Thursday, April 5, 2012

Kachin plight reveals Burma's patchy progress

Kachin plight reveals Burma's patchy progress ( BBC - News )

Monday, April 2, 2012

ဂ်ပန္ေရာက္ ကခ်င္လူမ်ိဳး မ်ား သည္ ျမန္မာ အစုိးရ ကုိ ကန္႔ကြက္ ဆႏၵျပ....Video


Since June 9th, 2011 when the Burma Army (Thatmadaw) broke cease-fire agreement and began military assault against the Kachin Independence Army, several meetings have been held with members of State and Union Governments to reduce military tension. Though President Thein Sein ordered his troops to stop military offensives on December 10th, 2011, hundreds of clashes continue to erupt in Kachin regions, to date.
The Union Solidarity Development Party (USDP) continues to laud its democratization process in international media. It has shown progress in deregulating press freedom, demonstrating temporary public compromise, and expanding the role of opposition political system. On the other hand, national media is still restricted to cover conflict developments inKachin region, Myitsone Dam project remains to be under construction plan, and opposition parties including NLD are continuously harassed.
Under the slogan of ‘irreversible reform’, the USPD government has not loosened its tight grip on the power. Most if not all the military elite of the past regime still commands this nation today. Therefore if the Burmese government is true to its intention of living in peace and unity with all ethnic groups in the Union, it must honor the very foundation of the Union of Burma, the Pang Long Agreement. Not only the Kachin but everyone must enjoy ethnic rights, equality, and self-determination. This, to us, is a genuine REFORM.
In solidarity with over 70,000 Kachin refugees, we plea to the world community:
    1. To immediately stop the military hostilities in Kachin ethnic area
    2. To urge USDP government to withdraw Thatmadaw from all Kachin area
    3. To start genuine political dialogue 
KNO Centre Committee

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Resettled Ethnic Refugees in the U.S. Call for Greater Action to End Systematic Human Rights Abuses against Ethnic People of Burma

Thanks to all who signed the petition! With the help of the resettled refugee communities from 67 cities in 29 states, we were able to gather nearly 5,000 signatures urging Ambassador Mitchell to use his position as the U.S. Special Representative and Policy Coordinator for Burma to pressure the Burmese regime to stop committing widespread and systematic human rights abuses against ethnic people. 

Today, the petition was delivered to Ambassador Mitchell in his office at the U.S. Department of State by Aung Din and Myra Dahgaypaw, Executive Director and Campaign Coordinator respectively for USCB, and Gum San Maung, President of the Kachin National Organization U.S.A. This petition was signed by 8 ethnic nationalities including Chin, Arakan, Kachin, Shan, Karenni, Mon, Burman and Karen.
Click here to read the press release and the letter to Ambassador Mitchell. 
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American WWII veterans retain ties in Myanmar

LAIZA, Myanmar (AP) — They're in their 80s and 90s, and it all happened a very long time ago and far away, but American World War II veterans are still repaying "debts" to their comrades-in-arms in northern Myanmar — because without them they might never have returned home.
Instead of retelling war stories as old soldiers are prone to do, these survivors of some of the war's harshest campaigns have set up education, health and other programs in this remote region to help the Kachin, an ethnic group that fought alongside them against the Japanese.