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Myanmar Buddhist-Muslim unrest

Firebrand Myanmar monk blames Islamists for bomb blast

Outspoken monk Ashin Wirathu has come under heavy criticism.

A firebrand monk has blamed Islamic extremists for a small bomb that slightly wounded five people when it went off while he was preaching in Myanmar's second-largest city. The blast happened at 9pm on Sunday during a religious ceremony on the outskirts of Mandalay. Ashin Wirathu, dubbed the Burmese bin Laden and accused of inciting violence with hate-filled speeches targeting the minority Muslim community, seemed unfazed as he carried on with his sermon.

Tuesday, 23 July, 2013, 3:51am

Myanmar's Thein Sein to free all political prisoners as Cameron presses on human rights

David Cameron and Thein Sein in London yesterday. Photo: EPA

British Prime Minister David Cameron yesterday urged Myanmese President Thein Sein to defend human rights as the former junta general made his first official visit to London. Cameron said he was particularly concerned by violence targeting members of Myanmar's Rohingya Muslim minority in which hundreds of people have been killed.

16 Jul 2013 - 7:58am 2 comments

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.

31 May 2013 - 2:47am 1 comment

Three jailed over shop row that sparked sectarian riots in Myanmar

A mosque burns during riots in Meiktila which led to 43 deaths and where a state of emergency was declared last month. Photo: Reuters

A Muslim businessman, his wife and an employee have been jailed after an altercation at their gold shop led to anti-Muslim riots in which at least 43 people died in Myanmar last month. Shop owner Tun Tun Oo, his wife Myint Myint Aye and an employee, Nyi Nyi, were each jailed for 14 years for assault and theft after an argument with a customer turned violent, said the state-run Kyemon newspaper.

13 Apr 2013 - 4:34am

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

Myanmar unrest death toll reaches 43: state media

A Muslim family sits in their home in Minhla March 29, 2013. Photo: Reuters

The death toll from recent communal violence in central Myanmar has risen to 43 with more than 1,300 homes and other buildings destroyed, state media 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.

30 Mar 2013 - 2:28pm