The area which they call Kachin
state is cut off by borders and
According to the UN, more than 5,000 civilians were displaced from villages near the Chinese border in the last three weeks as a result of clashes between the Myanmar army and Kachin
Independence Army (KIA).
CSW's East Asia Team Leader Benedict Rogers said: "The displacement of thousands of civilians in Kachin
and Karen states, and continuing grave human rights violations in Kachin
, Shan and Rakhine states, represent a dramatic deterioration in the situation in Burma and a very serious setback to hopes for peace in the country.
In 2011, as a new, semi-civilian government came to power after decades of military dictatorship in the country, a ceasefire between the Kachin
Independence Army (KIA) and Myanmar Armed Forces, or Tatmadaw, collapsed after seventeen years.
At a nursery next door, children fervently sang songs in the Kachin
The high commissioner also met with high-ranking officials in the South-east Asian nation to discuss humanitarian access in Kachin
and Rakhine states.
Veteran Myanmar-watcher Martin Smith provides a comprehensive overview of and reflection on the Kachin
Independence Organization's (KIO) ceasefire with the government between 1994 and 2011, arguing that it should be seen in the larger historical context of fluctuating but deeply inequitable relations between the Myanmar government and the military, and minority communities (pp.
In response, the Kachin
Baptist Church formed the Pat Jasan group about two years ago.
The author of this book makes a major contribution to our understanding of the Kachin
in particular and the complicated dynamics shaping ethnic identity formation in Burma more generally.
The collapse happened on Saturday in the Kachin
state community of Hpakant, said Brang Seng, a jade businessman, who watched as bodies were pulled from the debris and taken to a hospital morgue.
The government's Relief and Resettlement Department estimates that 110,000 people have been severely affected by the floods, particularly in the Sagaing region and Kachin
and Shan states, accounting for 21 deaths in July, AP reported.
The six-day summit of ethnic leaders, the fourth of its kind, is being participated by leaders of 12 invited armed groups including Kachin
Independence Organization (KIO), Karen National Union (KNU), United Wa State Army (UWSA) and National Democratic Alliance Army (NDAA).