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July Sees Ongoing Government Offensives in Kachin and Shan States

The Burma Army is continuing with concerted military offensives in ethnic areas says a report by the frontline humanitarian organisation, Free Burma Rangers. Burma Army soldiers attacked Mali Yang in Northern Shan State and villagers have reported human rights abuses including torture, killings, force labour and sacking of villages. FBR’s frontline teams have documented 59 clashes in July, including two…

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Woman Murdered By Burma Army Solider Casts Doubt on Gov’t’s Promises To End Sexual Violence

The case of a Burma Army soldier raping and murdering a 28-year-old woman in Shan State throws government promises of an end to sexual violence in doubt, a human rights organisation has claimed. The Shan Human Rights Foundation (SHRF) said the murder happened in Ho Pong Township in the State’s south on June 6. The soldier subsequently charged with the…

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Kachin War Continues – Offensives in Mali Yang, Villagers Suffer

A report by Free Burma Rangers has recorded renewed offensives by government forces in Northern Shan State and Mali Yang in Kachin State. The fighting in Kachin State started in 2011, and in spite of attempts to negotiate a ceasefire the conflict has continued. The FBR estimate that fighting has led to more than 100,000 internally displaced and in June…

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Karen Groups Deliver Aids to Displaced Civilians in Kawkareik Township

Karen community-based-organizations have come to the aid of civilians displaced by fighting between government troops and the Democratic Karen Benevolent Army (DKBA) in Kawkareik Township. The Karen CBO’s have set up a committee to coordinate the assistance for the displaced people. The committee composed of nine members which includes Saw Lay Kway Doo, as negotiation official, Ko Aung San Oo…

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Karen State: Fighting Continues – Displaced Civilians Now in Desperate Need of Aid

Recent fighting between the Democratic Karen Benevolent Army and Government troops displaced more than 1,000 people from their homes, left them stranded and in urgent need of assistance for food, shelter and other basic items. The villagers fled their homes to avoid being caught in the conflict that started on July 2nd on the Myawaddy-Kawkariek Asia Highway. Today, three weeks…

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KPSN: Asia Highway Fighting Damages Peace

The Karen Peace Support Network (KPSN) released a statement that said that fighting between the DKBA and government army during July on the Asia Highway had damaged recent peace initiatives. The newly built Asia Highway connects Myawaddy and Kawkareik in Karen state and saw fierce fighting between the Burma Army and the DKBA over security for the road. The KPSN…

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Why Burma’s ethnic armed groups are reluctant to agree to Thein Sein government’s peace plan – a minority perspective

Since coming to power in 2011, President Thein Sein, a former general, has initiated a plan to resolve Burma’s decades-long ethnic conflict as part of broader domestic reform programs. Burma observers, both inside and outside, agree that resolving ethnic conflict is central to the success of political reform and lasting peace in the country. Among other things, President Thein Sein…

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Talks to End Fighting Between Burma Army and DKBA Fail

The fighting in Karen State between the Democratic Karen Benevolent Army (DKBA) and Burma Army continue as negotiations to stop the fighting failed. Captain Saw Three Htoo, an Intelligence Officer from the Klo Htoo Wah Brigade said that fighting between Burma Army and the DKBA continues near Kaw Moo village, Kawkareik Township, Karen State. Speaking to Karen News on Tuesday…

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This is Karen Land…We Have the Right To Stay…

As fighting continues between the Burma Army and Democratic Karen Benevolent Army, the government has come under fire from a senior Karen General for trying to “shut down the DKBA.” Major General Nerdah Bo Mya, head of the Karen National Defence Organisation in an exclusive interview with Karen News said that the “Burma Army wanted the DKBA off the highway,…

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Continued Fighting Makes Highway Travel Deadly

Fighting between the Democratic Karen Benevolent Army and the Burma Army is continuing along the newly opened Asia Highway 1. Nan Paw Gay had attended a preliminary Karen National Conference in Rangoon and hoping to return to the border area via Hpa-an. “There was fighting on Sunday and officials had told us that there was still shooting today.” Nan Paw…

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