LANDMINES: KNU says demining depends on peace building progress

July 20, 2013  •  Author: Taw Win Pan (KIC)

The Karen Nation Union (KNU)’s general secretary, Padoh Saw Kwe Htoo Win, said that mine clearance in KNU controlled areas would be dependent on ceasefire conditions and if a level of trust with the government could be reached. Padoh Saw Kwe Htoo Win said that taking i... Read more ►

Burma Army: villagers allege death threats and land grabs

July 15, 2013  •  Author: Saw Eh Na

The Karen National Union (KNU) in Southern Burma allege that a Burma Army commander threatened to kill villagers who met with its local officials to lodge complaints over land disputes. Saw Eh Mu Dah, the KNU’s Ler Mu Lah Township leader in the Mergui-Tavoy District cl... Read more ►

Shan Rights Group: Stop attacking ceasefire groups and civilians…

July 7, 2013  •  Author: Saw Eh Na

A Shan human rights group condemned the Burma Army for shelling a Buddhist temple in central Shan State, eastern Burma and said the government disrespects religion, except when it uses it for its own propaganda. The Shan Human Rights Foundation claim that last week Burmese t... Read more ►

Burma Army attacks in Shan State undermine Govt’s claims of human rights reform

July 7, 2013  •  Author: Saw Blacktown

Burma’s military has renewed offensives in Shan State this month, leading to displacement of civilians and has occupied a Buddhist temple, turning it into a military base, say local rights group. As Burma’s military attacked the Shan State Army-North (SSA-N) last week, a... Read more ►

Govt land registration officials ignore land confiscation claims

June 24, 2013  •  Author: Naw Hser Kler (KIC)

Villagers in the Taungoo area claim that government officials from the Land Registration Directorate are ignoring their reports of land confiscation cases. Original landowners from Htan Tabin Township, Taungoo District, Pegu Division accuse officials from the Land Registrati... Read more ►

Burma Army officer abuses and threatens villagers

June 23, 2013  •  Author: Saw Eh Na

Villagers accuse a Burma Army Battalion commander, based in Wah Kla (Wa Daw) in Southern Burma, of demanding villagers use their private vehicles to travel him around the area. Naw Hser Tha U Htoo, from Wah Kla village, told Karen News. “The battalion commander demands vil... Read more ►

Military’s bombing practice terrifies villagers

June 20, 2013  •  Author: Karen News

The Burma military conducting jet fighter bombing practice in Htan Tabin Township, Taungoo District have not informed villagers so that they can take safety precautions. Villagers going to work on their farms have been terrified as jets drop their deadly loads. Padoh Saw ... Read more ►

FBR: Situation for Kachin Refugees Remains Dire

June 16, 2013  •  Author: Saw Blacktown

Thousands of displaced civilians fleeing conflict between the Burma Army and the Kachin Independence Organization (KIO) in Kachin State, now face a life of extreme hardship with little to no access to food, medicine, clothing and in appalling living conditions. Free Burma Ra... Read more ►

Burma Army officer beats up Karen villagers

June 7, 2013  •  Author: Saw Khar Sue Nyar (KIC)

A Burma Army officer physically assaulted four villagers from Wa Daw last week for refusing his orders to do forced labor for him. Lt.Colonel Aung Win Htun, from Column 1 is accused of beating the four villagers from Wa Daw village, located in the Myitta sub-township, Dawei ... Read more ►

Karen villagers hospitalized after Burma Army officer attack

June 7, 2013  •  Author: Saw Eh Na

Captain Gyi No, a Karen National Union (KNU) leader from the Tenasserim Division in southern Burma confirmed with Karen News that a Burma Army officer attacked three villagers without reason on June 5. Eyewitnesses said that the three villagers were so badly beaten that they... Read more ►

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