Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Citing security concerns KIO delays New Year celebrations

 Lanyaw Zawng Hra, KIO Chairman

The Kachin Independence Organization (KIO) held a New Year's prayer service at the group's Laiza headquarters on January 3rd. The usual Christmas and New Year events planned for the KIO area were delayed due to security concerns stemming from the recent increase in tensions with the army.

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Fire destroys more than 100 homes in Kachin refugee camp

 Shing Chyai Kachin IDP camp was destroyed by fire on Dec. 29, 2014. Photo: Kachin Baptist Convention (KBC)

A massive fire destroyed over 100 houses and supplies of food aid at the Shing Chyai Kachin Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camp in eastern Kachin state's Sadung township on December 29th. The camp located in Raw Bum division was home to about 180 refugees families displaced by the ongoing conflict in Kachin state. The camp is based in government controlled territory very near to an area controlled by the Kachin Independence Organisation (KIO).

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Disappointment as Kachin parties refuse to cooperate

Dec-19-2014: Second talk for unity of Kachin political parties at YMCA in Myitkyina, the capital of Kachin state

A committee comprised of Kachin concerned about next year's national election has issued a statement lamenting the refusal of Kachin political parties to cooperate with each other. The statement by the group whose name translates into English as the “The Committee of Public Voice for the Unity of all Kachin parties” warned that by refusing to cooperate the Kachin parties are doomed to cancel each other out, thus aiding the ruling party.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Burma army seizes KIO post in Hpakant

A soldier from LID 66 takes position in Kachin's jade-rich Hpakant.

Troops from Burma's army took control of a small outpost held by the Kachin Independence Organization's (KIO) armed wing this past weekend in western Kachin state's jade rich Hpakant Township. The post which was controlled by troops from the Kachin Independence Army's (KIA) Battalion 6 under the group's Brigade 2 fell on Sunday shortly after government forces launched a barrage of heavy artillery at it.

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Burma army attack kills 2 KIA soldiers

A KIA soldier from battalion 26 in Mohnyin township in western Kachin state was killed in attack of government force on Nov 19, 2014

Two soldiers from the Kachin Independence Organization's (KIO) armed wing were killed following a surprise attack by government forces on December 19th, the group acknowledged. The deadly incident took place in Kachin state's Daw Hpum Yang sub-township. According to Lah Nan, the KIO's chief spokesperson, one Kachin Independence Army (KIA) soldier was also seized during the raid on the small KIA outpost.

Friday, December 26, 2014

Rights groups urge army drop suit against grieving Kachin father

Ja Seng Ing, 14-year-old Kachin school girl was shot dead by Burma army on Sept. 13, 2012

A coalition of international human rights groups including Fortify Rights, Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International have called on the Burma army to drop a lawsuit against a Kachin man from Hpakant who is facing prison for filing a complaint with the Myanmar National Human Rights Commission (MNHRC) over the shooting death of his 14-year-old daughter.  The call came in an open letter sent to President Thein Sein earlier this month. 

Friday, December 19, 2014

Delay in permits behind Kachin aid convoy halt says UN

Kachin refugees in Laiza, the de facto capital of KIO in Kachin state, northern Burma

Due to the refusal by Burma government authorities to grant the necessary permits United Nations (UN) convoys have not been able to deliver aid to Kachin refugees in northern Shan and Kachin States for the past two months, says the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) in a statement released December 16th.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Fresh military tensions force villagers to flee Hpakant

Hundreds of villagers in Kachin State's jade rich Hpakant district have fled their homes since December 13th because of a serious rise in tensions between the army and units from the Kachin Independence Organization's (KIO) similarly named armed wing based in the area, local residents tell the Kachin News Group.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Halting UN aid to Kachin refugees will have dire impact say aid groups

 Halting UN aid to Kachin refugees will have dire impact say aid groups

The suspension of United Nations (UN) aid convoys to refugee camps in Kachin Independence Organization (KIO) territory will lead to a “major crisis” in a very short time aid groups warn.

Monday, December 15, 2014

KIA burns huge drug haul in northern Shan state

The KIA burned huge drug in northern Shan state of Burma on Dec 8, 2014

A drug eradication committee operated by the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) Battalion 9 under the group's 4th Brigade, burned over US $100,000 worth of confiscated drugs in northern Shan state last week.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

KIO says it will boycott meeting with Army in Myitkyina

 Aung Min with KIO flag, government 's chief peace negotiator
Citing the army's refusal to provide an adequate explanations for the November 19th shelling attack on a Kachin Independence Army (KIA) officer training school which killed 23 cadets, the KIA's political wing has vowed to boycott a previously scheduled monthly meeting with the army in Myitkyina this month.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Despite threats Kachin family maintains Tatmadaw killed daughter

During a press conference in Rangoon last Saturday the father of Ja Seng Ing, a slain 14-year-old Kachin student from western Kachin's state Hpakant township, called on the Thein Sein government to immediately form a commission to investigate the 13th September 2012 shooting death of his daughter.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Kachin in Thailand celebrate King's birthday with Manau festival

 Kachin in Thailand celebrated King's birthday with Manau festival in Ban Mai Samakee in Chiang Dao district in northern Thailand on Dec. 5, 2014

Kachin residents of Ban Mai Samakee village in Northern Thailand's Chiang Dao district held a four day Manau festival this past weekend to honour the Thai monarch's birthday.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Kachin civil society groups call for army to withdraw

A coalition of 15 civil society organizations (CSOs) based in northern Burma's Kachin state publicly called on the Thein Sein government to withdraw army troops deployed in an ongoing offensive against the Kachin Independence Organization (KIO) and other ethnic armed groups.

Friday, November 28, 2014

UWSA, SSPP and NDAA Say Burma Army attack has damaged peace prospects

KIA officer training school, Laiza, Kachin state of northern Burma

Three ethnic groups issued a statement voicing their concern that the ongoing peace process would deteriorate because of the Burma Army’s artillery shelling of a Kachin Independence Organization (KIO) officer training school on19th November.