ILO negotiates between Kachin, Myanmar for release of CHILDSOLDIERS -VIDEO

The Kachin Independence Army on January 14 released eight underage recruits from the Tatmadaw captured during the fighting in Kachin State, the International Labour Organization has confirmed.

The eight soldiers were recruited as minors but are now aged over 18.  TheILO acted as an intermediary between the government and Kachin, and is working with the government to have them formally discharged.

“I am pleased to confirm that the ILO has received from the KIA eight Tatmadaw underage recruits who had been held by the KIA as prisoners of war,” Mr Steve Marshall, the ILO’s liaison officer in Yangon, told The Myanmar Times by email on January 20.

“Both the Tatmadaw and the government of Myanmar have cooperated positively in respect of their return with the Ministry of Social Welfare providing direct support.

“The ILO is currently working with the government towards the boys receiving formal discharge documentation. UNICEF and their operating civil society partners will be providing them with rehabilitation support.

“It is very gratifying to see the safe return of these boys and to know that they now have the opportunity to resume normal life – the very positive approaches adopted by the KIA, the government of Myanmar and the Tatmadaw, without which this could never have happened, should be recognised and appreciated.”

Due to the sensitive nature of the case, Mr Marshall said he could not comment on how long or where the boys had been held while in KIA custody.

The KIA is the armed wing of the Kachin Independence Organisation (KIO). Headquartered in Laiza, on the China border, the group has been fighting the Tatmadaw since June 2011, when a 17-year ceasefire broke down.


A KIA spokesperson could not be reached for comment last week.

Mr Marshall said in a recent interview with ILO News that the ILO believes there are approximately 5000 child soldiers in Myanmar. He said the process to release them is continuing to gain momentum.

“We started the complaints mechanism in 2007, and between 2007 and 2011 we had approximately 260 boys discharged from the army. Since 2012 so far, it would be close to 60, so it’s increasing,” he said in November.

In late June, the government and the UN signed an action plan that is designed to prevent the recruitment and use of children by the Tatmadaw and allow for the release of underage recruits.

By signing the plan, the Tatmadaw and government have committed to preventing underage recruitment, as well as identifying, discharging and reintegrating underage recruits.

But the Tatmadaw is not alone in using child soldiers in Myanmar. In 2011, the UN said in a report that it believed seven other armed groups were also actively recruiting and using underage soldiers, including the KIA.

Other listed groups were the Democratic Karen Buddhist Army, Karen National Liberation Army, Karen National Liberation Army-Peace Council, Karenni Army, Shan State Army-South and United Wa State Army.

BURMA ARMY SHELLING ျမန္မာအစိုးရတပ္၏ လက္နက္ႀကီးပစ္ခတ္မႈေႀကာင့္ ကခ်င္အရပ္သားေသဆုံး

December 27 ya japawt Myen Asuya Hpyen ni gap ai lanak kaba majaw hpyen yen Mung masha Slg Maji Tu asak si hkrum wa sai lam chye lu ai.


၀ိုင္က်ဳိင္ဒုကၡသည္စခန္းေန ေဒၚလမာလု(Lama Lu)ျဖစ္ကာ ေပါင္တြင္ လက္နက္ႀကီးစ (၂)ခု ထိမွန္ထားသည္။
၀ိုင္က်ဳိင္ဒုကၡသည္စခန္းေန ေဒၚလမာလု(Lama Lu)ျဖစ္ကာ ေပါင္တြင္ လက္နက္ႀကီးစ (၂)ခု ထိမွန္ထားသည္။

Dai hpawt hkying 08:00 a.m hte hkying 09:00 a.m ten laman hta Laiza kawn Dung Hkung mare de Hkai Sun wa yu ai Woi Chyai Hpyen yen masha Slg Maji Tu hte malawm marai( 3)hpe Myen Asuya hpyen ni gap ai Laknak Kaba hkra mat ai lam chye lu ai.

ေသဆံုးသူ၏ ေဆြမ်ိဳးမ်ား လိုင္ဇာေဆး႐ံု အျပင္ဘက္တြင္ ပူေဆြးဝမ္းနည္းေနစဥ္
ေသဆံုးသူ၏ ေဆြမ်ိဳးမ်ား လိုင္ဇာေဆး႐ံု အျပင္ဘက္တြင္ ပူေဆြးဝမ္းနည္းေနစဥ္

Dai hpawt Hkai sun galaw taw nga ten Bawm Kaba ngoi wa nna hprawng yen ai kaw Slg Maji Tu hte anhte hpe Bawm kaba hte hkra mat ai nga nna mabyin kaw lawm ai Jan Ma Htu kawn chye lu ai.

Kara maga kawn gap bun ai hkrak nchye tim,ya byin ai shara gaw Myen Asuya Lanak Kaba hpyen hpung ni shara la taw ai, Hkang Kai Bum, Loi Kang Bum hte ni ai lam matut chye lu ai.

Marai (4) kaw na, Jan Lamung Kai Ling a hkra maga magyi hpawt hta bawm hkyep hkra sawng nna ya yang Laiza Mung shawa Tsi Rung kaw Tsi Tsi hkam la nga taw sai hpe mung chye lu ai.

Hkala Sawng ai Lamung Kai Ling gaw Ma (2) a Kanu rai nna Woi Chyai Ma Shalet jawng na Sara Num langai rai ai lam mung chye lu ai.

