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.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Burma army shells land near Kachin IDP camps

Je Yang camp near KIO capital Laiza in eastern Kachin state in northern Burma

Over the last three days Burma army units stationed in Kachin state have repeatedly fired shells that landed near refugee camps situated in territory controlled by Kachin Independence Organization (KIO). No refugees were hurt by the shelling however the firing of shells near the camps has caused a great deal of concern among the refugees and aid workers, the Kachin News Group has learned.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Myitkyina residents defy authorities to mourn 23 Laiza cadets

Despite pressure from local authorities, a large crowd of several thousand mourners gathered in the Kachin state capital of Myitkyina over the weekend to honor the 23 trainees who were killed when their training ground near Laiza was hit by Burma army shell.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Laiza shelling fatalities were from KIO allies, ABSDF, AA, CNF, TNLA

All of those killed in Wednesday's shelling attack on an training ground near the Kachin Independence Organization's Laiza headquarters were from the Kachin armed group's allies and not in fact the KIO as had been initially reported. A number of KIO personnel including trainers were however seriously injured in the blast.

Government claims Laiza shelling was a “warning shot”

Burma Army's Light Infantry Division No. 66 troops are taking position near KIA battalion 6 in Hpakant jade mine, Kachin state

Following the Burma's army shelling of a Kachin Independence Army (KIA) training ground near Laiza on Wednesday government officials have repeatedly claimed that the lethal attack was not deliberate. A claim hotly contested by the KIA and its political wing the Kachin Independence Organization (KIO).

Friday, November 21, 2014

KIO, UNFC condemn Laiza shelling

The Kachin Independent Organization (KIO) issued a terse statement on Friday condemning the army's shelling of a training ground near Laiza 48 hours earlier that resulted in the death of 23 cadets and injured 20 more.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

UNFC ethnic alliance clears up “misunderstanding” with Naypyidaw

 UNFC Vice-chairman Nai Hong Tar

The largest alliance of ethnic armed groups in Burma, the United Nationalities Federal Council (UNFC) claims that it has been able to clear up what the group characterized as a “misunderstanding” with officials in Naypyidaw about the group's policy.

Burma Army shelling of Laiza training ground was deliberate says KIO

KIA officer training school and bodies of students

A shell fired by Burma army forces hit a Kachin Independence Army (KIA) training ground near Laiza mid-day Wednesday killing 22 young men on impact and injuring 16 more. The victims of the shelling were taking part in an officer training program run by the KIA, the armed-wing of the Kachin Independence Organization (KIO).