Religion


Rakhine Chief Minister U Maung Maung Ohn has told the state’s Emergency Coordination Centre that a plan to resettle about 170,000 people living in camps for the internally displaced has been delayed, ECC member U Than Tun told Mizzima on August 27.
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A curfew imposed in Mandalay following an outbreak of violence in July was lifted last week, but police officials said additional security forces would remain in the city.
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Myanmar’s downtrodden Rohingya Muslims have been denied citizenship, targeted in deadly sectarian violence and corralled into dirty camps without aid. To heap on the indignity, Myanmar’s government is pressuring foreign officials not to speak the group’s name, and the tactic appears to be working.
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The insular military junta that ruled until 2011 tightly restricted communications. Internet access was sluggish and expensive. Mobile SIM cards cost north of $1,000, limiting their use to a tiny slice of the population.
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Mandalay regional government said it will imminently lift a curfew that was imposed in seven townships across the city at the beginning of July following deadly communal mob violence.
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Girls and young women in brightly coloured dresses and laden with food parcels, many heavy with vermicelli pudding, dodge the rain in Meiktila.
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Leaders of a century-old organisation central to the country’s independence struggle are mired in conflict, leading to the expulsion of central executive committee members and the launching of an inquiry into alleged corruption.
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After the latest outbreak of interreligious violence between Buddhist and Muslim communities in Mandalay subsided, President U Thein Sein declared that the incident was incited by an unknown group whose motives remained unclear.
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Freedom of religion — a person’s right to worship as he or she chooses — is central to our national identity as Americans and a core objective of U.S. foreign policy. The right to believe in a religious creed or not, without fear of government interference, is essential to human dignity, robust civil society and sustainable democracy.
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A second attempt by five Buddhist monks from the Mahasantisukha Monastery in Rangoon to countersue the government-backed Sangha Maha Nayaka Committee – the highest order of Buddhist monks in the country – has been rejected by a local court.
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Violence related to Buddhism in Sri Lanka and Burma often leaves observers with a sense of bewilderment; many Buddhist practitioners have resorted to violent means in the name of what is essentially a peaceful religion. This contradiction is somewhat easier to understand when viewed from two angles – East and West.
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A Muslim organization in Mandalay said it has offered meals and robes to about 50 Buddhist monks at Ma Soe Yein Monastery to promote harmonious inter-communal relations in Burma’s second biggest city, which was rocked by clashes between Buddhists and Muslims last month.
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A little girl balances a bag of donated rice on her head as she begs for her family of eight. Other children play in fetid, trash-clogged pools of water. And at a religious class at a makeshift mosque, more than a third of the children had not eaten that day. Or the day before.
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In the minds of Myanmar’s Buddhist extremists, Muslim men are constantly scheming for their women.
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After two people were killed and 14 others were injured in the clashes, authorities declared a curfew on July 3, from 9 pm until 5 am. During those hours, gatherings of five people or more were prohibited.
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A rape case believed to have sparked recent riots in central Burma’s Mandalay was fabricated, according to an investigation carried out by the Ministry of Home Affairs.
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Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif announced Tehran’s readiness to help Myanmar settle the problems of the Muslim community living in the Southeast Asian country.
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Religious prejudice continues to endanger Burma. Recently, deadly clashes of Muslim and Buddhist mobs in Mandalay, the country’s second-biggest city, showed once again just how explosive the tensions between both faiths have become.
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“Muslims are pitiable, stupid and ignorant. They are not living in harmony with us.”
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Five Buddhist monks from the Mahasantisukha Monastery in Rangoon are attempting to countersue the National Sangha Maha Nayaka Committee, commonly known as the mahana.
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