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Burma Army: “Shelling and Shooting Force 300 Villagers to Flee in Mong Yai, Northern Shan State…”

The Shan Human Rights Foundation (SHRF) have released a report that accuses the Burma Army of shelling the northern Shan region of Mong Yai forcing 300 villagers to flee. The Shan Human Rights Foundation statement said that “on September 10 at 8:00 am, a group of about 60 Burma Army troops from LIB 325 based in Mong Yai and the…

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Karen State Govt Plans Festival to Support Inter-communal Relations

The Karen State government is planning to hold a multi-ethnic cultural festival next year. On September 2, government officials held a coordination meeting at the state Hluttaw office. The Bamar, Mon and Pa’O ethnic affairs ministers, as well as officials from Karen, Pa’O, Shan, Geba and Mon literature and culture committees attended. “The aim is to promote unity and amity…

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KNU Talks Post-ceasefire Peace Process with KNPP

Amid efforts to entice more ethnic armed groups into the fold of the nationwide ceasefire agreement, the Karen National Union shared its peace process experiences with the Karenni National Progressive Party at a meeting in Thailand last week. The KNU is one of the eight initial signatories to the nationwide ceasefire agreement and has promoted the pact at peace meetings.…

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HAVE YOUR SAY: Ethnic Health Organization Call for Cooperation, Recognition and Equality

In an exclusive interview with Karen News, Saw Nay Htoo, director of the Burma Medical Association explains why its important ethnic health organizations should be providers of healthcare services to ethnic communities. He points out that Burma is a country where government healthcare provision is almost non-existence and why ethnic organizations need to be involved in reforming Burma’s ailing healthcare…

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Mon State Government to Sponsor Traditional Karen ‘Wrist Tying’ Ceremonies

A Mon State official has pledged K16 million (US$11,800) for a traditional Karen wrist trying ceremony, an event celebrating Karen culture and unity. “We are emphasizing development, and trying our best to support tradition and culture,” said Saw Myint Khine, Mon State’s Karen Affairs Minister. The annual wrist tying ceremony is celebrated on the full moon day of Wagaung (the…

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NCA Signatories Send Liaison Officers to Attend Peace Leadership Training in Cambodia

Representatives from eight ethnic armed groups took part in a training program offered by the Cambodia-based Centre for Peace and Conflict Study from July 7-11. The officials – all of whom represent groups that have signed the nationwide ceasefire agreement – are taking part in a four-part leadership training held by the peace-building centre. P’doh Saw Hla Tun, joint secretary…

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Ethnic Media Conference calls for the release of three detained journalists

Participants of the Fifth Ethnic Media Conference have submitted an open letter to the President, the State Counsellor and the Tatmadaw’s Commander-in-Chief calling for the release of three journalists who have been detained in Shan State. After holding an emergency session on the issue of the detained journalists from the Democratic Voice of Burma (DVB) and the Irrawaddy, 25 media…

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Fifth Ethnic Media Conference Convenes in Loikaw

The Fifth Ethnic Media Conference got underway in Loikaw, Kayah (Karenni) State on June 26. Led by Burma News International (BNI) and Kayah State-based Kantarawaddy Times, the three-day conference aims to raise the profile of ethnic media, according to BNI’s director Nai Kasauh Mon. Nai Kasauh Mon said ethnic media was vital in “providing truthful information to the public”. Under…

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Aung San Suu Kyi’s Canadian Visit Exposes Media Blind Spots in Reporting Burma

Anyone working for social justice in Burma should be disappointed by the mainstream media’s coverage of Aung San Suu Kyi’s visit to Canada last week. Given ongoing military abuses throughout Burma’s ethnic regions, it was frustrating to see headlines focusing again and again that Canada must press Aung San Suu Kyi regarding her government’s brutal treatment of Rohingya Muslim communities…

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Still Fighting Ethnic Armed Groups Accept ‘Special Invitation’ to Peace Conference

The Union Peace Conference second session started yesterday with the surprise inclusion of eight armed ethnic organizations who had not signed the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement. In addition, some of the ethnic armed organizations are currently in armed conflict with government forces in both Shan and Kachin States that international humanitarian groups have estimated to have forced as many as 150,000…

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