Religion


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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The newly appointed chief minister of Burma’s conflict-torn Arakan State appears to be struggling to win the trust of Rohingya Muslims, who continue to live in squalid camps after being driven from their homes in rioting two years ago.
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More than 200 ethnic Shan people from Kyaythee Township in northern Shan State are sheltering at a monastery after they fled an outbreak of fighting between government troops and ethnic rebels in late June.
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Officials in Mandalay say the city is returning to normality and they hope to lift a 9pm-to-5am curfew “as soon as possible”.
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In early July, a hundreds-strong mob of Buddhists converged on a shop in Mandalay, Myanmar’s second largest city. According to rumours spread on social media, its Muslim owner had raped a Buddhist woman. The ensuing violence left two dead and a dozen injured.
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Burma’s simmering religious tensions flared in its second biggest city, Mandalay this week, as Buddhists and Muslims  clashed over reports of an alleged rape involving a young Buddhist girl and a Muslim man. Clashes between mobs of men of both communities occurred on the nights of 2 and 3 July before the authorities imposed a curfew. As usual with Burma’s communal violence, the plot thickens as the dust settles, and it appears as if the violence was not just an organic eruption of communal resentment but another incident in a tableau of nationwide religious tensions.
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When hundreds of Buddhist men carrying clubs and swords marauded through the streets of this old royal capital earlier this month, the owner of a Muslim-Chinese restaurant took down the Koranic scriptures and the image of Mecca hanging above the cashier and removed the Arabic writing from signs on the street.
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DHAKA : Bangladesh said Thursday it has barred official marriages between its nationals and Myanmar’s Muslim Rohingya refugees, whom it claims are attempting to wed to gain citizenship.
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MANDALAY, Myanmar—Firebrand Buddhist monk the Venerable Wirathu – whose use of Facebook FB has been cited by observers as a key cause of riots here last week – defended his use of social media, saying he only posts verified information for the protection of his religion.
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Facebook, the social media networking platform, has agreed to work with the Myanmar government to monitor the activities of Facebook users, an official from the President’s Office has told Mizzima.
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Prominent monk the Venerable U Wirathu has defended the Organisation for the Protection of Race and Religion against criticism that was too close to the government and did not do enough on behalf of the five monks detained during a raid on a Yangon monastery last month.
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UK parliamentarians held a discussion in London’s Westminster Hall on Thursday about the ongoing persecution faced by the Rohingyas and other ethnic minorities in Burma and debated what the UK government must do to stem human rights violations in that country.
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Myanmar, also known as Burma, says it will not turn away from reforms in the wake of a controversial raid on a Buddhist monastery and the arrest of five monks.
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President Thein Sein’s replacement pick for the graft-tainted religious affairs minister who was fired last week has also been accused of corruption, a lawmaker says.
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Civil society groups are to form a network to oppose hate speech throughout the country, said sources at a workshop held last week to promote peace while protecting freedom of expression.
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