KNLA: Current Military Movement in Karen State Threatens Terms of NCA

Karen sources say military activity and tension near the site of the Hat Gyi dam could lead to a breakdown of Burma’s nationwide ceasefire agreement.

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A seizure of 25 tons of teak logs on the Salween River near the Thai-Burma border is evidence that the illegal trade persists despite a nationwide logging ban.

Fighting has forced nearly 4,000 civilians, including many children and women, to flee their homes.

DKBA Splinter Group Lose Several Bases to Burma Army and Border Guard Force

The Burma Army and the allied Border Guard Force take at least three bases from a DKBA splinter group, as fighting escalates in Karen State.

Civilians flee their homes amid reports of casualties as fighting persists in the Myaing Gyi Ngu and Mae Tha Waw areas of Karen State.

The Karen National Union has called on the Burma Army and the Border Guard Force to cease ongoing military activity in Karen State, saying that it could disrupt the peace process.

Villagers in Hlaingbwe Township are fleeing conflict between a DKBA splinter group and a joint force of the Burma Army and its allied Border Guard Force.

The Irrawaddy reporter Saw Yan Naing speaks to Maj Saw San Aung about clashes between a DKBA splinter group and the Border Guard Force in Karen State.

US Should Keep Key Sanctions on Burma: HRW

New York-based Human Rights Watch urges the United States to retain key sanctions on Burma ahead of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s visit to Washington DC this month.

Clashes have been reported over the weekend in Karen State, leading to the temporary shutdown of a road leading to a border-trading village.

Alleging they were forced to work for years against their will, a group of 14 Burmese migrant workers take legal action against Thai poultry exporter Betagro.

Fresh clashes between the Burma Army and a splinter ethnic armed group are reported on a stretch of the Asian Highway running through southern Karen State.

The Asian Highway project is leading to increased militarization and the risk of armed conflict, say three ethnic Karen organizations.

Ethnic Shan advocacy organizations express opposition to the construction of hydropower dam projects on the Salween River in Shan State.

A vortex of vested interests runs up against the state counselor’s consolidation of decision-making power, in an increasingly complex peace process.

KNU Chairman Urges Military Readiness on Karen Martyrs’ Day

On Karen Martyrs’ Day, the chairman of the Karen National Union reminds the group that military preparations must be carried out amid ongoing political negotiations.

Suu Kyi’s announcement that the Union Peace Conference will take place on August 31 prompts questions, concerns and hesitation among ethnic armed groups.

At a workshop in Chiang Mai, ethnic armed groups signal concern at efforts to fast track certain processes simultaneously with political negotiations.

Preparations to enable the return of refugees on the Thai-Burma border raise concerns of indirect ‘pressure’ in light of unsafe environments for return.

Embassy Warns Burmese in Thailand About Pre-Referendum Crackdown

The embassy is alerting Burmese migrants in Thailand of a surge in police and army raids targeting migrants ahead of Thailand’s constitutional referendum.

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