Myanmar Rohingya boat dead `forced` to travel by sea: Witnesses

Witnesses to a boat capsize that left some 20 people dead, including children, say the victims were from the persecuted Rohingya Muslim minority and blamed the tragedy on restrictions that forced them to journey by sea.

HRW urges Myanmar to end 'abusive restriction' on Rohingyas

The Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Wednesday urged Myanmar to put an end to "abusive restrictions" on the ethnic Rohingya Muslim minority in the western Rakhine state.

Myanmar lifts state of emergency in troubled Rakhine state

Myanmar`s outgoing government on Tuesday lifted a state of emergency in conflict-hit Rakhine, a parting gesture that coincides with turbulent relations between Aung San Suu Kyi`s new administration and the western state`s powerful Buddhist political party.

Myanmar's Suu Kyi calls for unity in divided Rakhine

Myanmar's Aung San Suu Kyi called for unity in volatile Rakhine state on Saturday in an impassioned election rally, tackling head-on bitter religious divisions between Buddhists and Muslims that have shaken the former junta-run nation.

69 die in Myanmar floods, 250,000 affected

 The death toll from severe flooding in Myanmar has risen to 69, with 259,799 people affected by the disaster, the ministry of social welfare said on Wednesday.

Myanmar admits `weak` flood response as disaster spreads

Myanmar`s government admitted its "weak" response to floods inundating swathes of the country had hampered evacuation efforts, state media said Tuesday, as officials warned that swollen rivers were threatening new areas.

Severe flooding hampers rescue efforts in Myanmar, at least 27 dead

Severe flooding hampers rescue efforts in Myanmar, at least 27 dead

Severe flooding across Myanmar hampered rescue efforts on Saturday as thousands sheltered at monasteries after rising waters triggered by torrential rains killed at least 27 people, officials said.

Anti-migrant protests in Myanmar`s troubled Rakhine

Buddhist hardliners backed by monks protested in Myanmar`s troubled Rakhine state Sunday against help being offered to desperate migrants found adrift on boats in the Bay of Bengal.

Over 416,000 people need aid in Myanmar's Rakhine State

 The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said that three years since outbreaks of inter-communal violence in Rakhine State in Myanmar, more than 416,000 people continue to need humanitarian assistance.

Migrant boat seized off Myanmar still at sea a day later

A boat packed with more than 700 "boat people" seized of Myanmar`s coast was still being towed at sea on Saturday, as officials gave mixed signals about its final destination.

"Myanmar navy carries out first rescue of migrant boat"

Myanmar's navy has carried out its first rescue of a migrant boat, bringing 208 people to shore, an official said on Friday, as it faced mounting international pressure to tackle a regional migration crisis.

Myanmar`s Rohingya parents anxious for news of missing children

A generation of young Rohingya Muslims are disappearing on boats to escape persecution and despair in Myanmar, leaving frantic parents behind clutching on to little more than photographs and fading hope that their children are safe.

UN chief urges Myanmar to address Muslims' status ahead of vote

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Friday urged Myanmar to address the citizenship status of Rohingya Muslims in the country`s western Rakhine state ahead of a general election scheduled to be held later this year.

Myanmar to inspect all state-owned boats after ferry sinking

Myanmar will inspect all state-owned vessels after a ferry accident off the country`s western Rakhine state that left at least 61 people dead, state media said on Wednesday.

About 50 dead as Myanmar ferry sinks in bad weather

About 50 people were believed to have drowned off Myanmar when a ferry sank in bad weather, government officials said on Saturday, though residents said they believed more people on the overcrowded vessel had died.

Myanmar nationalists threaten protests over Rohingya vote change

Nationalist monks and some political leaders in Myanmar have threatened to hold mass rallies to protest a parliamentary decision giving the Rohingya ethnic minority voting rights in a referendum to amend the constitution.

Myanmar condemns UN official for using term "Rohingya"

 Myanmar on Wednesday condemned a UN official for using the term Rohingya to describe a persecuted minority that the government refers to as Bengali, which implies they are illegal immigrants from neighbouring Bangladesh.

Myanmar policies behind Rakhine `oppression`: US envoy

A senior US diplomat Tuesday criticised Myanmar`s policies which impose severe restrictions on the Muslim Rohingya community in Rakhine, saying they "oppress" people in the strife-torn state. 

US warns Myanmar over growing religious tensions

A top American diplomat Friday decried growing religious intolerance in Myanmar and warned the use of faith for political ends was "playing with fire" in a crunch election year for the former junta-run country.

Number of Rohingya fleeing Myanmar tops 100,000

A growing sense of desperation is fueling a mass exodus of Rohingya Muslims from western Myanmar, with the number fleeing by boat since communal violence broke out two years ago now topping 100,000, a leading expert said on Saturday.