Several prominent voices claim the arrest of the three Burmese reporters was unlawful or unconstitutional.
Following the recent resignation of the KIO and other members, the UNFC now consists of just five groups: the NMSP, SSPP, KNPP, LDU and ANC.
Several fatalities have been reported from the front line near Man Lan, where Burmese troops overran a Ta’ang [Palaung] rebel base.
“Insurgents have opened their own so-called IDP camps, where they use the local people as human shields,” said Min Aung Hlaing.
Aik Non and Aik Ki were abducted by the TNLA in March for alleged connections to rival ethnic armed group RCSS/SSA.
“An 80-year-old woman named Ya Lai was killed when a shell landed on her house,” says a TNLA spokesperson.