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This is Karen Land…We Have the Right To Stay…

July 7, 2015  •  Author: Karen News

As fighting continues between the Burma Army Democratic Karen Benevolent Armies, the government has come under fire from a senior Karen General for trying to “shut down the DKBA.” Major General Nerdah Bo Mya, head of the Karen National Defence Organisation in an exclusive interview with Karen News said that the “Burma Army wanted the DKBA off the highway, they want the money and control over it.” General Nerdah said that the “DKBA are K... Read more ►

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Continued Fighting Makes Highway Travel Deadly

July 6, 2015  •  Author: Karen News

Fighting between the Democratic Karen Benevolent Army and the Burma Army is continuing along the newly opened Asia Highway 1. Nan Paw Gay had attended a preliminary Karen National Conference in Rangoon and hoping to return to the border area via Hpa-an. “There was fighting on Sunday and officials had told us that there was still shooting today.... Read more ►

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Gov’t troops and DKBA Clash Over New Asia Highway

July 2, 2015  •  Author: Karen News

Fighting between government troops and soldiers from the Democratic Karen Benevolent Army on the new Myawaddy – Kawkareik Asia Highway this Thursday morning, 2nd July. Karen News is led to understand that the fighting broke out over security for the highway over a planned official visit to the area. The fighting between the Burma Army Infantry Ba... Read more ►

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Freedom House: Burma Gov’t Charges 17 Journalists

June 29, 2015  •  Author: Karen News

Human rights watchdog, Freedom House issued a statement condemning the contempt of court charges filed against 17 journalists in Burma. Freedom House said in their statement that the contempt of court charges filed against the 17 journalists was an indicator of the lack of press freedom in Burma. Freedom House’s executive vice president, Daniel C... Read more ►

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UNHCR Meet With Karen Community Groups to Discuss Repatriation Concerns

June 26, 2015  •  Author: Saw Thein Myint, Karen News

Following a statement issued by the Karen Women Organization calling for Burma government and international community to respect the right of refugees on World Refugees’ Day, representatives of the United Nation High Commissioner for Refugees met with Karen community based organization on June 23, to discuss repatriation issues. The meeting’s i... 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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Karen Army General Explains Rational Behind Reformation Of Ethnic Alliance And Recent Conflict Wit...

October 21, 2014  •  Author: Karen News

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. 
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Health Groups Fighting To Prevent Dengue Outbreaks In Border Refugee Camps

June 25, 2015  •  Author: Karen News

In an exclusive interview with Karen News, the International Non-Government Organisation, PU-AMI, outlined its plans to protect refugees on the Thai Burma border against outbreaks of the Dengue virus. PU-AMI, together with Thai health officials, community based groups and other international aid agencies, have put together a pub... Read more ►


Dengue Fever On The Rise On Thai-Burma Border

June 24, 2015  •  Author: Karen News

The start of the regional wet season has seen an increase in dengue fever cases coming to Mae Tao Clinic located in the Thai-Burma border town of Mae Sot. Health workers at the clinic told Karen News that since the beginning of June “dengue patients had noticeably increased.” Saw San Myint Tun, from Mae Tao Clinic’s commun... Read more ►

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Solidarites International: Stopping Dengue, Protecting People

June 21, 2015  •  Author: Karen News

The coming wet season and the threat of a dengue virus outbreak have made Thomas Viger a busy man. As Thailand program coordinator for Solidarites International he is also responsible for organizing the hygiene, water, sanitation and livelihood program at Mae La Refugee Camp on the Thai Burma border. Mae La is located 60kms nort... Read more ►

Kachin Independence Army soldiers at the frontline (Photo: Zen Myat/Karen News)

Despite Ceasefires Government Troops Use Tanks, Jets and Heavy Artillery – Displaced Climbs To 2...

June 20, 2015  •  Author: Karen News

Armed conflict in Kachin and parts of Shan State continues, despite ongoing ceasefire talks between the Burma government and ethnic armed groups, as the toll on civilians grows. Free Burma Rangers, a humanitarian organisation delivering frontline assistance to civilians across Burma, estimate that there were 127 armed clashes in... Read more ►