Thursday, January 31, 2013

Kachin woman shot by government soldiers

29 Jan 2013      

A civilian from the Kachin ethnic group was shot and killed while working 
on her farm last week.
Zung Lwi, was with her husband and their 3 children near Ginsi village 
when government troops opened fire. Her husband Galau Ying Bawm
 and their children managed to escape unscathed. The family has sought
 refuge at a church near Lawng Hkang, according to relatives.

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GE soldiers attacked and their vehicle burned down on Arakanese border

30 Jan 2013

A group of soldiers of the Burmese army’s general engineering unit known
 as GE that is constructing a fence along the border in Maungdaw in northwestern
 Arakan State was attacked and their vehicle burned down allegedly by an armed group.

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KNU leader calls for unity and a political solution to end ethnic civil war

30 Jan 2013

KNU President, General Mutu Say Poe, has called for continued ethnic Karen unity 
while paying respects to the Karen people in a speech marking the 64th anniversary
 of Karen Revolutionary Resistance Day.

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Burma lifts 24-year ban on public gatherings

30 Jan 2013

The Burmese government has lifted a ban on public gatherings of more than five people,
 according to Burma’s state-run Myanma Ahlin newspaper on Tuesday.

Press freedom ‘blossoming’ in Burma, says media watchdog

30 Jan 2013

Myanmar's [Burma’s] "paper revolution" has brought a sharp improvement 
in freedom of information in the former pariah state, bucking a general 
deterioration across much of Asia, a report said on Wednesday.

UWSA says it will host Kachin peace talks

30 Jan 2013 
The Kachin Independence Organization (KIO) on Tuesday accepted an offer 
by the United Wa State Army (UWSA) to host peace talks
 with the Burmese government’s Union-level Peacemaking Committee, 
UWSA spokesman Aung Myint said, adding that the Wa group would mediate
 the negotiations and had suggested holding a meeting in Panghsang in northern Shan State.

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