179 STORIES TAGGED ‘ETHNIC’

CSSU Slam Govt Plans to Dam the Salween

September 2, 2016  •  Author: Karen News

A statement by the Committee for Shan State Unity (CSSU) has criticised Burmese Government plans to dam the Salween river, questioning the economic benefits of various projects and raising concerns over their environmental impact and effect on the ongoing conflict situation ... Read more ►

Burma Army’s War in Kachin, Shan States ‘Escalating’

August 31, 2016  •  Author: Karen News

A report by the frontline humanitarian organisation Free Burma Rangers has said that the war in Kachin and Shan States is escalating. The FBR said in a report dated 29 August 2016 that “clashes and infantry assaults backed by mortar attacks are now a daily occurrence, and ... Read more ►

Dam Project Gets the Go-Ahead in War Torn Shan State

August 25, 2016  •  Author: Karen News

A controversial Chinese dam project in Shan State has been given the go-ahead, as local human rights organisations warned that the development could stoke ongoing conflict in the region. The project, called Naung Pha dam, will produce 1,200 megawatts, of which 90% will be ex... Read more ►

Ethnic Armed Groups Not Recognized By Thein Sein’s Govt Announce Their Readiness to Join the Pin Long Conference

August 23, 2016  •  Author: S'Phan Shaung

Three ethnic armed organizations not recognized by the previous military backed government as part of the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement have said they are prepared to attend upcoming political dialogue if they are invited. The three armed groups – the Myanmar National Tru... Read more ►

*Govt crackdown prompts calls for reform as drug addicts suffer

August 18, 2016  •  Author: Phyo Thiha Cho

The NLD’s ongoing narcotics crackdown has caught many drug addicts, but health experts say they should be treated as patients, not punished. YANGON (Myanmar Now) – Several young men were standing near the entrance of Thingangyun Hospital in central Yangon on a recen... Read more ►

*Amid war, Kachin rebels expand education system for IDPs

July 31, 2016  •  Author: Htet Khaung Linn

MAI JA YANG, Kachin State (Myanmar Now) – It’s nearly dinner time at the dormitory in Mai Ja Yang and teachers are busy in the kitchen, while several teenagers are lounging on benches outside the building in this Kachin rebel-controlled town on the Myanmar-China bord... Read more ►

UNFC Want Involvement in Country’s Political Talks

July 12, 2016  •  Author: Saw Tun Lin

The United Nationalities Federal Council are in discussion with the government in order to join the ongoing political dialogue, now widely known as “21st century Pinlon Conference” to be held in August, 2016. Ku Oo Reh, leader of the Delegation for Political Negotiat... Read more ►

Human Rights Groups Call for Investigation into Destruction of Mosques

July 12, 2016  •  Author: Karen News

A group of 19 community based organizations has called for an official investigation into the destruction of religious buildings in Burma. The statement was signed on behalf of a range of ethnic and human rights groups both local and international including Burma Campaign UK... Read more ►

Burma Army Behind “Systemic Torture” of Civilians, says Report


June 29, 2016  •  Author: Karen News

The Burma Army is engaging in “systemic torture” of civilians, a report by the Ta’ang Women’s Organisation (TWO) has found. The TWO is a community based human rights advocacy organization representing the ethnic Ta’ang, a minority in Eastern Burma. The report, Tra... Read more ►

*In Mon State, expanding quarries threaten farms

June 20, 2016  •  Author: Phyo Thiha Cho

The number of quarries in Mon State is quickly increasing and locals say authorities fail to regulate their environmental impact on farmlands. PAUNG TOWNSHIP, Mon State – On a recent afternoon in May, the farmers of Ohn Titbin Village Tract were tending to their betel ... Read more ►

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