Anti-Muslim violence explodes onto streets in northern Myanmar

Firemen battle a fire in Lashio, Northern Shan state of Myanmar. Photo: AFP

Buddhist mobs armed with sticks and machetes burned Muslim homes on Wednesday for a second day in the northern Myanmar city of Lashio, contradicting claims in state media that soldiers and police had restored calm.

Thursday, 30 May, 2013, 1:32am

Suu Kyi slams Myanmar Rohingya two-child rule as ‘discrimination’

Aung San Suu Kyi delivers a speech during a party meeting in Yangon, Myanmar, on Monday. Photo: EPA

Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi on Monday criticised a ban on Rohingya having more than two children in strife-torn Rakhine state as counter to human rights, in rare comments on the plight of the Muslim group.

27 May 2013 - 9:27pm

Rakhine state Rohingya face two-child limit on family size

Authorities in Myanmar's western Rakhine state have introduced a two-child limit for Muslim Rohingya families. Photo: AFP

Authorities in Myanmar's western Rakhine state have introduced a two-child limit for Muslim Rohingya families, in an effort to ease tensions with the Rohingya's Buddhist neighbours after a spate of deadly sectarian violence, an official said.

26 May 2013 - 7:15am

Dozens of Rohingya feared drowned off Myanmar after fleeing storm

Police officers walk in the rain as they guard a Rohingya internally displaced persons camp outside of Sittwe. Photo: Reuters

Fifty-eight Rohingya Muslims are missing after their boat capsized off the Myanmar coast as they tried to flee a looming cyclone, state media reported on Tuesday.

15 May 2013 - 2:09am

Mosque, shops attacked in fresh Myanmar unrest

People cast shadows as they collect bricks and useful items from burnt Muslim homes in Meikhtila. Photo Reuters

Police in central Myanmar fired warning shots to disperse a crowd after a mosque and shops were attacked on Tuesday, the president’s spokesman said, in the latest religious unrest to hit the country.

30 Apr 2013 - 9:54pm

Myanmar’s strife-torn region needs aid, troops

Secretary of the Rakhine Investigation Commission, Kyaw Yin Hlaing (centre) speaks during a press conference in Yangon on Monday. Photo: AFP

Myanmar should urgently help tens of thousands of Muslims displaced by deadly religious unrest in the western state of Rakhine and flood the area with troops to stem further conflict, a report said on Monday.

30 Apr 2013 - 1:36am

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

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

Rioting in central Myanmar leaves at least 10 dead

Black smoke rises from burning buildings as residents ride motorcycles away from a riot-hit street in Meikhtila, central Myanmar. Photo: AFP

A dispute between a Muslim gold-shop owner and customers in central Myanmar led to rioting in which at least 10 people died. President's office director Major Zaw Htay said those hurt on Wednesday in Meikhtila town included a Buddhist monk. A curfew was declared.

22 Mar 2013 - 2:44am

Malaysia rescues 136 Myanmar refugees

Malaysian authorities have rescued at least 136 people believed to be ethnic Rohingya Muslims fleeing strife in Myanmar aboard a leaking boat with no food or water, an official said on Monday.

11 Mar 2013 - 3:54pm

Hatred locks Myanmar Rohingya in legal limbo

A Ethnic Rakhine child stands beside a tent in Mayebon Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camp in Rakhine state on November 1. Photo: AFP

Rohingya Muslims’ statelessness is at the heart of bloody unrest that has torn through western Myanmar, but experts say the regime is unlikely to risk public ire by lifting them from citizenship limbo.

8 Nov 2012 - 6:02pm

Resettlement ‘priority’ after Myanmar unrest: FM

Muslim Rohingya people walk around the Bawdupha Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camp on the outskirts of Sittwe, western Rakhine state on Friday. Photo: AFP

Myanmar is working to resettle tens of thousands of people displaced by communal bloodshed in western Rakhine state as soon as possible, the country’s foreign minister said on Monday.

5 Nov 2012 - 9:53pm

UN says 22,000 displaced by Myanmar unrest

More than 22,000 people from mainly Muslim communities have been forced to flee their homes in western Myanmar, the UN said on Sunday, after a fresh wave of violence and arson that left dozens dead.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Myanmar sets curfew after new violence in northwest

A fire burns in the Pike Sake quarter in Kyout Phyu, Rakhine state, western Myanmar, on Wednesday. Photo: EPA

Authorities in Myanmar imposed a night-time curfew in at least two towns in northwestern Rakhine state after renewed deadly unrest between Buddhists and Muslim Rohingyas in an area where more than 80 people were killed in June.

24 Oct 2012 - 10:00pm