Armed conflict in Karen State - general articles and reports
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|Source/publisher:|| ||Karen National Union (KNU)|
|Date of entry/update:|| ||22 September 2013|
|Title:|| ||Fighting between Tatmadaw and DKBA soldiers along the Asian Highway displaces villagers in Dooplaya District, July 2015
|Date of publication:|| ||03 September 2015|
|Description/subject:|| ||"This News Bulletin describes the displacement of villagers in Kawkareik Township, Dooplaya District as a result of fighting that took place during July 2015 between Tatmadaw and Democratic Karen Benevolent Army (DKBA) soldiers over control of a recently completed section of the Asian Highway. This information was provided by monk U T---, in whose monastery many of the displaced villagers sought refuge. This News Bulletin also lists several specific incidents of fighting and the implications of these incidents on the surrounding villages.
As a result of the fighting, more than 1,000 villagers from more than five different villages in Kawkareik Township temporarily fled their homes and sought shelter at monasteries in Kawkareik Town. The schools in these villages were forced to close temporarily out of fears over the safety of the students, who were consequently unable to attend their lessons.
The displaced villagers struggled to maintain their farms and plantations, as well as to look after their livestock during the fighting. The villagers slept at the monasteries throughout the night, as they were afraid that they would be ordered to porter for the Tatmadaw soldiers if they had stayed in their villages.
On July 6th 2015, two villagers who were travelling on a path near to where Tatmadaw soldiers had taken up position for fighting were shot dead in Hlaingbwe Township, Hpa-an District, see more at “Recent fighting between Tatmadaw and DKBA soldiers leads to killing and displacement of villagers in Hpa-an District, July 2015,” KHRG, August 2015.
On July 7th 2015, a primary school building in Kawkareik Town was hit and damaged by a grenade reported to have been fired by two DKBA soldiers. However, no students or teachers were harmed as the incident took place at 7 am before the school had opened for the day...."|
|Source/publisher:|| ||Karen Human Rights Group (KHRG)|
|Format/size:|| ||pdf (595K-reduced version; 613K-original)|
|Alternate URLs:|| ||http://www.burmalibrary.org/docs21/%3fKHRG-2015-09-03-Fighting_between_Tatmadaw_and_DKBA_soldiers_a...
|Date of entry/update:|| ||19 September 2015|
|Title:|| ||Casualties on Both Sides as Conflict Between DKBA, Govt Drags On
|Date of publication:|| ||13 July 2015|
|Description/subject:|| ||"RANGOON — Fighting last week between the Burma Army and ethnic Karen rebels has brought casualties for both sides as a dispute over illegal taxation along the Asia Highway in Karen State remains unresolved.
State media reported on Monday that four soldiers from the Democratic Karen Benevolence Army (DKBA) were killed and three others detained, and that “some army officers from the Tatmadaw [Burma Armed Forces] sacrificed their lives for the country” in the course of nearly 40 clashes between the two sides..."|
|Author/creator:|| ||Lawi Weng|
|Source/publisher:|| ||"The Irrawaddy"|
|Date of entry/update:|| ||13 July 2015|
|Title:|| ||Karen Army Leader Links Current Fighting To Burma Government’s Mega Development Projects
|Date of publication:|| ||24 October 2014|
|Description/subject:|| ||General Ner Dah Bo Mya, the head of the Karen National Defence Organisation told Karen News that armed conflict this month in Burma is linked to plans to build hydropower dams on the Salween River. In an exclusive interview General Ner Dah explains to Karen News why he has placed his troops are on high alert.
General Ner Dah said that fighting between the government’s militia, the Border guard Force and the Democratic Karen Benevolent Army (DKBA) has sent warning signals to the Karen armed groups that the government is planning to reinforce it military in the region.
“The current situation that we have in our area right now is that we have to be alert because there are fighting between BGF and the DKBA. We have to be alert because we can see that the Burmese [army] are reinforcing their military in most of their base camps that are also close to our base camps.”
General Ner Dah said that his organization is aware that the government intends to clamp down on any opposition to its plans to build ‘development projects’ in Karen State...|
|Source/publisher:|| ||Karen News|
|Date of entry/update:|| ||30 October 2014|
|Title:|| ||Listen To Us – Stop Ignoring Our Concerns
|Date of publication:|| ||12 October 2013|
|Description/subject:|| ||"A number of international governments, organisations and individuals try to squeeze the current situation of the Karen people into a narrow, restrictive and simplistic narrative that is usually framed like this.
‘After more than sixty years of conflict, at last the Karen have peace. There has been a ceasefire for almost two years, the Karen National Union and government of Burma are in dialogue, development projects and aid are coming into Karen State to help the people, and finally refugees can return home.’
