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Burma Army and Its Militia Claim Control Over the Mae Tha Waw to Myaing Gyi Ngu Road

September 21, 2016  •  Author: Karen News

Government troops claim they have now taken control of the Mae Tha Waw area in Karen State following weeks of intense fighting. The fighting was between the Democratic Karen Buddhist Army and the Burma Army and its militia, the Border Guard Force (B ... Read more ►

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Karen Don Dance Added to Burma National Performing Arts Competition

September 21, 2016  •  Author: Nant Thwar Paung

The Karen traditional Don Dance has been included in the Burma National Performing Arts competition that has been held for over 20-years. The inclusion of the ethnic performing arts, particularly ethnic traditional dances, were discussed at the recent meeting of the competit... Read more ►

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Burmese Government Bulldoze Village in Chin State

September 15, 2016  •  Author: Karen News

Burmese Government have been criticised by a frontline human rights organisation after a village in Chin State was bulldozed. Free Burma Rangers, a humanitarian organisation which delivers aid to ethnic areas throughout Burma, said that the village, which is called Bualpui, ... Read more ►

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KNU Calls on the Burma Army and Its Militia to End its Military Operations in Mae Tha Wor, Karen State – 2,000 villagers Displaced

September 13, 2016  •  Author: Karen News/S'Phan Shaung

The Karen National Union has issued a public statement today, September 13, objecting to and calling for an end to fighting in Mae Tha Wor between the the Democratic Karen Buddhist Army (DKBA) and the government’s military and its militias. The KNU’s statement said that... Read more ►

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Karen Party Proposes Constitutional Reform to Give the People ‘More Say’

September 13, 2016  •  Author: Saw Thein Myint

The Karen People’s Party (KPP) has formally submitted a proposal for constitutional reform with the object of making the State Chief Ministers elected by the people, rather than appointed by the government of the day, as is the case now. Nant Khin Aye Oo, from the KPP, sai... Read more ►

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Refugee Community on the Thai-Burma Border Caught in Hard Place

September 2, 2016  •  Author: Jami Campbell

Funding cuts have decreased food rations, negatively impacted already weakened health care and education systems, and a resettlement process has taken many in community leadership roles before replacements can be adequately trained. Refugees feel they are being forced to ... Read more ►

Padoh Naw Zipporah Sein, vice chairperson of the Karen National Union

We Need To Negotiate A New Agreement

August 24, 2016  •  Author: Karen News

In an exclusive interview with Karen News, P’Doh Naw Zipporah Sein, Vice-chairperson of the Karen National Union, discussed the issues and agreements reached at the ethnic armed organization plenary meeting held from July 26 to 30 in Mai Ja Yang, Kachin State. Q: Could you... Read more ►

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Villagers Flee as Govt Militia Reinforce Mae Tha Wor, Karen State

September 11, 2016  •  Author: Karen News

As many as 2,000 villagers from 12 villages in Mae Tha Wor areas have fled their villages in fear of being caught in the crossfire between the Burma army, Government backed militia the Border Guard Force (BGF) and the ethnic Democratic Karen Buddhist Army (DKBA) troops. Arme... Read more ►

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HRW: US Government ‘Should Retain Key Sanctions’

September 9, 2016  •  Author: Karen News

The New York based human rights organisation Human Rights Watch has called on the US Government to retain ‘key sanctions’ in order to keep pressure on the Burmese military to reform. “US sanctions are focused on the Burmese military and its cronies, not the people of B... Read more ►