Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Myanmar

Burma’s diversity encompasses over 100 different ethnic groups. The Burmans make up an estimated 68 percent of Burma’s 51 million people. The country is divided into seven, mainly Burman-dominated divisions and seven ethnic states. The Burmese government refers to those groups generally considered indigenous peoples as “ethnic nationalities”. This includes the Shan, Karen, Rakhine, Karenni, Chin, Kachin and Mon. However, there are many more ethnic groups that are considered or see themselves as indigenous peoples, such as the Akha, Lisu, Lahu, Mru and many others. (IWGIA)

Myanmar: Statement on KWAT’s 17th anniversary denouncing escalating Burma Army offensives...

On this occasion of the 17th anniversary of KWAT’s founding on September 9, 1999, we wish to express our grave concern at the escalating...

Myanmar: Beautiful Words, Ugly Actions: The Asian Highway in Karen State,...

To facilitate economic growth in the border towns of Mae Sot and Myawaddy, as well as the rest of Thailand and Myanmar, a new...

Myanmar: Human Rights Activist Denied Bail in Arakan State

RANGOON — A court in the Arakan State capital of Sittwe has denied a bail request from prominent human rights and environmental activist Khine...

Myanmar: Massive Highway Project Displaces Karen Communities: Rights Groups

RANGOON — A major highway project that will serve as a trade link between Burma and Thailand has been displacing local communities who live...

Statement of concern regarding launch of IFC’s Hydropower Developers’ Working Group...

Save the Salween Network August 18, 2016 Save the Salween Network would like to raise serious concerns about the forum being held by the International Finance...

Myanmar: For Sumlut Roi Ja’s Husband, Trauma Continues Five Years After...

Since his wife disappeared in Oct. 2011, Dau Lum has struggled with chronic illness and depression. Sumlut Roi Ja, a then-28-year-old mother of one,...

Myanmar: Burma Army Claims Responsibility for Five Civilian Deaths in Northern...

RANGOON — The Burma Army has said it will take action against troops accused of killing civilians in a rural area of northern Shan...

Statement on Extrajudicial Killings and Illegal Detentions of Palaung and Shan...

The IPMSDL strongly condemns the brutal extrajudicial killings of seven indigenous peoples from the Palaung and Shan peoples of Shan State in Myanmar. The Palaung...

Myanmar: Shan State Villagers Arrested by Myanmar Military Turn Up Dead...

Five days after the Myanmar army arrested three ethnic Palaung men and 11 Shan villagers working in a cornfield near Lashio township in conflict-ridden...