Election Commission By-election Cancellation Pleases and Upsets Karen Political Parties
Karen News September 16, 2014

Opposition political parties, including ethnic Karen parties, welcomed the announcement by Burma’s Election Commission (UEC) to cancel nationwide by-elections planned for late 2014. The by-elections scheduled for later this year were to fill 35 va… Read More

 
Bomb Found Near Thai-Burma Friendship Bridge In Myawaddy
Karen News September 16, 2014

A bomb allegedly set to explode at 10:55am was found next to the Thai-Burma friendship bridge in Myawaddy town early Monday morning, 15 September 2014. The bomb lying beside the side-walk in front of AH Car Parts Store adjacent to the foot of the… Read More

 
KNU Will be Committing ‘Political Suicide’ If It Leaves the UNFC, says Karen Women’s Organization
Karen News September 16, 2014

The Karen Women’s Organization (KWO), a community-based organization that represents 49,000 Karen women across Burma, has criticized the decision by the Karen National Union to withdraw from the United Nationalities Federal Council (UNFC) last month.… Read More

 
Myanmar Peace Centre Discusses Japanese Agency’s Development Plans with Karen Community Network
Karen News September 16, 2014

The government-backed Myanmar Peace Center (MPC) met with the Karen Peace Support Network (KPSN), that represents 28 Karen community based organizations, to discuss concerns regarding a Japanese economic development blueprint for South East Burma.… Read More

 
Medics Struggling to Cope with Numbers of Displaced in Kachin Conflict
Karen News September 15, 2014

Medics working with civilians displaced by fighting in Kachin State are struggling to cope because of a lack of resources - community based organizations warn of a potential health crisis. Information provided to Karen News by the Kachin Women’s A… Read More

 

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Election Commission By-election Cancellation Pleases and Upsets Karen Political Parties

September 16, 2014  • 

Opposition political parties, including ethnic Karen parties, welcomed the announcement by Burma’s Election Commission (UEC) to cancel nationwide by-elections planned for late 2014. The by-elections scheduled for later this year were to fill 35 vacant parliamentary seats. Mahn Aung Pyi Soe, vice chairperson of the Plone-Swor Democratic Party (PSD... Read more ►

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Bomb Found Near Thai-Burma Friendship Bridge In Myawaddy

September 16, 2014  • 

A bomb allegedly set to explode at 10:55am was found next to the Thai-Burma friendship bridge in Myawaddy town early Monday morning, 15 September 2014. The bomb lying beside the side-walk in front of AH Car Parts Store adjacent to the foot of the bridge in section 1 of Myawaddy. Witnesses said that Daw Aye Myint, a municipality garbage worker foun... Read more ►

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KNU Will be Committing ‘Political Suicide’ If It Leaves the UNFC, says Karen Women’s Organization

September 16, 2014  • 

The Karen Women’s Organization (KWO), a community-based organization that represents 49,000 Karen women across Burma, has criticized the decision by the Karen National Union to withdraw from the United Nationalities Federal Council (UNFC) last month. Naw K’nyaw Paw, secretary of the KWO, said the KNU would do itself more harm politically if... Read more ►

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Myanmar Peace Centre Discusses Japanese Agency’s Development Plans with Karen Community Network

September 16, 2014  • 

The government-backed Myanmar Peace Center (MPC) met with the Karen Peace Support Network (KPSN), that represents 28 Karen community based organizations, to discuss concerns regarding a Japanese economic development blueprint for South East Burma. Following the September 11 meeting, Naw Susanna Hla Hla Soe, from KPSN spoke to Karen News. “Primari... Read more ►

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Karen National Union Responds To Why It Has Temporarily Suspended Its Membership Of The Ethnic Alliance

September 5, 2014  • 

The Karen National Union formally announced their suspension of participation with the ethnic alliance – the United Nationalities for Federal Council. The move has massive ramifications for the ethnic alliance. The KNU claim that its move was made so it can review and consult within their organization on the differences and its disagreement over ... Read more ►

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UNHCR – Straight-Talking on Refugees

September 5, 2014  • 

Mr. Iain Hall, the senior field coordinator for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees based in the Thai border town of Mae Sot gave an exclusive interview to Karen News. In the exclusive interview, Mr Hall covers a wide range of issues affecting refugees including repatriation, international humanitarian guidelines, the Burmese governme... Read more ►

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A medic assists in an emergency delivery at an IDP camp in Kachin State (Photo: KWAT)

Medics Struggling to Cope with Numbers of Displaced in Kachin Conflict

September 15, 2014  • 

Medics working with civilians displaced by fighting in Kachin State are struggling to cope because of a lack of resources – community based organizations warn of a potential health crisis. Information provided to Karen News by the Kachin Women’s Association Thailand, allege that health workers are struggling to cope with... Read more ►

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KNU’s Decision to Suspend Itself from UNFC Proves Divisive

September 15, 2014  • 

The decision by the leadership of the Karen National Union to suspend membership from the United Nationalities Federal Council in August has been met with both criticism and praise, with one analyst stating the move was the “right decision to make,” while some Karen community leaders have argued it weakens the ethnic groups... Read more ►

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Shan Organizations Call for Mining Moratorium

September 12, 2014  • 

A coalition of Shan community based organizations has said a moratorium on resource extraction is urgently needed until there is nationwide peace and a discussion on the control and management of the country’s natural resources, much of which are in ethnic areas. The Shan CBOs referred to an anti-mining protest held on 5th Sep... Read more ►

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Karen Community Organizations Claim Japanese Development Plan in Burma Could ‘Fuel Conflict’, ‘Ignores Local Voices’

September 12, 2014  • 

More than 30 ethnic Karen community based organizations, including environmental watchdogs and civil society organizations, have criticized a blueprint for economic development in Southeast Burma published by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), an aid agency that operates under the Japanese government. The report,... Read more ►