Two-Day Event Honors Salween River Heritage
Karen News March 27, 2015

A two-day natural and cultural heritage event to honor the the Salween River and its people will be held in Hpa-an Karen State from the 27 to 28 March. A statement released by the Karen Environmental and Social Action Network (KESAN) said that th… Read More

 
If The Dam Is Built… We Will Be Disappeared
Karen News March 27, 2015

Earlier this month a coalition of Karen environmental community based groups, the Karen River Watch, joined local villagers to protest the building of the hydro-power Hat Gyi Dam, in Hlaingbwe Township, Karen State. The protest marked the Internatio… Read More

 
Media Groups Claim Restricted Access to Govt Information and an Lack of Press Freedom in Burma
Karen News March 23, 2015

Ethnic based and private media groups operating in Burma have raised their concerns on increased media restriction in Burma at a conference held in Harkar of Chin State on March 19, 2015. Around 90 media groups including ethnic media groups and pr… Read More

 
Fortify Rights: Unnecessary House Inspections Give Govt Too Much Power - Law Must Stop
Karen News March 19, 2015

Laws which allow inspections of private properties without warrants and require the registration and government approval of household guests are draconian and open to abuse by the authorities, a report by Fortify Rights said today. “ In the past tw… Read More

 
Karen Groups Concerned Proposed Dams on Salween River Could Fuel Conflict and Increase Militarization
Karen News March 17, 2015

The Karen River Watch, a coalition of Karen environmental community based groups raise concerns over the proposed hydropower dam projects on the Salween River and repeated their call for a halt to all development projects. Together with local vill… Read More

 

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Two-Day Event Honors Salween River Heritage

March 27, 2015  • 

A two-day natural and cultural heritage event to honor the the Salween River and its people will be held in Hpa-an Karen State from the 27 to 28 March. A statement released by the Karen Environmental and Social Action Network (KESAN) said that the event will be the “first time that state government, local and national civic organizations, academ... Read more ►

Anti-dam poster on Salween River (photo-KESAN)

If The Dam Is Built… We Will Be Disappeared

March 27, 2015  • 

Earlier this month a coalition of Karen environmental community based groups, the Karen River Watch, joined local villagers to protest the building of the hydro-power Hat Gyi Dam, in Hlaingbwe Township, Karen State. The protest marked the International Day of Action for Rivers and Against Dams, held each year on March 14, 2015. The Hat Gyi Dam is ... Read more ►

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Media Groups Claim Restricted Access to Govt Information and an Lack of Press Freedom in Burma

March 23, 2015  • 

Ethnic based and private media groups operating in Burma have raised their concerns on increased media restriction in Burma at a conference held in Harkar of Chin State on March 19, 2015. Around 90 media groups including ethnic media groups and private media groups from different parts of the country got together to discuss the current media law, m... Read more ►

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Fortify Rights: Unnecessary House Inspections Give Govt Too Much Power – Law Must Stop

March 19, 2015  • 

Laws which allow inspections of private properties without warrants and require the registration and government approval of household guests are draconian and open to abuse by the authorities, a report by Fortify Rights said today. “ In the past two weeks, Myanmar authorities have reportedly searched private residences under the pretence of check... 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 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. 
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Karen Groups Concerned Proposed Dams on Salween River Could Fuel Conflict and Increase Militarization

March 17, 2015  • 

The Karen River Watch, a coalition of Karen environmental community based groups raise concerns over the proposed hydropower dam projects on the Salween River and repeated their call for a halt to all development projects. Together with local villagers, KRW held a protest near Hat Gyi Dam, one of the proposed dam sites in Hlaing... Read more ►

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Community Organisations Call for Moratorium on Dam Projects as Shan State Armed Conflict Intensifies

March 17, 2015  • 

Community based organisations, including the Shan Human Rights organisation and Action for Rivers, have called for an immediate halt in government backed dam projects in Shan State, where conflict has escalated in recent months. The Shan Human Rights organisation said it estimated that half of 43 government planned dam projects ... Read more ►

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Dr Cynthia Calls For Police Violence Against Student Protesters to Stop

March 13, 2015  • 

Opposition to the Burmese government’s use of force against students protesting over the introduction of an education bill is growing. Dr Cynthia Maung, founder of the Mae tao Clinic on the Thai Burma border said that the use of force undermines democratic reform. Speaking to Karen News Dr Cynthia said. “The students... Read more ►

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UK Advocacy Group Welcomes British Govt Admission That Burma’s Reforms Are Flawed

March 13, 2015  • 

The advocacy group, Burma Campaign UK released a statement that “welcomed a new report by the British government,” that acknowledged ‘Burma’s reforms process was ‘of significant concern. The Burma Campaign UK said that the British government’s “admission came in the annual human rights report by the British Foreign... Read more ►