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Kachin State Govt Permits Gold Mining in Three Townships

Kachin State Govt Permits Gold Mining in Three Townships

The move is to counter illegal mining, a state minister says. The Kachin State government will allow small-scale gold mining in three townships in Kachin State, in the fifth round of permits granted on Tuesday.…

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An anonymous KIO official compares the current government’s negotiation style to that of the Ne Win regime.

An anonymous KIO official compares the current government’s negotiation style to that of the Ne Win regime.

The Burmese government has demanded that the Kachin Independence Organization (KIO) provide an inventory list of its weapons, as well as disclosure of its total number of troops, an anonymous KIO official told KNG. The…

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Hukawng Valley Locals Call on Kachin State Govt to Halt Yuzana’s Gold Mining

Hukawng Valley Locals Call on Kachin State Govt to Halt Yuzana’s Gold Mining

Gold is being extracted from cassava plantations, locals say. Locals in Kachin State’s Hukawng Valley say that continued gold mining is affecting their ability to farm and survive in the area. Specifically blaming the activities…

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KNO: UNODC Should Support Kachin Community’s Anti-Drug Efforts

KNO: UNODC Should Support Kachin Community’s Anti-Drug Efforts

The UN agency’s recent findings suggested that they ‘hadn’t worked together with local people,’ the KNO secretary says. The Kachin National Organization (KNO) has urged the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) to…

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Kachin Youth Brought to Court on Charges of Violating Peaceful Assembly Law

Kachin Youth Brought to Court on Charges of Violating Peaceful Assembly Law

 Police filed charges for their commemoration of the eighth year of war in Kachin State. Two youth appeared in court in Myitkyina on Thursday after being charged with violating the Peaceful Assembly Law’s Article 19…

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The current unilateral ceasefire does not cover Rakhine State.

The current unilateral ceasefire does not cover Rakhine State.

Officials in the Kachin Independence Organization (KIO) and Kachin politicians have said that the Burma Army should declare a unilateral ceasefire nationwide rather than in only five command regions, in the interest of moving the…

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Tanai Amber Mines to be Re-Opened to Locals

Tanai Amber Mines to be Re-Opened to Locals

Investors can apply for permission to mine, with priority given to locals, Kachin State’s natural resources and environment minister says. The Kachin State government announced this week that it had presidential permission to re-open nearly…

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Relocated IDPs Call for Better Conditions in Unofficial Camp

Relocated IDPs Call for Better Conditions in Unofficial Camp

Residents of the unregistered Pangmati IDP camp in Myitkyina say they want same level of support as other camps. Residents of an unofficial camp for internally displaced persons (IDPs) in the Kachin State capital Myitkyina…

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Chinese Nationals Deported for Violating Immigration, Forestry Laws

Chinese Nationals Deported for Violating Immigration, Forestry Laws

Five of eight people sent back to China had been found to be working on a tissue culture banana plantation on protected forest land. Eight Chinese nationals were deported from Kachin State last week after…

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KIO: Opium Poppies Cover Twice as Much Land as UN Reported

KIO: Opium Poppies Cover Twice as Much Land as UN Reported

According to the KIO, most of Kachin State’s poppy plantations are located in areas under the control of military-backed PMFs or the BGF. There is double the amount of opium poppy cultivation in Kachin State…