Situation on the Thai-Burma Border demands emergency assistance!
09/11/2010:
Two decades ago, on 27 May 1990, the National...
DKBA confronted the Burmese Unite at Three Pagoda Pass, another Burmese border town
located northwest of Bangkok. Deputy C...
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some background information and current situation on the Thai Burmese Border where fighting has broken out between the Burmese military junta and the Democratic Karen Buddhist Army (DKBA).

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Fighting on the Thai Burma Border - Nov 2010

  1. 1. Situation on the Thai-Burma Border demands emergency assistance! 09/11/2010: Two decades ago, on 27 May 1990, the National League for Democracy (NLD) led by Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi won a landslide victory in the first multi-party elections Burma had seen for decades. However, the NLD and other winning ethnic opposition parties were never allowed to take power as a democratically elected government. Many opposition party leaders, students, unionist and elected MP were imprisoned or exiled, while some died in prison due to torture or because they were denied access to medical services. The results of the 1990 elections have since been officially annulled by the military’s election laws. In the past decade, a lot of ethnics resistance group have reached case-fire agreements with the junta. All of them have been forced to join the Border Guard Force (BGF) which is the Border Force of the Burmese army. Most ceasefire groups have encountered BGF but some of them are still refusing to participate. The Democratic Karen Buddhist Army is one of the stronger ceasefire groups in Burma. The Democratic Karen Buddhist Army (DKBA) is a breakaway group of Buddhist former soldiers and officers of the Karen Nation Union KNU). It is one of the largest insurgent armies in Burma (Myanmar). Since 1994, shortly after their breakaway, the DKBA have enjoyed a ceasefire with the Myanmar army. Nowadays, two decades later, the Burmese military junta is set to hold new elections according to deeply flawed election laws and an unacceptable constitution that has rendered the NLD illegal due to the party’s principled decision to not take part in the military selection and legitimize the junta’s control. 7 November 2010; Regime officials in Burma threatened citizens into voting for the main junta-backed Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP). Casted votes were further manipulated by Burmese officials. Major general Saw Lah Pwe, commander of the breakaway (DKBA) brigade now locked in conflict with the Burmese Army in the Burmese border town of Myawaddy, on the situation saying, “We are still fighting with Burmese soldiers. The election is not free or fair and voters do not support it. The military regime forced people to vote for the government proxy party and they will probably win the election. They are not only oppressing ethnic minorities but also keeping the people’s leader Mrs. Aung San Suu Kyi under house arrest. As an army of the people, we have to protect the dignity and sovereignty of people.” 8 November 2010: Fighting between a breakaway faction of the Democratic Karen Buddhist Army (DKBA) and Burmese junta troops broke out in Myawaddy, a town on the Burmese side of the Thai-Burma border. Myawaddy is one of the largest economic areas along the border. The Soldiers of the
  2. 2. DKBA confronted the Burmese Unite at Three Pagoda Pass, another Burmese border town located northwest of Bangkok. Deputy Commander of the Burmese army was arrested by the DKBA. Thai army troops patrolled the Thai-Burma border after fighting broke out between the Burmese Army and a splinter group of the junta-aligned DKBA. A Thai army official reports that the gunshots were heard in border areas. Burmese heavy weaponry landed in Thai territory while fighting occurred in the Burmese border towns of Myawaddy and Three Pagoda Pass. The DKBA is still controlling the Burmese cities but the Burmese are fighting to regain control. The Burmese army is also threatening to use air strikes and people are very afraid. As result of the fighting between DKBA and the Burmese regime, residents from Myawaddy and Three Pagoda Pass crossed the border into Thailand to escape. The estimated 30,000 refugees from Myawaddy recently arrived in Mae Sot, Tak province of Thaialnd. An additional 10,000 refugees from Three Pagoda Pass are now living in Sangkhlaburi, Kanchanabir Province in Thailand. Many of the newly arrived civil war victims are women and children. FED has teams on both sides of the border and has begun facilitating emergency responses and quick assignments. The new arrivals are in great need the following items: 1) Temporary shelters ( tents, blankets, mats) 2) Food ( nutrition for women and children) 3) Clothes (especially, warm clothes as the border is very cool now) 4) Medical care Report By: Htoo Chit Executive Director Foundation for Education and development
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