Chin Activists Convicted under Controversial Assembly Laws
Karen News July 29, 2014

In a decision criticized by human rights groups, eight ethnic Chin activists were convicted under Burma’s controversial Peaceful Assembly and Peaceful Procession Act on Wednesday 23 July. The Chin Human Rights Ogranisation said in a statement that… Read More

 
Burma’s Reforms Undermined by “Political Repression, Cronyism and Ongoing Conflicts,” says New Report
Karen News July 29, 2014

Burma’s much lauded reforms, including the release of opposition politician Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, are being undermined by a crackdown on newly gained press freedoms, civil war, anti-Muslim violence and corruption, a report by the New York based Inter… Read More

 
How NCPO Can Help Myanmar Refugees
Karen News July 26, 2014

When Gen Prayuth Chan-ocha announced on July 11 that the Thai refugee camps on the Thai-Myanmar border would be emptied, many wondered if there really is new resolve by the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) to repatriate the 130,000 Myanmar… Read More

 
Karen Armed Groups Start Fight Against Drugs
Karen News July 21, 2014

An alliance of Karen armed groups have got together to start a crack down on the use of illicit drugs in Karen State. The Unity Committee of Karen Armed Groups formed the alliance now known as the Anti-Narcotic Joint Committee on July 15. The alli… Read More

 
KNU Join Laiza Conference To Discuss The Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement
Karen News July 21, 2014

The Karen National Union (KNU) has chosen five leaders to represent it at the upcoming Ethnic Armed Organization Conference in the Kachin Town of Laiza on July 24. The conference is being held to discuss the proposed nationwide ceasefire agreement… Read More

 

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Protest held by Chin women on 23rd of June  (Photo - Razua Women's Group)

Chin Activists Convicted under Controversial Assembly Laws

July 29, 2014  • 

In a decision criticized by human rights groups, eight ethnic Chin activists were convicted under Burma’s controversial Peaceful Assembly and Peaceful Procession Act on Wednesday 23 July. The Chin Human Rights Ogranisation said in a statement that the activists were given the choice of going to prison or each paying a fine of 30,000 Kyat, having ... Read more ►

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Burma’s Reforms Undermined by “Political Repression, Cronyism and Ongoing Conflicts,” says New Report

July 29, 2014  • 

Burma’s much lauded reforms, including the release of opposition politician Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, are being undermined by a crackdown on newly gained press freedoms, civil war, anti-Muslim violence and corruption, a report by the New York based International Center for Transitional Justice has warned. “The spread of anti-Muslim violence to Mand... Read more ►

Representatives of Karen armed groups at a public drug awareness event in Karen State

Karen Armed Groups Start Fight Against Drugs

July 21, 2014  • 

An alliance of Karen armed groups have got together to start a crack down on the use of illicit drugs in Karen State. The Unity Committee of Karen Armed Groups formed the alliance now known as the Anti-Narcotic Joint Committee on July 15. The alliance consists of six Karen armed groups was set up to tackle drug use and drug trafficking. The committ... Read more ►

Previous ethnic armed organizations conference, Law Khee Lar, Karen State January 2014

KNU Join Laiza Conference To Discuss The Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement

July 21, 2014  • 

The Karen National Union (KNU) has chosen five leaders to represent it at the upcoming Ethnic Armed Organization Conference in the Kachin Town of Laiza on July 24. The conference is being held to discuss the proposed nationwide ceasefire agreement and the KNU delegation, will be led by its Chairperson, General Mutu Sae Poe. The Ethnic Armed Organiz... Read more ►

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How NCPO Can Help Myanmar Refugees

July 26, 2014  • 

When Gen Prayuth Chan-ocha announced on July 11 that the Thai refugee camps on the Thai-Myanmar border would be emptied, many wondered if there really is new resolve by the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) to repatriate the 130,000 Myanmar refugees who have been living in Thailand for many years. Gen Prayuth cited national security as t... Read more ►

Ceasefire talk KNU and Govt

Why Ceasefire Process is Slow

May 14, 2014  • 

Duwa Jee, a Kachin freelance writer, outlines in his commentary why the current peace process has to take into account the past 60 years of civil war that ravaged the ethnic people of Burma. The ethnic nationalities of Burma/Myanmar is of the view that the ethnic armed resistance forces are desirous of ending the more than 60-year long civil war pe... Read more ►

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Jailing of Journalists “Reminiscent of the Press Oppression Seen Under the Military Junta”

July 20, 2014  • 

The Assistance Association for Political Prisoners has said in a statement that Burma’s government is suppressing the country’s press in ways reminiscent of the country’s previous military dictatorship. The AAPP statement referred to the sentencing of five journalists from Unity Weekly to 10 years imprisonment for allegedl... Read more ►

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Thailand’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs Clarifies Its Position On Refugee Return

July 18, 2014  • 

Following intense media speculation, Thailand’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, released a media statement on Thursday 17 July in an attempt to cool speculation that the refugee camps on the Thai Burma border were about to be closed and residents sent back to Burma. The MFA’s press release highlighted four main points and under... Read more ►

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UN:Detention of Kachin Activist, Brang Yung, ‘Illegal’…

July 18, 2014  • 

A United Nations working group warns that the detention of an ethnic Kachin activist is illegal. The United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention issued an official ruling that the 21-year prison sentence of the ethnic Kachin activist, Brang Yung, is illegal and demanded his immediate release from Myitkina prison where he... Read more ►

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The Women’s League of Burma Accuses Burma Army Of Protecting Rapists In Its Ranks

July 18, 2014  • 

The Women’s League of Burma, an umbrella group representing 13 women’s organizations in Burma has said that a culture of “systemic impunity” to rape exists in the Burma Army. The Women’s League of Burma (WLB) issued a statement citing the harassment of Chin women activists by authorities for their involvement in protes... Read more ►