Karen Army Leader Links Current Fighting To Burma Government's Mega Development Projects
Karen News October 24, 2014

General Ner Dah Bo Mya, the head of the Karen National Defence Organisation told Karen News that armed conflict this month in Burma is linked to plans to build hydropower dams on the Salween River. In an exclusive interview General Ner Dah explains t… Read More

 
Karen State Minister Order The Return Of Confiscated Lands To Farmers
Karen News October 24, 2014

Chief Minister of Karen State has ordered businessmen who have been granted land concession to lands confiscated from local villagers in the Hti Lon area in Hlaing Bwe Township to return the land to traditional owners. U Kyaw Soe Hlaing, a Forest… Read More

 
Shan Human Rights Foundation: “Burmese government troops shell civilian area, commit other human rights abuses in Ke See township…”
Karen News October 23, 2014

The Shan Human Rights Foundation released a media statement on 22nd October alleging that the Burma Army had on committed abuses against civilians while fighting the Shan State Progress Party/Shan State Army (a.k.a Shan State Army-North or SSA-N) ove… Read More

 
*Outbreak of fighting dents hopes for peace
Karen News October 23, 2014

While the government insists it wants to end its conflicts with ethnic groups, locals in Karen State say they are still bearing the brunt of the brutal divide and conquer tactics. Recent escalation in heavy fighting in Karen State sent shockwaves… Read More

 
Karen Army General Explains Rational Behind Reformation Of Ethnic Alliance And Recent Conflict With Govt Troops
Karen News 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 th… Read More

 

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Karen Army Leader Links Current Fighting To Burma Government’s Mega Development Projects

October 24, 2014  • 

General Ner Dah Bo Mya, the head of the Karen National Defence Organisation told Karen News that armed conflict this month in Burma is linked to plans to build hydropower dams on the Salween River. In an exclusive interview General Ner Dah explains to Karen News why he has placed his troops are on high alert. General Ner Dah said that fighting betw... Read more ►

Kyone PaKo villagers in the office

Karen State Minister Order The Return Of Confiscated Lands To Farmers

October 24, 2014  • 

Chief Minister of Karen State has ordered businessmen who have been granted land concession to lands confiscated from local villagers in the Hti Lon area in Hlaing Bwe Township to return the land to traditional owners. U Kyaw Soe Hlaing, a Forest Department officer from Hlaing Bwe Township in Karen State told Karen News that U Zaw Min, the Karen St... Read more ►

Map showing area of shelling and abuses by Burma army (Map - SHRF)

Shan Human Rights Foundation: “Burmese government troops shell civilian area, commit other human rights abuses in Ke See township…”

October 23, 2014  • 

The Shan Human Rights Foundation released a media statement on 22nd October alleging that the Burma Army had on committed abuses against civilians while fighting the Shan State Progress Party/Shan State Army (a.k.a Shan State Army-North or SSA-N) over for days. The Shan Human Rights Foundation (SHRF) statement said that “during October 12-18, 201... Read more ►

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*Outbreak of fighting dents hopes for peace

October 23, 2014  • 

While the government insists it wants to end its conflicts with ethnic groups, locals in Karen State say they are still bearing the brunt of the brutal divide and conquer tactics. Recent escalation in heavy fighting in Karen State sent shockwaves through ethnic villages, shattering any trust they may have had in the current ceasefire and “pe... Read more ►

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Gen Baw Kyaw Heh

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. 
Q: Who will l... Read more ►

The 10th Karen Unity Seminar (Photo: KIC)

Time For A United, Modern KNU

October 13, 2014  • 

It is no secret that there is division within the Karen nation about how we should respond to the political changes that have incurred in our country since 2011. Some see the ceasefire process as a genuine opportunity to start negotiations that could give the Karen people guaranteed rights. Others see it as a trap, designed to neutralise Karen resi... Read more ►

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Gen Baw Kyaw Heh

KNLA’s Second in Command Explains His Decision to Back Formation of A United Karen Armed Force

October 21, 2014  • 

In an exclusive interview with Karen News, General Baw Kyaw Heh, the KNLA’s Vice-Chief of Staff, explained his decision to back the formation of a united Karen armed force called the Kawthoolei Armed Forces (KAF). Gen. Baw Kyaw explains his decision, stating that a united Karen armed forces was the best way to “reform the Ka... Read more ►

Joint Statement of Karen Women's Groups in support of the Reunification of KAF-1

Karen Women’s Groups Support Reunification Of Ethnic Armed Forces

October 20, 2014  • 

In statement release yesterday, Sunday 19 October, an alliance of Karen women’s organisations gave their support to plans of four armed groups to reunite under the Kawthoolei Armed Forces (KAF) banner. The Karen Women’s Organization (KWO), the Karen Women’s Empowerment Group (KWEG) and Karen Women’s Union (KW... Read more ►

BGF troops at Karen revolution day

Armed Groups Must be Held to Account in Latest Fighting, says Karen Human Rights Group

October 19, 2014  • 

The Karen Human Rights Group (KHRG), an independent community based human rights organisation, has called for all armed sides in Burma to hold members of their armed forces to account if they have perpetrated abuses, including any abusive actions taken in the latest fighting. The KHRG said that the DKBA and Burmese government fo... Read more ►

Ban Chaung mine

Tanitharyi Divison Villagers Call For Development Projects To Stop As Govt Grants Hundred Of Thousands of Acres To Business Interests

October 16, 2014  • 

Representatives from civil society groups, religious leaders and villages in the Tanitharyi Division have sent a petition letter to both the government’s Division Chief Minister and the Karen National Union’s Megui/Tavoy District chairperson to try to get development projects stopped that villagers claim are health hazards. ... Read more ►