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Three Painters Promoting COVID-19 Awareness Released on Bail, Charges Remain

Three Painters Promoting COVID-19 Awareness Released on Bail, Charges Remain

Three painters were released from jail on bail by a Myitkyina court on Thursday, but continue to face charges of “insulting religion” for their public mural promoting awareness of the COVID-19 pandemic in the Kachin…

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Social Distancing Not Always Being Followed For Returning Workers, CSO Says

Social Distancing Not Always Being Followed For Returning Workers, CSO Says

With thousands returning en masse from jobs in China in recent days a Kachin civil society coalition cautioned that more needed to be done to reduce the risks of transmission of COVID-19 while the workers…

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Day Workers Blocked From Banana Farms

Day Workers Blocked From Banana Farms

Hundreds of day workers employed on tissue-culture banana farms in Waingmaw township, in Kachin State, have been told not to go back to work. Dau Hkawng, the village administration officer for Jam Ga village, and…

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Gov’t Restricts Traffic To Hpakant To Fight Virus

Gov’t Restricts Traffic To Hpakant To Fight Virus

The government introduced stricter travel measures it claims will help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in Kachin State’s Hpakant Township. Locals are afraid of contracting the virus after many Burmese nationals returned from Thailand and…

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Kachin Civil Society Initiates Coronavirus Prevention Measures in IDP Camps

Kachin Civil Society Initiates Coronavirus Prevention Measures in IDP Camps

Kachin civil society organizations have started their own preventative programs to fight coronavirus in the internally displaced persons (IDP) camps in Kachin State. The Kachin State COVID-19 Prevention Network (KsC19PN) was formed by 12 organizations…

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Health Dept Monitoring Nearly 3,000 People in Kachin State for COVID-19

Health Dept Monitoring Nearly 3,000 People in Kachin State for COVID-19

Kachin State’s health department has reported that a total of 2,985 people are being monitored either at home or in quarantine facilities for signs of the coronavirus in the state. According to Dr. Naw Shelter,…

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Myitkyina Painters Promoting COVID-19 Awareness Charged With Insulting Buddhism

Myitkyina Painters Promoting COVID-19 Awareness Charged With Insulting Buddhism

A group of young painters who created a work of art on the wall of a railway station in the Kachin State capital of Myitkyina is now facing charges for insulting Buddhism, which they deny…

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‘Not Enough Water to Wash Our Hands,’ Say Kachin IDPs Bracing For COVID-19

‘Not Enough Water to Wash Our Hands,’ Say Kachin IDPs Bracing For COVID-19

While thorough handwashing has been proven as an effective strategy to fight the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Kachin State’s camps say that the current water shortage prevents them from…

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Gov’t Blocks Ethnic Media Groups From Mobile Networks

Gov’t Blocks Ethnic Media Groups From Mobile Networks

Three online ethnic media outlets in Burma are blocked on major mobile internet providers at a time when access to information has never been more important. Content on the Narainjara and Development Media Group (DMG)…

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Burma Army Warns KIO to Cut Ties With Arakan Army or Face Attack, PCG Says

Burma Army Warns KIO to Cut Ties With Arakan Army or Face Attack, PCG Says

Kachin civil society organizations say that they are concerned that the Burma Army is planning a military offensive in areas under the control of the Kachin Independence Organization/Army (KIO/A), after a reported “warning” from the…