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Two assistant pastors arrested by the Burma (Myanmar) army last December were sentenced to prison on Friday (Oct. 27) on false charges of unlawful association, defaming the military and spying, sources said.
When we think of religious persecution, the Middle East usually comes to mind. But things have also gotten nasty in Southeast Asia.
International groups call on the Myanmar government to curtail the violence.
Two assistant priests missing for more than two weeks.
The recent flooding has caused damage across a wider area than 2008's Cyclone Nargis, which killed more than 140,000 people and is regarded as the worst natural disaster in Burma's recorded history.
Human rights groups are blasting a new law adopted last week in Myanmar, also known as Burma, requiring women to register their intent to marry outside their faith.
Violence has broken out in Burmese refugee camps. The country’s own military is behind the attacks.
Persecution is increasing in Burma for Buddhists who convert to Christianity.
Days before Burmese president Thein Sein was reportedly nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize last week, a report revealed his government troops had killed and raped dozens of civilians and burned hundreds of churches and homes.
U.S. president Barack Obama's historic visit to Burma last month gave further legitimacy to a nominally civilian government that has showcased reforms while failing to alleviate the longtime suffering of about 3 million Christians.
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