The Border Consortium says that the increase in military presence in the region is being increasingly driven by resource extraction and commercial development.
Displaced residents who fled to China earlier this month to escape renewed fighting in Kachin State are suffering from a shortage of food and aid.
An explosion at a cigarette factory in Namhkam township, northern Shan State, has left several people hospitalised and has raised suspicions that it was a planned attack. Meanwhile IDPs forced to flee the fighting are running out of food and shelter.
Burma vows to protect aid workers in Arakan State after a briefing by the Arakan Commission concluded the government’s response to the violence was “sluggish”.
Lisu villagers who fled their homes in Shan State have been provided relief by Lashio locals. Meanwhile the TNLA deny allegations of abuse against the villagers.