BURMA/MYANMAR: Ethnic indigenous Chin christians afraid to return home

BURMA/MYANMAR: Ethnic indigenous Chin christians afraid to return home

IRIN for WNN Justice (WNN/IRIN) Aizawl, BURMA/MYANMAR, SOUTHEAST ASIA: Recent political reforms have not improved conditions in Myanmar’s northwestern Chin State, but life in neighbouring India – where many Chin people continue to seek asylum and livelihoods – often means surviving without legal protection and encountering tensions with host communities, experts say. A 1988 uprising […]

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 […]

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 […]

BURMA/MYANMAR: Rebel fighters sign pact to eliminate child soldiers

BURMA/MYANMAR: Rebel fighters sign pact to eliminate child soldiers

WNN MDG Stories (WNN/IRIN) CHIANG MAI, Burma/MYANMAR: Two ethnic groups in Myanmar recently became the first rebel fighters to sign a “deed commitment” with Swiss-based rights group Geneva Call, pledging to eliminate underage soldiers and protect children in armed conflict. As signatories the Karenni National Progressive Party/Karenni Army (KNPP/KA) and the New Mon State Party/Mon […]

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 […]

BURMA/MYANMAR: UN calls for investigation as tension hightens for displaced

BURMA/MYANMAR: UN calls for investigation as tension hightens for displaced

WNN Breaking (WNN) UNITED NATIONS: As the humanitarian crisis increases in the northern Rakhine State of Burma/Myanmar due to religious violence between Buddhists and Muslims in the region, Mr. Vijay Nambiar, Special Advisor for the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon, has called for an investigation into the most recent outbreak of violence. Reports have outlined […]