An abbot at a monastery in Bago Region is facing criminal charges after he allegedly forcibly kissed a woman and will now have to answer to a court for the…
Buddhist abbot Nanda Thara stands accused of organising a football match involving the outlawed Arakan Army.
Groups say RCSS/SSA maintains a campaign of closing schools, detaining civilians and monks, recruiting soldiers, and looting households in Ta’ang areas.
“There are still political prisoners behind bars despite the election of a civilian government,” said Ashin Sandar Thiri, a spokesman for the monks.
Mainstream Buddhist clerics are among the growing chorus of voices speaking out against the divisive activities of Buddhist nationalist group Ma Ba Tha.
Religious Affairs Minister Thura Aung Ko criticised monks for “wasting time” on social media, calling it “a platform for the ignition of religious and racial tensions”.