Burma Army Accused of Fuelling Drug ‘Crisis’ in Kachin and Shan State

October 9, 2014  •  Author: Karen News

The Kachin Women’s Association Thailand, a community based human rights organisation, has claimed that the Burma Army and government backed militias are enabling a drug crisis in Kachin State. “Where the Burma Army has seized former Kachin Independence Army territories, ... Read more ►

Karen State – Police Arrest Three People on Suspicion of Drug Dealing

September 20, 2014  •  Author: Nan Chaung Pawt

Police in Kawkareik Town, Karen State have arrested three people on suspicions of drug dealing. The suspects, one man and two women, were arrested for allegedly selling methamphetamine pills, also known as ‘ya ma’. Police Chief Aung Oo from the Special Anti-narcotic Forc... Read more ►

KNU drug-busters wipeout marijuana crop

July 3, 2013  •  Author: Saw Eh Na

The Karen National Union (KNU) has increased its efforts to destroy marijuana plantations and the selling of illegal drugs by villagers in northern Karen State. A spokesperson from the KNU’s Mutraw District office spoke to Karen News about the drug busting campaign. Th... Read more ►

BGF Battalion 1016 accused of running drug ring

December 16, 2012  •  Author: Karen News

A local woman from T’Nay Hsah Township killed by villager who reportedly used amphetamines that were manufactured and distributed by commander of Border Guard Battalion 1016. A report by the community-based human rights organisation, the Karen Human Rights Group (KHRG) has... Read more ►

DKBA declares Myawaddy Township a drug free zone

May 22, 2012  •  Author: Saw Khar Su Nyar (KIC)

The DKBA’s political wing, Klohtoobaw Karen Organization (KKO), has declared all areas in Myawaddy Township under their control as drug free zones. The KKO met with 25 village heads and as many as 50 village representatives at their headquarter, Kaw Thu Mwe Kee, to discuss... Read more ►

DKBA leader challenges Thai deputy PM over drug accusations

May 4, 2012  •  Author: Nan Thoo Lei (KIC)

Democratic Karen Buddhist Army leader, held a press conference for Thai and Burmese journalists on May 1 to hit back at accusations made by Thailand’s Deputy Prime Minister, Chalerm Yubumrung, that he is a major drug dealer. The Thai deputy prime minister made the claims o... Read more ►

DKBA furious with Thai government over drug dealer accusations

April 28, 2012  •  Author: Saw Khar Su Nyar (KIC)

The Democratic Karen Buddhist Army released a statement defending their Commander-in-Chief Brigadier, General Saw Ler Pwe, who was listed on a most-wanted list of drug traffickers this week by the Thai government’s Narcotics Control Board. Karen News is led to understand t... Read more ►

Burma’s opium production doubles

November 11, 2011  •  Author: Saw Khar Su Nyar (KIC)

The Palaung Women Organization, estimate in their recent report that opium cultivation and production in northern Shan State this year will double that of previous years. The PWO report ‘Still Poisoned’ released in October this year noted that under the current governmen... Read more ►

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