The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights says she has received credible information that at least 48 Muslim Rohingyas were killed last week in northern Arakan, but the Burmese government maintains the murders never happened.
The Burmese government denied on Friday that a Buddhist mob ripped through a town in an isolated strife-torn corner of the country this week, attacking Muslim women and children. Villagers and a rights group said more than a dozen people may have been killed, and that hundreds have fled.
Anti-terrorism squad kills six suspected militants and arrests another during an extended standoff at a house near the Indonesian capital which comes as an investigation continues into an alleged plot to bomb the Burmese embassy.
Associated Press photographer Gemunu Amarsinghe recently submitted a photo essay from Chin state where ancient traditions and a rich culture struggle to prevail against a history of religious conversion, Burmese chauvinism, military rule and economic misery.
The Obama administration faced strong bipartisan opposition on Wednesday to plans for limited US engagement with Burma’s powerful military due to concerns over human rights and its lingering ties with North Korea.
The UN General Assembly’s human rights committee passes a resolution urging Burma to give the stateless Rohingya minority equal access to citizenship and to crack down on Buddhist violence against them and other Muslims in the country.
Sein Win, a renowned journalist in Burma who championed press freedom and endured three stints in prison as he chronicled several decades of his country’s turbulent history, died on Thursday at age 91.