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Francis Khoo Thwe
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'.
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.
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Card Bo makes an appeal ahead of the pope's visit
The prelate expresses appreciation for the government's commitment to implementing Kofi Annan's recommendations. Poverty, youth, conflict and drug abuse are some of the challenges facing the people of Myanmar. Religious leaders are urged to use prudence and promote harmony.
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For Burmese activist, the Rohingya issue hides anti-Myanmar power games
For Tint Swe, the country is united against the UN resolution, which calls on Myanmar authorities to grant citizenship to the Muslim minority. Today Islamic movements and nations defend the Rohingya, but were not as generous in the past. The people of Burma "feel threatened". Criticism jeopardises the process of democratisation and development.
Rakhine: a thousand homes torched as tensions between Burmese and Rohingya remain high
Officially, 600 homes were burnt; local sources report "1,039 houses in eight villages". Three people died: two Muslim women and a Burmese man. Fears persist that violence between the two groups could get worse. Thein Sein tries to appease the situation by promising jobs and education to restore "peace and harmony".
Religious leaders: peace and harmony, only development path for Myanmar
In Yangon, the U.S. ambassador brings together representatives of the major faiths. Catholics represented by the Archbishop, Msgr. Charles Bo. Respect and unity in diversity, the principles of coexistence. At a young nation needing "education, health and development," not wars and conflicts.
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