Asia Observer

Burmas army uses rape to demoralise ethnic minorities, report says

Women’s rights group says military uses sexual violence to intimidate women in ethnic minority communities and take control of resource-rich areas

Picture shows a girl watches as soldiers (not implicated) walk by her home in Thapyuchai village, in Rakhine state. Photograph Soe Zeya Tun/


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Illegal wildlife trade along the Burma-China border

Picture - The town of Mong-La in Burma's Shan state, close to the border with China, is at the crossroads of illegal wildlife trade routes that are sucking the forests, jungles and plains of India, Burma, Laos and Thailand dry of their native animals and plants – many of them endan


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Massacre reports put Rohingya on the run

Pressure mounts on Myanmar for an investigation amid reports that dozens of the persecuted minority were killed.
Report by Joshua Carrol.


Sittwe, Myanmar - In the dusty Burmese village of Thet Kay Pyin, Rosia sits tending to her elderly, disabled mother on the


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Burma sectarian violence motivated by fear, says Aung San Suu Kyi

Burmese opposition leader stops short of condemning anti-Muslim violence and insists no ethnic cleansing is taking place in Radio. by Haroon Siddique, theguardian.com, Thursday 24 October 2013
Burma's opposition leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, has stopped short of directly condemni


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Myanmars western Rakhine state enacts 2-child limit for Muslims to stem sectarian strife

YANGON, Myanmar –  Authorities in Myanmar's western Rakhine state have introduced a two-child limit for Muslim Rohingya families in an effort to ease tensions with their Buddhist neighbors after deadly sectarian violence.

A local official said Saturday that the new


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