The Shan Ethnic Affairs Organisation (SEAO) denied the training of monks, and defended military training from the Burmese armed forces, claiming that it makes minorities – such as the Red Shan – less vulnerable to abuse by other ethnic militias.
A Shan rights group claims that the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) is still detaining 17 Red Shan villagers said to have been released on 20 December. According to the Shan Ethnic Affairs Organisation (SEAO), only four of the villagers have returned home, leaving the rest unaccounted for.
An ethnic Shan group in Kachin state is seeking permission to stage a protest in Myitkyina against the abduction and forced recruitment of Shan people by the Kachin Independence Army in the northern Burmese region.
The Kachin Independence Army (KIA) has denied allegations by the Taileng (Red Shan) Nationalities Development Party (TNDP) that dozens of ethnic Red Shan villagers were abducted by KIA troops in northern Burma’s Kachin state.