182 STORIES TAGGED ‘ETHNIC’

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 ►

“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 ►

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