Villagers in the Kwingalay claim gold mining companies have taken over lands that they used for cultivation. Villagers allege that a Burmese, Thai and Chinese company based in Rangoon is overseeing contract gold mining projects in Karen National Union controlled areas, near Kwingalay village in Thaton Township, Mon State.
A new report – Losing Ground – by the Karen Human Rights Group documenting the land grabs by the Burma Army in Karen State was released this week in Bangkok at the Foreign Correspondent’s Club of Thailand.
Late last year, Myanmar’s Ministry of Education (MOE) and chief of peace negotiator, Railway Minister U Aung Min, approved a reform that allowed for Mon language to be taught in government schools throughout the country.
Shan Human Rights Foundation (SHRF)’s latest report has accused both police and military authorities of “making money out of the (drug) issues, instead of trying to address them” and violating human rights in the process.
Kachin Independence Organization (KIO) leaders will go to bat once again with the Union Peace-making Working Committee during the latest round of peace talks in the Chinese border town of Ruili this Monday. Since the 17-year ceasefire crumbled on June 9, 2011, the KIO has met with government peace representatives both formally and informally 12 times with little success in ending the conflict.
This week’s visit to Naypyitaw by Russian Defence Minister Sergey Shoigu is being seen by defense and intelligence analysts IHS Jane’s as a sign that the two nations are enhancing military cooperation.
The Myanmar police force are to be equipped with the latest technology to meet international standards, the chief of police announced at the Pyithu Hluttaw (Lower House of Parliament) session in Naypyitaw on March 4.
It is learned that about 25 armed-groups, political parties were invited to participate in the Shan-Kayah (Karenni) Trust-building for Peace forum. The Karenni National Progressive Party (KNPP) is among 13armed groups that have participated in the peace process at the state and union levels. Despite his tight schedule, the S.H.A.N was able to reach Khu Oo Reh, the first secretary of KNPP.
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