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.

Myanmar lifts curfew in western state capital

 Myanmar Thursday lifted a dusk-to-dawn curfew imposed in the capital of Rakhine state.

Abuse growing as thousands flee Myanmar violence: UN

The thousands of Rohingya Muslims still flooding out of Myanmar`s Rakhine state two years after violence erupted there are facing increasing abuse and exploitation, the UN refugee agency warned today.

Tensions as Myanmar embarks on first census in 30 years

Tens of thousands of census-takers fanned out across Myanmar on Sunday to gather data for a rare snapshot of the former junta-ruled nation that is already stoking sectarian tensions.

UN rights chief urges Myanmar to probe sectarian killings

UN human rights chief Navi Pillay urged Myanmar on Thursday to investigate reports that more than 40 people had been killed in attacks on Rohingya Muslims in the country`s strife-torn Rakhine state.

US `troubled` by Myanmar unrest

The United States said on Friday it was "deeply troubled" by a new wave of unrest in western Myanmar which has left several people dead, and warned security forces against "excessive force."

Buddhist mobs kill 1, torch 70 homes in Myanmar

President Thein Sein on Tuesday travelled to Myanmar`s conflict-torn west as a new spate of sectarian violence gripped the state of Rakhine, with police saying Buddhist rioters killed a 94-year-old Muslim woman and torched more than 70 homes.

Sectarian tensions flare in Myanmar town

Tension was high in a northwestern Myanmar town late on Monday after Buddhist mobs torched two homes belonging to Muslims and security forces were placed on high alert.