Conflict & Justice

Ethnic & Religious Violence Challenge Democratic Transition in Myanmar

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Endless construction in downtown Yangon (Photo: Aaron Schachter)

The transition from authoritarian rule to democracy in Myanmar has been hailed by the United States.

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But it's been a challenging transition.

The Burmese government has faced serious tensions involving the country's numerous ethnic minority groups.

The government has reached ceasefire agreements with many of them.

Still, violence between Buddhists and Muslims has left scores dead and thousands displaced.

Buddhists, by the way, represent roughly 90 percent of the population.

The World's Aaron Schachter just got back from Burma.

He was there as a Jefferson fellow with the University of Hawaii's East West Center.

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