Inside Burma


The Kachin Baptist Convention (KBC) said it opposes efforts by Shan State police to interrogate two ethnic Kachin youths in Muse Township as it fears they could be wrongly accused of the murder of two female teachers last month.
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Dozens of female prisoners were injured in a fierce firefight between rebels and soldiers in northeastern Myanmar following an attack on a government convoy, state media said Tuesday.
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Burmese government forces captured crucial Kokang rebel positions along the Laogai-Konkyan Road on the evening of 21 February with the aid of air support, according to a report by military-owned Myawady news.
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The President’s Office has rejected accusations that Burmese government troops have killed a number of civilians in Laogai during ongoing clashes with Kokang rebels since 9 February.
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Allies of the Kokang rebels have leapt to their defence in light of Burmese military allegations that Chinese mercenaries are fighting on the rebels’ side in the ongoing conflict in northeastern Shan State.
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Kokang ethnic rebels battling Myanmar forces in the country’s north denied several government accusations Sunday, including that they attacked a Red Cross-flagged truck that was carrying refugees fleeing fighting in the area.
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Five people including a relief worker were wounded in an attack on a local aid organisation’s vehicle in conflict-torn northeastern Myanmar, the group said February 22, the second such attack within a week.
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One of Burma’s leading women’s rights groups on Monday published groundbreaking qualitative research revealing troubling patterns of violence against women that had long gone unexamined.
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Twenty-three years after more than a dozen members of a well-known student militia were massacred in northern Burma, a survivor of the incident has published a book recounting his experience.
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The director of the President’s Office has said that the Burmese government has no intention to negotiate with Kokang rebels.
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Human rights violations may have dropped over the last three years in Kayin State but Myanmar government soldiers have been quietly, or in some cases, noisily building an increased presence.
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The Kunlong Township branch of the Myanmar Red Cross Society has helped to rescue 3,163 war refugees from the fighting in the Kokang region within the last week, Daw Shwe Sin Myint, head of the communications department of the NGO, told Mizzima on February 19.
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Final arguments in the “Buddha bar” court case are expected in early March, with the bar’s New Zealand manager and two Myanmar nationals facing more than four years’ prison.
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Although Myanmar’s internet rated freer this year than ever before, no laws exist around online privacy and those on the books could be twisted to turn against free speech, according to University of Washington-affiliated researcher Dan Arnaudo.
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Burma’s Upper House on Thursday passed the Population Control Bill, a piece of controversial legislation that aims to establish government control over women’s reproductive rights and grants authorities the power to identify regions where women will be encouraged to have only one baby every three years.
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The Kachin Independence Army (KIA) and the Shan State Army-North (SSA-N) have rejected government accusations that they are involved in ongoing clashes between the Burma Army and ethnic Kokang rebels in northern Shan State, where more than a week of fighting has killed dozens and displaced tens of thousands.
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Clashes between government and rebel troops in Lone Htan village, in Burma’s Kokang Special Region, left at least two dead and several others injured on Tuesday night, as hospitals in nearby Kunlong, Hopang and Lashio continue to field civilians that have been displaced or injured by the ongoing conflict.
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The government has ruled out opening negotiations with the Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army (MNDAA), a Kokang armed group, following clashes that have left scores of soldiers dead on both sides.
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All the organisations fighting in and around Laukkai must take responsibility for what is happening said the government army chief when meeting representatives of armed groups in Naypyidaw.
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Over 4,000 refugees have sheltered in Mong-Su monastery, in Lashio Town, Northern Shan State since fighting started on 9th February in and around Laukkai Town, according to the abbot from the monastery.
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