Political Prisoner Group Alleges Burma Govt Using Criminal Laws to Jail "Political Activists"
Karen News September 1, 2014

The Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (AAPP) criticized the Burma government for failing to keep it’s promise to release all political prisoners, expressing concerns that the number of political prisoners in Burma, following a Presidenti… Read More

 
Shan Farmers Petition the President to Withdraw Government Soldiers from Shan State
Karen News August 31, 2014

A group of 291 Shan civilians internally displaced by war in Shan State sent a letter of appeal directly to President U Thein Sein requesting a withdrawal of Burma Army soldiers from the areas of conflict and compensation for land and possessions the… Read More

 
Migrant Schools Struggle To Keep Going As International Funders Pull Out
Karen News August 28, 2014

The reduction in funds from international donors to the Thai-Burma border areas is threatening to close Burmese migrant schools. Schoolteachers at the migrants learning centers on the border claim that they will be unable to continue to teach as t… Read More

 
No Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement Signed Until a "Code-of-Conduct" is Discussed
Karen News August 27, 2014

Representatives from both the government and ethnic armed organizations continue discussions on a ceasefire code-of-conduct before signing a nationwide ceasefire agreement. Padoh Saw Tadoh Moo, a member of the Karen National Union’s Central Execut… Read More

 
Colonel Chit Thu – “Border Guard Force Stands By The Karen People…”
Karen News August 27, 2014

In a speech delivered at the celebration marking the formation of Border Guard Force, a militia group under the control of the Burma Army, Colonel Chit Thu, claimed that his troops are for the benefit of the Karen people. Colonel Chit Thu, senior… Read More

 

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Saw Thet Thun, from AAPP, stands in front of photos of political prisoners allegedly killed by Government authorities (Photo: Karen News)

Political Prisoner Group Alleges Burma Govt Using Criminal Laws to Jail “Political Activists”

September 1, 2014  • 

The Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (AAPP) criticized the Burma government for failing to keep it’s promise to release all political prisoners, expressing concerns that the number of political prisoners in Burma, following a Presidential amnesty in 2012, is now on the increase. “President U thein Sein announced that he would rele... Read more ►

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Shan Farmers Petition the President to Withdraw Government Soldiers from Shan State

August 31, 2014  • 

A group of 291 Shan civilians internally displaced by war in Shan State sent a letter of appeal directly to President U Thein Sein requesting a withdrawal of Burma Army soldiers from the areas of conflict and compensation for land and possessions they had allegedly destroyed. The letter, addressed to U Thein Sein, claimed that Burma Army soldiers d... Read more ►

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Migrant Schools Struggle To Keep Going As International Funders Pull Out

August 28, 2014  • 

The reduction in funds from international donors to the Thai-Burma border areas is threatening to close Burmese migrant schools. Schoolteachers at the migrants learning centers on the border claim that they will be unable to continue to teach as they are currently struggling to feed their families and to pay their bills due to the drop in financial... Read more ►

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No Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement Signed Until a “Code-of-Conduct” is Discussed

August 27, 2014  • 

Representatives from both the government and ethnic armed organizations continue discussions on a ceasefire code-of-conduct before signing a nationwide ceasefire agreement. Padoh Saw Tadoh Moo, a member of the Karen National Union’s Central Executive Committee, spoke to Karen News about the issue while attending the latest round of negotiations o... Read more ►

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How NCPO Can Help Myanmar Refugees

July 26, 2014  • 

When Gen Prayuth Chan-ocha announced on July 11 that the Thai refugee camps on the Thai-Myanmar border would be emptied, many wondered if there really is new resolve by the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) to repatriate the 130,000 Myanmar refugees who have been living in Thailand for many years. Gen Prayuth cited national security as t... 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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Col Saw Chit Thu at 4th Anniversary of BGF formation day (Photo-KIC)

Colonel Chit Thu – “Border Guard Force Stands By The Karen People…”

August 27, 2014  • 

In a speech delivered at the celebration marking the formation of Border Guard Force, a militia group under the control of the Burma Army, Colonel Chit Thu, claimed that his troops are for the benefit of the Karen people. Colonel Chit Thu, senior advisor and general secretary of the Karen State BGF central command said, in his s... Read more ►

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Kachin Displaced Face Humanitarian Crisis

August 26, 2014  • 

The Kachin conflict, now in its third year, has left tens-of-thousand of displaced civilians without adequate access to health care. A community-based-organisation working with the displaced civilians warned in an interview with Karen News that the health situation is worsening. The Kachin Women’s Association Thailand are conc... Read more ►

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Health Workers Stress Prevention Best Medicine To Fight Dengue

August 19, 2014  • 

The World Health Organisation classifies dengue as one of the leading causes of serious illness and death in children. WHO has listed dengue as the world’s fastest growing mosquito-borne disease and reports that almost half the world’s population is at risk. Health workers at Mae Tao Clinic, located in the Thai border town o... Read more ►

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Political Parties Prepare for By-election in Karen State

August 19, 2014  • 

Four political parties are preparing to contest an up-coming by-election in Karen State at the end of the year. The parties contesting the election are the Phalon-Sawaw Democratic Party (PSDP), Karen Democratic Party (KDP), National League for Democratic Party (NLD) and The Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP). “Curre... Read more ►