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 It is independent, non-partisan and politically unaffiliated. The project aims to empower Thai citizens and other observers to monitor the Thai parliamentary elections on 3 July 2011, unifying and visualizing nationwide data on election-related irregularities and violence. The data sources are reports from official bodies (police, Election Commission of Thailand etc.), established news outlets, accredited election observers, and citizen reports. Thai Election Watch is grounded in the belief that citizens’ reports on election-related events in their local constituencies can add to a free and fair flow of information. This in turn increases the accountability and transparency of the election process.

heavy fighting between Burmese troops and KIA-Sinbo witnesses

June 18 witnessed heavy fighting in Sinbo area in Mohnyin township in Burma’s Northern Kachin State between Burmese Army troops and soldiers of Battalion 5 of the  Kachin Independence Army (KIA), said eyewitnesses.The fighting occurred in Si Sat Pa, west of Sinbo and continued till night, said a KIA officer in Laiza headquarters in eastern Kachin State.
There are no reports on casualties on either side so far.

According to eyewitnesses, the day’s fighting was the fiercest in the area this week. Seventeen government troops were killed by the KIA in yesterday’s fighting in different areas of Sinbo, said KIA officials.

At the same time, skirmishes between the two sides are taking place day and night in Dum Bung Krung in the KIA’s Battalion 25 area in N’mawk (Momauk) Township in Manmaw (Bhamo) district, said KIA officers.
Residents of N’mawk told Thailand-based Kachin News Group on Saturday that they can hear mines explode and gunfire every day.

A KIA officer in Laiza said heavy fighting is occurring in the whole of Kachin State and Northern Shan State with government troops encroaching on KIA’s territories.

Though, the KIA is defending itself, it has destroyed more than 10 bridges in the two states since early this week— crippling transportation of troops of the Burmese Army.

Burmese soldiers rape, kill and torture Kachin residents

Sunday, 19 June 2011 00:19 KNG
Local Kachin people are being raped, killed and tortured by Burmese troops, sources said.“Burmese troops raped women and small girls and also killed small children. They took away the men for porter duty from three families, who could not escape from Dum Bung village (on Ledo road in western Kachin State),” alleged a source.

In Sinbo, where 17 Burmese soldiers were killed on June 17 in the fighting between Kachin Independence Army (KIA) battalion 5 and Burmese troops of the Light Infantry 141, a woman with four children and three girls under 20 years of age were raped by Burmese troops. The woman died after the incident but the three girls are alive, according to the source.

A refugee with a newly born child at refugee camp in KIO Laiza headquarters.

Another source said a couple was tortured and the wife died after being raped in Dawhpumyang village between Myitkyina the capital of Kachin State and Manmaw (Bhamo).

However, a KIA officer on the front line said, he could not confirm the incident but in Shan State three Kachin men were beaten to death after being put into bags and three girls were tortured and later released by Burmese soldiers. The three local girls are from Na Lung village between Manmaw and Laiza headquarters of the KIO.

He said, Burmese troops deployed in Manje (Mansi) township in southern Kachin State are arresting and killing civilians. Three Kachin residents from these areas have been killed by the soldiers.

Daw Aung San Suu Kyi was at the home of Hkun Tun Oo who has been serving 93 years sentence in Putao (now reduced to 92 years) since 2005.

Daw Aung San Suu Kyi was at the home of Hkun Tun Oo who has been serving 93 years sentence in Putao (now reduced to 92 years) since 2005.She was received by
Daw Way Way Lwin (Mrs Hkun Tun Oo)
Nang Khin Ohn Tint (Mrs Sai Nyunt Lwin, serving 79 years)
Nang Kham Awng (Mrs Sai Hla Aung, also serving 79 years)

She was there for 11/2 hours: 09:30-11:00.


Daw Su meeting SNLD leader wives: Daw Way Way Lwin (Mrs Hkun Tun Oo), Nang Kham Awng (Mrs Sai Hla Aung) and Nang Khin Ohn Tint (Mrs Sai Nyunt Lwin)



From left to Right: Nang Khin Ohn Tint, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, Daw Way Way Lwin and Nang Kham Awng

13.June 2011