‘Trust takes time’ between Buddhists & Muslims in western Burma/Myanmar

‘Trust takes time’ between Buddhists & Muslims in western Burma/Myanmar

Joshua Lipes with Min Thein Aung and Kyaw Thu for RFA – WNN Breaking (WNN/Radio Free Asia) Rakhine State, BURMA/MYANMAR, SOUTH-EASTERN ASIA: Trust-building will “take some time” between ethnic Buddhists and Muslims in Myanmar’s troubled Rakhine state, where clashes between the two groups left more than 200 dead last year, a Rakhine community leader said […]

Burma/Myanmar Buddhist monks are feeding division say human rights activists

Burma/Myanmar Buddhist monks are feeding division say human rights activists

Dana MacLean / IRIN Global Analysis – WNN Religion & Belief (WNN/IRIN) Bangkok, THAILAND, SOUTH EASTERN ASIA: Influential Buddhist monks in Myanmar have been aggravating long standing tensions between the country’s Buddhist and Muslim communities since violence erupted between the two groups in 2012, say experts. “The Burmese Buddhist monks may not have initiated the […]

42 child soldiers released from Myanmar military through UN reintegration plan

42 child soldiers released from Myanmar military through UN reintegration plan

WNN Breaking (WNN) Yangon, BURMA/MYANMAR, SOUTH-EASTERN ASIA: In a concerted effort to stop the continued use of child soldiers by the Myanmar Armed Forces, known as the Tatmadaw, 42 child soldiers were released back to their families, and/or responsible ‘friends of family’ as coordinated efforts with the UN and local authorities is making progress to […]

Nobel Peace Laureate Suu Kyi hopes for inclusion in Burmese peace negotiations

Nobel Peace Laureate Suu Kyi hopes for inclusion in Burmese peace negotiations

Tiffany Hsiung – WNN Breaking (WNN) Naypyidaw, BURMA/MYANMAR, ASIA: Working on issues that may help bring the ethnic diversity of Burma/Myanmar together, Nobel Peace Laureate Daw Aung San Suu Kyi has released a formal statement directed toward members of Burma’s National League for Democracy party saying that she wants to be personally involved in peace […]

Continued conflict in Burma/Myanmar feeds instability

Continued conflict in Burma/Myanmar feeds instability

WNN Breaking (WNN/UN) Rakhine State, BURMA/MYANMAR: In the wake of renewed violence, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has urged the authorities in Myanmar to take action to bring an end to the lawlessness currently affecting the north of the Asian country’s Rakhine state. “While the Secretary-General notes the clear recognition at the highest political levels […]

UN Special Rapporteur calls for conflict accountabilty in Burma/Myanmar

UN Special Rapporteur calls for conflict accountabilty in Burma/Myanmar

WNN Breaking   (WNN) YANGON/GENEVA: As progress in Burma/Myanmar is beginning in politics and civil society, the region continues to grapple with serious human rights abuse across ethnic, racial and religious lines. United Nations Special Rapporteur Tomás Ojea Quintana, who visited Myanmar from 30 July to 4 August, returned to the United Nations in Geneva […]

Refugees survive continued displacement with Burma / Myanmar transition

Refugees survive continued displacement with Burma / Myanmar transition

Lynn Yoshikawa and Kristen Cordell – WNN MDG Stories (WNN/RI) BURMA/MYAMAR: After nearly 50 years of brutal military rule, Burma is embarking upon a landmark transition to civilian administration. The country has seen some promising political reforms. But the world’s longest civil war, coupled with natural disasters within the country, has created serious humanitarian needs which […]

Forced marriage up 70 percent in Myanmar

Forced marriage up 70 percent in Myanmar

WNN – MDG Stories (WNN) BANGKOK: The women from Myanmar, some arriving as young as 14, went to China with dreams of better-paid jobs that would help lift their families out of poverty.  Instead, upon arrival they are forced to marry. The men, often poor farmers, find Chinese brides hard to come by because cultural preference […]