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June 11, 2012: Religious Fervor, Sectarian Fire In Myanmar

Reuters: "An ethnic Rakhine man holds homemade weapons as he walks in front of houses that were burnt during fighting between Buddhist Rakhine and Muslim Rohingya communities in Sittwe June

Out of Myanmar's overall population of 55 million, about six percent are Christians and four percent Muslims. The Muslim Rohingya minority in southwestern Myanmar is perhaps suffering the most among all ethnic groups in the country. Human rights groups have documented severe rights violations including dispossession, torture, forced labor and rape.    The regime does not even recognize the Rohingya as citizens of Myanmar. "

Human rights groups say that the ruling junta in Myanmar (Burma) is increasingly persecuting religious minorities, particularly Christians and Muslims.

A Myanmar's ethnic Rohingya Muslim cries during a protest outside the Myanmar embassy in Kuala Lumpur on June 15, 2012.Rohingya living in Malaysia protested against the deadly religious riots in Myanmar's Arakan state and demanded the United Nations' intervention to restore peace following clashes between Buddhist Rakhine and the Muslim Rohingya that have left dozens dead and more than 30,000 displaced.    Photo: Mohd Rasfan / Agence France-Presse

A Myanmar's ethnic Rohingya Muslim cries during a protest outside the Myanmar embassy in Kuala Lumpur on June 15, 2012.Rohingya living in Malaysia protested against the deadly religious riots in Myanmar's Arakan state and demanded the United Nations' intervention to restore peace following clashes between Buddhist Rakhine and the Muslim Rohingya that have left dozens dead and more than 30,000 displaced. Photo: Mohd Rasfan / Agence France-Presse

A Myanmar's ethnic Rohingya Muslim cries during a protest outside the Myanmar embassy in Kuala Lumpur on June 15, 2012.Rohingya living in Malaysia protested against the deadly religious riots in Myanmar's Arakan state and demanded the United Nations' intervention to restore peace following clashes between Buddhist Rakhine and the Muslim Rohingya that have left dozens dead and more than 30,000 displaced.     Photo: Mohd Rasfan / Agence France-Presse

A Myanmar's ethnic Rohingya Muslim cries during a protest outside the Myanmar embassy in Kuala Lumpur on June 15, 2012.Rohingya living in Malaysia protested against the deadly religious riots in Myanmar's Arakan state and demanded the United Nations' intervention to restore peace following clashes between Buddhist Rakhine and the Muslim Rohingya that have left dozens dead and more than 30,000 displaced. Photo: Mohd Rasfan / Agence France-Presse

Myanmar's ethnic Rohingya Muslim shout slogan during a protest outside the Myanmar embassy in Kuala Lumpur on June 15, 2012.Rohingya living in Malaysia protested against the deadly religious riots in Myanmar's Arakan state and demanded the United Nations' intervention to restore peace following clashes between Buddhist Rakhine and the Muslim Rohingya that have left dozens dead and more than 30,000 displaced.    Photo: Mohd Rasfan / Agence France-Presse

Myanmar's ethnic Rohingya Muslim shout slogan during a protest outside the Myanmar embassy in Kuala Lumpur on June 15, 2012.Rohingya living in Malaysia protested against the deadly religious riots in Myanmar's Arakan state and demanded the United Nations' intervention to restore peace following clashes between Buddhist Rakhine and the Muslim Rohingya that have left dozens dead and more than 30,000 displaced. Photo: Mohd Rasfan / Agence France-Presse

Pictures of the Week: June 8 – June 15 - LightBox

Pictures of the Week: June 8 - June 15

From sectarian violence in Myanmar and wildfires in Colorado to protests in Egypt and the Euro 2012 soccer championships in Poland and Ukraine, TIME's photo department presents the best images of the week.

A selection of the things to do around Hpa-an in southern Burma (Myanmar).

Most sites are within easy reach of Hpa-an, revolving around the nearby limestone formations.

Myanmar's ethnic Rohingya Muslims attend a protest outside the Myanmar embassy in Kuala Lumpur on June 15, 2012. Rohingya living in Malaysia protested against the deadly religious riots in Myanmar's Arakan state and demanded the United Nations' intervention to restore peace following clashes between Buddhist Rakhine and the Muslim Rohingya that have left dozens dead and more than 30,000 displaced.    Photo: Mohd Rasfan / Agence France-Presse

Myanmar's ethnic Rohingya Muslims attend a protest outside the Myanmar embassy in Kuala Lumpur on June 15, 2012. Rohingya living in Malaysia protested against the deadly religious riots in Myanmar's Arakan state and demanded the United Nations' intervention to restore peace following clashes between Buddhist Rakhine and the Muslim Rohingya that have left dozens dead and more than 30,000 displaced. Photo: Mohd Rasfan / Agence France-Presse

Refugee boy from Myanmar (Burma) at Mae La Refugee Camp. Many people have fled fighting in Myanmar (Burma) over the last 10 or more years / UNHCR / R. Arnold / January 2008

Refugee boy from Myanmar (Burma) at Mae La Refugee Camp. Many people have fled fighting in Myanmar (Burma) over the last 10 or more years / UNHCR / R.

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