Weekly News Round Up (12/06/15)

12 June 2015

News from HART

  • On 8th June, 56 Solidarity Groups, including HART, signed a letter calling for an ‘Immediate End to Offensives in Northern Burma/Myanmar and for the Provision of Unhindered Humanitarian Assistance to the IDPs’.
  • On Saturday 6th June, protesters from the Sudanese diaspora and activists from around the world joined together in a demonstration in London against the indiscriminate bombing of civilians in regions of Sudan. Paralel protests took place around the world on this fourth-year anniversary of the outbreak of the conflict in the Nuba Mountains. HART produced a Press Release covering the London protest against, and recent aerial and ground assaults in Sudan. HART was a signatory on this letter demanding action from the United States, United Nations, European Union and African Union against the genocide in the Nuba Mountains.



  • This week marked the fourth anniversary of the ceasefire violations and subsequent ongoing conflict in Kachin State. As the conflict has worsened in 2015,Kachin Women’s Association Thailand released a statement calling for increased support from the international community.
  • Local people and civil society organisations in Burma are demanding a halt to the building of Tasang Dam in southern Shan State, accusing the Australian company hired to do impact assessments of bribery and malpractice. The planned Tasang Dam will be the largest of seven dams planned for the Salween River.
  • Protests against the persecution of the Rohingyaminority in Burma continue around the world. They have heavily criticised the silence of the international community.
  • The Kokang rebel group, Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army (MNDAA), have announced a unilateral ceasefire in the region. The fighting has caused the displacement of tens of thousands of people and hundreds of deaths.



  • The Indian army has attacked rebel camps inside Myanmar, days after at least 20 of its soldiers were killed in an ambush on a troop convoy in north-east India, a minister has said. Major General Ranbir Singh of the Indian army said in a statement that they were “in communication with the Myanmar authorities on this matter”.”There is a history of close co-operation between our two militaries. We look forward to working with them to combat such terrorism,” he said.
  • Police in the eastern Indian state of Jharkhand say they have killed at least 12 suspected Maoist rebels in a clash. The Maoists say they are fighting for communist rule and greater rights for tribal people and the rural poor. Major military and police offensives in recent years have pushed Maoist rebels back to their forest strongholds and levels of violence have fallen.
  • A staff member of global campaign group Greenpeace has been prevented from entering India and sent back to Australia, the group has alleged. Greenpeace said Aaron Gray-Block was on his way to meetings in India when immigration officials stopped him at Bangalore airport on Saturday night and put him on a flight to Kuala Lumpur without explanation. Greenpeace says it has been targeted because of its campaigns on issues such as pollution and harmful pesticides.






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  • The trial of 13 men accused of taking part in the 2010 Shebab bombings, which killed 76 people in Uganda’s capital Kampala, resumed on Monday without the lead prosecutor, who was murdered in March. Joan Kagezi, Uganda’s acting assistant director of public prosecution, was killed by men on a motorbike in front of three of her children. Police are still hunting for the killers and have made several arrests.
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