*Peace falters in Myanmar's Karen state
Karen News October 28, 2014

When ethnic fighters clashed with the Myanmar military in Myawaddy Township last month, most ethnic Karen farmers stayed put, despite fears the army would respond with violence. “They have run away so many times, they are tired of running,” said R… Read More

 
No Cover-up --- Killing Of Journalist Needs Investigating And Killer/s Prosecuted
Karen News October 28, 2014

The killing of freelance journalist, Aung Kyaw Naing, (also known as Par Gyi), while held in custody by the Burma Army in Kyaikmayaw Township, Mon State, has outraged human rights organizations and journalist groups. The Assistant Association for Pol… Read More

 
New Karen Party Can’t Campaign Until it Receives Approval Of Its Registration
Karen News October 28, 2014

The Karen National Party (KNP), a newly formed Karen political party has yet to hear back from the Union Election Commission if its registration has been formally accepted. The KNP said it is reluctant to carry out any of the party campaigns as it… Read More

 
Karen Army Leader Links Current Fighting To Burma Government's Mega Development Projects
Karen News October 24, 2014

General Ner Dah Bo Mya, the head of the Karen National Defence Organisation told Karen News that armed conflict this month in Burma is linked to plans to build hydropower dams on the Salween River. In an exclusive interview General Ner Dah explains t… Read More

 
Karen State Minister Order The Return Of Confiscated Lands To Farmers
Karen News October 24, 2014

Chief Minister of Karen State has ordered businessmen who have been granted land concession to lands confiscated from local villagers in the Hti Lon area in Hlaing Bwe Township to return the land to traditional owners. U Kyaw Soe Hlaing, a Forest… Read More

 

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Karen National Liberation Army troops walk on the parade ground at Thay Bae Tah (Photo by Simon Lewis)

*Peace falters in Myanmar’s Karen state

October 28, 2014  • 

When ethnic fighters clashed with the Myanmar military in Myawaddy Township last month, most ethnic Karen farmers stayed put, despite fears the army would respond with violence. “They have run away so many times, they are tired of running,” said Reverend Day Bert, the 70-year-old pastor at Myawaddy’s Baptist Church. With Thailand just across ... Read more ►

Aung Kyaw Naing alias Par Gyi

No Cover-up — Killing Of Journalist Needs Investigating And Killer/s Prosecuted

October 28, 2014  • 

The killing of freelance journalist, Aung Kyaw Naing, (also known as Par Gyi), while held in custody by the Burma Army in Kyaikmayaw Township, Mon State, has outraged human rights organizations and journalist groups. The Assistant Association for Political Prisoners (AAPP) bluntly stated in a media statement released yesterday that Aung Kyaw Naing... Read more ►

KNP meeting (IMG_9619)

New Karen Party Can’t Campaign Until it Receives Approval Of Its Registration

October 28, 2014  • 

The Karen National Party (KNP), a newly formed Karen political party has yet to hear back from the Union Election Commission if its registration has been formally accepted. The KNP said it is reluctant to carry out any of the party campaigns as it has not yet received response from the Union Election Commission – the KNP submitted its application... Read more ►

General Der Dah and his troop

Karen Army Leader Links Current Fighting To Burma Government’s Mega Development Projects

October 24, 2014  • 

General Ner Dah Bo Mya, the head of the Karen National Defence Organisation told Karen News that armed conflict this month in Burma is linked to plans to build hydropower dams on the Salween River. In an exclusive interview General Ner Dah explains to Karen News why he has placed his troops are on high alert. General Ner Dah said that fighting betw... 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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Kyone PaKo villagers in the office

Karen State Minister Order The Return Of Confiscated Lands To Farmers

October 24, 2014  • 

Chief Minister of Karen State has ordered businessmen who have been granted land concession to lands confiscated from local villagers in the Hti Lon area in Hlaing Bwe Township to return the land to traditional owners. U Kyaw Soe Hlaing, a Forest Department officer from Hlaing Bwe Township in Karen State told Karen News that U Z... Read more ►

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 “durin... Read more ►

Photo-KIC (KNLA Battalion 201 troop)

*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 cea... 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 Ka... Read more ►