Yangon, Myanmar. Photo: AP

Two years after a repressive junta ceded power, Myanmar is grappling with a surge in religious extremism that experts trace to anti-Muslim “provocateurs” including radical Buddhist monks.

31 Mar 2013 - 1:24pm

Myanmar president rejects religious extremism

Myanmar people from different religions pay their respect in front of Myanmar's national flag during a multi-confessional peace ceremony in Yangon on Thursday. Photo: AFP

Myanmar President Thein Sein on Thursday vowed a tough response to religious extremists after a wave of deadly Buddhist-Muslim violence in the former army-ruled nation.

At least 40 people have been killed and mosques burned in several towns in central Myanmar since fresh sectarian strife erupted on March 20, prompting the government to impose emergency rule and curfews in some areas.

28 Mar 2013 - 9:01pm

Myanmar imposes emergency rule as death toll hits 20

Policemen are deployed to provide security amid riots in Meikhtila on Friday. Photo: Reuters

Myanmar declared a state of emergency on Friday for a riot-hit town where 20 people have been killed in Buddhist-Muslim violence that has sparked fears of spreading unrest.

Swathes of Meiktila, located 130 kilometres north of the capital Naypyidaw, have been reduced to ashes as the authorities struggle to establish control after three days of clashes and arson.

23 Mar 2013 - 1:10am