Thursday, October 31, 2013
Wednesday, October 30, 2013
|Eight Kachin women with different cultural suits at opening ceremony of Burma's ethnic armed group conference in Laiza, the capital of Kachin Independence Organization.|
Zau Awng, Laiza — The historic summit of Burma's ethnic armed groups focusing on a government-planned national ceasefire pact began on Wednesday in Laiza, headquarters of Kachin Independence Organization (KIO) in Kachin state, northern Burma.
Monday, October 28, 2013
The United Nations is “deeply concerned” about the situation facing civilians in southern Kachin state's Mansi Township as clashes between the Kachin Independence Organization's (KIO) armed wing and the military continued in the area. The fighting threatens the safety of large numbers of internally displaced people (IDP) who have been sheltering in Nam Lim Pa and Mung Ding Pa villages.
Friday, October 25, 2013
At an October 11th meeting several senior officials from the Kachin Baptist Convention (KBC) sat down with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's special envoy to Burma, Vijay Nambiar, to discuss the fate of a group of villagers trapped in the far north of the state. During the meeting the KBC representatives asked Nambiar and the UN to assist in the evacuation of 53 villagers from Putao District's Nhka Ga village, according to KBC officials.
Burma's military has been accused of attacking and then looting internally displaced persons camps in southern Kachin state earlier this week. According to representatives of the UK based Kachin National Organization, the largest Kachin diaspora group, on Tuesday morning army units engaged in an offensive against Kachin Independence Army positions in Mansi Township, firing shells at an IDP camp located in Mung Ding Pa village.
Thursday, October 24, 2013
Government forces have confined an estimated 700 Kachin civilians, mostly women and children, to a church compound in southern Kachin state's Mansi township, the Kachin News Group has learned. The army's refusal to let any of the trapped villagers leave church grounds comes amid escalating tensions between the military and the armed wing of the Kachin Independence Organization (KIO).
Fighting between Burma government forces and the Kachin Independence Army continued yesterday in northern Shan state’s Mabein township, an area bordering Kachin state and the territory of KIA battalion 12 under 3rd brigade, the Kachin News Group has learned.
Tuesday, October 22, 2013
|A KIA soldier secures Laiza headquarters in eastern Kachin state, northern Burma.|
Last week troops from the Kachin Independence Organization's (KIO) armed wing withdrew from two posts in western Shan state's Mabein township close to the Kachin state border, according to KIO officials. The withdrawal took place after Burmese government officials met with a KIO delegation in Kachin state’s capital Myitkyina on October 8th to 10th.
Monday, October 21, 2013
Major Myo Min Htun, a deputy commander from the Burma army's Infantry Battalion No. 137, is directly responsible for the torture of reverend Ram Mai in September in northern Kachin state's Putao district, according to officials from the Kachin Baptist Convention (KBC). The KBC is the largest church organization in Kachin state where a majority of the Kachin population is Baptist.
Thursday, October 17, 2013
At least three government soldiers were injured in two mine attacks by the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) on Wednesday morning, after Burmese troops attempted to invade KIA territory in Shan state's Nam Hkam township. Burma Army troops have since retreated from KIA-controlled Man Sawn and have returned to their base in nearby Nam Hkam.
Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Fighting broke out between the Burma Army and the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) in Mabein township of northern Shan state around 5pm on Tuesday evening, five days after the latest round of peace talks in Kachin state capital Myitkyina, said KIA officials.
Thursday, October 10, 2013
|Burmese government's peace negotiator Aung Min (right) shake handed with Sumlut Gam, leader of KIO delegation on Oct. 10.|
Three days of peace talks between the Kachin Independence Organization (KIO) and government negotiators ended today in Myitkyina with a positive joint statement from both sides. The joint statement indicated that both the KIO and the government were in favor of moving forward with the 7 point agreement reached in May aimed at deescalating tensions. The statement stopped short however of declaring a full ceasefire.
As representatives of the Kachin Independence Organization (KIO) sat down with government negotiators for the first day of talks in Myitkyina on Tuesday, two military jets flew over the Kachin state capital at a very low altitude. The roaring sounds of the Chinese built jets could be heard inside Majoi Gawknu hall where the peace talks were taking place, according to witnesses. The fly over took place sometime after 1 PM on Tuesday afternoon.