Category: News

News
Kachin Peace Activists Jailed for “Unauthorized” Theater in the Park

Kachin Peace Activists Jailed for “Unauthorized” Theater in the Park

Dramatic scenes unfolded in Myitkyina on Monday when a local court sentenced two Kachin peace activists to prison for their role in organizing an “unauthorized” performance to mark the 8th anniversary of the Kachin conflict…

News
Shoddy Construction Plagues Myitsone Dam Relocation Sites in Myanmar’s North

Shoddy Construction Plagues Myitsone Dam Relocation Sites in Myanmar’s North

Hkawn Tawng, a Kachin widow, was forced to move from her original home close to the confluence where the Irrawaddy river is formed in northern Kachin State nearly a decade ago on the orders of…

News
Civilians killed by Shelling in Myanmar’s Shan State as Gov. and Armed Groups Meet

Civilians killed by Shelling in Myanmar’s Shan State as Gov. and Armed Groups Meet

Many Kachin people across the world took to social media on Saturday to express their anger and outrage following the death of five Kachin civilians in northern Shan State’s Kutkai Township on Saturday amid heavy…

News
Amber Being Sought ‘Through Bloodshed,’ Kachin Group Reports

Amber Being Sought ‘Through Bloodshed,’ Kachin Group Reports

A new report from the Kachin Development Network Group (KDNG) alleges that the Burma Army’s seizure of Kachin State’s Hukawng Valley is a move toward pushing communities out of the amber-rich area. “Blood Amber” was…

News
KBC Leaders Discuss Future of Kachin IDPs

KBC Leaders Discuss Future of Kachin IDPs

Leaders from the Kachin Baptist Convention (KBC) and representatives from internally displaced people’s (IDP) camps met this week to discuss the issue of return for IDPs who have spent eight years in camps. The two-day…

News
Chinese Nationals Fined, Detained for Weeks Over Illegal Operation of Waingmaw Shops

Chinese Nationals Fined, Detained for Weeks Over Illegal Operation of Waingmaw Shops

A Waingmaw Township court sentenced three Chinese nationals to fines of 500,000 kyat (US$329) for operating shops without official permission earlier this month. Immigration officers arrested a woman—who ran the Shang Nan car parts shop—and…

News
Northern Shan State IDPs In Need of Aid, ‘Especially Food’

Northern Shan State IDPs In Need of Aid, ‘Especially Food’

Clashes are ongoing between the Burma Army and members of the Northern Alliance of ethnic armed groups in northern Shan State, with the number of internally displaced people (IDPs) increasing and in need of emergency…

News
School Teacher Attacked in Sumprabum

School Teacher Attacked in Sumprabum

A 26-year-old teacher in a government school was attacked and beaten in Sumprabum, Kachin State, by two workers from the Yadanarbon phone company over the weekend. N’sen Lu Bu, who works in Sumprabum high school,…

News
Burma Army Shoots Two Men Dead on Muse-Kutkai Road

Burma Army Shoots Two Men Dead on Muse-Kutkai Road

The Burma Army shot dead two motorbike drivers and injured two more people traveling on the road between Muse and Kutkai in northern Shan State on Sunday. The soldiers from the government forces reportedly tried…

News
Military Supporters Hold Myitkyina Rally to Defend 2008 Constitution

Military Supporters Hold Myitkyina Rally to Defend 2008 Constitution

The counter-demonstration follows a thousands-strong protest the day before, which called for the charter to be changed. Supporters of the military and the military-backed the Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) held a counter-rally in…