Myanmar’s Radical Buddhist Group Gets Rebuked

Myanmar’s nationalist Buddhist group known as The Committee for the Protection of Nationality and Religion (Ma Ba Tha) has suddenly found itself losing support from government officials and the online community. First, Yangon Region Chief Minister U Phyo Min Thein boldly declared in public that Ma Ba Tha is “unnecessary and redundant” since there is […]

Myanmar is cracking down on Buddhist extremism directed at Muslims

YANGON (Reuters) – Myanmar is cracking down on Buddhist extremism, aiming to curb ethnic and religious tension that saw two mosques destroyed and scores of Muslim residents fleeing their villages in recent weeks. Nobel Peace Prize winner and government leader Aung San Suu Kyi has come under criticism from human rights activists and lawyers for […]

Hardline Myanmar monk blasts ‘dictator’ Aung San Suu Kyi

YANGON: A firebrand monk slammed Aung San Suu Kyi as a “dictator”on Wednesday (Jul 13), accusing Myanmar’s civilian-led government of trying to destroy an ultra-nationalist Buddhist group blamed for a surge in sectarian violence across the country. The attack came after the body representing Myanmar’s top monks distanced itself from the hardline Ma Ba Tha […]

Myanmar minister warns nationalists to end hate speech

YANGON: Myanmar’s minister for religion on Thursday (Jul 14) warned ultra-nationalist monks to avoid hate speech, in a rare government rebuke to Buddhist hardliners behind bilious anti-Muslim rhetoric. The warning came after a firebrand monk from the Ma Ba Tha movement on Wednesday decried Myanmar’s de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi as a “dictator” intent […]

Myanmar’s post-election landscape reshaped by Suu Kyi victory

While supporters of Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi hit the streets to celebrate an apparent landslide win for her party in Sunday’s election, a dazed former general sat at home licking his wounds. Veteran politician Htay Oo, acting chief of the ruling Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP), lost his seat in the […]