Burma

UNFC condemns Burma army shelling of KIA cadets

By Sun, Nov 23, 2014 1:06PM UTC

The Burmese army has been condemned by the United Nationalities Federal Council (UNFC) for killing 23 Kachin Independence Army (KIA) officer cadets and wounding 20 more by firing an artillery shell into their parade ground near Laiza on November 19.

UN committee urges Burma action on Rohingya

By Sun, Nov 23, 2014 12:42PM UTC Rohingya refugees at Da Paing camp in Rakhine State. Pic: AP.

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. General Assembly’s human rights committee has approved a resolution urging Burma to allow its persecuted Rohingya Muslim minority “access to full citizenship on an equal basis.”

Thailand: Burmese ethnic armed groups ordered to inform junta of meetings

By Fri, Nov 21, 2014 12:54PM UTC Kachin Independence Army recruits in training. Photo: AP

Lt-Gen Sathit Pittrat, commander of the Thai Third Regional Army, has directed that Burmese ethnic armed organisations (EAOs) must give advance notice to and seek permission from the army for any meetings they intend to hold in Thailand.

Burma’s Kachin rebels say 22 dead in attack

By Thu, Nov 20, 2014 9:47AM UTC Recruits of the Kachin Independence Army in training near Laiza. Pic: AP.

YANGON, Burma (AP) — Ethnic Kachin rebels in northern Burma say the army has killed 22 of their fighters in a mortar attack near the Chinese border.

How the Burmese military perpetuates its own myth

By Wed, Nov 19, 2014 7:34PM UTC Military MPs attend Burma's parliament. Pic: AP.

A heated debate broke out in Burma’s lower house Monday over efforts by the opposition to overhaul the constitution prior to the 2015 elections. As per previous debates, the military contingent – which takes up a quarter of seats and thereby wields effective veto over such matters – resisted the idea that charter reform, and allowing Aung San Suu Kyi to run for president, might benefit the country. “I would like you all to remember that the constitution is not written for just a person but for the future of everyone,” Colonel Htay Naing, one of the uniformed MPs, told parliament.

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