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A leading human rights group on Monday called on Myanmar to move immediately to protect Muslims facing threats to their rights to free exercise of religion. Police are charging three Muslim men who last week organized a street prayer in Myanmar’s largest city, Yangon, to protest the closure of two religious schools, reducing the number of places of worship for Muslims during the holy month of Ramadan. Local administrative authorities also warned Muslims not to hold such prayers, claiming...

Myanmar's army on Tuesday rejected allegations of human rights abuses during its crackdown on Rohingya Muslim last year, made by the United Nations in a report on the offensive that forced some 75,000 Rohingya to flee to neighboring Bangladesh. UN investigators who interviewed hundreds of escapees documented reports of mass killings, widespread rapes and horrifying accounts of babies being thrown into burning houses. In a report released in February they said security forces may have...

Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi has denied ethnic cleansing of the country's Rohingya Muslims, despite the UN and human rights organizations saying that the army's conduct may amount to war crimes. "I don't think there is ethnic cleansing going on. I think ethnic cleansing is too strong an expression to use for what is happening," Suu Kyi told the BBC in an interview on Wednesday.

The Nobel Peace Prize winner has faced international criticism for the country's treatment of its one...

The United Nations Human Rights Council on Friday decided to send "urgently" an independent international fact-finding mission to Myanmar to investigate alleged human rights violations in the country, against Rohingya Muslims in particular.

The mission will establish "the facts and circumstances" of the alleged "violations by military and security forces, and abuses, in Myanmar, in particular in Rakhine State, including but not limited to arbitrary detention, torture and inhuman...

The Burmese authorities may have killed more than 1,000 Rohingya Muslims during a recent crackdown on the minority group in the northeast Rakhine state, two unnamed UN officials have told the Reuters news agency. Authorities in Burma launched a military campaign against the Rohingya after militant elements of the group were accused of attacking police border posts in October last year. The government accepts it has killed some Rohingyas in the crackdown but denies allegations of atrocities...

The world's main pan-Islamic body is expected to pile pressure on Myanmar over a bloody crackdown on Rohingya Muslims, when it meets for a special session in Kuala Lumpur on Thursday.

Almost 70,000 Rohingya have fled the northern part of Rakhine state since October when the Myanmar army launched "clearance operations" allegedly to root out rebels accused of deadly raids on police border posts.

Arriving in neighbouring Bangladesh, the displaced Rohingya have recounted...

Sexual violence has become an effective tool of oppression for the Myanmar security forces who continue to raid villages in the country's Rakhine state in search of insurgents, allege locals and the Rohingyas who have taken refuge in Bangladesh.

This correspondent spoke with several Rohingya women who claimed to have been picked up by the military and taken to camps. The victims, new arrivals at the refugee camps in Cox’s Bazar, said the military gang-raped them for days.

“I...

A Muslim gathering in a small Myanmar town has been canceled due to a protest from a Buddhist nationalist group -- the second such disturbance in the country this month.

The event due to be held in the town of Pyay in Bago region, around 440 kilometers northwest of Myanmar’s former capital Yangon, was canceled last minute after a Yangon-based nationalist group pressured local authorities and Muslim residents, the Irrawaddy online magazine reported.

The report said authorities...

Images have emerged of the body of a baby boy, reported to be a Rohingya Muslim child who drowned while fleeing violence in Burma’s Rakhine state.

Non-state media are banned from entering the north of Burma – making it difficult to verify the the photograph – and the government has dismissed the image as “propaganda”.

Despite documented evidence by human rights organisations, Burmese authorities on Wednesday released a report denying allegations of human rights violations...

A commission probing violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine state said on Wednesday that there was no evidence of genocide or religious persecution against Rohingya Muslims.

The interim report of the commission came days after a video emerged showing police beating civilians from the Muslim minority.

The size of, what the report calls, the 'Bengali' population, mosques and religious buildings in the unrest-hit area "are proof that there were no cases of genocide and religious...

Myanmar is to investigate police officers who were filmed beating Rohingya villagers, an unusual admission that security forces may have carried out abuses against the Muslim minority.

The office of Aung San Suu Kyi, the country’s de facto leader, said action would be taken after the a user called Rohingya Blogger posted the video on YouTube over the weekend.

Filmed by a policeman smoking a cigarette, it shows his colleagues kicking two men sat on the ground and using as baton...

At least 86 people have been killed and 30,000 displaced as violence continues unabated in Myanmar's Rakhine state.

Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar poured into neighbouring Bangladesh this week with some feared drowned after a boat sank in a river during a bid to flee escalating violence that has killed at least 86 people and displaced about 30,000.

Some Rohingya refugees have been missing since Tuesday after a group crossed the river Naaf that separates Myanmar and Bangladesh....

A state official in Burma’s troubled Arakan state has threatened to demolish Muslim schools, homes and mosques — claiming that the structures were built illegally — in a move that could further inflame tensions between Buddhist and Muslim communities in the country.

The announcement appeared in a state government-affiliated online journal this week, according to a local news site, the Irrawaddy. Citing a state minister, Colonel Htein Lin, the report said thousands of buildings could...