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Thai navy denies allegation of Rohingya Muslim smuggling

By Amy Sawitta Lefevre BANGKOK, July 19 (Reuters) – Thailand’s navy denied on Friday a Reuters report that its personnel were involved in a lucrative smuggling and trafficking network that exploits minority Rohingya Muslims fleeing persecution and dire living conditions in Myanmar. The Reuters investigation, citing people smugglers and Rohingyas who made the journey, found … Continue reading

Analysis: How to reverse Buddhism’s radical turn in Southeast Asia?

BANGKOK, 16 July 2013 (IRIN) – Influential Buddhist monks in Myanmar have been aggravating longstanding tensions between the country’s Buddhist and Muslim communities since violence erupted between the two groups in 2012, say experts. “The Burmese Buddhist monks may not have initiated the violence but they rode the wave and began to incite more,” said … Continue reading

Analysis: Myanmar’s Rakhine State – where aid can do harm

By Dana MacLean, BANGKOK, 3 July 2013 (IRIN)    The aid community should proceed carefully to avoid enflaming sectarian tensions in Myanmar’s Rakhine State more than a year after the first wave of inter-communal violence.   “The biggest challenge faced by humanitarian aid groups to operate in contexts of sectarian violence is to be perceived as … Continue reading