Burma

Burma releases dozens of political prisoners

By Tue, Jul 23, 2013 6:22PM UTC The gates of notorious Insein Prison in Yangon, Burma. Pic: AP.

YANGON, Burma (AP) — Burma’s president has pardoned at least 70 more political prisoners, just days after promising to free all who remain jailed by the end of the year. The release of political detainees in Burma has been a key concern of the United States and other Western nations.

Burma President calls for end to sectarian violence

By Mon, Jul 22, 2013 6:38PM UTC President U Thein Sein delivers a speech in meeting with Interfaith Friendship Group and Myanmar National Human Rights Commission at Yangon Region Government Office on 21 July 2013, Sunday.(Photo: http://www.president-office.gov.mm/en/)

Burma President U Thein Sein has urged the Interfaith Friendship Group and Myanmar National Human Rights Commission to cooperate with the government to help end the conflict the two communities in the country, the state-run New Light of Myanmar reported today. He insisted that the conflict between Buddhists and Muslims

Burma: Extremist monk Wirathu blames bombing on Muslims

By Mon, Jul 22, 2013 5:44PM UTC Buddhist monks and residents watch police examining a car after an explosion in Mandalay, central Burma. Pic: AP.

YANGON, Burma (AP) — A firebrand monk blamed Islamic extremists Monday for a small bomb that slightly wounded five people when it went off while he was preaching in Burma’s second-largest city, though police said it was too early to speculate. The blast occurred at 9 p.m. Sunday during a

The irony of Burma trying an activist for ‘negligent homicide’

By Mon, Jul 22, 2013 2:04PM UTC Campaigners protest Burma President Thein Sein's UK visit outside the Houses of Parliament in London, Monday, July 15. Pic: AP.

In the same week that President Thein Sein told an audience in London that all political prisoners would be freed by the end of the year, several more were added. First was Brang Shawng, a Kachin farmer taken by police a year ago from a displacement camp in Burma’s north

Burma police: Explosion near Wirathu sermon in Mandalay wounds 5

By Mon, Jul 22, 2013 12:40PM UTC Controversial Buddhist monk Wirathu. Pic: AP.

YANGON, Burma (AP) — A small explosion went off near a firebrand monk as he was giving a sermon in Burma’s second-largest city, wounding five people, police and witnesses said Monday. The blast occurred at around 9 p.m. Sunday during a Buddhist ceremony in Mandalay. Ashin Wirathu — a monk

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