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The Kachin

For centuries, the Kachin, who number about 1,600,000, lived in relative peace in the northern Myanmar mountains near the border with China. After Myanmar gained independence from the British in 1948, they were promised equality and self determination. Today Guardian paper says that Kachin face slow genocide. China in the past used to allow the survivors to cross over to China but it no longer allows that freedom, trapping the displaced people.

Historically, Burma was never a country but a group of kingdoms. Kachin people had their own kingdom for centuries. Currently, 40% of the population of Burma are minorities and 60% are Burman. American Baptists brought Christianity to Burma in the early nineteenth century.

The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom issued a report on Christian persecution in Myanmar. They concluded that Christians in Burma at the hands of Buddhist nationalists are facing:

  • Discrimination in employment
  • Forced conversions
  • Violence and desecration of churches in their communities.
  • Mass displacement from their lands.
  • More than 300 Christian churches have been destroyed in Burma’s Kachin state, where the country’s Christian population is concentrated.
  • Hundreds and thousands of civilians, mostly Christian, have fled and sought refuge from the onslaught.
  • Most of the refugees in the United States are Christian survivors of persecution. 

Now the Burmese military has warned the Kachin Baptist Convention (KBC) to halt humanitarian work for the displaced people.

Latest News

The latest Kachin news gathered from all over the web.

Man Killed, 1 Wounded by Landmines in Northern Shan State

One man was killed and another wounded in separate landmine explosions in Namtu and Hsipaw townships in northern Shan State on May 20. Phoe Htaung, the head of the Mann San village tract in Namtu Township, told The Irrawaddy on Thursday that Lone San...

Irrawaddy


Gov’t Set to Ban Leasing of Land to Foreign Melon Growers

YANGON—The Union government will prohibit landowners from leasing out lands for melon cultivation to foreign individuals or groups as of the next growing season, according to Sagaing Region Minister for Agriculture Kam Za Mon. The Union government ...

Irrawaddy


Hpakant Mines to Close for Monsoon Season

NAYPYITAW—Jade and gems mining will be halted in Kachin State’s Hpakant for three months during the rainy season, according to U Min Min Oo, the permanent secretary of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation. The ministry...

Irrawaddy


Foreign Countries Behind Myitsone Dam Opposition: Chinese Ambassador

Chinese Ambassador Hong Liang speaks to the media at the National Reconciliation and Peace Center on May 3, 2019. / Chinese Embassy in Myanmar / Facebook By Nan Lwin 22 May 2019 YANGON—Opposition to the controversial Chinese-backed Myitsone Dam was...

Irrawaddy


Kachin Groups And Gov’t Make Plans To Repatriate IDPs

Most IDPs say they want to go home as soon as possible but only after a credible plan has been established for their safe and secure return. A meeting to discuss the safe return of thousands of internally displaced persons (IDPs) that fled from their...

Burma News


Five Chinese Arrested for Trespassing, Illegal Immigration in Kachin

YANGON— Five Chinese employees were among 10 arrested on counts of trespassing in a protected area and illegal migration during a crackdown on controversial Chinese tissue-culture banana plantations in Kachin State on Sunday. Led by the Kachin Stat...

Irrawaddy


Rakhine CSOs Feel Overlooked in UN Envoy Visit

YANGON—Local civil society groups in Rakhine State have complained of not being given an opportunity to directly present information they have collected about the rights violations allegedly being committed by Myanmar military troops and on the rea...

Irrawaddy


All people affected by conflict in Myanmar need assistance, protection and long-term solutions [EN/MY]

Yangon, 14 May 2019 – After a six-day mission to Myanmar, Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator Ursula Mueller underlined the need to sustain life-saving humanitarian assistance and protection ...

Reliefweb


Arakanese in U.S. Protest Myanmar Army Killings of Civilians in Rakhine

YANGON—Nearly 100 Arakanese living in the U.S. demonstrated outside the Myanmar Embassy in Washington on Monday to protest against alleged extrajudicial killings of Arakanese civilians by the country’s military during its ongoing conflict with th...

