Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Religious freedom (aka oppression) grows in Burma too, as three are arrested

By Wai Moe and Austin Ramzy

MYANMAR---A bar manager from New Zealand and two Burmese men were sentenced to two years in prison in Myanmar on Tuesday for posting an image online of the Buddha wearing headphones to promote an event. The court in Yangon said the image denigrated Buddhism and was a violation of Myanmar’s religion act, which prohibits insulting, damaging or destroying religion. The case has added to growing concerns about religious and ethnic intolerance in majority-Buddhist Myanmar, also known as Burma, where Muslims have faced increasing discrimination and violence. [link]