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Burma carrying out 'policy of ethnic cleansing' against Muslims, says human rights agency

Human Rights Watch calls for an international inquiry into the violence in Burma as they release evidence that Burmese security forces organised and stood guard over Buddhist attacks on Muslim settlements before burying scores of bodies in mass graves.<p>Evidence of official involvement in the …

More Boat People Drown in Bid to Flee Burma, Prompting U.N. Call for Action

After at least 70 people drowned over the weekend as they tried to escape hardship in Burma’s conflict-weary Arakan state. The latest tragedy has …

Is the World’s Longest-Running Civil War About to End?

Hopes for a historic peace deal in Burma were raised this week with a meeting between government officials and representatives of more than a dozen …

Boat Carrying Muslim Rohingya Sinks off Burma Coast

Aid workers say only eight survivors have been rescued from a boat carrying at least 70 Muslim Rohingya, after it capsized off the western coast of …

Burma sectarian violence motivated by fear, says Aung San Suu Kyi

Burmese opposition leader stops short of condemning anti-Muslim violence and insists no ethnic cleansing is taking place in Radio 4 interview<p>Burma's opposition leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, has stopped short of directly condemning anti-Muslim violence in the country and said that it was motivated by …

Burma hotel bombing: arrested man 'involved in planting second device'

Man accused of planting bomb in Rangoon's Traders Hotel also suspected of playing role in foiled plot to blow up restaurant<p>A man arrested over a hotel bombing in Burma in which an American woman was injured had been under surveillance for alleged involvement in the planting of a second device found …

Rangoon hotel bombed amid wave of blasts in Burma

American guest wounded by timebomb at Traders Hotel, authorities say, while other devices go off in city and elsewhere<p>A homemade timebomb went off in a prestigious Rangoon hotel on Monday, ripping apart a room and injuring an American guest, Burmese authorities have said. It was part of a wave of …

Burma: the power trap of Naypyidaw

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Asia

Burma releases 56 political prisoners in new amnesty

Authorities in Burma, also known as Myanmar, have released 56 political prisoners from at least a dozen detention centres as part of a presidential amnesty, government sources said on Tuesday.<p>Myanmar released 56 political prisoners, including some former ethnic minority separatists, in a …

Asia Pacific

Can investment help Burma emerge from economic strife and oppression?

Investors shouldn't ignore human rights abuses in Burma, but nor should they stay away – change will come from within<p>It is hard to reconcile the urgent flurry of foreign investment in Burma with the pictures of blood-stained roads and burning schools that attest to the sectarian and religious …

Human Rights

Supporting Human Rights in Burma

Yesterday’s announcement that President Obama will become the first U.S. President to visit Burma marks an historic step in the United States’ engagement with Burma. In the past year, since President Obama first noted “flickers of progress” in Burma – and since Secretary Clinton became the most …

In the New Burma, One Marginalized Group Has Yet to See Peace

The Kachin's prolonged suffering may turn civilians against the government.<p>RANGOON, Burma --- Each year on February 12, Union Day is meant to celebrate cross-racial unity among Burma's more than 100 minority groups, which comprise nearly one-third of the population. The day - marked by pageantry, …

‘969’: The three digits that are terrifying Muslims in Burma

Brightly-coloured posters and stickers bearing the number "969" are popping up in cities all over Burma. These look innocuous enough at first glance. …

Burma: Buddhist mobs burn down Muslim homes and shops

Sectarian violence breaks out again in north-west of the country after rumours of a sexual assault<p>Fresh sectarian violence broke out in north-western Burma late on Saturday when Buddhist mobs burned down dozens of homes and shops following rumours that a young woman had been sexually assaulted by a …