Jan Kai Ling gaw ya yang Sai n-gun grai yawm taw ai nga nna Laiza Mung Shawa Tsi Rung Sara Wun kawn chye lu ai.

Ya yang ginjaw ginra shawng lam post makau de Myen asuya hpyen ni Laknak kaba hte shani shagu gap sharu bun nna hpyen n-gun grai htu nga ai lam matut chye lu ai.

Dead bodies of Burmese government soldiers after fierce battle with KIA and ABSDF fighters-VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED

credit  KYAW KYAW

The All Burma Students’ Democratic Front (ABSDF), an armed group fighting alongside ethnic rebels in northern Kachin State, said government forces suffered the casualties on Friday after launching an offensive in Lajayang region, near the rebels’ headquarters in the town of Laiza, where about 70,000 displaced civilians are staying in refugee camps.

In a one-day battle about 10 km from Laiza, rebel forces killed and injured more than 60 government soldiers and captured many of their weapons– by  ABSDF soldier Min Htay

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Swedish arms in Burma ‘arrived via India’

The Swedish anti-tank rifles that ended up in the hands of Burmese soldiers in breach of European Union sanctions were originally exported to India, Sweden’s trade minister said on Thursday.




“The Swedish Agency for Non-Proliferation and Export Controls (Inspektionen för Strategiska Produkter, has requested an expedited answer from India and my state secretary has been in touch with India’s ambassador,” Trade Minister Ewa Björling said on the floor of the Swedish parliament on Thursday.

She added that ISP’s ability to trace the weapon, a Carl Gustav M3 anti-tank rifle, was evidence that Sweden’s export controls work.

According to Björling, India’s ambassador in Stockholm has confirmed information that the weapon in question is the same as the rifles in Burma,myanmar that the Svenska Dagbladet (SvD) newspaper first reported about.

She added that the ambassador has promised that India will cooperate with Sweden to investigate how the weapon ended up in Burma, which borders India’s restive north-eastern regions.

“There has been a weapons embargo in place against Burma for a very long time and Sweden hasn’t exported any weapons there since,” Björling said on the Riksdag floor.

According to SvD, the Burmese army used a new model of the Carl Gustav in combat with local rebels and against civilian targets in Burma in October.

When the army withdrew, they left the weapons behind.

Pictures taken by a Burmese freelance photographer and published in the Swedish media this week show a Carl Gustav M3 anti-tank rifle and ammunition left behind by Burmese government soldiers. They were recovered by Kachin rebels after recent clashes.

The weapon’s serial number is clearly visible in one of the photographs.

The Swedish defence group Saab, which manufactures the weapon, has previously said it did not sell the rifle to Burma and suggested its military must have obtained it from a third party.

While Saab is not involved in the current investigation about how the weapon made its way to Burma, representatives have said the company will do whatever necessary to help move the inquest forward


Burma: PSLF’s Drug Destruction Plan faces difficulty as government troops attack

Plan_opion_1122Palaung State Liberation Front (PSLF) chairman, Mai Aike Phone, informed Phophtaw yesterday that government troops battled with ethnic groups on October 1st and 2nd at Htawh Rail, Nansan Township in the northern part of Shan State. “A battle broke out today between PSLF battalion (257) and government troops (Infantry Battalion 501) based out of Naungcho. We also fought the troops yesterday alongside with other armed ethnic groups, Kachin Independence Army (KIA) brigade (4), Shan State Progress Party (SSPP) brigade (1), and Palaung battalion (257). Infantry Battalion (502) and (324) fought from the government side.  The battles took place at Man Tong, Nansan, and Kutkhaing. We’ve heard that some of the government soldiers have been killed,” stated Mai Aike Phone.

The fighting broke out while KIA, SSPP and PSLF were visiting Kutkhaing in the northern part of Shan State, educating locals about the effects of opium usage and production, through PSLF’s Drug Destruction Plan. Immediate action against drug production and usage is vital in this area as the estimated annual drug production is about 1200kg per year in this township alone. Additionally, 80% of youth in the area use drugs.

Last year PSLF and Palaung locals worked together to create a proposal to present this issue to Myanmar’s president, U Thein Sein, in hopes that the government could set up a program to help the people fight drug usage and production. However, after never receiving a response from the president PSLF decided to take the issue into their own hands and created their Drug Destruction Plan.

Myanmar’s military government forces ethnic minorities to grow opium plants, the government then makes a profit from trading and taxing the drugs. According to Mai Aike Phone, when ethnic groups destroy these opium fields for the well being of their own community the government sends troops to attack them.

pa-laung-refugeeIronically, in the past the government tried to place blame on ethnic minorities for the production of opium but now that they are trying to clear the area of drugs the government attacks them. Many believe this is more than enough proof to know who is really behind the drug production.

Unfortunately, this situation is all to familiar to these people, back in 2005 PSLF surrendered to the government after being attacked for destroy opium fields. After their surrender, drug addiction in the area rose incredible amounts leading to the statistics we see today.

PSLF plan to make the northern part of Shan State, specifically where the Palaung live, a drug-free zone by 2017. The drug addiction problem hits hardest with the Palaung, Shan, and Kachin people, where over 80% of the youth are using. These people not only have to fight the drug addiction problem within their community but also have to fight the government, which makes a hefty profit off their addiction.