Another KIO civil administrator arrested by Burmese military

Friday, 08 April 2011 19:14 KNG
A Kachin Independence Organization (KIO) regional civil administrator was arrested with a pistol by the Burmese Military on Monday, April 4 in Burma’s northern Kachin State, KIO officials said.

This latest arrest followed the arrest and detention of three officials of the KIO’s Department of General Administration (DGA), also known as the Civil Administration Department last month.

kia_soldierA KIA soldier in the frontline in eastern Kachin State, nothern Burma. Photo: Kachin News Group

Malang La San, KIO Administrator ofDingga Bum Township, in Man Win Gyi area, in Manje (Mansi in Burmese) township, Manmaw (Bhamo in Burmese) district, was arrested at a small gambling house in the government-controlled Man Win Gyi, at about 8:30 p.m. local time, by multi-security forces, a KIO official in KIO-controlled Man Win Gyi said.

Before his arrest, the drunk-KIO officer quarreled with other gamblers at the shop and also fired a warning shot into the sky with his pistol to local gambling partners who followed him on the return road, his superiors said.

La San was finally detained after he denied repeated warnings to go back his post by Burmese security forces, said KIO officials.  Continue reading “Another KIO civil administrator arrested by Burmese military”

Burma seeking membership in ASEAN parliament

The new government of Burma is trying to become a member of the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) Inter-Parliamentary Assembly (AIPA), by sending its representatives to the AIPA’s conference in Cambodia, according to a member of the Constitutional Drafting Department of the Burmese Pyitu Hluttaw (People’s Parliament).

He said the representatives attended the conference from April 2 to 5 as part of Burma’s efforts to become a long term member of the AIPA.
The representative group was led by former ambassador and mayor of Rangoon, Hla Myint (also an ex-Brigadier General) and included Immigration Office Director, Khin Maung Than, as well as Amyotha Hluttaw Constitutional Drafting Department Vice President, Mya Nyein and Amyotha Hluttaw Constitutional Drafting Committee Member, Hkyet Hting Nan.

The General Assembly (Pyi Htaung-Su Hluttaw) announced on March 28th it agreed to seek long term membership in the AIPA.

Burma will become the ninth member in the AIPA if approved by the assembly. The present members include Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.

That would leave Brunei as the last of the 10 ASEAN member countries without membership in the AIPA.

FBR REPORT: FBR Karenni Team Member Dies

FBR REPORT: FBR Karenni Team Member Dies
Karen State, Burma
8 April, 2011

On 2 April 2011, KNPP FBR Karenni team member Khu Neh Reh died of wounds sustained from a landmine explosion. Neh Reh had been treating patients at Tee Lon village just prior to the explosion. The mine had been found by security and brought back for further inspection when it unexpectedly detonated. Two Karenni Army (KA of the KNPP -Karenni pro-democracy resistance) soldiers were killed immediately, while Neh Reh died of his wounds the next day.

FBR Karenni team member Khu Neh Reh, killed by landmine.

Neh Reh was trained by FBR in 2006 as a video camera man and later also received medical training. He died while serving his people in the front lines of Karenni State, Burma. We love him and will miss him, and pray for his family and his team. At the same time, we are inspired by his life; we trust that God holds all things most precious in His eternal hands, and believe that Neh Reh’s sacrifice, and the love he showed his people, is not in vain. Please pray with us, for Neh Reh, his family, and his team – and for all of us, that we might be led by the same love that conquers fear, and that is eternal. We extend our love and sorrow to Neh Reh’s family and to the KNPP and are grateful for the honor that we had in knowing and working with him. Neh Reh gave his life for freedom and for love. We are reminded of Jesus’ words, “Greater love has no man than this that he lay down his life for his friends.”

May God bless you all,

David Eubank

The Free Burma Rangers


NLD General Secretary met students from Denmark

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On 8th April, 2011, 12 students from an International High School of Copenhagen in Denmark  including two students from Norway and one student from Island, led by a teacher named Sara Mortensen visited NLD headquarters and met with General Secretary Daw Aung San Suu Kyi. Students asked Daw Aung San Suu Kyi about international affairs including matters related to globalization. After the meeting, students sang a south African song for Daw Aung San Suu Kyi. They left the NLD office at about 4 p.m.

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Alliance of political parties(GDPF) calls for a ‘Union Conference’

Thursday, 07 April 2011 21:35 Mizzima News
(Interview) – While the opposition led by pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi calls for a second Panglong Conference to seek national reconciliation, 10 pro-democracy political parties, including the National Democratic Force (NDF), have called on the new government to hold an all-inclusive Union Conference. 

An alliance of the 10 political parties, the Group of Democratic Party Friends (GDPF), held an inter-party meeting on April 4 and 5 in the headquarters of the Democratic Party (Myanmar) in Rangoon and urged the government to hold a Union Conference to find  a solution to end more than 60-years of civil war in Burma. Khin Maung Swe, an NDF leader, said that everyone involved in the civil armed conflict should take part in the conference.

Mizzima correspondent Ko Wild interviewed Khin Maung Swe about the purpose of the proposed all-inclusive Union Conference.

Question: What groups should be selected to take part in a Union Conference?

National Democratic Force leader Khin Maung Swe  Photo: MizzimaNational Democratic Force leader Khin Maung Swe Photo: Mizzima 

Answer: All we can do is make a suggestion. We just put out the idea of holding a conference immediately. The government must decide which groups should be invited to the conference. Continue reading “Alliance of political parties(GDPF) calls for a ‘Union Conference’”