A coalition of aid and relief groups working in Kachin State issued a statement on Monday warning that more than 3,000 civilians have been displaced by fighting in the southeast part of the state, which remains ongoing.
Fierce fighting between the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) and Burmese government forces in Mansi Township has forced hundreds of Kachin IDPs and villagers to seek sanctuary in Namhkam and at the Burma-China border.
Burma’s nascent democracy faces immense challenges in coming years, some with the capacity to “jeopardise” progress made since the country’s transition from military dictatorship to quasi-civilian leadership in 2011, a UN official concluded.
Brig-Gen Timothy Laklem of the Karen National Union Peace Council (KPC), an offshoot of the Karen National Union (KNU), has said that peace with Naypyidaw will only be possible once poverty has been reduced in Karen State.
A new report by ND-Burma has revealed more than 100 cases of human rights violations committed by the Burmese military in the second half of 2013 including torture, rape, extra-judicial killing, land grabs, unlawful arrests and detentions, arbitrary taxation and forced labour.
Various Arakanese organisations have announced they will hold the 4th Arakan National Convention in Kyaukphyu from 27 April to 1 May as they strive to find answers to the ongoing conflict in the region.
Burma’s government forces are holding 10 local villagers captive and are continuing their attacks in and around the village of Nam Lim Pa in southern Kachin State’s Mansi Township, according to a report Free Burma Rangers.
Representatives of the Shan State Army-South meet with a Burmese government delegation in Chiang Mai where they discuss the draft framework for a nationwide ceasefire that has already been approved by 16 other ethnic armed groups.