Meiktila was quiet on Wednesday, March 20. Everyone was going about their business, including the customers in a local gold shop. Somehow an argument broke out in the shop and a customer stormed out. He returned with friends and attacked the gold shop owner who is Muslim. A crowd quickly gathered and the situation spiraled into mob violence—local Buddhists taking sides with the aggrieved customer and local Muslims siding with the shop owner.
Trust-building for Peace conference is due to be held on March 20 in Lashio, the second capital of Shan State. In order to have an idea about the conference, its objectives and main tasks of focus, S.H.A.N has reached out to Maj Zaw Lwin, the first secretary of the Kayan New Land Party (KNLP), the representative and a leading organizer of the Shan-Kayah Trust-building for Peace conference.
KNU Day is a very special issue for the whole of the Karen nation. There were many various Karen Organizations in the past. In 1881, the Karen National Association (KNA) became the first organization of the whole Karen Nation. Thanks to the KNA’s efforts, education in the Karen nation has improved, and Karen culture and literature was allowed to be officially taught in government schools. After World War I the Karen people developed a greater sense of nationhood.
In an exclusive interview with Karen News, Ko Bo Kyi, a founding member and joint-secretary of the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (AAPP), outlined his concerns over Burma’s on going reform process and the treatment of current and former political prisoners inside Burmese prisons.
Mizzima weekly journal editor Sein Win interviewed Mr Peter Paul de Groote, the Head of Mission in Burma of Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), the Holland-based medical group which has suspended many of its activities in Rakhine State due to the “antagonism” its medical teams have faced from many residents in the deeply divided region.
An interview with Arakan Rohingya National Organization (ARNO) President Nurul Islam about Burmese President Thein Sein’s reform policies and its effect for the Rohingya.
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