Month: June 2019

News
EU Ambassador: Kachin IDPs Should Only Return Home With Security Guarantee

EU Ambassador: Kachin IDPs Should Only Return Home With Security Guarantee

Internally displaced people (IDPs) in Kachin State should return to their homes when they receive guarantees that their basic needs will be met, the European Union’s (EU) ambassador to Burma Kristian Schmidt said in Myitkyina…

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Police Officer Who Charged IDP Protesters Appears in Court

Police Officer Who Charged IDP Protesters Appears in Court

The police officer who charged two Kachin youths with violating Section 19 of Burma’s Peaceful Assembly and Peaceful Procession Act appeared in the Myitkyina Township Court on Wednesday for a hearing into the case. Police…

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Hukawng Valley Villagers Demand Their Own Graveyard

Hukawng Valley Villagers Demand Their Own Graveyard

Residents of San Pya, a village on the Ledo Road in Kachin State’s Hukawng Valley, are calling on the authorities to provide them with a cemetery of their own. The village, which was established in…

Interview
New Ethnic Alliance Aims to Present ‘Common Voice’ for Rights in Burma

New Ethnic Alliance Aims to Present ‘Common Voice’ for Rights in Burma

Representatives from six ethnic nationalities formed the Nationalities Alliance (Burma) in Washington, D.C. in the United States on June 15. They included members of the Kachin, Karen, Karenni, Mon, Rakhine and Shan communities who seek…

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Govt Deports 11 Chinese Nationals From Kachin State

Govt Deports 11 Chinese Nationals From Kachin State

The Kachin State Immigration Department reported deporting 11 Chinese nationals on Thursday after detaining them in Waingmaw Township for allegedly living in Burma without the required documentation. Ten of the people were put into detention…

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IDPs, Villagers Call for Militia Camp to Relocate

IDPs, Villagers Call for Militia Camp to Relocate

Villagers and internally displaced people (IDPs) are calling for the relocation of a new militia camp on the Ledo Road, which connects Kachin State to China. The camp—built in May—is located around 100 feet from…

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PCG Spokesperson: Without Bilateral Ceasefire, Clashes Between Northern Alliance, Tatmadaw Likely to Resume

PCG Spokesperson: Without Bilateral Ceasefire, Clashes Between Northern Alliance, Tatmadaw Likely to Resume

As the Burma Army’s extended unilateral ceasefire is set to expire on June 30, questions remain as to what lies ahead concerning peace and conflict in Burma’s north and east. Talks were supposed to have…

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IDP Returnees in Northern Shan State Still Waiting for Homes

IDP Returnees in Northern Shan State Still Waiting for Homes

Kachin villagers who have been sheltering at a church in the northern Shan State border town of Muse for the past five years have returned to their home village only to find that they have…

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Immigration Officers Arrest Three Chinese Nationals for Visa Overstay

Immigration Officers Arrest Three Chinese Nationals for Visa Overstay

Immigration officers in Kachin State’s Waingmaw Township arrested three Chinese nationals after finding their documents to be out of date at a roadside checkpoint this week. The vehicle—which was not licensed—was stopped at the Sadon…

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Chipwi Locals Plant Trees to Mark World Environment Day

Chipwi Locals Plant Trees to Mark World Environment Day

Local people in the town of Chipwi in northern Kachin State planted trees on Tuesday to celebrate World Environment Day. “There have been many landslides in Chipwi since 2010 and the weather has also gotten…