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

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

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

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

New wave of Rohingya migrants arrive in Thailand

Migrants thought to be from Myanmar’s Muslim-minority Rohingya are pictured at a detention centre after they were rounded up in raids on hidden camps in Thailand’s south. Photo: AFP

More than 130 Rohingya migrants have landed on Thai soil in less than 24 hours, a local official said on Thursday, as the kingdom grapples with a flurry of arrivals from the Myanmar minority group.

Some 88 Rohingya came ashore at Phra Thong island in the south of the country on Wednesday in full view of television cameras, according to Kuraburi district chief for Manit Pienthong.

17 Jan 2013 - 4:15pm

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

Rohingya boat raises fears on Myanmar exodus

Thai officials hand out food and supplies to people who had been on the water for 13 days. Among the 74 passengers were women and children. Photo: Phuketwan

A boat packed with 74 Rohingya, including women and children, was intercepted off the Thai holiday island of Phuket yesterday, raising fears they are part of an exodus of Muslims fleeing violence in Myanmar.

Previously, only men and boys usually made the risky journey to their preferred destination, Malaysia.

2 Jan 2013 - 5:56am

Search on for 50 missing after Bangladesh sinking

Bangladesh Border Guard soldiers check survivors rescued from a boat that capsized in Teknaf, Bangladesh, on Wednesday. Photo: AP

Bangladeshi rescuers on Thursday searched for 50 people still missing after a boat carrying Rohingya refugees heading for Malaysia capsized with 110 passengers on board, officials said.

Coastguards, the navy and fishermen have rescued about 60 people since the boat went down on Wednesday morning 15 kilometres off the southern district of Cox’s Bazaar.

8 Nov 2012 - 6:00pm

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

100 Rohingya refugees missing as Bangladesh boat sinks

Around 100 people are missing after another boat carrying Rohingya refugees towards Malaysia sank off Bangladesh early on Wednesday, the second such tragedy in less than a fortnight, officials said.

7 Nov 2012 - 6:22pm

Indonesia says ASEAN concerned by Myanmar unrest

A Muslim Rohingya mother comforts her crying child as they wait for medical care at a clinic in the Bawdupha Internally Displaced Persons camp on the outskirts of Sittwe, the capital of Myanmar's western Rakhine state. Photo: AFP

Deadly sectarian violence rocking western Myanmar is “an issue of concern” for the whole of Southeast Asia, Indonesia’s foreign minister said on Monday. Dozens of people have been killed and more than 100,000 displaced by clashes between Rakhine Buddhists and Rohingya Muslims since June, casting a shadow over a string of widely praised political reforms.


5 Nov 2012 - 2:55pm

Briefs, November 1, 2012

Boat carrying Rohingya sinks, 130 missing

1 Nov 2012 - 3:04am

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

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