179 STORIES TAGGED ‘ETHNIC’

“All My Clothes Were Wet with Blood…” – Burma Army Accused of “Torturing and Killing” Civilians in Shan State

June 4, 2016  •  Author: Karen News

A community-based human rights organisation alleges that Burma Army soldiers stationed in Shan State are committing grave human rights violations. The Shan Human Rights Foundation (SHRF) said in a public statement that Burma Army forces in Shan State have used “torture, ex... Read more ►

KNU and Karen Community Groups Work to Draft Ethnic Affairs Policies

May 22, 2016  •  Author: S'Phan Shaung

As part of its policy development intended to contribute to the peace process political negotiations, the Ethnic National Affairs Center (ENAC) held a meeting with Karen political and civil organizations to discuss about the drafted ethnic affair policies. The ENAC, formed i... Read more ►

New Burma Army Offensives across Kachin and Shan States, Civilian Casualties

May 3, 2016  •  Author: Karen News

Reports are emerging of a series of small scale attacks by Burma Army forces against Kachin Independence Army positions throughout Kachin State, and on the Shan-Kachin State border. Free Burma Rangers, a frontline humanitarian aid agency, has reported that the attacks have l... Read more ►

German Tourists and Local Guide Injured in Burma Landmine Blast

April 29, 2016  •  Author: Karen News

Three people were wounded when a landmine exploded as they were sightseeing in Northern Burma on Tuesday 26 April. The three people were two German tourists and their local guide. The area where the explosion took place is close to where the Burma Army is fighting with an et... Read more ►

*Landmines: Myanmar’s hidden menace

April 29, 2016  •  Author: David Doyle

Across Myanmar landmines pose a daily threat of death and disability, but five years after the transition to democracy began, an official clearance programme has yet to get underway. KYAUKKYI, Myanmar (Myanmar Now) – Two years ago, Kyar Yin was in the forest near his v... Read more ►

Villagers Killed in Burma Army Attacks

April 22, 2016  •  Author: Karen News

A Burma Army attack on a village on the Shan-Kachin State border has seen civilians targeted and killed, according to a report by the front line humanitarian organisation Free Burma Rangers. The attack happened on the 30th of March at Pang Hka village. During the attack a 70... Read more ►

*‘We attend this parliament term with high hopes’

April 9, 2016  •  Author: Thin Lei Win & Htet Khaung Linn

SNLD lawmaker Sai Thiha Kyaw shares his thoughts on what the NLD government could achieve for Shan State and what issues he will address. NAYPYITAW (Myanmar Now) – Sai Thiha Kyaw is a two-term lawmaker in the Lower House representing Mongyai Township in northern Shan ... Read more ►

All Ethnic Armed Groups Meet to Guess NLD’s Position on National Ceasefire Agreement

April 5, 2016  •  Author: S'Phan Shaung

In an effort to unify both the signatories and non-signatories of the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement the leaders of the ethnic armed groups met last week in Chaing Mai, Thailand. The groups met in the hope of finding unity before beginning negotiations with the newly elected... Read more ►

FBR Report: Parts of Chin State Turn to Growing Opium to Beat Poverty

April 1, 2016  •  Author: Karen News

A report by Free Burma Rangers, a humanitarian organisation, has found evidence of opium growing in areas of Chin State, Burma’s Westernmost State. Chin State is one of Burma’s poorest states and is not known as an area for large opium production, which is more closely a... Read more ►

*Ethnic Rebels Hail New President, Hope for Peace Process Success

March 24, 2016  •  Author: Myanmar Now

YANGON (Myanmar Now) – Ethnic leaders and armed group representatives have welcomed last week’s appointment of Htin Kyaw as president of the National League for Democracy government, with some voicing confidence in his government’s abilities to revive Myanmar’s s... Read more ►

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