Wirathu Joins Arakanese Protest Against Census


Wirathu Joins Arakanese Protest Against Census

Nationalist monk U Wirathu joins protests by Arakanese Buddhists, who oppose the upcoming census because it allows Rohingya to register their identity as they wish.


Thein Sein Orders Commission, Court to Draft ‘Protection of Religion’ LawA public proposal, backed by the 969 movement, has called for a law that will include restrictions on marriage between people of different faiths.

88 Generation, Ethnic Alliance Join to Promote ReformThe influential pro-democracy group teams up with ethnic leaders to advocate for amendments to the 2008 charter, which was drafted by the previous military regime.

Arakanese MPs Oppose Census Classification for RohingyaArakanese MPs complain to the government over the fact that the upcoming census will allow stateless Rohingya to register their ethnic identity as they wish.

Fighting in North Burma Could Derail Peace Process: Ethnic LeaderA senior ethnic leader warns that a recent increase in fighting between the military and ethnic rebels in northern Burma could affect ongoing peace talks.

Burma Suspends All Aid Operations of MSFMédicine Sans Frontièrs programs serving tens of thousands of people have been stopped because of government objections to MSF projects for Rohingyas in Arakan State.

Thein Sein Asks Parliament to Discuss Interfaith MarriageBurma’s president calls on lawmakers to consider a bill to restrict interfaith marriage, but the speaker of Parliament refuses until relevant government bodies get involved.

Besieged MSF Calls for Dialogue With Arakan ProtestorsMédecins Sans Frontières (MSF) calls for dialogue with Sittwe residents protesting the medical aid group’s presence in Arakan State as demonstrations against the NGO continue.

Burma Army Attacks Displaced 3,000 Palaung Civilians: Rights GroupAn increase in Burma Army operations against ethnic rebels in northern Shan State has displaced over 3,000 Palaung civilians last year, a rights group reports.

In Meeting With NLD Cofounder, Wirathu Cautions Against Suu Kyi PresidencyThe controversial Buddhist monk U Wirathu advises the opposition National League for Democracy to refrain from pushing the presidential candidacy of Aung San Suu Kyi.

‘Pre-Negotiation’ Meeting Called as Burma’s Ceasefire Talks FalterThe ethnic armed groups’ leaders are not yet ready to hold official talks in Hpa-an, and say the Burma government needs to drops some of its demands.

Govt Investigation ‘Failed’ to Address Alleged Rohingya Killings: UN EnvoyUN human rights rapporteur says he will urge the UN Human Rights Council to probe alleged Rohingya massacre unless Burma’s inquiry meets international standards.

A Boat Trip to MaungdawA reporter travels to northern Arakan State, visits the Bangladesh border and makes his way to the village where dozens of people were allegedly killed.

On Mon National Day, Cautious Support for Peace ProcessThousands of people celebrate their heritage in southeastern Burma, with ethnic leaders reiterating support for peace talks while also remaining apprehensive.

Burma Parliament Committee: Keep Main Points of ConstitutionThe 109-member committee recommends no changes to articles that bar Suu Kyi from the presidency and guarantee the military a key role in politics.

Soldier Accused of Rape Attempt in Mon StateA Burma Army soldier based in Mon State’s Thanbyuzayat Township allegedly beat and tried to rape an ethnic Mon woman on Saturday.

Blaze Destroys 16 Homes at Site of Alleged Rohingya KillingsA fire on Tuesday night destroyed 16 homes in Du Chee Yar Tan village, the site of the alleged killing of dozens of Rohingyas two weeks ago.

Govt Rejects Call for Int’l Investigation Into Alleged Rohingya KillingsBurma rejects calls by the US government for the involvement of international officials in an investigation into the alleged massacre of dozens of Rohingya villagers.

Constitutional Change Could Trigger ‘Political Instability’: Shwe MannUnion Parliament Speaker Shwe Mann warns against being “too greedy” when seeking amendments to the Constitution, saying disagreements over the charter could cause “political instability.”

Burma Govt Rejects ‘Unacceptable’ UN Statement on Rohingya KillingsThe United Nations’ human rights chief calls for an investigation into ‘credible reports’ that at least 48 Muslims were killed recently in Arakan State.

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