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HRW Warns That the Election Commission Gag To Prevent Criticism of Military is Dangerous

September 2, 2015  •  Author: Karen News

Burma’s Union Election Committee has announced highly restrictive regulations on statements made by political parties in the upcoming nationwide election. The regulations include vetting statements made by political parties and limit them to 15 minutes on state-controlled media outlets and an outright ban of criticism against the country’s all-powerful military. The UEC said that information “that can split the Tatmadaw [Burma’s Armed For... Read more ►

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“Without Real Political Road Map, Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement Leads Nowhere…”

September 1, 2015  •  Author: Karen News

David Tharckabaw, head of the Karen National Unions Alliance Affairs, in an exclusive interview with Karen News, explains why he is opposed to the current Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement that he believes will deliver little for the majority of ethnic people and only benefit a few people. Mr Tharckabaw said he was not against a nationwide ceasefire ... Read more ►

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Explosions and Shooting Increase Security Concerns on Eve of New Asia Highway Official Opening

August 30, 2015  •  Author: Karen News

Local residents said mortars and gunfire exploded yesterday morning on the new Myawaddy-Kawkariek Asia Highway. A Karen soldier stationed close to the area and who heard the shooting said. “The explosions sounded like three mortars and four or five shots of small guns. It lasted for about 10 minutes. The shooting seems be from the hillside close ... Read more ►

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From Mae La Refugee Camp to Salt Lake City, Japan… and Back

August 30, 2015  •  Author: Shwe Yo Lay

In early August, 18 young Karen and Karenni teenage refugees who had resettled to the Salt Lake City in the US, returned to the Mae La refugee camps on Thai border where they were born. The boys were on a trip to attend a World Scout Jamboree in Yamaguchi, Japan and to Thailand and Burma to visit their birthplace. The Karenni and Karen boy scouts w... Read more ►

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KNU Leader Accused By Karen Groups Of Legitimizing Government’s Use of Force, Land Confiscation ...

August 30, 2015  •  Author: Karen News

In an open letter to the Karen National Union Chairperson General Mutu Sae Poe, on Saturday 29 August 2015, a coalition of international based Karen groups accused the KNU leader that by attending the Burma government’s opening ceremony of the Asian Highway as a ‘special guest’ he would be adding a veneer that would allow the government to ig... Read more ►

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Why Burma’s ethnic armed groups are reluctant to agree to Thein Sein government’s peace plan &...

July 10, 2015  •  Author: *Saw Greh Moo

Since coming to power in 2011, President Thein Sein, a former general, has initiated a plan to resolve Burma’s decades-long ethnic conflict as part of broader domestic reform programs. Burma observers, both inside and outside, agree that resolving ethnic conflict is central to the success of political reform and lasting peace in the country. Amon... Read more ►

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End Military Impunity For Violence Against Women

November 26, 2014  •  Author: *Zoya Phan

This week, which marked the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, the women of Burma reiterated their call for an international investigation to look into the continuing use of rape and sexual violence against women in Burma, and address the issue of military impunity. The situation since the so-called reform process beg... Read more ►

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Burma Army Division Commander Pays High Price after Failing to Prevent Asia Highway Conflict With ...

August 27, 2015  •  Author: Karen News

The Burma Army was quick to replace its South-Eastern Division Commander, following his failure to prevent the recent closure of the Asia Highway due to fighting between the DKBA and government troops. Major General Tin Maung Win was replaced by Brigadier General Myo Win attached to the Military Operation Command 19. A security ... Read more ►

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KPSN and International Karen Organization Alarmed Over KNU’s Decision to Sign Nationwide Ceasefi...

August 27, 2015  •  Author: Sa Isue

Karen community-based organizations have issued media statements raising concerns about the recent decision of the Karen National Union to sign a Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement with the Burma government. The Karen Peace Support Network (KNSP), a coalition of community based groups and the International Karen Organization (IKO) b... Read more ►

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Karen General Urges Ethnic Leaders Not To Sign Nationwide Ceasefire Until Gov’t Agrees To Politi...

August 26, 2015  •  Author: Karen News

Major General Nerdah Bo Mya, head of the Karen National Defence Organisation in an exclusive interview with Karen News said that moves to sign a nationwide Ceasefire Agreement is worthless unless all ethnic armed groups are included. General Nerdah stressed that peace must be based on equality and justice and that a nationwide c... Read more ►

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Shan Community Handover 23,717 Signatures Opposing Dams on the Salween River to Australian Consult...

August 26, 2015  •  Author: Karen News

Shan community representatives presented 23,717 signatures opposing the construction of plans to dams the Salween River to the Australian company doing the environmental and social impact assessments (EIA/SIA) for the Mong Ton dam in southern Shan State. The Shan community representatives delivered their petition to the Snowy Mo... Read more ►