A senior US official says he’s “encouraged” by the efforts of Burma’s new government to resolve religious tensions in Arakan State, but others are less impressed.
Closing arguments are heard in the trial of writer Htin Linn Oo, who stands accused of blasphemy charges for criticising the Buddhist monk-led Ma-ba-tha.
A revered Buddhist monk gave testimony in a Sagaing Division court on Monday, acting as a defence witness for Htin Lin Oo, who stands accused of defamation.
Those taking offence might also be prompted to reflect on the centrality of the idea of non-attachment and understand that their resentment is a hindrance upon the Buddhist path.
One of Burma’s most famous actors, Ye Deight, is charged with defaming religion after displaying bizarre behaviour outside a church in Rangoon. He staged a solo demonstration after being kicked…