Rangoon a Refuge for Some Thandwe Muslims
RANGOON — Muslims hiding out in Rangoon say they are among more than 100 followers of Islam who fled religious violence in Arakan State’s Thandwe Township last week to seek refuge in Burma’s biggest city.An argument between an Arakanese Buddhist and a Muslim in Thandwe spiraled out of control on Sept. 29 and eventually led to the spread of violence in surrounding villages over the next three days. Five Muslims were killed and more than 100 houses were burned to the ground.
Myanmar Urged to Ratify Chemical Weapons Treaty
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The Nobel Peace Prize awarded to a global chemical weapons watchdog on Friday has prompted a call for Myanmar to ratify a key international treaty banning the arms.New York-based Human Rights Watch (HRW) said Myanmar must ratify the Chemical Weapons Convention two decades after signing if it wants to prove to the international community it is serious about reforms.
For Myanmar's Kachin Rebels, Life Teeters Between War, Peace
by Anthony Kuhn, NPR
Despite progress in its transition to democracy, Myanmar has struggled to end all the ethnic insurgencies that have long divided the country.
Now the Kachin — the last of the insurgent groups that have been fighting the government — have signed a preliminary agreement that could end the conflict.
The agreement falls short of an actual cease-fire, but calls for both sides to work "to end all armed fighting."
Two years ago, Myanmar's army broke a cease-fire and launched an offensive against the Kachin Independence Army, or KIA. The fighting displaced more than 100,000 Kachin people, a hill tribe who live on both sides of the Myanmar-China border.Lamai Luseng is one of those who was forced to leave. She lives in a refugee camp in northern Myanmar's Kachin state. Many of the refugees have lived in the camp's wooden shacks since two years ago, when the fighting resumed.
Myanmar Muslims from Rakhine say they found refuge in Yangon
YANGON, Myanmar, Oct. 11 (UPI) -- Members of the minority Muslim community in Myanmar said they were able to find safety from violence in Rakhine state by hiding out in Yangon.
Hundreds of Muslims from Rakhine fled to Yangon, the country's former capital, and some told the Thai newspaper The Irrawaddy that parts of the city were safe. The report said that although Muslims are often subjected to arrest in Yangon the refugees had found "no discrimination" in the city.The U.S. Embassy in Yangon last week said it was monitoring the security situation after at least one person was killed and scores of homes were burned to the ground during violence against the Muslim minority in Rakhine.
Pact between Myanmar's government and Kachin rebels questioned
McClatchy Tribune in Yangon
Fighting in disputed region continues despite agreement to ease tensions, with both sides accused of continuing to enlist child soldiers
Analysts and members of the Kachin community have expressed scepticism about a seven-point agreement signed between ethnic Kachin rebels and Myanmar's government and hailed by both sides as a breakthrough.The two sides failed to agree on a ceasefire over three days of talks that ended on Thursday in the Kachin state capital, Myitkyina, instead signing a pact that includes new rules for monitoring fighting and the resettlement of citizens as a result of clashes.
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