Ashin Wirathu

3.17.15

Myanmar Jails Trio for Two and a Half Years Over Bar Advert Deemed Insult to Buddhism

The sentence, handed to a New Zealander and two Burmese colleagues over a poster depicting Buddha wearing headphones, comes amid concern over rising Buddhist nationalism in the country.

1.22.15

Myanmar’s Extremist Monk Doesn’t Regret Calling UN Envoy a ‘Whore’

After international criticism and a rebuke from the UN, controversial monk Ashin Wirathu said today he stands by insulting special rapporteur Yanghee Lee.

3.23.14

Myanmar Is Simultaneously Expanding and Repressing Free Speech

The country’s government has approved press laws that establish journalistic rights and freedoms, as well as the means to crush them.

1.24.14

The "Burmese bin Laden" Swears He's a Good Guy

Ashin Wirathu is a Buddhist monk accused of encouraging deadly ethnic violence against a Muslim minority community in Myanmar. And he would like the world to know that he's very misunderstood.

1.20.14

The "Burmese bin Laden" Swears He's a Good Guy

Ashin Wirathu, the Buddhist monk accused of encouraging ethnic violence in Myanmar, would like the world to know that he's misunderstood.

1.18.14

How Many Muslim Civilians Were Killed This Week In Myanmar?

It's unclear how many died in the gruesome violence — but government security forces may well have aided Buddhist mobs in the killing.

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