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28 Jan 2015 description
report Irrawaddy

By SAW YAN NAING

Tensions remain high in Kachin State’s Hpakant Township after a bomb exploded in the town on Monday, injuring two people, according to local sources.

The explosion occurred outside the Jade City Hotel, a well-known hotel in the downtown area of Hpakant, located near a military base of the Burma Army’s Light Infantry Division (LID) 66.

Shwe Thein, head of the Hpakant branch office of the National League for Democracy (NLD), told The Irrawaddy on Tuesday that local residents are living in fear following the blast on Monday evening.

27 Jan 2015 description

Snapshot 21-27 January

Nigeria: Boko Haram attacks continue, with Borno state capital Maiduguri and nearby military bases targeted on 25 January. Security forces pushed BH back from Maiduguri, but further attacks are expected. BH also raided villages in Michika local government area, Adamawa state. There are reports that BH has forbidden the use of vehicles in areas under its control.

27 Jan 2015 description

Myanmar - This week sees the launch of a ground-breaking vocational training project in Myanmar, through the joint efforts of IOM, the Swiss Government, and the Government of Myanmar.

The project targets 3,000 disadvantaged people in conflict-affected regions in Myanmar, and was officially launched in Kayin State yesterday, with a launch in neighbouring Mon State scheduled for tomorrow.

27 Jan 2015 description

Myanmar - Conflict re-erupted in northern Myanmar’s Kachin State in 2012, and since then close to 100,000 people have been displaced. Recent reports show a worrying upward trend in violence against women in camps for displaced people in the Kachin and northern Shan State, along with trafficking for sexual and labour purposes.

To address this, IOM Myanmar, UNFPA and the Danish Refugee Council (DRC) will hold a three-day training workshop from 28 to 30 January to help organizations involved in humanitarian response tackle these issues.

26 Jan 2015 description

MALAYSIA

Between mid-Dec and mid-Jan, heavy seasonal rains and strong winds affected large parts of Malaysia causing severe and extensive flooding in Terengganu, Pahang, and Kelantan. In addition to the three most affected states, four other states in Peninsular Malaysia (Perak, Johor,
Selangor and Perlis States) and one state in East Malaysia (Sabah) also experienced floods due to the heavy rainfalls.

26 Jan 2015 description
report Human Rights Watch

Cease Arrests of Peaceful Protesters, Amend Laws

(New York, January 25, 2015) – The authorities in Burma should stop arresting peaceful protesters and immediately and unconditionally free those imprisoned, Human Rights Watch said today. Burma’s donors should press for amendments to Burmese law so that it protects the rights to freedom of assembly, association, and expression.

26 Jan 2015 description

Conversations with over 100 people from all walks of life across Karen (Kayin) State in Myanmar took place to better understand different views on the peace process and the current needs of their communities. Employing listening methodology as the primary research method, analysis pulled out common and reoccurring themes in the minds of those who participated. This publication raises their voices and draws upon the insight and wisdom of people directly affected by ongoing conflict and the Myanmar peace process.

24 Jan 2015 description

Bangkok, Thailand | AFP | Saturday 1/24/2015 - 05:14 GMT

Myanmar's military freed more than 400 child soldiers last year, the United Nations has confirmed, a record number since the "tatmadaw" army signed a 2012 pact with the UN on the issue.

There are no verifiable figures on how many children are currently serving in Myanmar's huge military, which has faced a slew of accusations over rights abuses, including the forced recruitment of children to work as porters or even human mine detectors.

23 Jan 2015 description

Myanmar: Further steps needed to end army’s recruitment and use of children

Measures identified in the UN Joint Action Plan need to be urgently implemented

22 Jan 2015 description
report Amnesty

The Myanmar authorities must ensure that a prompt, independent, impartial and effective investigation into the killing and alleged rape of two young Kachin women is carried out.

Failure to investigate these allegations and hold those responsible to account would deny the victims and their families justice and contribute to an ongoing climate of impunity for rape and other crimes of sexual violence, in particular in conflict-affected and ethnic minority areas.

22 Jan 2015 description

By NAW NOREEN

Locals in the Hpakant area of northern Burma who have been displaced by recent fighting between Burmese government troops and the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) are unable to access relief due to a travel ban imposed by government forces.

Fierce fighting broke out in the Kachin State jade-mining town on 15 January, forcing residents from nearby villages of Aungbarlay, Kansee and Ngatpyawdaw to flee their homes.

21 Jan 2015 description

Aparupa Bhattacherjee
Research Officer, SEARP, IPCS

21 Jan 2015 description
report Irrawaddy

By NYEIN NYEIN

CHIANG MAI, Thailand — The Nationwide Ceasefire Coordination Team (NCCT) said on Wednesday that a national peace accord is unlikely to be signed next month without further meetings between ethnic army representatives and the government.

21 Jan 2015 description
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HIGHLIGHTS

  • 450 displaced people in need of housing after major fire in Kachin camp

  • Humanitarian Response Plan for 2015 targets over 500,000 people for assistance

  • Government strengthens disaster preparedness with new Emergency Operations Centre

  • Humanitarian appeal for 2014 was 59% funded

21 Jan 2015 description

The Burma Rivers Network sent open letters to Myanmar’s Ministry of Electric Power and the Thai and Chinese embassies in Yangon, for an end to controversial plans to construct dams on the Salween or Thanlwin River. Over 60,000 people and 131 NGOs have signed a petition calling for a halt to plans to build dams on the 1,750 mile long river that originates on the Tibetan plateau.

21 Jan 2015 description
report Voice of America

Moe Zaw
January 20, 2015 3:53 PM

WASHINGTON— As heavy fighting continues between Myanmar government troops and ethnic Kachin rebels, nearly 2,000 civilians have become trapped in the crossfire, leading to concerns for their safety.

A local Kachin leader in the Phakent area, who did not want to be named, told VOA's Burmese service hundreds have fled to the village of Kan See.