Fighting Breaks Out Between Burmese Army and DKBA in Three Pagodas Pass

By LAWI WENG &THU REIN : Fighting between Democratic Karen Buddhist Army (DKBA) Battalion No.906 and the Burmese junta troops broke out again outside the Three Pagodas Pass (TPP) Township near the Thai border early this morning.

Residents living in TPP reported that fighting began this morning at 8 am in Baiyar Taung, about 7 miles from TPP town. Fighting ended at 11 am. Though artillery was fired on both sides, the number of casualties is as of now unknown.

A field reporter from The Independent Mon News Agency in TPP explained that the conflict was fought by DKBA led by commanding officer Lieutenant Saw A One and junta troops from the Infantry Battalion (IB) No. 406, which is controlled by Military Operations Command (MOC) in Tavoy, Tenasserim Division.

“We heard about 10 heavy artillery shootings,” said the IMNA reporter.

Lawi Mon, another resident in TPP explained that the fighting began while the Burmese army troops were transferring vehicles from TPP to Anan Kwin village in Kyar Inn Seik Gyi Township, Karen State. These vehicles were carrying military equipment and food supplies to TPP. Continue reading “Fighting Breaks Out Between Burmese Army and DKBA in Three Pagodas Pass”

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Burmese Junta Defends Itself in Geneva

Burma defended its human rights record at the Universal Periodic Review held by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNHCR), in Geneva on Thursday.

During a three-hour review, a number of UN member countries including Britain, France and the United States called on the Burmese military regime to end repression against ethnic minorities, free the more than 2,000 political prisoners, and stop forced labor, arbitrary arrests, and the torture of dissidents.

But Burma’s delegation, led by Dr. Tun Shin, the country’s Deputy Attorney General, responded that the Burma enjoys a free press, has committed no human rights violations, and cooperated with the UN Human Rights Special Envoy to Burma, Tomás Ojea Quintana.

“The Universal Periodic Review is an opportunity for the intentional community to place principled press on the government of Myanmar to comply with the universal human rights norms,” said Phil Robertson, Deputy Director of Asia Human Rights Watch, in an interview with Al Jazeera.

“But the Burmese government has been very good at making promises in these kind of forums and then forgetting them as soon as the diplomats get on the plane and head back home,” he said.

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Fighting had broken out on Wednesday morning in Kyauk Khet

Clashes continued into a second day on Thursday in Kyauk Khet between Burmese government forces and Brigade 5, a renegade faction of the Democratic Karen Buddhist Army (DKBA), with light casualties on both sides, according to Karen sources.

Fighting had broken out on Wednesday morning in Kyauk Khet, which is in Myawaddy Township in southern Karen State, close to the Thai border. A Brigade 5 spokesman said that 26 Burmese soldiers were killed and 35 were injured in the clash, but could not confirm any figures from Thursdays’ fighting.

Some 200 local villagers are reported to have fled their homes to escape the fighting and have taken refuge at a shelter in Phop Phra District in Thailand’s Tak Province.

Brig-Gen Na Kham Mwe, the commander of DKBA Brigade 5, told The Irrawaddy that the Burmese army transferred its wounded to Myawaddy hospital on Thursday.

Some 200 soldiers from Burma’s Light Infantry Battalions (LIB) 546, 548 and 549, under Tactical Operation Command (TOC) 12, and LIB 356 and 357 under TOC 9, were involved in the fighting, according to a DKBA officer, Col. Kyaw Thet.

The DKBA also claimed that about 30 Burmese soldiers were killed and injured in a clash in Palu village in Kyauk Khet area on Sunday. Continue reading “Fighting had broken out on Wednesday morning in Kyauk Khet”