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The United Nations says more than 10,000 people have fled northern Myanmar, where there has been stepped up fighting between government forces and Kachin rebel fighters. Aid agencies say they fear for people trapped in the jungle without access to food or medicine. The ethnic Kachin people ...
Thousands of people have fled renewed fighting between the army and ethnic Kachin rebels in Myanmar's northernmost state. Some 4,000 people have been driven from their homes since early April, according to the UN. It comes as a longstanding conflict between the Kachin Independence Organisation ...

By YE MON. More than 5,000 Kachin civilians have abandoned their homes in recent weeks and are now sheltering in makeshift shelters in the jungle around Tanai, Hpakant and Injangyang townships as military clashes intensify between Burmese government forces and the Kachin Independence Army ...
By CLARE HAMMOND and KYAW LIN HTOON | FRONTIER. YANGON - Ten civilians have allegedly been killed in Kachin State this week, in renewed fighting that has displaced thousands and left many others trapped and unable to access essential aid. Conflict between the Tatmadaw and the Kachin ...
by William M. Reilly. UNITED NATIONS, April 25 (Xinhua) -- The United Nations on Wednesday called on all parties in Myanmar's northeastern Kachin State to respect their obligations under international humanitarian law and end the violence. Chief UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric said that ...
By Lawi Weng 25 April 2018. A Kachin woman has gone into hiding after accusing the Myanmar Army (or Tatmadaw) of killing two of her family members, apparently fearing detention by the military, according to local sources in Kachin State. Kaw Awng, 45, is already the subject of legal action by the Tatmadaw. She has ...

By Nyein Nyein 24 April 2018. CHIANG MAI, Thailand — Ethnic Kachin communities at home and abroad are urging the United Nations Security Council to refer Myanmar to the International Criminal Court (ICC), citing a recent military campaign in Kachin State's Tanai Township that has displaced thousands of civilians and ...
Thirty-two ethnic Kachin civil society organizations urged the United Nations on Wednesday to refer the Myanmar military to the International Criminal Court for what they say are human rights violations against civilians and the denial of humanitarian assistance by soldiers in Kachin state. “Our people have ...
Almost 2,000 civilians from Myanmar's Kachin community, trapped in a jungle while escaping clashes between the army and the guerrillas, are in urgent need of medical attention, the community leaders said. The latest fighting in the northern state's Tanai town started earlier this month with government ...
A clash between an ethnic armed group and the Myanmar military in the Indawgyi region of northern Myanmar's Kachin state on Thursday has forced an unspecified number of residents from Aytulay village to flee their homes, local sources said. The fighting between the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) ...
Civil war and rapid development in the north has left many internally displaced people in Myanmar fear they will never be able to return home. In Kachin state, the military and rebels have been fighting for decades - with accusations of land being confiscated and exploited by the government. Al Jazeera's ...
Members of the Rohingya, Karen and Kachin ethnic minorities protest against human rights abuses in Myanmar, as Aung San Suu Kyi, the Burma State Counsellor receives the Freedom of London award in the Guildhall Old Library in the City of London on May 08, 2017 in London, England. Credit: Barcroft ...
Police have begun investigating the killing of two Kachin men living in a refugee camp in Mansi township, Police Colonel Myo Thura Naung of Kachin Police ... The victims, 60-year-old U Hpaugan Yaw and 30-year-old Ko Nhkum Naw San from Kachin Baptist Convention (KBC) and Catholic Church (RC), ...
The aim is to boost exports from Kachin and harness the potential for Kachin products in the National Export Strategy. The workshop focused on the roll-out of the Myanmar Private Sector Development Framework and Action Plan, which outlines government's approach to private sector development.
Kachin's regional economy is predominantly agricultural, while mining and wood trade play a big part in fuelling a massive informal economy. Photo - Shutterstock. Regional investment commission approves first Kachin project. The Kachin State Investment Commission has approved one investment ...
YANGON — More than 500 locals in Kachin State's Myitkyina took to the streets on Wednesday to protest the draft Myanmar Gemstone Law 2017, stating that the draft law does not consider the interests of local residents. The protest was led by three Kachin parties—the Kachin State Democracy Party ...
The European Union Delegation in agreement with the EU Heads of Mission in Myanmar have issued the following statement in relation to the conflict in Kachin State. “Decades of conflict in Kachin state have displaced families, disrupted development, caused despair and left communities divided. During a ...

