News / Asia

Seven Muslims Convicted of Killing Buddhist Monk in Burma

Muslim men accused of murdering a monk, believed to be the first killing in the March unrest, walk out of court in Meikhtila, Burma, April 24, 2013.Muslim men accused of murdering a monk, believed to be the first killing in the March unrest, walk out of court in Meikhtila, Burma, April 24, 2013.
x
Muslim men accused of murdering a monk, believed to be the first killing in the March unrest, walk out of court in Meikhtila, Burma, April 24, 2013.
Muslim men accused of murdering a monk, believed to be the first killing in the March unrest, walk out of court in Meikhtila, Burma, April 24, 2013.
VOA News
A court in Burma has convicted seven Muslims for the killing of a Buddhist monk during deadly sectarian riots in a central town earlier this year.

Officials say the defendants received sentences ranging from life to two years in prison for their involvement in the March 20 incident in the town of Meikhtila.

The unrest began after an argument at a Muslim-owned gold shop turned violent and spilled into the streets. The ensuing riots, which mostly targeted minority Muslims, killed at least 44 people and displaced more than 12,000.

The gold shop owner and two of his employees, who also were Muslim, each were sentenced to 14 years in prison last month. Dozens of others have been arrested, but authorities have not announced any charges against Buddhists.

Burmese officials Tuesday denied that religion was a factor in bringing the charges, promising all those responsible will be brought to justice.

Many of the riots in Meikhtila were led by extremist Buddhist monks, some of whom also were involved in a regional campaign calling for a boycott of Muslim-owned businesses.

The anti-Muslim violence later spread to other areas of central Burma, but was contained following the declaration of a state of emergency.

It was Burma's worst sectarian unrest since last year's clashes between Buddhists and ethnic Rohingya Muslims in western Rakhine state, where about 200 people were killed and more than 100,000 others left homeless.

Some information for this report was provided by AP and AFP.

You May Like

Video On The Scene: In Gaza, Darkness Brings Dread and Death

Palestinians fear nighttime bombardment, VOA correspondent finds More

African Small Farmers Could Be Key to Ending Food Insecurity

Experts say providing access to microloans, crop insurance, better storage facilities, irrigation, road systems and market information could enable greater production More

University of Michigan Wins Solar Car Race

Squad guided its student-designed solar-powered vehicle to fifth consecutive time victory in eight-day bi-annual American Solar Challenge More

This forum has been closed.
Comments
     
There are no comments in this forum. Be first and add one

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Vietnamese Staging Chinese Product Boycott After Oil Rig Spati
X
Reasey Poch
July 28, 2014 7:18 PM
China recently pulled an oil rig from an area of the disputed South China Sea that Vietnam also claims. Despite the action, the incident has had a lingering effect on consumers in Vietnam. VOA's Reasey Poch reports from Hanoi on an effort to boycott Chinese products.
Video

Video Vietnamese Staging Chinese Product Boycott After Oil Rig Spat

China recently pulled an oil rig from an area of the disputed South China Sea that Vietnam also claims. Despite the action, the incident has had a lingering effect on consumers in Vietnam. VOA's Reasey Poch reports from Hanoi on an effort to boycott Chinese products.
Video

Video ESA Spacecraft to Land on a Comet

After a long flight through deep space, a European Space Agency probe is finally approaching its target -- a comet millions of kilometers away from earth. Scientists say the mission may lead to some startling discoveries about the origins of the water on earth. VOA’s George Putic has more.
Video

Video Young Africans Arrive in US for Leadership Program

President Barack Obama's Young African Leadership Initiative has brought hundreds of young Africans to the United States for a six-week program aimed at building their knowledge and skills in fields such as public administration and business. Out of the 50,000 young Africans who applied for the program, just one percent was accepted. VOA's Laurel Bowman caught up with some of those who made the cut and has this report.
Video

Video In Honduras, Amnesty Rumors Fuel US Migration Surges

False rumors in Central America are fueling the current surge of undocumented young people being apprehended at the U.S. border. The inaccurate claims suggest the U.S. will give amnesty to young migrants from the region. As VOA's Brian Padden reports from Honduras, these rumors trace back to President Obama's 2012 executive order to halt deportations for some young undocumented immigrants already living in the United States.
Video

Video Students in Business for Themselves

They're only high school students, but they are making accessories for shoes, fabricating backpacks and doing product photography - all through their own businesses. It's the result of a partnership between a non-profit organization that teaches entrepreneurship and their schools. VOA's Mike O'Sullivan and Deyane Moses met the budding entrepreneurs near Los Angeles.
Video

Video Astronauts Train in Underwater Lab

In the world’s only underwater laboratory, four U.S. astronauts train for a planned visit to an asteroid. The lab - called Aquarius- is located five kilometers off Key Largo, in southern Florida. Living in close quarters and making excursions only into the surrounding ocean, they try to simulate the daily routine of a crew that will someday travel to collect samples of a rock orbiting far away from earth. VOA’s George Putic has more.

AppleAndroid