Myanmar Court Freezes Bank Accounts of Fugitive Monk U Wirathu

YANGON—The Yangon Western District Court issued a warrant on Wednesday freezing the bank accounts of fugitive ultranationalist monk U Wirathu. According to police in Maha Aung Myay Township, where U Wirathu lived before going on the run, the monk has an account balance of more than 12.5 million kyats (US$8,200) at Myanma Economic Bank Branch […]

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 […]