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Myanmar Army Tanks Roll into Myitkyina as Kachin Activists Gather

Myanmar Army Tanks Roll into Myitkyina as Kachin Activists Gather

A group of politically active Kachin gathering in the Kachin State capital Myitkyina says they were very alarmed by the Myanmar army’s decision to send a convoy of military tanks and other military vehicles down…

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Despite Ceasefire Declaration Myanmar Army and Ethnic Alliance Clash in Kutkai

Despite Ceasefire Declaration Myanmar Army and Ethnic Alliance Clash in Kutkai

Armed clashes between the Myanmar army and members of an ethnic military alliance continued in the hours after the alliance declared a one-month ceasefire on September 9th.  The ceasefire announcement followed weeks of heavy fighting…

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In Wake of Civilian Tragedy Myanmar NGOs call on Army, EAOs to Respect International Law

In Wake of Civilian Tragedy Myanmar NGOs call on Army, EAOs to Respect International Law

A group of Burmese NGOs, Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) and church groups have called on the Myanmar army, also known as the Tatmadaw and three members of an alliance of ethnic armed groups currently engaged…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…