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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.

The Kachin traditional festival of Thanksgiving for new crops launches in Chyinghtawng Pa in Sadung Township

The Kachin people’s traditional festival of Thanksgiving for new crops ceremony has been held splendidly on November 12 to 14 at Chyinghtawng Pa village in Sadung Township in Kachin State. The festival is usually called ‘Nlung (Shat) N’nan Sha ...

Burma News


Newly Amended Law Helps Officials Seize Land, Critics Warn

A sign demarcates the boundary of a forested area near a rubber plantation in Kalawthut village in Mon States’s Mudon Township / Lawi Weng / The Irrawaddy By Lawi Weng 13 November 2018 Land-rights activists have urged the government to abolish the ...

Irrawaddy


Kachin State Security and Border Affairs Minister substitutes

Including Minister for Kachin State Security and Border Affairs Ministry Col.Thura Myo Tin (BC 20081) and Minister for Mon State Security and Border Affairs Ministry Col. Win Naing Oo (BC 19319), forty-six military appointed parliamentarians were su...

Burma News


Meth Seizures Up in Myanmar, SE Asia

YANGON, MYANMAR — Drug seizures reported across South-East Asia indicate this year will be another record high for methamphetamine production in Myanmar. The focus is usually on government efforts to stem the trade, but beyond the headlines, meth u...

Voanews - east asia


For NLD, By-Election Result a Wake-Up Call for 2020

By The Irrawaddy 10 November 2018 Kyaw Zwa Moe: Welcome to Dateline Irrawaddy! In Saturday’s by-election, the NLD (National League for Democracy) did not win as many seats as it should have and only secured seven out of 13 seats, or just over 50 pe...

Irrawaddy


Unlawful Associations Act Must Be Withdrawn: Kachin Leaders

Following the release of 15 people including Christian clergypersons detained by the Tatmadaw, Kachin leaders say that such arrests of civilians harm work toward peace in Burma. Representatives of the Kachin community spoke out after the Burma Army...

Burma News


BNI launches a roundtable dialogue on peace process in Myitkyina

A political roundtable discussion on different opinions and outlooks among the local Kachin communities concerning conflict and peace process was held on 5th November 2018 at Hukaung Hotel in Myitkyina, Kachin State. The political roundtable dialogue...

Burma News


EU Commits $13.7M to Expand Peace Program In Kachin, Shan States

Nyein Foundation Executive Director Ja Nan Lahtaw speaks at the launch of the second phase of the Durable Peace Program in Myitkyina, Kachin State, on Wednesday. / Nyein Foundation / Facebook By Nyein Nyein 8 November 2018 CHIANG MAI, Thailand  — ...

Irrawaddy


Tatmadaw Releases Three of 15 Detained Kachin Clergypersons

The Burma Army has released three of 15 recently arrested clergypersons on the China-Burma border, the Kachin Peace-talk Creation Group (PCG) said. “Twelve clergypersons are still in their detention,” San Awng, of the PCG, told NMG. “Clergy wor...

Burma News


Myanmar by-election results "a lesson" for Suu Kyi's party

Myanmar's State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi attends a joint press announcement for the 10th Mekong-Japan Summit at the Akasaka Palace state guest house in Tokyo on October 9, 2018. File photo: AFP Reuters, Yangon Aung San Suu Kyi's National League fo...

Daily star


Myanmar By-Election Results 'A Lesson' for Suu Kyi's Party

YANGON — Aung San Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy (NLD) expects to have won only seven of 13 seats up for grabs in by-elections, a spokesman said on Sunday, conceding that Myanmar's ruling party needed to do more for voters from ethnic mino...

Voanews - east asia


Myanmar by-elections a test for leader buffeted by crises

MYITKYINA, Myanmar (Reuters) - Asked what Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi has changed since becoming Myanmar’s leader two years ago, most residents of Kachin state in the far north say the roads: new tarmac smoothes the path for cars, motorbikes an...

