Religion Newswriters assembled 15 journalists, editors and media professionals from across Myanmar for an intensive training course on how best to cover religious freedom and conflict. Here’s the resolution they bring back to their newsrooms.
SITTWE, Myanmar (RNS) As Myanmar steps into the spotlight this week, the worsening plight of the Rohingya Muslim minority is casting a shadow over the country's hopes for democratic reforms.
Maybe, but only up to a point.
"Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, continues to experience the violent persecution of its minority population of Rohingya Muslims. Muslims are being attacked by mobs of extremist Buddhist factions, despite Buddhist principles of nonviolence."
BANGKOK (RNS) In some parts of Asia, a more assertive, strident and militant Buddhism is emerging.
(RNS) At the end of a three-day tour, the Saudi-based Organization of Islamic Cooperation told Buddhist-majority Myanmar to repeal "laws restricting fundamental freedoms" after more than 240 Muslims were killed by Buddhist mobs during the past year.
(RNS) "The Burmese government must make a concerted effort to allow an effective investigation into these abuses and hold perpetrators accountable," Physicians for Human Rights concluded in its report.
(RNS) Myanmar's radical Buddhist monk said a bomb that exploded near him, wounding five devotees, came after a death threat by a "Muslim religious leader" who wanted to silence his campaign to prevent Buddhist women marrying Muslim men.