Friday, January 4th, 2013


The Burmese government army conducted heavy airstrikes on Kachin rebel positions near the insurgents’ base in Laiza for the seventh consecutive day on Thursday, but on Friday no more airstrikes were reported, Kachin Independence Army (KIA) sources said. (more…)

Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Friday urged the people of Burma to demonstrate their independence by practicing self-reliance and discipline, as the country marked the end of colonial rule 65 years ago. (more…)

A Kachin house burns after coming under attack from the Burmese army on 31 December 2012 (DVB)
Burma said Friday that air strikes targeting ethnic minority rebels in the northern state of Kachin were in self-defence, vowing “maximum restraint” in the face of growing international concern. (more…)

Burma’s state-run media have run articles on Thursday saying that the Burmese army, supported by air cover, seized Point-771 hill and its surrounding area near Laja Yang from the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) on December 30. (more…)

A group of 16 NGOs has written to the International Crisis Group (ICG) urging it to reconsider its decision to present Burmese President Thein Sein with its highest peace award in April 2013. (more…)

The Shan Nationalities League for Democracy (SNLD), popularly known as the Tiger Head party for its emblem, has since 28 December been meeting Shan State-based political parties for the preparation of an all Shan State conference, according to SNLD sources. (more…)

Phyo Wai Aung, who was falsely accused of masterminding a grenade attack at the Rangoon Thingyan festival in April 2010, and later tortured and sentenced to death, has died at his home early on Friday morning, less than six months after being pardoned. (more…)

The government is making strenuous efforts for ensuring regional security, peace and stability and development in Kachin State. At the same time, talks with KIA group continue for reaching eternal peace. But KIA group still pursues destructive acts against regional development and security. (more…)

Over 80 Rohingyas, fleeing violence and persecution in Arakan state, were detained by Burmese authorities on Wednesday in a coastal town near the Thai border, after traffickers abandoned them en route to Malaysia. (more…)

Indonesia’s foreign minister will travel to Myanmar next week to examine conditions in Rakhine, the restive western state where ethnic violence has led to an exodus of refugees seeking asylum across Southeast Asia. (more…)

China’s government is urging Myanmar to restore stability to the conflict-prone area near the border between the two countries after bombs fell in Chinese territory during Myanmar’s recent attack on rebel forces in Kachin state in the country’s north. (more…)

Japanese Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Taro Aso’s visit to the War Cemetery in Yangon’s suburban area Friday has raised protests by some war veterans who experienced the Japanese aggressive war in Myanmar. (more…)

About 13 000 boat people, including many stateless Rohingya Muslims, fled Myanmar and neighbouring Bangladesh in 2012 with hundreds dying during the perilous sea voyage, the UN said on Friday. (more…)

The United Kingdom on Thursday joined the growing chorus of international criticism of the escalating conflict between the Burmese army and Kachin rebels, saying it was “deeply concerned” about the fighting. It called on both parties to open peace negotiations and appealed to the Burmese military to “heed their President’s calls for an end to hostilities.” (more…)

The Burmese government army conducted heavy airstrikes on Kachin rebel positions near the insurgents’ base in Laiza for the seventh consecutive day on Thursday, but on Friday no more airstrikes were reported, Kachin Independence Army (KIA) sources said. (more…)

Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Friday urged the people of Burma to demonstrate their independence by practicing self-reliance and discipline, as the country marked the end of colonial rule 65 years ago. (more…)

A Kachin house burns after coming under attack from the Burmese army on 31 December 2012 (DVB)
Burma said Friday that air strikes targeting ethnic minority rebels in the northern state of Kachin were in self-defence, vowing “maximum restraint” in the face of growing international concern. (more…)

Burma’s state-run media have run articles on Thursday saying that the Burmese army, supported by air cover, seized Point-771 hill and its surrounding area near Laja Yang from the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) on December 30. (more…)

A group of 16 NGOs has written to the International Crisis Group (ICG) urging it to reconsider its decision to present Burmese President Thein Sein with its highest peace award in April 2013. (more…)

The Shan Nationalities League for Democracy (SNLD), popularly known as the Tiger Head party for its emblem, has since 28 December been meeting Shan State-based political parties for the preparation of an all Shan State conference, according to SNLD sources. (more…)

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