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NLD Poised to Win 8 of 13 By-Election Races

By The Irrawaddy 3 November 2018 YANGON—The National League for Democracy (NLD) had won five of the 13 constituencies up for grabs in Saturday’s by-election and was leading in another three as of 9 p.m. In another five seats, however, it was fa...

Irrawaddy


Analysis: NLD Faces Crucial Test of Support in By-Election

By San Yamin Aung 2 November 2018 YANGON—On the eve of the second by-election to be held during its first term in office, the ruling National League for Democracy (NLD) admitted to being concerned about Saturday’s crucial test of its support nati...

Irrawaddy


A brief armed-clash occurs between KIA and Tatmadaw in Northern Shan State

A brief armed clash broke out between the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) and the Tatmadaw in KIA’s 9th Brigade controlled area, Tarmoenye in northern Shan State on 31 October, causing concerns among local residents. A local resident told ‘KNG’ ...

Burma News


Tatmadaw Detains 15 Kachin Aid Workers Near Laiza

By Lawi Weng 1 November 2018 The Myanmar Army detained 15 members of the Kachin Baptist Convention (KBC) in Nam San Yang village near the Chinese border on Oct. 24, the religious organization said on Thursday. KBC chairman Rev. Samson told The Irrawa...

Irrawaddy


Loss of Market Access a ‘Clear Possibility’ if Rights Issues Not Addressed, EU Warns

By The Irrawaddy 1 November 2018 YANGON—The European Union has warned Myanmar that withdrawal of trade preferences is a “clear possibility” if the country fails to uphold and respect the principles enshrined in the 15 fundamental international...

Irrawaddy


Analysis : Only a ‘Peace Approach’ Can End the Cycle of Conflict in Myanmar

State Counselor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi greets RCSS Chairman U Yawd Serk at a meeting between the Union government and Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement signatories on Oct. 16 in Naypyitaw. / State Counselor’s Office By Mon Mon Myat 31 October 2018 Histo...

Irrawaddy


Mizzima Myanmar News and Insight

A jade scavenger was killed in a slag heap collapse at an abandoned jade mine in Hpakant Township, Kachin State on 20 February, state media reported. The jade mine is operated by Ever Jade Mining Company near Kahtan Ward in Phakant Township. The jade...

Mizzima - Domestic news


Some ethnic armed organisations to meet with UPDJC

Some of the five ethnic armed groups that have not signed Myanmar’s nationwide cease-fire accord will attend talks with the committee responsible for holding political dialogue and convening peace conferences, as stakeholders in the country’s sta...

Mizzima - Domestic news


Rohingya refugee crisis hits Myanmar's economy

Rohingya refugee crisis hits Myanmar's economy When growth falls and investment flees, it's the poor who suffer the most Myanmar State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi speaks at the World Economic Forum on ASEAN at the National Convention Center in Hanoi, ...

ucanews.com


Thousands flee as fighting erupts in Myanmar

Thousands flee as fighting erupts in Myanmar Catholic agency monitors situation as at least 1,600 people take refuge in monasteries in Shan State Internally displaced mother Seng Moon, fleeing renewed fighting between Myanmar's army and ethnic insurg...

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Three out of four Kachin parties decide to register merged party

Although four Kachin political parties have originally agree to merge, the Kachin National Congress (KNC) is unable to abolish its party at the moment so only three parties have decided to register the party. The 17-member public representative commi...

Burma News


Tatmadaw Releases Three Bhamo Detainees—Two Still in Custody

The Burma Army has released three of five villagers detained in Bhamo, Kachin State since last week, local sources said. “Three villagers are released. All of them are living in Natkok village. They are ethnic Burman people. Two villagers are still...

Burma News


Kachin Leaders to Govt: IDPs Cannot Return Home Before Peace Is Restored

Kachin community leaders say that conditions still do not allow internally displaced people (IDPs) in the state to return home, despite recent remarks by State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi that she is trying to make this possible. Burma’s de-facto l...

