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Coercion Continues under New Govt in Chin State

Chinland Guardian
12/23/2011

23 December 2011: Chin locals in small villages are still suffering from various forms of coercive measures committed by authorities and Burma Army soldiers on patrol, the Chin Human Rights Organization's sources disclosed.

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Kachin army approached for fresh talks

Democratic Voice of Burma
12/20/2011

A newly-formed government committee has requested the resumption of talks with the warring Kachin Independence Army (KIA) in a bid to negotiate an end to often brutal fighting in Burma’s northern state. A letter was sent to the rebel group on Friday last week, according to deputy commander-in-chief of the KIA, Gun Maw.

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Kachin refugees in Myanmar get UN relief

Al Jazeera
12/19/2011

Bangkok, Thailand - Six months after fighting erupted between troops from Myanmar (also known as Burma) and ethnic Kachin separatists, international relief is finally trickling in for over 30,000 people who fled their homes near the snow-capped mountains north of the country. The United Nations-led relief effort began distributing "essential household items" on December 13 in Laiza, a town deep in the mountainous terrain under the control of the Kachin Independence Army (KIA).

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Burma's military junta accused of torturing and killing ethnic rebels

The Guardian
12/18/2011

The villagers scattered as machine guns raked the darkness, fleeing from the Burmese troops into the thick of the jungle. When day came they crept from their hiding places to find each other.

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Aid push to stem Kachin refugee crisis

Democratic Voice of Burma
12/02/2011

Calls from eight Kachin groups on visiting US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to press the government to draw to a close months of heavy fighting in the northern Burmese state have been welcomed by rights groups. PHR released a report detailing ongoing human rights violations by the Burmese army against Kachin civilians and further applauded Clinton’s request that the government drop its blockade on aid reaching the thousands displaced by fighting since June.

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