Burma Military’s Continued Use of Sexual Violence ‘Widespread’ Against Ethnic Women
Karen News November 25, 2014

Burma’s armed forces are using systematic sexual violence on a “widespread scale,” a report by a women’s group advocating on ethnic women’s rights in Burma has found. The report, by the Women’s League of Burma, an umbrella organisations that represe… Read More

 
It’s Official - The Karen National Party Is Now Legal
Karen News November 24, 2014

Following its officially registration with the Federal Electoral Commission, the Karen National Party (KNP) established an executive committee on November 15, 2014. The KNP’s, newly elected secretary, Mahn Kyaw Nyein, told Karen News that the exec… Read More

 
Voter Verification - Hla Ka Myin Village, Hpa-an Township Getting Ready For 2015 Election
Karen News November 24, 2014

A Hla Ka Myin village leader is determined that the population of voting aged people in his area are verified and ready to vote in the 2015 Election in Karen State. The village elder, Saw Htay Kyaw Myo, told Karen News that he began the verification… Read More

 
Burma Army Attack Kills 23 Cadets - “Unprovoked,” says Kachin Group
Karen News November 22, 2014

An artillery attack against the Kachin Independence Army’s Military Academy, that left at least 23 officer cadets dead and a further 20 injured, was unprovoked and endangers the push for a nationwide peace agreement, a Kachin advocacy organisation ha… Read More

 
Families Moved to Make Way for Japan-Burma Thilawa Project Reported to be Living in Deplorable Conditions
Karen News November 19, 2014

Families moved by the Burmese government to make way for a special economic zone in Thilawa have been living in deplorable conditions, leaving them hungry and sick, a report by a human rights organisation has found. The report, by the New York bas… Read More

 

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Map of Rape Incidents by Burma Army Since 2010 (Source: WLB)

Burma Military’s Continued Use of Sexual Violence ‘Widespread’ Against Ethnic Women

November 25, 2014  • 

Burma’s armed forces are using systematic sexual violence on a “widespread scale,” a report by a women’s group advocating on ethnic women’s rights in Burma has found. The report, by the Women’s League of Burma, an umbrella organisations that represents 13 organisations, accused the Burmese military of using rape as a strategy of war. In... Read more ►

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It’s Official – The Karen National Party Is Now Legal

November 24, 2014  • 

Following its officially registration with the Federal Electoral Commission, the Karen National Party (KNP) established an executive committee on November 15, 2014. The KNP’s, newly elected secretary, Mahn Kyaw Nyein, told Karen News that the executive committee will work towards getting its officers in charge of respective portfolio in place as ... Read more ►

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Voter Verification – Hla Ka Myin Village, Hpa-an Township Getting Ready For 2015 Election

November 24, 2014  • 

A Hla Ka Myin village leader is determined that the population of voting aged people in his area are verified and ready to vote in the 2015 Election in Karen State. The village elder, Saw Htay Kyaw Myo, told Karen News that he began the verification process on November 13, 2014. “In gathering data, the first and most crucial thing we will look at... Read more ►

Victims of the attack on the KIA's Military Academy (Photo: Free Burma Rangers)

Burma Army Attack Kills 23 Cadets – “Unprovoked,” says Kachin Group

November 22, 2014  • 

An artillery attack against the Kachin Independence Army’s Military Academy, that left at least 23 officer cadets dead and a further 20 injured, was unprovoked and endangers the push for a nationwide peace agreement, a Kachin advocacy organisation has asserted. A statement by the Kachin Alliance, a network of Kachin community organisations based ... 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. 
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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Families Moved to Make Way for Japan-Burma Thilawa Project Reported to be Living in Deplorable Conditions

November 19, 2014  • 

Families moved by the Burmese government to make way for a special economic zone in Thilawa have been living in deplorable conditions, leaving them hungry and sick, a report by a human rights organisation has found. The report, by the New York based, Physicians for Human Rights, said that the Burma government had violated intern... Read more ►

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Shan Community Calls on US President Obama to Condemn Government Attacks in Ethnic Areas During His Burma Visit

November 15, 2014  • 

A coalition of Shan community-based-organisations released a statement calling on the President of the United States, Barack Obama, to raise the issue of ongoing military offensives by the Burmese government in ethnic areas during his visit to the country. The statement, issued on behalf of 12 community-based-organisations, incl... Read more ►

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Burma’s Authorities Involved in Human Trafficking, says Human Rights Group

November 11, 2014  • 

A report by Fortify Rights, an international human rights organization based in Southeast Asia, has accused members of Burma’s authorities of being involved in human trafficking. Burma’s security forces are part of a transnational crime syndicate collecting payments from ethnic Rohingya asylum seekers fleeing persecution in ... Read more ►

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Hopes for the Return of Displaced Communities Frustrated as Burma’s Internal Conflicts Rage On

November 10, 2014  • 

An international aid agency has warned that ongoing instability in Burma is blocking prospects for a sustainable peace and the repatriation of communities displaced by conflict. The Border Consortium (TBC), which delivers aid to Burmese refugees in Thailand and internally displaced people in Burma, said that peace efforts were ... Read more ►