Burma - Centre for the Amelioration of the RELIGIOUS-based Confrontation
Burma, now known as the Union of Myanmar, is the biggest nation in Southeast Asia. After more than 100 years of UK domination, under the name Union of Burma, she gained sovereignty of the United Kingdom in 1948 and became The Socialist Republic of the Union of Burma in 1974, but returned to the Union of Burma in 1988.
Buddhists make up almost 90% of the more than 60,000,000 Burmese or Burmese. Christians, many of them Karens, an ethnical minorities who have their own histories, languages, cultures and economies and mostly almost populate the Thai frontier, make up about 5% of the people. There' s also the chin on the other side of the land.
At best, tabloid stories seem to indicate that the Buddhaist overwhelming opposition to the Catholic minorities - this opposition often leads to force - with Christians being the most vulnerable. Many Karens have escaped Burma in the face of the devastation of their church and the limitations of their adoration, the raids on their communities and times of hard labour to help the Myanmar army combat their own population.
More than 80,000 people have reportedly passed the Thai frontier to settle in Thailand - 70,000 have reached the state in the last 10 years. An overwhelming majority of the population lives in 13 overcrowded shelters. To the west of Burma, along the Indian frontier, is the Chin state, where most of the tribal Chin minorities also Christian.
The Chin, like the Karen, were brutally treated by the army regim. Ten thousand Chinese are now displaced in India and Malaysia. In autumn 2007, two UK legislators report horrors against Chin Christians, among them acts of torture, hard labour, sexual assault and sexual harassment.
Since 1999, we have noted that the US State Department has described Burma as a "country of particular importance" for violation of the right to religion. The name was given in accordance with the International Law on Refession. Moslems make up about 5% of the Myanmar people, where their conflicts with the Buddhist majorities continue.
At the end of May 2013, this dispute again erupted in the north of Lashio, when a Moslem man was pouring petrol on a Buddha women and setting her on fire. The act triggered violent clashes between the peoples of these two faiths, which led to a Moslem religion college and a number of businesses being burned out by fire caused by furious Buddhists who reportedly raged about the incineration.