As the peace process stalls, more and more reports are emerging of clashes between the Burma Army and ethnic armed groups in northern Burma; the Ta’ang National Liberation Army (TNLA), the Shan State Army – South (SSA-South) and the Kachin Independence Army (KIA). Yet as highlighted by a report released by Ta’ang Women’s Organization (TWO), it is the civilians on the ground who are experiencing the most suffering, as human rights violations committed by the Burma Army continue as militarization and conflict in ethnic areas increase.
On 23 February, a combined force of Burma Army and its proxy, Border Guard Force (BGF), attacked a SSA-South position in Mongton, Shan State, while the TNLA reported that their troops were attacked while they were carrying out drug eradication activities in Namhsan, Kutkai, and Manton townships, northern Shan State. Since 31 January, the Burma Army has also taken three KIA outposts and seized a Kachin Independence Organization (KIO) county office. This follows on from a pattern of greater militarization and increased troop movements in these areas. The Burma Army is reportedly building a road in order to have greater access to KIA Brigade One areas and rotating troops on the frontlines[...]
Tags: Border Guard Force, Burma Army, Burma Partnership, Shan State Army-South, Ta'ang National Liberation Army