Shan Human Rights Foundation: “Burmese government troops shell civilian area, commit other human rights abuses in Ke See township…”
Karen News October 23, 2014

The Shan Human Rights Foundation released a media statement on 22nd October alleging that the Burma Army had on committed abuses against civilians while fighting the Shan State Progress Party/Shan State Army (a.k.a Shan State Army-North or SSA-N) ove… Read More

 
*Outbreak of fighting dents hopes for peace
Karen News October 23, 2014

While the government insists it wants to end its conflicts with ethnic groups, locals in Karen State say they are still bearing the brunt of the brutal divide and conquer tactics. Recent escalation in heavy fighting in Karen State sent shockwaves… Read More

 
Karen Army General Explains Rational Behind Reformation Of Ethnic Alliance And Recent Conflict With Govt Troops
Karen News October 21, 2014

Karen News spoke exclusively with General General Baw Kyaw Heh, the Karen National Liberation Army’s Vice-Chief of Staff, explains about what the alliance between four Karen armed groups and what lies behind the recent outbreak of fighting. For th… Read More

 
KNLA’s Second in Command Explains His Decision to Back Formation of A United Karen Armed Force
Karen News October 21, 2014

In an exclusive interview with Karen News, General Baw Kyaw Heh, the KNLA’s Vice-Chief of Staff, explained his decision to back the formation of a united Karen armed force called the Kawthoolei Armed Forces (KAF). Gen. Baw Kyaw explains his decisi… Read More

 
Karen Women's Groups Support Reunification Of Ethnic Armed Forces
Karen News October 20, 2014

In statement release yesterday, Sunday 19 October, an alliance of Karen women’s organisations gave their support to plans of four armed groups to reunite under the Kawthoolei Armed Forces (KAF) banner. The Karen Women's Organization (KWO), the Kar… Read More

 

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Map showing area of shelling and abuses by Burma army (Map - SHRF)

Shan Human Rights Foundation: “Burmese government troops shell civilian area, commit other human rights abuses in Ke See township…”

October 23, 2014  • 

The Shan Human Rights Foundation released a media statement on 22nd October alleging that the Burma Army had on committed abuses against civilians while fighting the Shan State Progress Party/Shan State Army (a.k.a Shan State Army-North or SSA-N) over for days. The Shan Human Rights Foundation (SHRF) statement said that “during October 12-18, 201... Read more ►

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*Outbreak of fighting dents hopes for peace

October 23, 2014  • 

While the government insists it wants to end its conflicts with ethnic groups, locals in Karen State say they are still bearing the brunt of the brutal divide and conquer tactics. Recent escalation in heavy fighting in Karen State sent shockwaves through ethnic villages, shattering any trust they may have had in the current ceasefire and “pe... Read more ►

Gen Baw Kyaw Heh

KNLA’s Second in Command Explains His Decision to Back Formation of A United Karen Armed Force

October 21, 2014  • 

In an exclusive interview with Karen News, General Baw Kyaw Heh, the KNLA’s Vice-Chief of Staff, explained his decision to back the formation of a united Karen armed force called the Kawthoolei Armed Forces (KAF). Gen. Baw Kyaw explains his decision, stating that a united Karen armed forces was the best way to “reform the Karen security sector.... Read more ►

Joint Statement of Karen Women's Groups in support of the Reunification of KAF-1

Karen Women’s Groups Support Reunification Of Ethnic Armed Forces

October 20, 2014  • 

In statement release yesterday, Sunday 19 October, an alliance of Karen women’s organisations gave their support to plans of four armed groups to reunite under the Kawthoolei Armed Forces (KAF) banner. The Karen Women’s Organization (KWO), the Karen Women’s Empowerment Group (KWEG) and Karen Women’s Union (KWU) said in their sta... Read more ►

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Gen Baw Kyaw Heh

Karen Army General Explains Rational Behind Reformation Of Ethnic Alliance And Recent Conflict With Govt Troops

October 21, 2014  • 

Karen News spoke exclusively with General General Baw Kyaw Heh, the Karen National Liberation Army’s Vice-Chief of Staff, explains about what the alliance between four Karen armed groups and what lies behind the recent outbreak of fighting. For the sake of clarity, Karen News has provided General Baw Kyaw Heh’s answers in full. 
Q: Who will l... Read more ►

The 10th Karen Unity Seminar (Photo: KIC)

Time For A United, Modern KNU

October 13, 2014  • 

It is no secret that there is division within the Karen nation about how we should respond to the political changes that have incurred in our country since 2011. Some see the ceasefire process as a genuine opportunity to start negotiations that could give the Karen people guaranteed rights. Others see it as a trap, designed to neutralise Karen resi... Read more ►

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Armed Groups Must be Held to Account in Latest Fighting, says Karen Human Rights Group

October 19, 2014  • 

The Karen Human Rights Group (KHRG), an independent community based human rights organisation, has called for all armed sides in Burma to hold members of their armed forces to account if they have perpetrated abuses, including any abusive actions taken in the latest fighting. The KHRG said that the DKBA and Burmese government fo... Read more ►

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Tanitharyi Divison Villagers Call For Development Projects To Stop As Govt Grants Hundred Of Thousands of Acres To Business Interests

October 16, 2014  • 

Representatives from civil society groups, religious leaders and villages in the Tanitharyi Division have sent a petition letter to both the government’s Division Chief Minister and the Karen National Union’s Megui/Tavoy District chairperson to try to get development projects stopped that villagers claim are health hazards. ... Read more ►

KNLA soldiers on parade (Photo: Karen News)

Karen Armed Groups to Form United ‘Kawthoolei Armed Forces,’ but Questions Remain

October 16, 2014  • 

A statement released by members of the different Karen armed groups laid out plans for the major Karen armed organisations to form a united Karen force, the Kawthoolei Armed Forces (KAF). The statement spoke on behalf of the four major Karen armed organisations, the Karen National Liberation Army (KNLA), the Karen National Defen... Read more ►

Proposed site for Dam

Environmental Alliance Claim Burma Army Offensive in Karen State Linked to Salween Dam Plans

October 13, 2014  • 

An environmental coalition of civil society groups group has issued a statement claiming that recent armed conflict in Karen State is linked to the Burma government’s plans to dam the Salween River. Salween Watch said it was “gravely concerned at the recent escalation of fighting and displacement in Karen state, Burma/Myanma... Read more ►