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Burma Army, KIA Clash in Northern Shan State

Burma Army, KIA Clash in Northern Shan State

Troops from the Tatmadaw and the Kachin Independence Army’s (KIA) 36th Battalion engaged in a gunfire fight in the Mungbaw area of Muse Township in northern Shan State on Friday morning. According to KIA sources,…

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Remaining Kachin Youth Activist Released From Myitkyina Prison

Remaining Kachin Youth Activist Released From Myitkyina Prison

Kachin youth activist Paul Lu was released from a prison in the Kachin State capital of Myitkyina on Monday morning after serving a three-month sentence for handing broken judicial scales to a judge in protest.…

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Kachin Youth Support Legal Action Against Burma at ICJ

Kachin Youth Support Legal Action Against Burma at ICJ

The All Kachin Youth Union (AKYU) say that they endorse the charges brought against the Burmese state at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) by Gambia concerning the genocide of the Rohingya in Rakhine State.…

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Third Jade Auction to Be Held in Kachin State

Third Jade Auction to Be Held in Kachin State

The third annual jade auction will be held in Myitkyina in February next year, the Kachin State Jade Association has announced. Yitnang Zelum, chairperson of the association, told KNG that the state government has formed…

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Water Runs Red in Chipwi

Water Runs Red in Chipwi

The water in a stream in Kachin State’s Chipwi Township has changed in color in recent days, with locals speculating that it could be due to the disposal of mining waste upstream. Villagers from the…

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China Pressures EAOs to Withdraw Statement Supporting ICJ Case Against Burma

China Pressures EAOs to Withdraw Statement Supporting ICJ Case Against Burma

The Chinese government is reportedly pressuring three members of the Northern Alliance of ethnic armed organizations (EAOs) to withdraw their endorsement of Gambia’s case against Burma at the International Court of Justice (ICJ). Chinese officials…

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Returned Kachin IDPs Prepare to Flee Again

Returned Kachin IDPs Prepare to Flee Again

The first displaced returnees to the Kachin village of Nam San Yang in Waingmaw Township are again preparing to flee after the Burma Army recently attacked and seized a nearby Kachin Independence Army (KIA) camp.…

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China-Backed Banana Plantations Linked to Undocumented Labor, Kachin State Govt Says

China-Backed Banana Plantations Linked to Undocumented Labor, Kachin State Govt Says

Kachin State authorities say they are having difficulty keeping track of migrant workers coming from China to work in agribusiness initiatives such as tissue culture banana plantations. The state’s immigration minister, Zaw Win, said that…

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Kachin Locals Stand to Lose Land to Namjim Industrial Zone

Kachin Locals Stand to Lose Land to Namjim Industrial Zone

Locals have demanded an explanation as to why they are being dispossessed of their land by the Kachin State government in order to build the Namjim Industrial Zone. The project, which is related to China’s…

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Pesticides Linked to Deadly Stream Pollution in Waingmaw

Pesticides Linked to Deadly Stream Pollution in Waingmaw

Pesticides in Kachin State’s Waingmaw Township are polluting nearby streams and killing fish and livestock, locals say. Workers on the 3,000-acre tissue culture banana plantation around Wa Ra Yang village in Hpung Tang Yang village…