Myanmar failing to stop spread of religious violence, UN envoy says

Myanmar must do more to prevent the drastic escalation of religious intolerance and violence following clashes between ultranationalist Buddhists and minority Muslims in Yangon, a senior United Nations envoy has said. Speaking to the Guardian, Yanghee Lee, the UN special rapporteur on human rights in Myanmar, called on the year-old National League for Democracy government led by Aung San Suu

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PM urges Myanmar to solve refugee situation

Hasina raised these issues with outgoing Myanmar Ambassador to Bangladesh Myo Myint Than at the Prime Minister’s Office in Dhaka on Tuesday. The prime minister highlighted the social and environmental impact of the refugees, Press Secretary to the Prime Minister Ehsanul Karim told the media. “They survive in very inhumane conditions. Please convey to your government that both sides should

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Burma: Two Islamic Schools Shuttered in Rangoon

(Rangoon) – The Burmese government should immediately reopen two madrasas, or Islamic religious schools, that local authorities sealed off in Rangoon on April 28, 2017, Human Rights Watch said today. The government should publicly commit to protecting the right to freedom of religion for all religious communities in Burma, including in worship, observance, practice, and teaching. In late April, a

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Jokowi, Suu Kyi discuss Rohingya crisis

President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has met with State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi to intensify Indonesia’s campaign to push Myanmar to immediately resolve conflicts that have affected the Rohingya Muslims in that country. The meeting was held on the sidelines of the 30th ASEAN Summit in Manila, the Philippines, which took place from April 26 to 29. In a

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Exclusive: U.N. criticizes Myanmar plan to resettle Rohingya in ‘camp-like’ villages

By Simon Lewis and Wa Lone | YANGON The United Nations’ refugee agency has criticized a Myanmar government plan to resettle Rohingya Muslims displaced by recent violence in “camp-like” villages, saying it risks stoking tensions, according to a document seen by Reuters. The plan – confirmed by a senior state-level official – has sparked fear among residents that they would

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