Burma Refugees Play Down Songkran Celebrations
Karen News April 17, 2014

During this year’s Songkran (water festival) celebrations Thailand again witnessed carnage on the road. Road deaths and injuries caused by a deadly combination of driving while under the influence of alcohol pushed the number of people killed to by W… Read More

 
Songkran A Time for Water, Fun And Unfortunately, Road Carnage
Karen News April 17, 2014

Mae Sot children and adults ride pickup trucks engaged in water battles as they circle the town centre. Mae Sot on the Thai-Burma border is home to tens of thousands of migrant workers from Burma who also celebrated the Songkran water festival (known… Read More

 
Burma Army Soldiers Accused Of Armed Robbery
Karen News April 15, 2014

Burma Army soldiers from Light Infantry Battalion 515 have allegedly stabbed and robbed a villager in Shan State on the 23rd of March. Shan Human Rights Foundation said that the victim, a 46 year-old villager, was handing out invitation letters fo… Read More

 
Burma Army Attacks Displace 1,800 people
Karen News April 15, 2014

The Burma Army attacked the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) positions on Thursday 10 April. The 10-hour Burma Army offensive took place in the La Gat Yang and Man Win areas on the Kachin-Shan border. A report released by a humanitarian organization… Read More

 
KWO Marks 29th Years Of Standing Up For Women’s Rights
Karen News April 12, 2014

The Karen Women Organization held ceremonies on April 5 marking its 29th anniversary in locations in Karen State and along the Thai Burma border. The KWO used its anniversary to draw attention to the status of women’s legal protection, the need to… Read More

 

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Burma Refugees Play Down Songkran Celebrations

April 17, 2014  • 

During this year’s Songkran (water festival) celebrations Thailand again witnessed carnage on the road. Road deaths and injuries caused by a deadly combination of driving while under the influence of alcohol pushed the number of people killed to by Wednesday 15 April to 248 and injuries to 2643. The New Year celebrations saw people killed on the ... Read more ►

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Songkran A Time for Water, Fun And Unfortunately, Road Carnage

April 17, 2014  • 

Mae Sot children and adults ride pickup trucks engaged in water battles as they circle the town centre. Mae Sot on the Thai-Burma border is home to tens of thousands of migrant workers from Burma who also celebrated the Songkran water festival (known in Burma as Thingyan). Songkran – Thailand’s New Year celebration – is perhaps the country... Read more ►

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Burma Army Soldiers Accused Of Armed Robbery

April 15, 2014  • 

Burma Army soldiers from Light Infantry Battalion 515 have allegedly stabbed and robbed a villager in Shan State on the 23rd of March. Shan Human Rights Foundation said that the victim, a 46 year-old villager, was handing out invitation letters for his son’s ordination ceremony when two Burma Army soldiers held him at knife point and badly beat h... Read more ►

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Burma Army Attacks Displace 1,800 people

April 15, 2014  • 

The Burma Army attacked the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) positions on Thursday 10 April. The 10-hour Burma Army offensive took place in the La Gat Yang and Man Win areas on the Kachin-Shan border. A report released by a humanitarian organization, the Burma Free Rangers, documents that, “Burma Army soldiers from Military Operation Command (MOC) ... Read more ►

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DAMS, LIES AND PIPELINES

March 14, 2014  • 

General Baw Kyaw Heh, the Karen National Liberation Army’s vice-chief-of-staff, in an exclusive question and answer interview with Karen News discussed the consequences of mega- development projects, hydro-dams, armed conflict, corruption, the current ceasefire, peace talks and the militarization of Burma. Why are you opposed to a dam? Many reaso... Read more ►

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Now Is Not The Time For Refugee Returns

March 13, 2014  • 

The Karen refugees in Thailand could be facing a new situation before we even know of it! Over the past years foreign donors and NGOs have chosen to abandon the border area and direct their support and aid through Rangoon via government-controlled agencies. The thinking is that when they have chosen to “engage” with President Thein Sein´s gove... Read more ►

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KWO Marks 29th Years Of Standing Up For Women’s Rights

April 12, 2014  • 

The Karen Women Organization held ceremonies on April 5 marking its 29th anniversary in locations in Karen State and along the Thai Burma border. The KWO used its anniversary to draw attention to the status of women’s legal protection, the need to respect women and the need to promote women’s role in the peace process. The K... Read more ►

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From One Hell to Another: Chin Refugees Fleeing Persecution in Burma – Victims of Sex Attacks In India

April 12, 2014  • 

Chin refugees in India fleeing persecution in Burma are left to fend for themselves as the UNHCR and local organisations tasked with protecting them fall prey to a “culture of denial and victim-blaming,” says the Chin Human Rights Organisation. The Chin Human Rights Organisation (CHRO), a non-governmental human rights watchd... Read more ►

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Internationally Funded Burma Census Cops Criticism

April 12, 2014  • 

A human rights advocacy group calls for investigation into Britain’s decision to give millions in aid money to assist the Burma government’s census as international criticism mounts over the census process. Burma Campaign UK, a human rights advocacy group based in Britain, has called for an official inquiry into the “decis... Read more ►

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Rohingya Don’t Count In Burma Census

April 4, 2014  • 

Burma’s census discriminates against ethnic Rohingya Muslims by refusing to recognise their existence, according to international rights groups, with even the UN agency tasked with carrying out the census expressing deep concerns. A man picks at a bruised piece of fruit, takes a bite and sets it down on a bench in a small shop... Read more ►