Burma News


Landmines Injure 7 Civilians in Northern Shan in October

Lahtaw Seng Mai, who was injured by a landmine in July 2018, rests with her daughter at a hospital in Lashio Township, Shan State. / Kachin Youth Movement By Lawi Weng 29 October 2018 At least seven people have been wounded by landmines in northern S...

Irrawaddy


NLD Prepares For By-Election Losses in Rakhine, Shan

By Myat Pyae Phyo 26 October 2018 MANDALAY — The ruling National League for Democracy (NLD) believes it may lose the November by-elections in Rakhine and Shan states, said U Zaw Myint Maung, the chief minister of Mandalay Region and chair of the pa...

Irrawaddy


Fighting reported near Bhamo

The Kachin Independence Army (KIA) and Tatmadaw (government troops) clashed on October 18 - 19 near Myasaydi village, Bhamo Township, Kachin State, according to reports. State Assembly legislator Zaw Thinn said, “They might have had clashes during ...

Burma News


Note to correspondents: Statement attributable to the Secretary-General's Special Envoy on Myanmar

The Special Envoy of the Secretary-General (SESG), Christine Schraner Burgener, undertook her third visit to Myanmar from 10 to 20 October where she held consultations with State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, other government and military leaders,...

Reliefweb


Myanmar State Counsellor visits IDP camps, boarding school in Kachin State

State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi travelled to Myitkyina in Kachin State yesterday and visited a boarding school for students from the hilly regions, a drug rehabilitation center donated by the Daw Khin Kyi Foundation, and IDP camps in the area, ...

Mizzima - Domestic news


UK Wants Accountability for Crimes Committed in Rakhine State

By Nyein Nyein 19 October 2018 YANGON–After a trip to the refugee camps along the Thailand-Myanmar border in the second week of October, the United Kingdom’s ambassador to Myanmar Daniel Chugg spoke about his experiences there, Myanmar-UK relatio...

Irrawaddy


UK Wants Accountability for Crimes Committed in Rakhine State

By Nyein Nyein 19 October 2018 YANGON–After a trip to the refugee camps along the Thailand-Myanmar border in the second week of October, the United Kingdom’s ambassador to Myanmar Daniel Chugg spoke about his experiences there, Myanmar-UK relatio...

Irrawaddy


UN’s Special Envoy Discusses Peace Process with Kachin Officials

UN special envoy Christine Schraner Burgener and the chief minister of Kachin State held a meeting in the Kachin State government office on October 17, 2018. / Kachin State Government Office / Facebook By The Irrawaddy 18 October 2018 YANGON—The Un...

Irrawaddy


Dutch Gov’t Lifts Travel Restrictions to Southern Rakhine, Tourism Industry Wants More

Sun loungers on Ngapali Beach located in a part of Rakhine State that has recently had its red status travel warning removed. / Ngapali Bay Resort / Facebook By Moe Myint 18 October 2018 YANGON – Despite a number of European countries continuing to...

Irrawaddy


Daw Aung San Suu Kyi to Open Drug Rehab Center in Myitkyina

17 October 2018 YANGON—Myanmar State Counselor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi will make a one-day visit to Myitkyina, the capital of Kachin State, on Friday to open a drug rehabilitation center, according to the vice speaker of the Kachin State parliament. D...

Irrawaddy


Clashes Resume Between Tatmadaw and KIA

Battles reignited between government forces and troops from the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) last week after nearly five months without clashes in Kachin State. According to Col Naw Bu of the Kachin Independence Organization’s information departm...

Burma News


Myitkyina District Election Commission restricted campaigns in some areas for security concerns

The Myitkyina District Election Commission has restricted campaign in some areas under Myitkyina Township, Kachin State due to security concerns. Although the by-election will be held in Sinbo, Ho Kat, and Ti Yang Zup villages for the vacant seat in ...

Burma News


China economics spurs Myanmar religious repression

China economics spurs Myanmar religious repression Bold Chinese plan for economic 'corridor' changes game for the civil war in Myanmar's Kachin and northern Shan states A file image of members of the United Wa State Army (UWSA) on June 26, 2017. The ...

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