Large quantities of top-quality weapons destined for rebel armies have been seized by the Thai authorities and eight suspects have been arrested.
The Kachin Independence Army told locals in Kutkai, Shan State that clashes could break out anytime in their area, despite a ceasefire from the Myanmar military over COVID-19.
A Tatmadaw delegation offered supplies and promises of help at a meeting with the KIA’s COVID-19 response team, but no actual plans were discussed, the armed group said.
The Kachin Independence Army says the colonial-era Unlawful Association Act blocks the group from working to control coronavirus.
Militia leaders and weapons in northern Shan State have been seized by Myanmar’s military in response to a huge drugs bust earlier this month.
Shops have sold out of face masks along the Chinese border as fears about the coronavirus grow. NGOs are asking people to send masks for the crowded IDP camps.
The Myanmar military says it only uses drones for security purposes, rejecting AA’s claim it uses them in combat; KNU says even reconnaissance use violates ceasefire.
The Irrawaddy talks with China analyst Ma Khin Khin Kyaw Kyee from ISP Myanmar and political analyst U Than Soe Naing about the impact of the Chinese president’s visit.
Myanmar military finds grenades, RPGs, explosives and other weaponry in a cave in northern Shan State; it says some of the material was likely manufactured by the KIA.
The Ta’ang Women’s Organization says villagers are increasingly being targeted as violence increases between Myanmar’s military and rebel armies in northern Shan State.
History shows us that extreme nationalism breeds violence and misery; it must not be allowed to take root in Myanmar.
TNLA says Northern Alliance’s proposals were rejected by government representatives at informal peace talks in Kunming; more talks planned for next month.
After years of hardship in camps, thousands of war refugees want a guarantee of peace before going home, as they don’t want to become IDPs again.
Kachin villagers fled their farms due to clashes between the army and KIA over amber; to feed their families, they must now risk death to illegally mine the material.
Various international models are available, but one way or another the Myanmar military must address the demands of ethnic minorities if the country is to achieve peace.