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16 Jan 2017 description

By LAWI WENG

RANGOON — Two people were killed and eight were wounded when an artillery shell landed on a civilian house in Namhsan Township, Shan State on Thursday morning, according to local sources.

One of the dead was an eight-year-old student who lived in the house, and the other was a dance instructor who had traveled from Mandalay to teach. The two deceased victims were killed instantly, according to Namhsan Township lawmaker Mai Win Htoo.

16 Jan 2017 description
report The Irrawaddy

By LAWI WENG

RANGOON — More than 4,000 Kachin IDPs returned to Zai Awng, Magayang and Hkau Shau camps after China denied them entry at the border, according to the Joint Strategy Team (JST) supporting the internally displaced people.

“China is a big nation. They need to respect human rights on an international level. They should protect the people who have no protection from fighting,” JST spokesperson Gum Sha Awng said at a press conference in Rangoon on Friday,

16 Jan 2017 description

By KIMBERLEY PHILLIPS / DVB

Humanitarian access to tightly restricted villages in northern Maungdaw has been granted, coinciding with a visit to Arakan State by the United Nations human rights envoy that began on Friday.

16 Jan 2017 description

R2P Monitor is a bimonthly bulletin applying the Responsibility to Protect lens to populations at risk of mass atrocities around the world. Issue 31 looks at developments in Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Sudan, Myanmar (Burma), South Sudan, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Burundi, Philippines, Central African Republic and Nigeria.

13 Jan 2017 description

During a visit to the Kachin state capital yesterday, United Nations’ Special Human Rights Rapporteur to Burma Yanghee Lee was briefed on the unsolved cases of two young Kachin schoolteachers who were raped and murdered in Muse two years ago; and about two Kachin pastors were mysteriously disappeared on Christmas Eve.

13 Jan 2017 description

By KHUN ZAW OO / DVB

The Ta’ang National Liberation Army (TNLA) has clashed once again with Burmese government forces, this time in Namhsan Township within the Ta’ang [Palaung] Self-Administered Zone.

12 Jan 2017 description

HIGHLIGHTS

 UN highlights renewed violence and restricted humanitarian access in Kachin, Rakhine, and Shan states

 Airstrikes near IDP settlements in Kachin temporarily displaced residents

 2017 Burma HRP requests $150 million to meet needs of 525,000 people

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

12 Jan 2017 description
report Radio Free Asia

About 4,000 Myanmar refugees who attempted to flee across the border to safety in China after mortar shells fell in two internally displaced persons camps in Kachin state’s Waingmaw township on Wednesday were turned away by Chinese authorities, leaving them with nowhere to go in the conflict zone, a Kachin religious official said.