If all this is true, why aren’t Karen people celebrating? As a nation, the Karen people have suffered so much. Generation after generation has grown up in fear, facing conflict, displacement and repression. Unknown millions have been forced from their homes, uncounted thousands have been killed, and there has been so much suffering. Surely if there is a real peace, we’d all be happy?
Certainly for several communities in conflict zones the ceasefire makes a big difference. People are not being attacked as they were before, their villages destroyed, their lives taken, and the use of forced labour has fallen. However, even in these communities there is great caution. It’s a caution shared by most Karen people across Burma, in neighbouring Thailand, and those further abroad.
International observers should be trying to understand exactly why people who have suffered so much from conflict and human rights abuses are not celebrating the current peace and reform process. If they fail to do so, they’ll fail to understand what is happening in Burma, and they will never see the lasting peace they claim they want to see in our country..."|
|Author/creator:|| ||Zoya Phan|
|Source/publisher:|| ||"Karen News"|
|Date of entry/update:|| ||14 October 2013|
|Title:|| ||Situation Update in Karen State
|Date of publication:|| ||05 April 2013|
|Description/subject:|| ||In This Report:
* Forced Labor in Doo Tha Htoo and Doo Pla Ya districts...
* Burma Army makes improvements and additions to roads and camps in Karen State...
* Villages in Toungoo district flooded after the construction of the Toe Bo Dam...
* Flooding in Kler Lwee Htoo and Doo Pla Ya districts...
* Improved relationship with Burma Army in Doo Pla Ya district|
|Source/publisher:|| ||Free Burma Rangers|
|Format/size:|| ||pdf (199K)|
|Alternate URLs:|| ||http://www.freeburmarangers.org/2013/04/05/situation-update-in-karen-state/|
|Date of entry/update:|| ||18 April 2013|
|Title:|| ||The world's longest ongoing war (video)
|Date of publication:|| ||11 August 2011|
|Description/subject:|| ||"For more than 60 years, Karen rebels have been fighting a civil war against the government of Myanmar...In February 1949, members of the Karen ethnic minority launched an armed insurrection against Myanmar's central government.
In pictures: Sixty years of war.
Over 60 years later, the conflict continues, with more than a dozen ethnic rebel groups waging war against the army in their fight for self-rule.
Now, the war is entering a new and bloody stage.
Myanmar is the only regime still regularly planting anti-personnel mines. But it is not only the army that uses them. Rebel groups also regularly use homemade landmines or mines seized from the military.
As the conflict escalates, civilians are trapped in the middle of some of the worst fighting in decades.
101 East travels to Myanmar, home to the world's longest running civil war."|
|Language:|| ||English, Karen (English sub-titles)|
|Source/publisher:|| ||Al Jazeera (101 East)|
|Format/size:|| ||html, Adobe Flash (25 minutes)|
|Date of entry/update:|| ||27 December 2011|
|Title:|| ||The Dynamics of Karen National Union Political and Military Development: Reflecting the Shifting Landscape
|Date of publication:|| ||2010|
"This thesis investigates the themes and society of displaced Karen identity on the border
between Burma and Thailand. The impact of the authoritarian military rule in Burma
cannot be underestimated. The government exercises tremendous power to shape the
social and economic environment. They determine whether a civil-society is prosperous
and functions in an appropriate manner. Governments are also responsible for societal
support and protection of all its populace. The population of Burma is essentially isolated
from the global society through regime censorship and restrictions. The inter-linking spiral
of humanitarian emergencies and continued to escalate, these include refugee, internally
displaced people, the spread of preventable diseases and the illicit narcotic production.
Recently, the Western governments had solidified their position towards the military junta
resulting in a stalemate of diplomatic interaction, with ultimately the people of Burma
being the victims of such actions. Current realities in the global sphere present the
powerful Western Nations an opportunity for a change in perspective. US policy
recommendations include a greater dialogue with the junta and the outcome of the election
is seen as crucial to fostering better relation. It is imperative that long-essential reforms are
undertaken if Burma if is to achieve lasting peace.
The international community must develop coherent and focused policies towards Burma
and make conflict resolution a priority. Humanitarian aid and displaced refugee support
will play a vital role, and in the 21st Century regional dimensions must be addressed. The
challenges of nation-state building must be made in conjunction with political,
humanitarian, and economic issues."|
|Source/publisher:|| ||University of Manchester (thesis submitted in 2010)|
|Subscribe:|| ||Peter James Bjorklund|
|Format/size:|| ||pdf (374K)|
|Date of entry/update:|| ||03 June 2013|