Irrawaddy


Official start of papaya planting assistance project in resettlement villages of Myitsone HPP

On April 23, the papaya planting assistance project in the resettlement villages of Myitsone HPP was officially started. State Power Investment Corporation (SPIC) held a papaya planting ceremony together with the village committees of Aung Myin Thar ...

Mizzima - Domestic news


Parliament Pushes for Identity Cards to be Issued to IDPs

Kachin IDPs from Kachin State’s Waingmaw Township were seen at Shait Yang village in Laiza District, an area controlled by the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) in January 2017, after nearly 2,000 of them moved from Zai Awng and Hkau Shua camps in Wai...

Irrawaddy


Opposition to Myitsone Dam Will Be Outgoing Chinese Ambassador’s Chief Legacy

YANGON—It has been a busy week for the Chinese ambassador to Myanmar. Just a week after Beijing hosted the 2nd Belt and Road (BRI) forum, Hong Liang has been bustling around the government offices in Naypyitaw attending a series of meetings since M...

Irrawaddy


Latest Presidential Amnesty Includes Dozens of EAO Members, Accused Associates

Dozens of political prisoners including two Reuters journalists, members of ethnic armed organizations and civilians accused of being affiliated with the EAOs were among 6,520 prisoners released in a third round of presidential pardons on Tuesday. Ne...

Irrawaddy


Jade mining is being framed as a violation of indigenous rights and destructive to indigenous land.

Members of the Kachin public have planned a protest for Tuesday in Hpakant, Kachin State against the “excessive extraction” of jade from the area. Those organizing the protest—the Kachin Social Development Organization—are framing it as a dem...

Burma News


The new party will represent everyone in Kachin State, leaders say.

A new Kachin party plans to contest the 2020 General Election after successfully registering its name with the Union Election Commission (UEC). "Our party, KSPP (Kachin State People’s Party) is now official! We have submitted our party's flag, poli...

Burma News


Myanmar military renews ceasefire in northern states

A Pan Say militiaman keeps watch on a bridge in Muse in Shan State, Myanmar's border town to China, on Jan. 12. Ten armed groups run the town, where a decades-old struggle for money, trade, resources and ethnic identity is playing out. (AFP photo) My...

ucanews.com


Military Extends Ceasefire in Kachin, Shan for 2 Months

YANGON—The Myanmar military on Tuesday extended its unilateral ceasefire in five regional commands in Kachin and Shan states for two months on Tuesday, with restive Rakhine State remaining exempt from the truce. The Office of the Commander-in-Chief...

Irrawaddy


EU extends Myanmar arms embargo over human rights concerns

The Council of the European Union has extended a ban on arms sales to Myanmar while also prolonging sanctions against high-ranking officials over rights abuses committed against the Rohingya and other minorities. An embargo on arms and equipment that...

ucanews.com


Myitsone Dam Flashback

YANGON—Had its original construction schedule not been derailed by controversy and public condemnation, leading to its suspension in 2011, the Chinese-backed Myitsone Dam hydropower project near the source of the Irrawaddy River in Kachin State wou...

Irrawaddy


Gov’t, Kachin Humanitarian Group Vow to Work Together on IDPs’ Return

Members of the government's National Reconciliation and Peace Center (left) and the Kachin Humanitarian Concern Committee delegation discuss the return of IDPs at a meeting in Naypyitaw on Friday. / Htet Naing Zaw / The Irrawaddy By Nyein Nyein 26 Ap...

Irrawaddy


Two Political Prisons Released in Second Amnesty, More to be Announced

YANGON—A presidential pardon on Friday saw the release of at least two political prisoners with the President’s Office saying there are more releases in the pipeline with another amnesty planned. President U Win Myint pardoned 6,948 prisoners on ...

Irrawaddy


New Clashes Between The KIA And Tatmadaw

A Burmese military tank is temporarily stop on Mandalay-Lashio road on April 25, 2019 Fighting happened in advance of an upcoming peace meeting between the government and KIA's political wing, the Kachin Independence Organization. Clashes broke out b...

Burma News


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