Hundreds of civilians have fled their homes and are seeking refuge in churches in Myanmar's conflict-torn Kachin State amid the military's offensive against Kachin rebels. More than 900 civilians from Kasung and Zup Mai villages are taking refuge in two Catholic churches and a Baptist church in Namti ...
By Lawi Weng 23 April 2018. YANGON — The Myanmar military, or Tatmadaw, pushed back two battalions of the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) based in southern Kachin State on Friday and Saturday, according to the Northern Alliance. In a message posted to its Facebook page on Saturday, the alliance of four ethnic ...
The Myanmar Army on Friday evening allowed a group of people to retrieve the bodies of two Kachin internally displaced persons who had disappeared in January, after local people reported discovering their bodies in a grave in Mansi Township. Army personnel had prevented the group from heading to ...
Soldiers of Kachin Independence Army (KIA) on guard in Laiza, a border town of China and Myanmar, Kachin State, Myanmar, Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013. From 1961 until 1994, the KIA fought a grueling and inconclusive war against the Burmese junta for independence, but now the groups goal is for ...
The bodies of two missing Kachin internally displaced people (IDPs) have been in Mansi Township, Kachin State. The bodies of Phaw Gam Yaw (65) and N Kham Naw Seng aka Daw J Naw Seng (30) who were missing for over one month from Mai Khaung refugee camp in Mansi Township, Bhamo District ...
Myanmar police said Saturday they had opened a murder investigation into the killing of two men who residents say appeared to have been shot in the head after they were detained by soldiers in the conflict-torn north of the country. Residents say the men were ethnic Kachin farmers who were living in ...
Ndup Yang IDP camp In-charge said that about 1,000 war refugees and local people had to flee from their camp after heavy weapon shells hit the camp in Sumprabum Township, northern Kachin State. Ndup Yang Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camp In-charge Rev. Ban Seng said on January 23 in the ...
Villagers from nearby Sumprabum township in northern Kachin State flee their homes Wednesday as fighting that started on January 17 continues between the Tatmadaw and the Kachin Independence Army. Photo - Vincent Zinwa. Over 1000 refugees flee amid fighting in northern Kachin. Intensified ...
YANGON — Internally displaced persons (IDPs) have fled from their camp in Kachin State's Sumprabum after artillery shells from clashes between the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) and the Myanmar Army fell near the camp. About 1,000 IDPs have fled from Ndup Yang Camp after clashes continued for ...
“In 2011, there were over 100,000 Rakhinee migrants only in Hpa-kant Township, Kachin State. Currently, there may be around 180,000 Rakhinee migrants in Kachin State. We don't get the exactly number of migrants because they always migrate to new one,” said Phyu Tar Che, Vice-Chairman of Arakan ...
As of 31 December 2017, there were 165 internally displaced people (IDP) sites in Kachin and northern Shan States, with a total of 99,036 IDPs. (source: CCCM) The two attached maps (A0 detailed poster format and A4 simplified version) show population by site and township in Government controlled ...
MANDALAY — A military court in Mansi Township, Kachin State, sentenced six soldiers to 10 years in prison on Friday for the killing of three Kachin men in May, according to a relative of one of the victims. “Chief of Staff Major Zeyar Oo, Captain Luan Moe Aung, Captain Kyaw Zin Myint, Lieutenant Myo Thu ...
A Myanmar military tribunal has sentenced six soldiers to 10 years in prison for killing three civilians in the war-torn state of Kachin, officials said Saturday, in a move welcomed by rights groups. The Kachin state police office said the tribunal handed down the sentence after finding the soldiers guilty of killing ...
BANGKOK (AP) — A Myanmar military tribunal has sentenced six soldiers to 10 years in prison with hard labor for killing three civilians in war-torn Kachin state, officials said Saturday, in a move welcomed by rights groups. The Kachin state police office said the tribunal handed down the sentence Friday ...
Three years since the rape and murder of two Kachin schoolteachers from Kaung Kha village in Kutkai Township, northern Shan State, justice still waits to be served, due to an inability to identify and bring charges against the suspects. On Jan. 19, 2015, two volunteer teachers, Maran Lu Ra and Tangbau ...
NAYPYIDAW: Four Kachin bishops have met Myanmar's military chief Min Aung Hlaing to talk prospects for peace in the country's north, where fighting ... For one hour and 45 minutes, the bishops and Min Aung Hlaing discussed the situation in Kachin and Shan states, where intense fighting has erupted in ...
