Recent defamation case in Phakant highlights urgent need to bring the Burma Army under civilian control 

September 8, 2017   Recent defamation case in Phakant highlights urgent need to bring the Burma Army under civilian control   Since the founding of the Kachin Women’s Association Thailand (KWAT) on September 9, 1999, we have been working to promote and protect the rights of women and children in Kachin areas of Burma. Unfortunately, due to worsening Burma Army offensives and abuses, the rights of our communities continue to

New report: pristine valley on Kachin-China border under threat from Naypyidaw’s export-oriented dam plans

New report: pristine valley on Kachin-China border under threat from Naypyidaw’s export-oriented dam plans A new report launched today exposes how the stunningly beautiful, biodiverse Ngo Chang Hka valley — ancestral home to over 4,500 indigenous people on the eastern Kachin State-China border — is under threat from a cascade of four dams, which are among 50 large hydropower projects planned by the Burmese government, mainly for export. “Saving the

Saving the Ngo Chang Hka Valley

History of the Ngo Chang Hka region The Ngo Chang Hka flows through the mountain valleys of the eastern edge of Kachin State and into the N’Mai Hka. The N’Mai Hka continues southward and joins the Mali Hka at the Myitsone confluence to form Burma’s great Irrawaddy River. The borderlands of the Ngo Chang Hka form part of the eastern Himalayan ecoregion, a place of globally outstanding biodiversity and ancient

Latest Burma Army war crimes in Kachin State highlight urgent need to end military-to-military ties with Burma

Latest Burma Army war crimes in Kachin State highlight urgent need to end military-to-military ties with Burma On August 11, 2017, hundreds of Burma Army troops entered Kasung village, in Mogaung township of Kachin State, shooting indiscriminately at civilians. One villager was killed, at least two injured, and over 1,000 IDPs were forced to seek shelter in Namti and Lambraw Yang villages. The attack was part of a new Burma

Press release by Kachin CSOs

Press release by Kachin CSOs Appeal for the immediate release of Kachin farmer Nlam Bawk Naw, arbitrarily arrested on the Ledo Road by the Burma Army on June 20, 2017 Kachin CSOs are calling for the immediate and unconditional release of Kachin farmer Nlam Bawk Naw, who was arbitrarily arrested by Burma Army troops on the Ledo Road in eastern Hpakant township on June 20, 2017. On that day, at

Cracks in the Silence

Since 2013, the number of reported cases of violence, particularly sexual violence, toward children in Burma has increased dramatically. So too is this the case in Mon State and Mon areas of Burma. HURFOM itself has seen a significant increase in the number of cases of violence toward children received between 2013 and 2016. However, due to the shame and stigma associated with sexual violence, as well as the challenges

Kachin women expose ongoing Burma Army abuses under NLD government

Date: 2016 November 15 Press release by the Kachin Women’s Association Thailand (KWAT) A new report by the Kachin Women’s Association Thailand (KWAT) documents ongoing, widespread Burma Army abuses in Kachin areas of northern Burma over the past year, since the National League for Democracy (NLD) was voted into power. “A far cry from peace” describes ongoing practices of arbitrary arrest, torture and extrajudicial killing of civilians across Kachin and

HURFOM conducts FDI study to halt exploitation and violation in Mon State

July 30, 2016 Today the Human Rights Foundation of Monland (HURFOM) releases ‘Examining Foreign Direct Investment in Mon State, Burma’, a report focusing on the effects from the recent surge of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) coming into Mon State, Burma. Report in English | Burmese This report will discuss the different and complex ways in which FDI influences and changes the lives of local people, not only changes in agriculture