Special Report: Myanmar


Thai authorities implicated in Rohingya Muslim smuggling network

A Reuters investigation, based on interviews with people smugglers and more than two dozen survivors of boat voyages, reveals how some Thai naval security forces work systematically with smugglers to profit from the surge in Rohingya Muslims fleeing Myanmar.  Full Article 

Roma Hattu, a Rohingya Muslim woman who is nine months pregnant and is displaced by violence, grimaces while experiencing labour pains on the bare floor of a former rubber factory now serving as her family's shelter near Sittwe, in this file picture taken April 28, 2013. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj/Files

Thailand secretly supplies Myanmar refugees to trafficking rings

Rohingya refugees fleeing Myanmar are being held hostage in Thailand until relatives pay thousands of dollars to release them. Reporters have located three such camps - two based on the testimony of Rohingya held there, and a third by trekking to the site, heavily guarded, near a village called Baan Klong Tor.  Full Article 


Thailand's anti-trafficking effort loses steam

The U.S. State Department is gathering information for its next Trafficking In Persons (TIP) Report, due to be published in June. It ranks countries on their efforts to combat human trafficking. Thailand faces an automatic downgrade to Tier 3, the lowest rank, unless it makes "significant efforts" to improve its record, the State Department says.  Full Article 


Buddhist monks incite Muslim killings in Myanmar

Ethnic hatred has been unleashed in Myanmar since 49 years of military rule ended in March 2011. And it is spreading, threatening the country's historic democratic transition. Signs have emerged of ethnic cleansing, and of impunity for those inciting it.  Full Article 


In Myanmar, apartheid tactics against minority Muslims

Apartheid-like policies segregating minority Muslims from the Buddhist majority are the dark side of Myanmar's celebrated transition to democracy.  Full Article 


Myanmar gives official blessing to anti-Muslim monks

The Buddhist extremist movement in Myanmar, known as 969, enjoys support from senior government officials, establishment monks and even some members of the opposition National League for Democracy (NLD), the political party of Nobel peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi.  Full Article 

About this series

This series, the result of a two-year Reuters investigation into the dirty war against the Rohingya of Myanmar, is the winner of the 2014 Pulitzer prize for international reporting.  Learn More