COMPANIES ARE establishing banana plantations on land in Kachin State left idle and untended because of fighting between the Tatmadaw and the Kachin Independence Army, say farmers displaced by the conflict. They say areas that were deserted amid heavy fighting after a 1994 ceasefire between ...
Three political parties who stake their appeal on claims to represent the interests of the ethnic Kachin population in northern Burma have agreed to merge, after none of them managed to make much headway at the polls in the country's 2015 general election. The Kachin Political Cooperation Committee ...
As of 30 November 2017, there are 165 internally displaced people (IDP) sites in Kachin and northern Shan States, with a total of 98,878 IDPs. (source: CCCM) The two attached maps (A0 detailed poster format and A4 simplified version) show population by site and township in Government controlled ...
Charcoal is one of the country's forestry products that are not allowed for export, but recently thousands of sacks of charcoal were seized in Waimaw at the Kachin-China border area, a local newspaper recently reported. The Ministry of Information reported that from April to November this year that a total of ...
Catholic leaders of the Kachin ethnic minority in Myanmar have high hopes that the recent visit to Myanmar by Pope Francis will aid peace efforts despite new military offensives against rebels. The resumption six years ago of the conflict, which had been dormant for 17 years, has displaced more than ...
In an attack using heavy weapons, the Myanmar military on Thursday captured several hillside camps operated by an ethnic armed group and killed an unspecified number of enemy soldiers during hostilities in the country's northernmost Kachin state. The army said it killed “some” Kachin Independence ...
Myanmar's military has used heavy weapons to overrun remote rebel camps in northern Kachin state, the army said Friday, as a seasonal offensive ramps up the long-running conflict. A separate military campaign in Rakhine state, which has forced 655,000 Rohingya Muslims over the border into ...
THE number of people displaced in the escalating clashes between government forces and ethnic armed groups in Shan and Kachin states rose to 1200, aid officials ... In the adjacent Kachin State, government forces -- locally known as Tatmadaw -- and the state's ethnic armed group Kachin Independence Army (KIA) have ...
General N'Ban La was appointed chairman of the Kachin Independence Organization (KIO), a political group composed of ethnic Kachins with an armed wing called the Kachin Independence Army (KIA), replacing Lanyaw Zawng Hra who is retiring after more than a decade in charge, KIO spokesman ...
YANGON — Four armed men robbed a small branch of one of Myanmar's leading banks, Kanbawza (KBZ), Tuesday afternoon in Myitkyina, the capital of Kachin State. According to a statement from the bank, the men threatened the branch employees with a gun and made away with more than 92 million ...
CHIANG MAI, Thailand — After five years of effort, three Kachin political parties agreed to merge on Saturday in order to meet a desire among ethnic Kachin for a single, strong party. The Kachin Democratic Party (KDP), the Kachin State Democracy Party (KSDP), and the Kachin National Congress (KNC) ...
As signs point to an especially brutal cold season campaign in 2018, many in Kachin state hope the international community will finally come to their aid. Cold season offensives have intensified as the Myanmar military, known as the Tatmadaw, has ramped up aerial bombardments and long-range shelling, ...
Mya Thein, the Kachin State Minister for Agriculture and Irrigation, said: “Currently, the measurements of about 5,000-acre land reserved for the industrial zone and economic zone are being carried out. The state government is coordinating on matters relating to farmland and plantations included in the ...
YANGON — Fighting in Kachin State between the armed wing of the Kachin Independence Organization (KIO) and the Myanmar Army, or Tatmadaw, has intensified in recent days, according to the Kachin Independence Army (KIA). The latest round of clashes erupted in late November. Colonel Naw Bu ...
The Myanmar Army on Wednesday shelled at least four positions held by the Kachin Independence Army in northern parts of the country in a move rebel leaders are interpreting as a signal that fighting will soon escalate in areas under their control. Col. Naw Bu, a KIA spokesperson, told The Irrawaddy ...
Women's groups in Kachin State say understaffed police with inadequate resources are hampering investigations into human trafficking and contributing to a crime wave in Myitkyina, in which women are often the targets. By SU MYAT MON | FRONTIER. SINCE THE conflict between the Tatmadaw and ...
On one side of this remote, mountainous but important settlement in Myanmar's breakaway Kachin state lurks the dreaded Burmese army. On the other, marking the city limits, is the Chinese border. “People are worried,” says Dau Hku, an official with the rebel Kachin Independence Army (KIA), which ...


 

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