Military


Veteran activist and former political prisoner U Htin Kyaw faces the possibility of another jail term after being arrested on October 26 for criticising the military in comments made outside a Yangon court earlier this month.

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Several dozen residents in the town of Mongyang, including government workers, have fled south to Kengtung, the administrative capital of eastern Shan State, fearing the outbreak of fighting as tensions flare between the Burma Army and the United Wa State Army (UWSA).

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Hundreds of Rohingya villagers are facing a second night hiding in rice fields without shelter, after the army on Sunday forcibly removed them from a village in a crackdown following attacks on border security forces.

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The Democratic Party for a New Society (DPNS) chairman, U Aung Moe Zaw, urged the Commander-in-Chief of the Burma Army to declare a nationwide ceasefire and stop fighting in Kachin, Karen and Shan States.

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Which comes first: amending the constitution and laying out the details of the long-promised federal Union? Or surrendering arms in a truly nationwide ceasefire as a prelude to political negotiations?

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Casualties were reported in fighting between a splinter group of the Democratic Karen Benevolent Army (DKBA) and a joint force of the Burma Army and the allied Border Guard Force (BGF) on Wednesday in Kawkareik Township of Karen State.

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A senior military official yesterday defended security forces’ use of lethal force in Rakhine State, saying recent killings were an appropriate response in cases where they have encountered weapons-wielding hostiles.

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October 15 marks the first anniversary of the signing of the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement between U Thein Sein’s government and eight armed groups.

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Forty-nine Kachin locals have been detained by the Burma Army since Tuesday, when they were accused of attending a Kachin Independence Army (KIA) militia training.

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The Burmese army has claimed that troops conducting a security sweep of northern Arakan State in the wake of coordinated attacks on border police last Sunday have discovered flags belonging to a militant Rohingya group.

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As we move towards the end of the year, civil war continues to rage across the country especially in Kachin State. Numerous negotiations have taken places but to date, no quantifiable results can be seen.

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The Burmese government’s peace parley, dubbed “the 21st Century Panglong”, in Naypyidaw at the end of August was hardly over before the Tatmadaw went on the offensive again.

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The United Nationalities Federal Council (UNFC) has issued a statement saying that despite ethnic armed organisations (EAOs) best efforts successive Burmese governments have failed to engage in genuine, meaningful political dialogue.

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More than two dozen residents of a village tract purportedly owned by the military have dug their heels in. But after nine months through the cold, the rain and repeated eviction orders, the farmers laying claim to the contested 19-acre plot are beginning to lose hope that the impasse will be resolved.

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Activists conducted a campaign in Yangon yesterday calling for the stopping of armed conflicts in Myanmar and a probe into the case where one child was killed and others injured due to shelling.

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A recent report in Burmese state-run media indicating that Canadian officials have been having discussions with their Burmese counterparts regarding future military cooperation between the two countries has raised alarm bells among Karen and Kachin refugee communities in Canada.

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The Burma Army clashed with the Shan State Army-South (SSA-S) over two days in central Shan State, after the Burma Army attacked a drug rehabilitation camp set up by the SSA-S in the Warn Lee area of Mong Kung Township on Saturday, according to SSA-S spokesman Lt-Col Sai Mein.

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The Shan State Army-South (SSA-S) has clashed with Burmese government forces in Mong Kung Township in central Shan State, compelling hundreds of local families to flee their homes.

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Following intensified clashes between the Burma Army and the Kachin Independence Army (KIA), an estimated 10,000 members of the Kachin public staged a demonstration on Monday on the manaw festival grounds in the state capital of Myitkyina, calling for an end to ongoing armed conflict.

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The Burma Army, also known as the Tatmadaw, currently has a handful of peacekeepers serving in Africa on two peacekeeping missions. The deployments, which began last year, were the first time the Burma Army has contributed to a UN peacekeeping mission in half a century.

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