» 11/08/2012, 00.00
Francis Khoo Thwe
Aung San Suu Kyi calls for more troops to quell violence between Burmese and Rohingya
The Nobel Prize winner wants a greater military presence in order to restore peace in Rakhine state. However, both government and opposition have failed to find a political solution to the crisis. Business interests appear to be behind the sectarian violence. Another boat carrying refugees sinks.
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.
Rakhine: hundreds of civilians flee fighting between Burmese and Arakan forces
The state has been the scene of violence between Burmese Buddhists and Muslim Rohingya. At least 300 people hastily fled the village Pyingso, in western Myanmar. Activists denounce the lack of food and resources for displaced people. The governmentâ€™s peace plan now appears in jeopardy.
Burmese Buddhists attack a Rohingya village, leaving dozens dead, including women and children
Advocacy group Arakan Project reported the attack citing sources in Du Char Yar Tan village. Hundreds of security forces are patrolling the area to avoid further violence. A rally by a Buddhist extremist leader last month led to the rise in tensions. The Burmese government denies media reports about casualties.
Mosque shuttered, prayer ban on Rohingya during Ramadan in Myanmar
During the Muslim month of fasting, mosques were sealed off. Not even for the festivity of Eid ul-Fitr were they reopened. Burmese Muslims and activists complain that pressure is being put on Muslims to leave the country. Human Rights watch calls it "state-sponsored persecution".
Burmese authorities accused again of violence against Rohingya
Human rights groups say that the Muslim minority is the victim of attacks, killings and property seizures by security forces and Buddhists. Rakhine state spokesperson denies the claims.
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