Loikaw, 26 October

Kayah State (Kareni) has received few humanitarian relief from international and local organizations since the middle of this year, said the Interim Executive Council of Karenni State (IEC).

At least ten local and foreign civil society organizations, NGOs, and INGOs assisted the displaced people in Karenni State until the end of last year.

However, the number of relief groups has gradually declined since mid-2023, with only three left.

According to the Interim Executive Council of Karenni State (IEC)’s Secretary U Banyar, the decrease in humanitarian assistance in Kayah State is primarily due to the junta’s recently introduced Organizational Registration Law.

The military council enacted the Organizational Registration Law on October 28, last year, which allows the confiscation of money and resources belonging to associations as state assets, as well as the detention of people who engage in those organizations.

According to that law, every association needs to be registered, and any registered association must not directly or indirectly contact or support members of illegal associations, including organizations and individuals designated by the state as committing terrorist acts.

The military leader warned his cabinet members during a meeting held on August 30 to strictly maintain national and international non-governmental organizations.

On the other hand, local and foreign civil society organizations are having difficulty providing aid to the displaced in Karenni State due to the restrictions of the military council, regional instability, and fighting.

More than 250,000 people have been displaced by conflict in Karenni State since the military coup, and they are in dire need of food, shelter, water, and medicine, according to the aid workers.

News-Than Lwin Times


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