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Aussie Dam consultants Call Off Public Meeting on Mong Ton Mega-dam as 300 Kunhing Villagers Plan Protest

May 4, 2015  • 

The Australian Snowy Mountains Engineering Corporation’s (SMEC) cancelled its plans to hold a public meeting to discuss the Mong Ton mega-dam on the Salween River after hearing that hundreds of villagers were going to hold a protest against the dam. The Shan Human Rights Foundation said in statement released to the media said that a public meeting planned by the Australian consulting group for April 30 in Kunhing, southern Shan State, was calle... Read more ►

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Refugees Concerns Must be Address In Any Plans To Repatriate Them

May 4, 2015  • 

A paper released last week by Burma Link and Burma Partnership claims the voices of refugees are ignored in Burma’s reforms. The joint paper, Voices of Refugees – Situation of Burma’s Refugees Along the Thailand-Burma Border, urges all the organisations responsible for refugees welfare to include them in the “planning and preparedness of th... Read more ►

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Padoh Naw Zipprah Sein Leads KNU’s Delegation to Attend Today’s Ethnic Leaders’ Summit t...

May 1, 2015  • 

The Karen National Union’s vice chairperson, Padoh Naw Zipporah Sein will lead its delegation to attend the ethnic leaders’ summit to be held today 1st May, in Pangshang. Padoh Naw Zipporah Sein was selected at the KNU by its central standing committee at an emergency meeting on 25th April to discuss the draft Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement at ... Read more ►

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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon 2015 Report To Security Council Calls for Legal Action Against C...

May 1, 2015  • 

The UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, in a recent released report to the UN Security Council said that there is, ‘a high level of impunity for conflict-related sexual violence perpetrated by State actors’. In his report the UN’s Security Council, the Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called on the government of Burma “…to ensure that security... Read more ►

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MAY DAY: Labor Activists Still In Jail For Demanding A $1 Pay Rise

May 1, 2015  • 

The Burma government continued its crackdown on political activists with the February arrest of two union leaders who demanded a $1 pay rise for garment workers. The Burma Campaign UK, on the eve of May Day, called for the “immediate and unconditional release of two union leaders, Naing Htay Lwin and Myo Min Min.” The Rangoon based union leader... Read more ►

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End Military Impunity For Violence Against Women

November 26, 2014  • 

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  • 

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 ►

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Burma Army Officer Punishs and Warns Villagers over Protesting Against Gold Mining Polluting Their...

April 28, 2015  • 

Villagers from Ka Htaung Li village who protested against a gold mining operation that polluted their water sources alleged that they were harassed, punished and warned not to do it again by a Burma Army officer. Villagers alleged that Lieutenant Colonel Than Htike, the battalion commander of Infantry Battalion 62 under Tactical... Read more ►

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Karen Soldiers and Gov’t’s Troops Fight In Northern Karen State…Again!

April 27, 2015  • 

The Karen National Liberation Army 2nd Brigade based in the Taungoo District confirmed to Karen News that a small firefight between its solders and the government troops happened on April 20. Lieutenant Saw Prah, company commander of the KNLA 2nd Brigade’s security force told Karen News that the fighting was between his soldie... Read more ►

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Fortify Rights: Calls For US to Give Tier-3 Ranking to Burma in its 2015 Trafficking Report

April 27, 2015  • 

Human Rights advocates, Fortify Rights urged the US State Department to “assign Myanmar, Thailand, Malaysia, and Bangladesh a tier-three ranking in its forthcoming Trafficking in Persons (TIP). Fortify Rights in a statement to the media said the tier-three ranking would “encourage more robust and effective action to combat ... Read more ►

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FBR Allege Burma Army Rob and Kill 103 year-old Grandmother

April 25, 2015  • 

Burma Army soldiers from the 88th Division have allegedly killed two civilians, including a 103-year-old, in Kachin State. The incident, which occurred on the 21st of March at around 10:30 in the morning, saw soldiers from two battalions attack Mahtek Village, in Mansi Township near the Kachin Independence Army’s 27th Batt... Read more ►