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Bangladesh arrests prominent Buddhist charity chief on terrorism charges

COX'S BAZAAR: Bangladesh has arrested on terrorism charges a prominent Buddhist whose charity operates in Myanmar's strife-torn Rakhine state, police said on Wednesday. Police said U Shit Maung, 67, was detained as he tried to board a flight to Myanmar at Dhaka's international airport last week. Police only revealed Wednesday that Maung, who heads the Rakhaing Development Foundation, had been detained after allegedly suspicious images were found on his laptop. "The RAB (Rapid Action Battalion) arrested him over…

Children, teenagers among wounded Rohingya in crammed Bangladesh hospital

CHITTAGONG, BANGLADESH:  Mohammed Idrees, a 10-year-old Rohingya boy, does not remember how he landed at the hospital in Bangladesh with a part of his right ear blown off. But he says he won’t return to his home country, neighboring Myanmar, until there is peace. Idrees is one of around 60 badly injured Rohingya Muslims admitted to the hospital in Chittagong since violence flared in Rakhine state in the northwest of Myanmar in late August. Rohingya are fleeing a military crackdown that has resulted in the deaths of…

Myanmar to refuse entry to UN investigators probing Rohingya abuses

YANGON: Myanmar will refuse entry to members of a United Nations probe focusing on allegations of killings, rape and torture by security forces against Rohingya Muslims, an official said on Friday. The government led by Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi had already said it would not cooperate with a mission set up after a Human Rights Council resolution was adopted in March. "If they are going to send someone with regards to the fact-finding mission, then there's no reason for us to let them come," said Kyaw Zeya,…

Yangon authorities sue Muslims for praying in the street

YANGON: Yangon authorities on Friday sued three Muslim men for holding Ramadan prayers in the street, after the local school where they used to worship was shut down by a nationalist mob.  Police brought the charges after around 50 Muslims gathered to pray on Wednesday on a road in Thaketa township, the site of one of a growing number of raids by Buddhist hardliners on Islamic events. Two nearby Islamic schools were shuttered in late April after ultra-nationalists complained local Muslims were illegally using them to…

Sri Lanka customs seize ‘offensive’ Buddha aprons

COLOMBO: Sri Lanka's customs authorities on Thursday impounded a consignment of aprons from India featuring images of the Buddha, saying the novelty garments were "offensive to Buddhists". Spokesman Dharmasena Kahandawa said it was an offence under international customs law to trade in merchandise that could cause offence -- even though the aprons were only transiting Sri Lanka en route to Slovenia. "We consider having an image of the Buddha on a kitchen apron to be offensive to Buddhists," Kahandawa told AFP. "That is…

Myanmar Muslims on trial in case of 90 ‘illegal’ cows

YANGON: Three Muslim men went on trial in Myanmar Monday for illegally importing nearly 100 cows that have spent the last month under police protection, in a case Islamic leaders say targets their religion. The cows were intended to be ritually slaughtered for the Islamic festival of Eid-ul-Azha last month, an event that has become a flashpoint for Myanmar's Buddhist nationalists. Hardline monks, including firebrand Wirathu from the Ma Ba Tha movement, have railed against the practice and pressured local authorities to ban…