Friday, January 31, 2014

RFA Kachin Language TV Program, 2014 January 3rd Week

RFA Kachin Language TV Program, 2014 January 4th Week

Burma army captures KIA post, heavy fighting continues in southern Kachin state

A KIA soldier of elephant force at frontline in Bhamo district in Kachin state of northern Burma.

A column of Burma army troops took control of a post from the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) near Dagaw located on the Bhamo to Loije road this morning, a KIA officer told the Kachin News Group.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

British minister calls for national ceasefire during Kachin visit

Mr Hugo Swire visited Kachin refugee camp in St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church in Waingmaw township on Jan. 29.


During a visit to Kachin state this week Britain's deputy foreign minister Hugo Swire called for peace. “It is tragic that this beautiful state today remains blighted by conflict. I urged all sides to build on the momentum in the peace process towards a nationwide ceasefire”, he said in a press release issued by the British government.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

KIA releases 2 Burma army officers after brief detention

The flag of Burma Army's North-eastern Regional Military Command based in Lashio, Shan state.

The Kachin Independence Army (KIA) detained two Burma army officers and a soldier who were all wearing civilian clothes when they arrived at the Bang Hkam checkpoint near the Burma-China border in Kachin state on January 25, according to officials from the KIA's 3rd brigade.

Monday, January 27, 2014

Voters group urges Kachin parties cooperate

Residents of Kachin state's jade rich Hpakant region called on all of the existing Kachin political parties to cooperate during the upcoming 2015 national election. On Saturday January 25, officials from the Hpakant “people’s voice committee”, a group that represents over 30,000 Kachin voters in Hpakant township, met separately with the leaders of four Kachin political parties in Myitkyina, committee leader Lamawng La Tawng told the Kachin News Group.

Friday, January 24, 2014

Kachin politicians concerned about UN funded census

KSDP leader Dr. Tu Ja (left) and KDP leader Awng Hkam

In an interview with the Kachin News Group (KNG) this week, Dr. Manam Tu Ja, head of the Kachin State Democracy Party (KSDP) and former vice-president No. 2 of the Kachin Independence Organization (KIO), warned that the national census could destabilise Burma's peace process by causing further tensions.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Myitkyina IDP camps suffer serious food shortage

A IDP camp in Jan Mai Kawng Baptist Church in Myitkyina, the capital of Kachin state.

Internally displaced people’s camps in the Myitkyina area are undergoing a serious food shortage because the United Nations World Food Program (WFP) has failed to deliver food to some of the camps this month, according to local aid workers.

Monday, November 25, 2013

2 KIA killed fighting in Southern Kachin state

KIA troops in Kachin state, northern Burma.

An officer from the Kachin Independence Army and his subordinate were shot and killed by government troops near the Nam Lim Pa refugee camp in southern Kachin state on November 23, according to KIA colleagues.  The incident occurred whilst KIA forces in the area are under orders not to strike at government forces.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

KIO’s Gun Maw will arrive in Chaing Mai for talks

Maj-Gen Sumlut Gun Maw, Vice Chief of Staff of KIA took press conference at Rangoon on Nov. 18.

High ranking Kachin Independence Organization (KIO) leader Major General Sumlut Gun Maw will arrive in Chiang Mai later today to attend further talks between the government and Burma’s rebel groups.  Representatives of at least 11 Burmese political parties including the National League for Democracy (NLD) are also expected to attend the talks which are being organized by the government controlled Myanmar Peace Center (MPC).

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

KIA orders troops not to respond after Burma army captures IDP camp

A frontline camp of KIA soldiers in Waingmaw township, eastern Kachin state in northern Burma.

Senior officials at the Kachin Independence Army’s (KIA) Laiza headquarters issued instructions on Tuesday ordering troops in the field not to respond militarily to the Burma army’s recent capture of the Nam Lim Pa internally displaced people camp in southern Kachin state, the Kachin News Group has learned.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Burma army kills Kachin farmer in Mansi township

Two Burmese soldiers of Light Infantry Division No. 33 stand on Myitkyina-Kambaiti road in eastern Kachin state.

Maraw Gun, an unarmed Kachin farmer was shot and killed by Burma army troops when he returned home to his village in Manje (also Mansi) township in southern Kachin state for the rice harvest on November 14, the man’s relatives tell the Kachin News Group (KNG).

Monday, November 18, 2013

Burma army uses aid convoy to captures KIO controlled IDP camp

Burmese government soldiers.

Burma army troops took control of an internally displaced people's camp in southern Kachin state from the Kachin Independence Organization (KIO) on Saturday November 16th by taking advantage of an aid convoy which traveled to the area, according to KIO officials.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Burma army soldier accused of raping 7-year-old Kachin girl

Burma Army soldiers in Myitkyina the capital of Kachin state, northern Burma.

A Burma army soldier based in Shan state has been accused of raping a 7-year-old Kachin girl.  Family members of the alleged victim say the incident took place in the girl's home in Muse township on November 11.  The alleged perpetrator is a man named Ko Win Htwe from the Theinni (or Hsenwi)-based Light Infantry Battalion No. 323, the young girls' relatives tell the Kachin News Group.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

“Ethnic Armed Revolutionary” talks end early in Myitkyina

Talks between Burma's government and 16 armed rebel groups including the Kachin Independence Organization (KIO) ended in the Kachin state capital Myitkyina on Tuesday without a breakthrough. The talks ended earlier than expected, according to reports from Myitkyina.