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Kachin Independence Organization

The Kachin Independence Organization (abbreviated KIO) is a political organization of Kachins (also Jinghpaw/Jingpo) in Burma (or Myanmar) which effectively controlled the Kachin State (excluding major cities and the railway) during 1960s-1990s until the 1994 cease-fire with the Myanmar government.

Kachin State Kachin Independence Army Victoria Nuland Burma Army President Thein Sein Aung San Suu Kyi Chiang Mai Ban Ki United States


Kachin Independence Organization is discussing for future political movement today in Laiza Hq.
Independence Organization - NOT ready for signing NCA in Oct: Myanmar, NOT ready for inclusive ceasefire...
Representatives of the government started discussing ceasefire with Kachin Independence Organization -
We are trying to get a headcount for food so if you are interested in this event please go over to our page: Women of Kachin State: Trafficking and Militarized Femininity on the Burma-China Border this talk, Erin Kamler will present key findings from her recent field research on the trafficking of women in Kachin State, an ethnic region in northern Burma that has long suffered from an armed conflict with the central Burmese government. Discussing her interviews with over 25 trafficking survivors, female soldiers, CBO women’s organizations, lawmakers, cultural leaders, IDP relief workers and administrators from the Kachin Independence Organization (KIO), she will explain why the trafficking of Kachin women into China’s neighboring Yunnan province as “forced brides” has become a growing problem, the effects this conflict is having on women and gender relationships, and the current obstacles to implementing effective anti-trafficking policy in Kachin State. FOOD AND DRINKS WILL BE SERVED.
18 November 2013| Written by Niel Hubys     A sustainable method of recovery for displaced Kachin people   An organic farming project in Kachin State is helping people displaced by war to get back on their feet.   Every day, hundreds of people at the Hnkawng Pa camp for internally displaced people near the Chinese border leave their makeshift shelters and head for the plots where they grow vegetables.   In 2011, when fighting resumed in Kachin State, many people fled their villages and took refuge in hastily established IDP camps controlled by the Kachin Independence Organization. Many had lost family members and most of their possessions and having to flee their homes was traumatic. Adjusting to life in the camps was also a radical change. The villagers were accustomed to living in small, tight-knit communities and they found themselves in overcrowded camps with strangers as neighbors. An unfamiliar environment, boredom and a lack of work opportunities led to strains in the social fabric ...
Myanmar, up-date Government allows Kachin political party. Former vice president of the Kachin Independence Organization (KIO) Manam Tu Ja announced on October 31 that his bid to form a new political party has been approved by Myanmar’s Union Election Commission. Tu Ja will be the chairman of the new Kachin State Democracy Party, which has 17 founding members, including politicians, women, and youth, as well as an official flag and emblem. International oil companies bid for rights on offshore fields. Many international oil companies are competing for exploration and production rights in Myanmar’s 30 untapped offshore oil and gas blocks, including 19 in deep water, ahead of a November 15 bidding deadline. More than 60 businesses, including ExxonMobil, Royal Dutch Shell, and Statoil, have been prequalified to bid. France’s Total, Thailand’s PTT, South Korea’s Daewoo, and the United States’ Chevron are among the handful of multinational companies currently operating in Myanmar. Murder sparks com ...
Deplorable Conditions for Kachin Christians in Northern Burma 11/9/2013 Burma (International Christian Concern) On October 30, new fighting erupted in the southern Kachin State, despite ongoing talks between the Kachin Independence Organization (KIO) and government negotiators. The unresolved conflict between ethnic groups and government forces in Myanmar is forcing Kachin Christians to live in deplorable conditions as refugees and to be targeted as victims of religious persecution. About 1,000 people were forced to flee their homes.
