Karen Armed Groups Start Fight Against Drugs
Karen News July 21, 2014

An alliance of Karen armed groups have got together to start a crack down on the use of illicit drugs in Karen State. The Unity Committee of Karen Armed Groups formed the alliance now known as the Anti-Narcotic Joint Committee on July 15. The alli… Read More

 
KNU Join Laiza Conference To Discuss The Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement
Karen News July 21, 2014

The Karen National Union (KNU) has chosen five leaders to represent it at the upcoming Ethnic Armed Organization Conference in the Kachin Town of Laiza on July 24. The conference is being held to discuss the proposed nationwide ceasefire agreement… Read More

 
Jailing of Journalists “Reminiscent of the Press Oppression Seen Under the Military Junta”
Karen News July 20, 2014

The Assistance Association for Political Prisoners has said in a statement that Burma’s government is suppressing the country’s press in ways reminiscent of the country’s previous military dictatorship. The AAPP statement referred to the sentencin… Read More

 
Thailand’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs Clarifies Its Position On Refugee Return
Karen News July 18, 2014

Following intense media speculation, Thailand’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, released a media statement on Thursday 17 July in an attempt to cool speculation that the refugee camps on the Thai Burma border were about to be closed and residents sent b… Read More

 
UN:Detention of Kachin Activist, Brang Yung, ‘Illegal’…
Karen News July 18, 2014

A United Nations working group warns that the detention of an ethnic Kachin activist is illegal. The United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention issued an official ruling that the 21-year prison sentence of the ethnic Kachin activist, Bran… Read More

 

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Representatives of Karen armed groups at a public drug awareness event in Karen State

Karen Armed Groups Start Fight Against Drugs

July 21, 2014  • 

An alliance of Karen armed groups have got together to start a crack down on the use of illicit drugs in Karen State. The Unity Committee of Karen Armed Groups formed the alliance now known as the Anti-Narcotic Joint Committee on July 15. The alliance consists of six Karen armed groups was set up to tackle drug use and drug trafficking. The committ... Read more ►

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KNU Join Laiza Conference To Discuss The Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement

July 21, 2014  • 

The Karen National Union (KNU) has chosen five leaders to represent it at the upcoming Ethnic Armed Organization Conference in the Kachin Town of Laiza on July 24. The conference is being held to discuss the proposed nationwide ceasefire agreement and the KNU delegation, will be led by its Chairperson, General Mutu Sae Poe. The Ethnic Armed Organiz... Read more ►

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Jailing of Journalists “Reminiscent of the Press Oppression Seen Under the Military Junta”

July 20, 2014  • 

The Assistance Association for Political Prisoners has said in a statement that Burma’s government is suppressing the country’s press in ways reminiscent of the country’s previous military dictatorship. The AAPP statement referred to the sentencing of five journalists from Unity Weekly to 10 years imprisonment for allegedly disclosing state s... Read more ►

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Thailand’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs Clarifies Its Position On Refugee Return

July 18, 2014  • 

Following intense media speculation, Thailand’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, released a media statement on Thursday 17 July in an attempt to cool speculation that the refugee camps on the Thai Burma border were about to be closed and residents sent back to Burma. The MFA’s press release highlighted four main points and underlined that a recent ... Read more ►

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Why Ceasefire Process is Slow

May 14, 2014  • 

Duwa Jee, a Kachin freelance writer, outlines in his commentary why the current peace process has to take into account the past 60 years of civil war that ravaged the ethnic people of Burma. The ethnic nationalities of Burma/Myanmar is of the view that the ethnic armed resistance forces are desirous of ending the more than 60-year long civil war pe... Read more ►

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Women’s Group Expressed Concern On Draft Interfaith Marriage Law

May 11, 2014  • 

A wide and diverse range of women groups and civil society organisations have released the following statement on the government’s draft Interfaith Marriage Law. Karen News have taken the decision to run the full statement to generate debate and understanding in the community of the issues involved. *Statement of Women’s Groups and CSOs... Read more ►

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UN:Detention of Kachin Activist, Brang Yung, ‘Illegal’…

July 18, 2014  • 

A United Nations working group warns that the detention of an ethnic Kachin activist is illegal. The United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention issued an official ruling that the 21-year prison sentence of the ethnic Kachin activist, Brang Yung, is illegal and demanded his immediate release from Myitkina prison where he... Read more ►

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The Women’s League of Burma Accuses Burma Army Of Protecting Rapists In Its Ranks

July 18, 2014  • 

The Women’s League of Burma, an umbrella group representing 13 women’s organizations in Burma has said that a culture of “systemic impunity” to rape exists in the Burma Army. The Women’s League of Burma (WLB) issued a statement citing the harassment of Chin women activists by authorities for their involvement in protes... Read more ►

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Journalists Jailing a ‘Dark Day’ for Freedom of Expression In Burma

July 15, 2014  • 

Five journalists from Burma’s Unity Journal have been sentenced to 10 years in prison for ‘disclosing state secrets,’ – Amnesty International warned that it was a “dark day for freedom of expression” in Burma. The five Unity Journal journalists were arrested between the 31st of January and the 1st of February fol... Read more ►

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As Japan’s Aid Money Pours In – Community Groups Raise Concerns*

July 15, 2014  • 

When three villagers from rural Myanmar visited Tokyo earlier this month they came equipped with an unusual itinerary. Rather than spend time exploring the city’s urban jungle, the first trip any of them made out of Southeast Asia was to hand-deliver a complaint letter to the obscure compliance department of Japan’s overseas... Read more ►