World Video | Defence | Foreign Affairs | Natural Events | Trade | NZ in World News | NZ National News Video | NZ Regional News | Search

 

Burma: Rebel Leader Mahn Sha Assassinated

Rebel Leader Assassinated

A Burmese ethnic leader, who was an outspoken critic of the country's brutal junta, has been shot dead at his home near the Thai/Burma border. Pado Mahn Sha Lah Phan, Secretary General of the Karen National Union, was assassinated last Thursday at his home in the Thai border town of Mae Sot. Two unidentified men carried out the killing, but to date no one has claimed responsibility.

The shooting comes less than a week after Burma's military leaders announced plans to hold a referendum in May, with a general election to follow in 2010. Last week, Mahn Sha predicted there would be an increase in violence in the lead-up to the government's planned referendum on a new constitution. He denounced the referendum as a further fraudulent attempt by the generals to cling onto power at any cost.

The Karen National Union represents the second largest ethnic group in Burma. During the Second World War, Karen nationalists fought against the Japanese. In return, the British government promised to grant them independence. However, at the end of the war, the British failed to keep their promise, and in 1947 the Karen began their fight for self-determination.

The Karen National Union has maintained the largest and most effective army amongst the ethnic groups in Burma, staunchly refusing to enter into a cease-fire agreement with the Burmese generals.

ENDS

Latest World News | Top World News | World Digest | Archives | RSS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
World Headlines

 

Werewolf: Gordon Campbell On North Korea, Neo-Nazism, And Milo

With a bit of luck the planet won’t be devastated by nuclear war in the next few days. US President Donald Trump will have begun to fixate on some other way to gratify his self-esteem – maybe by invading Venezuela or starting a war with Iran. More>>

Victory Declared: New Stabilisation Funding From NZ As Mosul Is Retaken

New Zealand has congratulated the Iraqi government on the successful liberation of Mosul from ISIS after a long and hard-fought campaign. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Current US Moves Against North Korea

If Martians visited early last week, they’d probably be scratching their heads as to why North Korea was being treated as a potential trigger for global conflict... More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Lessons From Corbyn’s Campaign

Leaving partisan politics aside – and ignoring Jeremy Corbyn’s sensational election campaign for a moment – it has to be said that Britain is now really up shit creek... More>>

ALSO:

Another US Court: Fourth Circuit Rules Muslim Ban Discriminatory

ACLU: Step by step, point by point, the court laid out what has been clear from the start: The president promised to ban Muslims from the United States, and his executive orders are an attempt to do just that. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 
 
  • Pacific.Scoop
  • Cafe Pacific
  • PMC