UN distributes aid to Je Yang IDP Camp in Laiza, the capital of Kachin Independence Organization in Kachin State, northern Burma on Nov. 12, 2013.(KNG Photos:)
Ethnic armed organizations held a conference in the Kachin Independence Organization central headquarters in Laiza, Kachin State, from October 30 to November 2, 2013. The conference was attended by a total of 102 representatives and observers from 17 armed ethnic resistance organizations, with the m...
26 August, 2013 - Burma needs to value peace talks in Kachin State By Zin Linn Aug 27, 2013 12:24AM UTC Government of Burma and Kachin Independence Organization (KIO) or the ethnic Kachin rebels signed a preparatory treaty on 30 May this year that seems to downscale military concerns in Burmas Kachin State and northern Shan state. Many analysts consider that this preliminary agreement may direct to additional improvement towards accomplishing a peaceful conclusion. The eighth round of three-day talks started on 28 May in the Kachin State capital Myitkyina. On the third day of the negotiations, the government peacemaking team and the Kachin Independence Organization (KIO) reached a seven-point preliminary agreement. The governments peace delegation was led by Union Minister Aung Min and Lt-Gen. Myint Soe who is head of the Bureau of Special Operation-1 that watch over military operations in Kachin State. The KIO delegation at the talks was led by Brig-Gen Sumlut Gun Maw, the Deputy Chief-of-Staff of the Ka ...
EMG: Number of IDPs on the rise in areas controlled by the Kachin Independence Organization
MYANMAR: Kachin aid groups running on empty BANGKOK, 13 September 2011 (IRIN) - Kachin aid groups are running out of means to help more than 25,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) on the border between Myanmar and China. "The situation is worsening now because no one here has the capacity to support them," La Rip, coordinator for the Relief Action Network for IDPs and Refugees (RANIR), incorporating 12 local community organizations, told IRIN from the border town of Laiza. Civil departments from the Kachin Independence Organization (KIO) - the political wing of the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) - have been providing most of the food at 15 makeshift camps around the border, La Rip said. But as the conflict enters it fourth month, additional support is urgently needed, he added. "People are getting only a small amount of rice a day, without any nutritional support," said La Rip. "We are at the moment worried about their food security and shelter, with winter advancing." Since 9 June, tens of thousands ...
Ban Ki-moon welcomes ceasefire agreement between Government of and Kachin Independence Organization
Myanmar up-dates (CSIS) Treasury Department expands U.S. companies’ access to Myanmar banks. The U.S. Treasury Department issued a general license on February 22 to four Myanmar banks, permitting them to engage in financial transactions with U.S. companies. All four remain on the Specially Designated Nationals list, which prohibits U.S. entities from investing in or entering into joint ventures with them. They include Ayeyarwady Bank and Asia Green Development Bank, owned by tycoons Zaw Zaw and Tay Za, respectively. Both are close associates of the former military regime and remain under U.S. sanctions. Myanmar government holds peace talks with ethnic groups in Thailand. The United Nationalities Federal Council (UNFC), an umbrella organization of 11 ethnic rebel groups including the Kachin Independence Organization, met with government negotiator Aung Min for peace talks on February 20 in Chiang Mai, Thailand. The two sides released a five-point statement outlining a framework and timeline for political ...
Wa, Mongla to join Kachin-Naypyitaw peace talks 07 March 2013 The United Wa State Army (UWSA) and the Mongla-based National Democratic Alliance Army (NDAA) will be attending the next round of peace talks between the Kachin Independence Organization / Kachin Independence Army (KIO/KIA) and the Union Peacemaking Working Committee (UPWC) led by U Aung Min due to be held sometime this month in Ruili, Yunnan province, according to sources.
On his recent travel to Kachin State Burma or Myanmar iReporter Raymond Pagnucco travels to the Kachin Independence Army and the Kachin Independence Organization strong hold of the town of Laiza to ge...
