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National ID Cards for Access to Mae Sot Thailand Temporary Seized Mae Sot

“Residents who frequently traverse the bridge may be exempted; however individuals arriving from other regions to Myawaddy and seeking passage to the Mae Sot side may encounter temporary confiscation of their NRCs, only receiving them upon return to the Myawaddy side. Those suspected by authorities are also subjected to extortion by the police and border authorities”, a Myawaddy resident, close…

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KNLA Forces Junta Retreat from Two Bases in Mutraw

The Mutraw District newsletter published on February 14th reported that the Military Council had abandoned two bases within Mutraw (Hpapun) District, under the control of the Karen National Union’s (KNU) 5th Brigade. On February 10th, the troops of the Military Council’s 349th Light Infantry Battalion withdrew from the Lekalaykyo base, and the following day soldiers stationed in Kyulu relocated to…

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Human Rights Group Urges International Accountability for Junta’s Bombing Schools in Karenni State

On the morning of February 5th, Junta forces launched attacks on two schools in Daw Si Ei and Loi Nan Pa villages in Demoso (Deemaw Soe) Township, employing airstrikes and shelling, killing 5 individuals, among them 4 children, and leaving over 20 others wounded, including a preschool-aged child and 2 teachers. “When faced with setbacks, the military regime often resorts…

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KNU President ‘s Message on Principles Behind the Setting up of Autonomous

The KNU’s Chairpersons affirmed that “Karen people must establish a Kawthoolei State, ensuring political safeguards for the development of social life free from oppression. He also expressed the commitment of KNU to build a federal democratic system, guaranteeing equal rights and self-determination.” Adjusting to changes in the political landscape Saw Kwe Htoo Win characterized the KNU as “at the forefront…

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Seeing is Believing

5 February 2024 A group of men and women, working under the banner, The Roots, galvanised by the violence of the military regime against civilians who opposed its rule continue to photograph and document the country’s ongoing civil war. Founding member, Mar Naw, explains the Roots collective is about fighting for freedom of expression, freedom of speech, and continuing to…

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Junta Airstrikes Hit Village on Karen Revolution Anniversary Day

One Karen villager told KIC,” The warplanes aimed at the vicinity of the Revolution Day ceremony, yet thankfully the event had already concluded before the attack ensuring no injuries occurred.” The KNU’s statement disclosed that airstrikes resulted in the destruction of a clinic, dining hall, and toilet in Kweelar village, along with damage to two houses and the death of…

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IKO Urges Karen EAOs to Unite Against the Military Council

We consider the present moment opportune, as stated in a release marking the 75th Karen National Revolution Day on January 31st. The release continues: “In the midst of widespread resistance against the Military Council, encompassing various ethnicities, including the majority Bamars, IKO asserts that the present moment is opportune for the Karen Border Guard Force (BGF), Democratic Karen Benevolent Army…

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Over 700 Women Wrongfully Arrested in the 3 Years Since the Coup

According to the records compiled by BWU, the women who experienced unjust detentions included individuals sentenced to prison terms ranging from a few months to 65 years, as well as those who were given life imprisonment and the death penalty. M Shwe Zin, the joint general secretary No.1 of BWU, told KIC that some of the women unjustly imprisoned faced…

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Powerful BGF leader Protecting Chinese- Gangs at Shwe Kokko Declares Autonomous Zone in Myawaddy – Colonel Chit Thu also ends Karen BGF’s Proxy Role Under the Junta

January 24, 2024. (Karen Information Center/ Thanlwin Times and editors) Major General Saw Tun Hlaing, BGF’s chairperson asserted that BGF had already notified its decision to cease receiving salaries and benefits from the Military Council since last month, choosing to operate independently. He reaffirmed BGF’s unwavering commitment to it original decision to declare an autonomous Myawaddy zone. The BGF leader…

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Rampant Chinese Telecom Scams Still Expanding Operations in Myawaddy Thai -Myanmar border Karen State

Despite a series of border security meetings between Thai and Myanmar top military officers, purportedly aimed at cracking down on Myawaddy-based illegal online casinos, these businesses are reportedly operating without disruption, expanding their workforces, and hiring new workers on a daily basis, according to a member of staff from an employment agency. In reality the top military on both sides…

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