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Fighting Between Karen and Govt’s Militias Force Village School To Close

October 9, 2015  •  Author: Karen News

Fighting between soldiers from the government’s militia, the Border Guard Force and a splinter group of the Democratic Karen Benevolent Army occurred yesterday at around 10am and continue into today on the old Kawkareik-Myawaddy Road. A BGF officer confirmed the firefight between soldiers from the BGF’s Battalion 1017 and the DKBA’s splinter group led by Bo Nar Ma Kyar [Lieutenant Deaf] started in the morning yesterday and continued into th... Read more ►

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Ceremony Held to Support Karen Armed Groups Decision to Sign NCA

October 7, 2015  •  Author: Saw Thein Myint

Villagers from villages along Eastern Donna Range gathered at Htee Mae Wah Kee village in Myawaddy Township on October 4th to show their support for the three Karen armed groups who have decided to sign the ceasefire agreement with the government. The Karen armed groups – Karen National Union (KNU), Democratic Karen Benevolent Army (DKBA) and KNU... Read more ►

Shan IDPs in hiding (photo-SHRF)

Burma Government “Illegally” Displacing Civilians in Ethnic Areas

October 7, 2015  •  Author: Karen News

Burma’s Government is engaged in the illegal displacement of thousands of its own citizens, a leading human rights organization has concluded. The New York based Physicians for Human Rights collected evidence of 8,000 people being relocated against their will to make way for dam projects in Shan State. One example cited in the report was the Uppe... Read more ►

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Karen Groups Call NCA Signing A Nonsense As It Fails to Include All Ethnic Armed Groups

October 6, 2015  •  Author: Karen News

More than forty Karen organizations issued a statement critical of the Karen National Union after it had decided to sign a Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement with the government that excluded the majority of ethnic armed groups. Seven ethnic armed organizations, including the Karen National Union, decided to go ahead and sign the NCA with the governmen... Read more ►

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

Ongoing Conflict Blocks A Nationwide Ceasefire, says UNFC

October 6, 2015  •  Author: Karen News

A statement released by the United Nationalities Federal Council has warned that ongoing conflict in Burma’s Kachin and Shan States is blocking negotiations for a nationwide ceasefire agreement. The UNFC noted that it had held at least 27 meetings with the Burma Government over the last two years to set a framework national agreement, without suc... Read more ►

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Why Burma’s ethnic armed groups are reluctant to agree to Thein Sein government’s peace plan &...

July 10, 2015  •  Author: *Saw Greh Moo

Since coming to power in 2011, President Thein Sein, a former general, has initiated a plan to resolve Burma’s decades-long ethnic conflict as part of broader domestic reform programs. Burma observers, both inside and outside, agree that resolving ethnic conflict is central to the success of political reform and lasting peace in the country. Amon... Read more ►

Burma Campaign UK deliver 2,000 postcards to British Foreign Office cred...

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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Ba Jar, who was deliberately shot dead by a Burmese soldier (Photo-SHRF)

Burma Army Attack Leaves Two Shan Villagers Dead, Several Injured

October 1, 2015  •  Author: Karen News

A Burma Army attack on a village in Southern Shan State, that left two villagers dead was tantamount to a war crime, a human rights organisation claims. The attack occurred on September 12, when about 100 Burma Army soldiers attacked Nawng Pa Deb village. The Shan Human Rights Foundation, a human rights advocacy organisation b... Read more ►


Seven Ethnic Armed Groups Decide To Sign Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement

September 30, 2015  •  Author: Karen News

On the second day of a three-day summit in the Northern Thai city of Chiang Mai, seven ethnic armed organizations have decided to sign the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement with the government – 17 armed groups attended the meeting. According to a tentative agreement between the government and the ethnic armed organizations t... Read more ►


Burma – Free and Fair Elections?

September 28, 2015  •  Author: Karen News

The people of Burma will go the polls on November 8, 2015. Karen News talked to a wide range of people to get their views on the election and what they hoped it would deliver. Many voters In Burma remain skeptical that the elections will be free and fair. With the 25% reserved for the military in the Parliament, people are worri... Read more ►

Karen Conference stopped by Gvt Official

Govt Officials Close Down Karen Groups’ Conference on Development Impacts

September 27, 2015  •  Author: Sa Isue

Government officials have stopped a Karen community group from holding a conference to discuss the impact of development projects on local communities. Youth Circle (YC), a civil society group working on youth and social issues had planned to release the findings of a report at a three-day conference it had organized in Hpa-an, ... Read more ►