The United Wa State Army (UWSA) and the Mongla-based National Democratic Alliance Army (NDAA) will be attending the next round of peace talks between the Kachin Independence Organization / Kachin Independence Army (KIO/KIA) and the Union Peacemaking Working Committee (UPWC) led by U Aung Min due to be held sometime this month in Ruili, Yunnan province, according to sources.
Htone Bo villagers have demanded that the Shwe Energy (Asia World) Company allow them to work in their lands in the project area of the Thauk Ye Khat 2 hydro-power-dam that is now producing electricity.
Many rock mountains located at the main area of the Shwe Gas project in Arakan state have been blown up by mines to produce rocks for the shwe gas project implemented by the Chinese government, said a report from residents in Kyauk Pru township.
“Myanmar is working tirelessly for democratic change and for a lasting peace,” President Thein Sein told the Chairman of the European Parliament Committee on Foreign Affairs at the European Parliament in Brussels on Tuesday evening.
Nasaka (Burma border security force) arrested 7 Rohingya villagers, all from Udaung village in Maungdaw Township, over allegations of being involved in the murder of other Rohingya and Burman villagers on March 1, according to a businessman from Alay Than Kyaw. Two suspects were arrested in the village and the other five were arrested while working in their paddy fields on March 4, according to one of the victim’s relatives.
Nasaka (Burma’s border security force) have been exploiting the sectarian violence that erupted in Arakan state last June and October to extort money from Rohingya villagers, according to a local leader who didn’t want their name used for security concerns.
Seven villagers that were detained by Nasaka (Burma’s border security force) for constructing a fence around a pond used for drinking water were released after paying bribes of 20,000 Kyat per person, according to sources who spoke to Kaladanpress on conditions of anonymity.
Despite ceasefire arrangements villagers in Karen State are worried that unscrupulous local officials will force them off their farmland and business interests wanting the land for development projects. Recent cases of confiscated land in the Tontay Township region have seen local politicians take up the case on behalf of the villagers.
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