» 06/13/2012, 00.00
MYANMAR - BANGLADESH
As Dhaka turns away a thousand Burmese Rohingya, Sittwe is patrolled by soldiers
Bangladesh prevented a thousand refugees on three boats from landing. In previous days, an additional 500 were sent back to Myanmar. Security forces patrol the streets of the capital of Rakhine State, scene of Buddhist-Muslim clashes. Apparent calm could turn violent again.
(AsiaNews/Agencies) - Bangladesh turned away three big boats carrying about
1,000 Rohingya Muslims fleeing violence in the Myanmar state of Rakhine, scene
of sectarian violence between the Muslim minority and Buddhists. The attempt to
land was made yesterday but Bangladeshi authorities sent back the would-be
refugees. They did the same a few days ago with another 500. Meanwhile, soldiers
and police patrol the city of Sittwe in Myanmar where President Thein Sein
imposed a curfew to prevent sectarian clashes that have so far 23 claimed lives.
Local witnesses said that at present is relatively calm, but could reignite
[the boats] have been chased away," police official Jahangir Alam said by phone
on Saint Martin's, an island in the Bay of Bengal. "We are keeping our eyes
open so that nobody can enter Bangladesh illegally."
the authorities, using loudspeakers, called on islanders to be vigilant to
prevent Rohingya Muslims from entering the country.
Bangladesh stopped some 1,500 Muslim refugees from Myanmar; 500 of them were
found in 11 boats that were intercepted a few days ago off the Bangladeshi coast.
Myanmar, the authorities have deployed soldiers in the streets of Sittwe, the
capital of Rakhine State. Using loudspeakers, soldiers went street to street warning
residents that "zero tolerance" would be enforced on anyone found with weapons
or caught in the act of burning buildings.
far, state media have reported 21 deaths and an equal number of wounded as well
as almost 1,700 buildings set on fire.
apparent calm has come to the city but almost all stores are closed and few
people can be seen in the streets or in public places.
broke out in late May when a Buddhist woman was raped and killed. An angry
crowd blamed Muslims and attacked a bus carrying Muslim passengers, killing
the state capital of Rakhine, is under the control of security forces. As an
important trading hub, the city is the point of origin for oil and gas
pipelines being built by China National Petroleum Corp that stretch to Yunnan
its 135 or more ethnic groups, Myanmar has always had difficulties in having
them live together. In the past, the country's military junta used an iron fist
against the more rebellious of them.
constitute 4 per cent of Myanmar's 60 million people. Rohingya number 750,000
according to UN figures, mostly in Rakhine state. Another million or so are
divided between Bangladesh, Thailand and Malaysia.
state of emergency is the first exceptional measure taken by Thein Sein. Since he
became president more than a year ago, he has been trying to move the country
from a military dictatorship to limited democracy.
Rakhine: More than 100 dead in clashes between ethnic Burmese and Rohingya
Fighting between majority Buddhists and minority Muslims restarted on Sunday. So far, in addition to the dead, 72 people have been injured and some 2,000 homes set on fire. Myanmar president rails against manipulators who are behind the violence, pledges action by the military and the authorities to restore stability. Bangladesh tightens controls to stop refugees from reaching its coasts.
For Archbishop of Yangon, marriage, conversion and the vote are inviolable human rights
Archbishop Bo stresses the importance of civil rights, the basis of a democratic society. Marriage must be free from coercion and open to people of different faiths. The right to convert and the right of the religious leaders, be they Buddhist, Christian, Muslim and Hindu, to vote are equally crucial. An interfaith meeting was recently held in Yangon on the topic of 'social harmony'.
In Mandalay, 362 people arrested after sectarian violence but culprits still free
Hundreds of people are arrested for curfew violation. Sixteen are detained for gun possession without a licence. However, the people sought in two murders are still on the run. Myanmar president threatens media if the country's "stability" is undermined.
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Burmese Buddhist leaders against anti-Muslim Ma Ba Tha movement
For the first time, the Sangha Maha Nayaka Committee openly disavows the extremist group. In a statement, Buddhist leaders say they never supported the ideas and statements by ultra-nationalists. For a Ma Ba Tha spokesman, the group is a voluntary organisation that does not require anyone’s approval.
"My Friend" campaign to counter Myanmar’s anti-Rohingya violence
A few months before the country’s election, a group of students has launched a social media campaign in favour of peace and dialogue. By posting selfies showing Buddhists and Muslims together, a Buddhist student wants to prove that "Friendship has no boundaries." For a young Muslim, technology can be used “for the betterment of society."
Pope: together with the faithful in China on 24 May to celebrate Our Lady of Sheshan
During the Regina Caeli, Pope Francis speaks about the World Day of Prayer for the Church in China, instituted by Benedict XVI. Chinese Catholics must make a “personal contribution to communion among believers and to harmony in the whole society." AsiaNews Symposium on the Church in China is set for this week. Francis appeals for peace in the Central African Republic, and for loving “one another following the example of the Lord”. For him, “Sometimes conflicts, pride, envy, and divisions leave a blotch on the beautiful face of the Church.” Five new cardinals will be named, including a bishop from Laos.
May 24, 2017: 'China, the Cross is Red', AsiaNews Symposium
The event will be held to mark the World Day of Prayer for the Church in China. A title with many meanings: the Cross is red from the blood of the martyrs; From attempts to suffocate the faith with state control; Bceause of the contribution of hope that Christianity gives to a population tired of materialism and consumerism that is seeking new moral criteria. The theme is also about the great and unexpected religious rebirth in the country. Guests to include: Card. Pietro Parolin, Msgr. Savio Hon, the sociologist of religions Richard Madsen, the testimonies of Chinese priests and laity.
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