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).

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

KIA fight with Burma Army in Kachin state

One of an officer from Burma Army's LID 88 which is currently deploying in Man Wing, the area between Kachin state and Shan state

Troops from the Kachin Independence Organization's (KIO) armed wing clashed with Burma army forces on November 16th in eastern Kachin state, according to an officer with group.

Yuzana company destroys farm road in Hugawng valley

Yuzana company farm in Kachin state's Hugawng Valley

Staff from the Yuzana company, one of Burma's largest conglomerates, destroyed a road constructed by local farmers in Wa Ra Zup village in Kachin State's Hugawng (also Hukaung) valley last Friday.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Hpakant jade company offers compensation to slain man’s family

Poeple of raw jade (locally called yemase) collectors at Hpakant in western Kachin state

The Thaukpa Kyae jade mining company in Kachin State Hpakant's township has offered 20 million kyat (USD $ 19,531.2) as compensation to the family of a 20 year old man who was killed on the job. Hpuklawng Gum Ja Awng, also known as Ze Lum, was killed on the evening of October 31. The company claims his death was the result of an accident however the victim's family disputes this explanation.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

RFA Kachin Language TV Program, 2014 November 1st Week

Kachin church groups continue drug eradication campaign

 A Church's anti-drug poster with Kachin language on Ledo Road in Hugawng Valley in western Kachin state

Across Kachin state local drug eradication committees backed by church groups are continuing their drug elimination efforts amidst what many Kachin say is a full blown crisis in their state.

Friday, November 7, 2014

KIO Accountant Arrested for Collecting Tax in Hpakant

Burma Army's Light Infantry Division No. 66 soldiers take position near Aung Ba Lay post of KIA Batalion 6 in Hpakant, western Kachin state

 A Kachin Independence Organization (KIO) accountant employed by the KIO's armed wing, the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) and an alleged civilian associate, were arrested by Burma army personnel last week after being accused of unlawfully collecting war funds, according to local residents in Kachin state's jade rich Hpakant district where the arrests took place.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

KNU confirms withdrawal from ethnic armed alliance

KNU leader Mutu Say Poe

The Karen National Union (KNU), Burma's oldest armed ethnic group, confirmed last week following a meeting of the group's Central Standing Committee (CSC) an earlier decision to withdraw its membership in Burma's largest armed ethnic alliance, the United Nationalities Federal Council (UNFC).

RFA Kachin Language TV Program, 2014 October 4th Week

Monday, October 27, 2014

Kachin activists want jailed refugees released

Ma Hka, a lawyer and former member of National Democratic Force (NDF) party

Lawyer, activists and various civil society groups held a prayer service on Tuesday in Myitkyina, the Kachin state capital, where they repeated calls for the immediate release of two jailed Kachin refugees, Lahpai Gam and Brang Yung.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Burma army clashes with KIO and its allies in Shan state

Troops from Burma's armed forces and those from the Federal Union Army (FUA), an alliance backed by the Kachin Independence Organization (KIO), engaged in repeated clashes in northeast Shan state earlier this month. The clashes began on October 15th and lasted for several days.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Burma army orders 1,000 from their land in Hpakant, fighting expected

Burma army's LID No. 66 soldiers in a celebration of Kachin Baptist church in Hpakant, Kachin state, northern Burma

Villagers living in Ginsi Hkaw (also Kanzi hall), Awng Ba Li (also Aung Bar Lay) and Tang Gau, three villages in Kachin state's jade rich Hpakant district, were ordered by local military authorities to leave their homes by 6 pm on Tuesday, the Kachin News Group has learned.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

More villagers vote against Yuzana company in Kachin state's Hugawng Valley

Oct 8, 2014 The poll was collected in Nawng Mi village in Hugawng Valley in western Kachin state, Burma

An overwhelming 98% of farmers in two villages in western Kachin state's Hugawng Valley (also spelled Hukaung Valley) voted against the Yuzana company's continued presence in the ecologically sensitive area during a community plebiscite held on October 8th.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

KIO closes Hukaung amber mines following tensions with Burma army forces

 People are returning homes after the KIA 2nd Brigade shut down amber mines in Hukaung Valley in western Kachin state, northern Burma

The Kachin Independence Organization (KIO) and its armed wing closed several amber mines operating in the group's territory in western Kachin state's Hukaung (Hugawng) Valley last week. The mine shut-downs come after increasing tension between the KIO and Burmese government forces in the area, KIO officials tell the Kachin News Group.