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Nov 30, 2013

Security tightened as Thai protesters seek PM’s downfall

BANGKOK (Reuters) – Police tightened security in Thailand’s capital on Saturday as thousands of protesters rallied outside a state telecommunications group and vowed to occupy Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra’s office to paralyze her administration.

Faced with dwindling support, demonstrators have started to up the ante and burst into the headquarters of the army on Friday, urging it to join their side in a complex power struggle centered on the enduring political influence of Yingluck’s billionaire brother, ousted prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra.

Jul 17, 2013

Smugglers and security forces prey on Asia’s new boat people

PADANG BESAR, Thailand (Reuters) – The beatings were accompanied by threats: If his family didn’t produce the money, Myanmar refugee Abdul Sabur would be sold into slavery on a fishing boat, his captors shouted, lashing him with bamboo sticks.

It had been more than two months since Sabur and his wife set sail from Myanmar with 118 other Rohingya Muslims to escape violence and persecution. Twelve died on the disastrous voyage. The survivors were imprisoned in India and then handed over to people smugglers in southern Thailand.

Jul 17, 2013

Special Report: Smugglers and security forces prey on Asia’s new boat people

PADANG BESAR, Thailand (Reuters) – The beatings were accompanied by threats: If his family didn’t produce the money, Myanmar refugee Abdul Sabur would be sold into slavery on a fishing boat, his captors shouted, lashing him with bamboo sticks.

It had been more than two months since Sabur and his wife set sail from Myanmar with 118 other Rohingya Muslims to escape violence and persecution. Twelve died on the disastrous voyage. The survivors were imprisoned in India and then handed over to people smugglers in southern Thailand.

Jun 12, 2013

Myanmar gas pipeline complete but cites China delays

NAYPYITAW, Myanmar, June 12 (Reuters) – A pipeline
connecting western Myanmar to China is ready to carry gas from
July, but it won’t be fully operational for about three more
months due to construction delays in China, Myanmar’s energy
minister said.

The multibillion-dollar pipeline stretches 870 km (540
miles) from the Indian Ocean to the Chinese border and will
deliver oil and gas to energy thirsty western China and generate
much-needed revenue for Myanmar’s new reformist government.

Jun 11, 2013

Myanmar minister backs two-child policy for Rohingya minority

NAYPYITAW, Myanmar (Reuters) – Myanmar’s Immigration Minister has expressed support for a controversial two-child limit on a Muslim minority group that opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi and the United Nations call discriminatory and a violation of human rights.

Khin Yi, Minister of Immigration and Population, is the most senior official to publicly support the recently announced enforcement by local authorities of a two-child policy in northwestern Rakhine State for Rohingya Muslims, a stateless minority termed “Bengalis” by the Myanmar government.

May 16, 2013
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Apartheid tactics separate Myanmar’s minority Muslims from majority Buddhists

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(Rohingya Muslims look through the gates of a house in a village where many displaced by violence found shelter, near Sittwe April 27, 2013.  REUTERS/Damir Sagolj )

A 16-year-old Muslim boy lay dying on a thin metal table. Bitten by a rabid dog a month ago, he convulsed and drooled as his parents wedged a stick between his teeth to stop him from biting off his tongue.

May 15, 2013

In Myanmar, apartheid tactics against minority Muslims

SITTWE, Myanmar (Reuters) – A 16-year-old Muslim boy lay dying on a thin metal table. Bitten by a rabid dog a month ago, he convulsed and drooled as his parents wedged a stick between his teeth to stop him from biting off his tongue.

Swift treatment might have saved Waadulae. But there are no doctors, painkillers or vaccines in this primitive hospital near Sittwe, capital of Rakhine State in western Myanmar. It is a lonely medical outpost that serves about 85,300 displaced people, almost all of them Muslims who lost their homes in fighting with Buddhist mobs last year.

May 15, 2013

Special Report-In Myanmar, apartheid tactics against minority Muslims

SITTWE, Myanmar (Reuters) – A 16-year-old Muslim boy lay dying on a thin metal table. Bitten by a rabid dog a month ago, he convulsed and drooled as his parents wedged a stick between his teeth to stop him from biting off his tongue.

Swift treatment might have saved Waadulae. But there are no doctors, painkillers or vaccines in this primitive hospital near Sittwe, capital of Rakhine State in western Myanmar. It is a lonely medical outpost that serves about 85,300 displaced people, almost all of them Muslims who lost their homes in fighting with Buddhist mobs last year.

Apr 23, 2013

Indonesian president urges Myanmar to address Muslim violence

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – The president of Indonesia, the world’s most populous Muslim country, said on Tuesday he would urge Myanmar’s leaders to address Buddhist-led violence against Muslims that he said could cause problems for Muslims elsewhere in the region.

Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono’s visit to Myanmar on Tuesday and Wednesday comes a month after at least 43 people, mostly Muslims, were killed in four days of violence led by Buddhist mobs in the central city of Meikhtila, 80 miles (130 km) north of the capital, Naypyitaw. That sparked a wave of anti-Muslim violence.

Apr 23, 2013

Indonesia to urge Myanmar to address Muslim violence

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – The president of Indonesia, the world’s most populous Muslim country, said on Tuesday he would urge Myanmar’s leaders to address Buddhist-led violence against Muslims that he said could cause problems for Muslims elsewhere in the region.

Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono’s visit later in the day to Myanmar comes a month after at least 43 people, mostly Muslims, were killed in four days of violence led by Buddhist mobs in the central city of Meikhtila, 80 miles north of the capital, Naypyitaw. That sparked a wave of anti-Muslim violence.

    • About Jason

      "As Southeast Asia Bureau Chief, Jason Szep manages text, pictures and television news operations across 10 countries for Reuters. He has been a Reuters correspondent, bureau chief and editor since 1990 and won the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi award in 2007. He is a Boston native and has had postings with Reuters in Toronto, Sydney, Hong Kong, Singapore, Tokyo, Boston and Bangkok. His assignments have ranged from Kabul and Islamabad to the U.S. presidential campaign trail during the 2008 election."
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