17-19 February 2013 Kachin State (northern most state in Myanmar) that has been on-going since June 2011 when there was a breakdown in the ceasefire between the Kachin Independence Organization / Army (KIO/KIA) and the Government of Myanmar army. There has been serious clashes since that time that has resulted in about 38,000 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in government controlled territory (see attached file/ table) and about an estimated 50,000 in KIO/KIA territory. The latest largest flare-up in the conflict occurred about 80 miles west of the state capital Myitkyina in Hpakan Township around jade mining areas. This resulted in about a further 20,000 IDPs in December 2012 and January 2013 (which has since subsided to about 6,000 that cannot get back to home villages presently as of late February 2013). The UN system has just been granted access over the last few days and no NGOs have had access to the Hpakan area up to this point. Kyaw Aung Oliver (Programs Director), Aung Ko Ko Htway (Emergen ...
.. In Kachin State.. It is so shameful! The Burmese authority said to do development in 1994 ceasefire agreement with the Kachin Independence Organization. However... the KIO only have been taking responsibility to get electricity in Kachin State as they are our trusted Government... not included Hkyet Hting Nan recently so called democratic state gov of Kachin. The incumbent, Kachin State minister, Hkyet Hting Nan, the proxy Kachin State Minister has no fully authority. He have to carry out his compulsory tasks without the Kachin State constitution. So funny... Then.. ( Why the international communities praise together " Burma bring democracy now" means you all international and regional government are blind? ) I would like to turn your blind eyes with this image if you do not give enough pressure to bring a real change in Burma..
Myanmar: Kachin tensions.. slow movement in the ceasefire process... but still a long way to go. However, the questions remains: Who defines the cited observers are "independent" or is it a "self-declared" independence on own moral grounds? Road to Kachin Peace is Long and Rocky, Observers Say Independent Burma observers expressed concern about the ongoing Kachin conflict at a meeting at Chiang Mai University, Thailand, on Friday and many doubted that the government was committed to achieving peace with the ethnic Kachin rebels any time soon. Guy Horton, a research fellow at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, said the Kachin Independence Organization (KIO) had been singled out as a target by Burma’s military because of the group’s persistent demands for political autonomy through the creation of a federal Kachin State. According to Horton, Burma’s former military supremo “Than Shwe said in mid-2009 that they [the KIO] don’t agree to our terms. And so, we must fight ...
KIO anniversary marked in besieged Laiza = On Tuesday residents of Laiza, the Kachin Independence Organization's KIO de facto capital held a short ceremony to commemorate the anniversary of the group's original February 5, 1961 uprising against Burma's central government. Those attending prayed for all KIO troops fighting on the front line. A prayer was also made for all of the Kachin troops who had fallen in battle with the Burma Army since fighting began in June 2011. As part of the ceremony a message from KIO chairman Lanyaw Zawng Hra was read aloud according to Kareng Nawng Awn, a KIO officer who attended the service. In his message which was also distributed to troops at the frontline, Zawng Hra noted that federalism is not possible under Burma's 2008 constitution. Zawng Hra said that the KIO will continue however to push for federalism so as to help all of Burma's ethnic people. Zawng Hra also said that Burma's pro military constitution has empowered the army to carry out its offensive against the K ...
Fighting between the Myanmar military and the Kachin Independence Organization has worsened in recent days
Monday, 07 January 2013 17:07 Xiao Ting Shirley   Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Sunday said she would not step in help end the conflict between the Burmese army and ethnic Kachin rebels without government approval.     “It is up to the government,” Suu Kyi told Agence France-Presse (AFP).   Suu Kyi said she would require an official invitation to join peace negotiations aimed at quelling the worsening civil war which has stoked great international concerns.   The Nobel Peace Prize laureate’s comments came as the conflict escalates in Burma’s northernmost state, and just days after government forces launched air strikes against front line positions of the Kachin Independence Army (KIO).   The Kachins, like most other ethnic minorities in Burma, have long fought for greater autonomy in Burma. However, as we enter 2013, the KIA—or more correctly, its political wing the Kachin Independence Organization (KIO)—is the sole remaining major armed force yet to sign a ...
