After Rakhine Buddhists expelled from Shan State, anti-Rohingya group cries ‘racial discrimination’

Immigration authorities in the Shan State township of Kengtung arrested 51 ethnic Rakhine migrant workers late last month and ordered them to leave the area. The Rakhine National Network (RNN), an organization that claims to represent the interests of Rakhine Buddhists, has accused Shan State authorities of “racial discrimination” that “may harm national unity”. The ...

Religion

Myanmar bombs Christian churches, making way for Buddhist pagodas

Myanmar bombs Christian churches, making way for Buddhist pagodas

Myanmar’s military has bombed 60 Christian churches in Kachin State over the last 18 months, 20 of which have been replaced by Buddhist pagodas, American pastor Bob Roberts, who...

Myanmar ‘inflicts statelessness’ on Muslim migrant workers in Thailand

Myanmar ‘inflicts statelessness’ on Muslim migrant workers in Thailand

Myanmar’s systematic refusal to issue national ID cards to Muslims citizens is placing Muslim migrant workers in Thailand in the crosshairs of a new law that will require them...

Pope Francis cites jailed Reuters reporters in appeal for press freedom

Pope Francis cites jailed Reuters reporters in appeal for press freedom

Pope Francis made an appeal for greater press freedom in “so-called democratic” countries during an interview with Reuters yesterday. He cited the case of Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe...

Rohingya refugees mark first Eid since Myanmar crackdown

Rohingya refugees mark first Eid since Myanmar crackdown

As Muslims around the world celebrated Eid with feasting and gift-giving, Rohingya refugees in squalid Bangladesh camps marked the festival Saturday with a peaceful demonstration...

Myanmar hastily jails Kaman Muslim teacher who escaped IDP camp

Myanmar hastily jails Kaman Muslim teacher who escaped IDP camp

For several days, the parents of 26-year-old teacher Ma Hla Phyu had no idea where their daughter was. She had not told anyone she planned to leave the Kyauktalone IDP camp in...

Kachin civilians flee Myanmar’s ‘forgotten war’

Kachin civilians flee Myanmar’s ‘forgotten war’

Seng Moon grabbed her day-old baby and fled into the thick jungle, joining thousands of villagers escaping fighting between ethnic Kachin rebels and Myanmar’s army, now...

Racist, sexist Myanmar lady casts Buddhist curse on Aung San Suu Kyi

Racist, sexist Myanmar lady casts Buddhist curse on Aung San Suu Kyi

A foul-mouthed 70-year-old Myanmar woman living in Japan uploaded a Facebook Live video last month in which casts a curse on State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi, claiming it will...

Police harassment of satirical ‘thangyat’ performers raises questions about free speech under NLD

Police harassment of satirical ‘thangyat’ performers raises questions about free speech under NLD

Thingyan is a time when the rules are relaxed. People wear more revealing clothing, open flirtation between strangers is suddenly acceptable, and alcohol consumption can begin...

285 dead, over 1,000 injured during Thingyan

285 dead, over 1,000 injured during Thingyan

At least 285 deaths were reported to have been related to this year’s Thingyan festivities between April 13 and 17, up from 272 last year, according to Myanmar state media....


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