Rakhine state

Myanmar's census at risk amid fresh unrest in ethnic powderkeg Rakhine

Buddhist monks protest outside the Bangladesh embassy in Yangon. Most Rohingyas' ancestors come from Bangladesh. Photo: EPA

Myanmar's first census for 30 years is threatened before it has even started, as renewed unrest in the country's west threatens to send foreign aid workers fleeing, making conditions impossible for counters.

Saturday, 29 March, 2014, 1:22am

Fragile calm in Rakhine after homes set ablaze

A woman tends to her child in her shop in Kone Tan Ward, Sittwe, western Myanmar. Photo: EPA

A tense calm returned to Myanmar's western state of Rakhine yesterday after rioters set four houses ablaze, the latest violence between Buddhists and minority Muslims, officials said. The alleged rape of an 18-year-old woman by a motorcycle taxi driver in the coastal town of Thandwe triggered Sunday's flare-up, said Nay Lin, a police officer. Two suspects have been arrested, he added, and they were of a "different religion" from the victim.

2 Jul 2013 - 1:59am

Thailand grants UN access to migrants snatched from hidden camps

 Rohingya minority women and children, like these, are increasingly being rescued from boats or from human traffickers. Photo: AP

The UN’s refugee arm said on Wednesday it had permission from Thailand to access some 850 people, many thought to be from Myanmar’s Rohingya minority, held after raids on hidden camps in the Thai south.

16 Jan 2013 - 2:01pm

Briefs, January 5, 2013

Pakistani security officials escort the heath workers as they administer Polio vaccination to children in Bajaur tribal region near the Afghan border, in Pakistan. Photo: EPA

Pakistan is providing paramilitary and police support as polio vaccinations resume discreetly in the northwest after a series of attacks on medical workers. UN agencies suspended work on a nationwide campaign to inoculate children against the highly infectious disease after nine health workers were murdered in a string of attacks in the northwest and Karachi last month.

5 Jan 2013 - 4:03am

Briefs, November 24, 2012

Sri Lanka's chief justice, Shirani Bandaranayake. Photo:AP

US pair arrested amid Okinawa rape anger

24 Nov 2012 - 3:11am

Asean leaders to press Myanmar to solve Rohingya issue

Rohingya Muslim refugees at the Sin-Ta-Kaw relief camp in Pauk Taw township, Rakhine State. Violence between Buddhists and minority Muslims in Myanmar's Rakhine State have left scores dead and as many as 100,000 people displaced since June. Photo: AP

Southeast Asian leaders will put pressure on Myanmar to resolve violence between Buddhists and minority Muslims, a senior regional official said yesterday, after unrest left scores dead and as many as 100,000 people displaced since June.

19 Nov 2012 - 3:27am

Briefs, November 15, 2012

Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda

Japan heading for December election

15 Nov 2012 - 2:40am

Thailand picks up boatload of Rohingya near Phuket

A boatload of 112 ethnic Rohingya, including 55 teenagers, has been taken into custody in Thailand after their vessel landed near Phuket over the weekend.

13 Nov 2012 - 2:38am

Letters to the Editor, November 9, 2012

Plight of Rohingya Muslims cannot be ignored. Photo: AFP

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9 Nov 2012 - 3:13am 3 comments

Suu Kyi asks Myanmar leaders for extra troops to end unrest

Myanmese soldiers get off a helicopter as they arrive at Sittwe airport Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012, in Sittwe, Rakhine State. Photo: AP

Opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi has urged the government to send more troops to western Myanmar to restore peace to a region gripped by violence between Buddhists and Muslims.

9 Nov 2012 - 4:22am

Aung San Suu Kyi has moral authority to take up case of Rohingya

Myanmar's voice of moral leadership, Aung San Suu Kyi, needs to take up the case of Rohingya. Photo: EPA

The reforms undertaken in the past year or so by Myanmar's quasi-civilian government seem nothing short of breathtaking. Economic, political and social freedoms have been introduced after half a century of hardline military rule and hopes for the nation's future are bright.

7 Nov 2012 - 2:04am

Briefs, November 6, 2012

Doctors stopped from aiding Rakhine victims

6 Nov 2012 - 2:34am

Suu Kyi refuses to defend Muslims in ethnic conflict

The impartial judge? Photo: AP

Aung San Suu Kyi has declined to speak out on behalf of Rohingya Muslims and insisted she will not use "moral leadership" to back either side in deadly communal unrest in west Myanmar.

5 Nov 2012 - 2:35am

A way out of Burma's ethnic clashes

A Muslim Rohingya family sits outside their temporary shelter at a village in Minpyar, Rakhine state. At least 88 people have been killed in sectarian violence this month, with more than 26,000 others forcefully displaced.  Photo: AFP

Renewed bouts of ethnic cleansing targeting the minority community of Rohingya Muslims in Burma's western Rakhine state have highlighted the plight of stateless people and the downside of democratisation.

1 Nov 2012 - 2:58am

Myanmar unrest could destabilise wider region

Asean's Secretary General Surin Pitsuwan speaks during the opening ceremony of Asean Integration Development Cooperation Forum on Monday. Photo: Xinhua

Asean Secretary General Surin Pitsuwan has warned that sectarian bloodshed in Myanmar could radicalise minority Rohingya Muslims there and destabilise 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 displaced more than 26,000.

30 Oct 2012 - 5:59pm