Myanmar: Kachin conflict: UN Warns Burma on Airstrikes in Kachin by VOA News January 02, 2013 United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is calling on Burmese authorities to refrain from any action that could endanger the lives of civilians or promote further conflict in Kachin State. Ban's appeal came Wednesday, just hours after the Burmese government confirmed carrying out airstrikes this week against ethnic rebels in the troubled northern jurisdiction near the Chinese border. A U.N. statement said ongoing hostilities between government forces and rebel fighters from the Kachin Independence Organization have already caused a 'large displacement of civilians who continue to be in need of humanitarian assistance.' Ban said it is 'vital' that timely access be guaranteed for the delivery of aid to vulnerable communities. Earlier Wednesday, a government spokesperson acknowledged that 'training jets' were used in attacks on rebel positions in fighting that began last week. Other officials had at first denie ...
The Burmese Army's strategic warfare against the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) near the Kachin Independence Organization (KIO)’s HQ in Liaza this time seems to be a decisive military operation. There are fresh reports of fighting from Kachin battle-frontline across the Internet as well as social me...
Burma Army sends fresh troops to Indian border in fight against KIO 13 December 2012 Since the beginning of December Burma’s army has sent hundreds of troops to a remote region along Kachin State’s border with India to face off against forces from the Kachin Independence Organization (KIO), according to eyewitnesses in the area. More than 300 troops from Light Infantry Division No. 55 are currently staying in the Kachin town of Danai, a local resident tells the Kachin News Group. These troops appear to be headed for army positions near the border at Nam Yun, Pangsau and a military post close to the KIO’s border based Representative Office of Kachin Affair India (ROKA-I).
Three civilians die in government shelling Friday, 19 October 2012 13:22 Mizzima News E-mail Print PDF Three civilians living in the Hpakant jade mining district of western Kachin State died on Wednesday, victims of Burmese army artillery fire, according to local residents. The deaths occurred after Burmese forces fired a series of 81 mm mortar rounds at Maw Mau Bum, a Kachin Independence Organization (KIO)-controlled village located about three miles west of Hpakant, according to an article on the Kachin News Group (KNG) website on Thursday. Two KIO officers stationed in the village were also killed by the shelling. Three other villagers were injured, said the article. It appeared that the Burmese army had targeted the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) commander for the Hpakant area Lt-Gen Nhkum Zau Doi as many of the shells landed near his home, residents told KNG. KIA units in Hpakant have been instructed to stop attacks on government positions since last week when the government sent the KIO a letter ask ...
The Kachin Independence Organization (KIO) has agreed to the Burmese government’s proposal of Ruili as the venue for the next round of peace talks, but has yet to fix a date for the negotiations.
Burma’s Kachin vote delay leaves two popular candidates out in the cold by Kachin News Group on Wednesday, March 28, 2012 at 3:58pm · MYITKYINA, Burma — The Burmese government's decision to indefinitely postpone voting in all three constituencies in Kachin State that were supposed to take part in the national April 1 by-elections, is a serious setback for two of the state’s most popular politicians, Dr. Tu Ja and Bawk Ja (also spelt Bauk Gyar or Bauk Ja). Bawk Ja (left) and Dr. Tu Ja The three constituencies where voting was set to take place were Mogaung, Hpakant (also Hpakan, Phakant) and Bhamo (Manmaw). All three constituencies are currently without representatives in Burma's lower house officially called the Pyithu Hluttaw. Tu Ja, a former Vice Chair of the Kachin Independence Organization (KIO), had initially tried to run in the 2010 elections but was prevented from doing so after the Union Election Commission first refused to allow him to register his Kachin State Progressive Party (KSPP) and ...
The Kachin Independence Organization [KIO] deputy commander-in-chief Major General Gun Maw has called for a second Panglong-type conference to help clarify the ethnic peace process.
Kachin Independence Organization appeals to General Secretary Ban Ki-moon to send observers and assistance
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