Burma Army Offensive Displaces Thousands, Amidst Reports of Rape and Shooting of Civilians
Karen News April 23, 2014

Reports of rape and the murder of two civilians have emerged following a Burma Army offensive in parts of Kachin State and Shan State, that has also led to more than three thousand civilians displaced in the attacks. The frontline humanitarian org… Read More

 
Burma's Census: Nation Building Needs To Start Somewhere
Karen News April 22, 2014

Censuses are a starting point to order society. Benedict Anderson writes in his iconic essay Census, Map, Museum, that British colonial census-makers were known to ‘agglomerate, disaggregate, recombine and intermix identity categories’, and that ‘th… Read More

 
Ethnic Women ‘Ignored, Abused And Victimized’
Karen News April 22, 2014

In an exclusive interview with Karen News, the Secretary of the Karen Women’s Organization (KWO), a community based organisation representing more than 49,000 women including refugees in Thailand and internally displaced persons inside Burma, said th… Read More

 
Karen Groups To Hold National Conference On Politics, Arms And Unity
Karen News April 22, 2014

Karen political and community groups representing Karen communities from across Burma will hold a Karen National Convention in 2014 to discuss the cooperation between Karen armed organisations and political parties in ensuring there is unity going in… Read More

 
Cement Factory Raises New Fears of Land Confiscation and Pollution
Karen News April 22, 2014

Residents of Mi Kayin village, Hpa-an, Karen State, are once again united to oppose a proposed cement factory planned to be built near their village by the Myanmar Ji Dong Cement Company Limited. Saw Nyan Win, a Mi Kayin villager said in an interv… Read More

 

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Kachin displaced by conflict - Estimates put the total number ow at more than 100,000 displaced (Photo: Phil Thornton)

Burma Army Offensive Displaces Thousands, Amidst Reports of Rape and Shooting of Civilians

April 23, 2014  • 

Reports of rape and the murder of two civilians have emerged following a Burma Army offensive in parts of Kachin State and Shan State, that has also led to more than three thousand civilians displaced in the attacks. The frontline humanitarian organisation, Free Burma Rangers, allege that on April 10, Burma Army soldiers from Light Infantry Battali... Read more ►

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Ethnic Women ‘Ignored, Abused And Victimized’

April 22, 2014  • 

In an exclusive interview with Karen News, the Secretary of the Karen Women’s Organization (KWO), a community based organisation representing more than 49,000 women including refugees in Thailand and internally displaced persons inside Burma, said that ethnic women were second-class citizens in their own country. “We are not only ignored, we ar... Read more ►

KUPC meeting

Karen Groups To Hold National Conference On Politics, Arms And Unity

April 22, 2014  • 

Karen political and community groups representing Karen communities from across Burma will hold a Karen National Convention in 2014 to discuss the cooperation between Karen armed organisations and political parties in ensuring there is unity going into the future. The Karen Unity and Peace Committee (KUPC) held a meeting on April 10 in Pyin Oo Lwin... Read more ►

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Cement Factory Raises New Fears of Land Confiscation and Pollution

April 22, 2014  • 

Residents of Mi Kayin village, Hpa-an, Karen State, are once again united to oppose a proposed cement factory planned to be built near their village by the Myanmar Ji Dong Cement Company Limited. Saw Nyan Win, a Mi Kayin villager said in an interview with Karen News that residents are planning to take their opposition to the proposal to build a cem... Read more ►

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Burma’s Census: Nation Building Needs To Start Somewhere

April 22, 2014  • 

Censuses are a starting point to order society. Benedict Anderson writes in his iconic essay Census, Map, Museum, that British colonial census-makers were known to ‘agglomerate, disaggregate, recombine and intermix identity categories’, and that ‘the politically powerful identity categories always lead the list’. The real innovation was ... Read more ►

Gen Baw Kyaw Heh

DAMS, LIES AND PIPELINES

March 14, 2014  • 

General Baw Kyaw Heh, the Karen National Liberation Army’s vice-chief-of-staff, in an exclusive question and answer interview with Karen News discussed the consequences of mega- development projects, hydro-dams, armed conflict, corruption, the current ceasefire, peace talks and the militarization of Burma. Why are you opposed to a dam? Many reaso... Read more ►

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250 Karen State Villagers Suffer Food Poisoning From Water Festival Donation

April 22, 2014  • 

Villagers celebrating the New Year Water festival ended up in hospital after eating special fragrant rice. More than 200 villagers from Paw Baw Kho village, in Myawaddy Township, Karen State were admitted to Myawaddy Hospital’s intensive care unit suffering from food poisoning. The mass poisoning happened after villagers ate s... Read more ►

Displaced villagers in Kachin State where military perpetrated rape against a Kachin girl  was reported as recently as April 10.

Ethnic Groups And Advocates Demand Investigation Into Burma Army’s Systematic Use Of Rape, Sexual Violence

April 22, 2014  • 

Human rights organisations and ethnic political groups have called for an international investigation into systematic sexual abuses committed by the Burma Army, noting that reports of rape continue to emerge three years after reformist President Thein Sein’s administration took power. The Kachin National Oganisation, a politic... Read more ►

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Burma Refugees Play Down Songkran Celebrations

April 17, 2014  • 

During this year’s Songkran (water festival) celebrations Thailand again witnessed carnage on the road. Road deaths and injuries caused by a deadly combination of driving while under the influence of alcohol pushed the number of people killed to by Wednesday 15 April to 248 and injuries to 2643. The New Year celebrations saw p... Read more ►

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Songkran A Time for Water, Fun And Unfortunately, Road Carnage

April 17, 2014  • 

Mae Sot children and adults ride pickup trucks engaged in water battles as they circle the town centre. Mae Sot on the Thai-Burma border is home to tens of thousands of migrant workers from Burma who also celebrated the Songkran water festival (known in Burma as Thingyan). Songkran – Thailand’s New Year celebration – is p... Read more ►