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10,000 Karen Villagers Protest – Demand Burma Army Withdraws and Stop Its Road Building Through Indigenous Lands

By Sa Isue Villagers gathered at three different locations in Luthaw Township to protest their concerns over the controversial road construction. The villagers said the road construction has to stop as they do not have any guarantees for their security. The villagers pointed out there has not been any political solutions and they are concern the military access is for…

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International Human Rights Day: The Voices of Refugee and Displaced Women in Myanmar Must be Listened To and Not Forgotten

*By Myra Dahgaypaw and Maggi Quadrini An entangled political situation has driven internal civil war to the outer regions of the country’s vast and densely populated ethnic states for nearly seven decades. Despite the mass human rights violations that have forced civilians in Burma to flee to monasteries, churches and places of solace to seek refuge, including the borders of…

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Interview: KNLA Out of Patience with NCA – Demands Government and Military Takes Civilian Concerns for the Removal of Troop and Army Bases Seriously

On December 1, 2020, the Karen National Liberation Army (KNLA), the armed wing of the Karen National Union issued a statement expressing its impatience with the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement inability to get anything done, especially military related matters. In an exclusive interview with Brigadier General Tamala Thaw, the KNLA G1, explains why it was necessary to release a statement. Q-…

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KNDP Welcomes the NLD ’s Letter

Mahn Aung Pyi Soe, Chairperson of the KNDP said: “The KNDP sent the reply letter to the NLD after coordination among the CEC members. The party’s stand is to implement the formation of a genuine federal democratic union and we have called on the NLD to carry out work for the emergence of a genuine federal democratic union the ethnics…

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Saw Paul Sein Twa Wins Goldman Environmental Prize

By Hsa Moo Initiated by the local Karen community, the 5,485 km2 peace park aims to maintain the Karen’s unique way of life in the Salween River Basin, while protecting endangered and vulnerable animals like tigers, clouded leopards, pangolins, sun bears and gibbons and the forests they share. The concept for the ‘peace park’ was born as a response to…

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Moves Towards a Merger of Karen Parties Welcomed

There was great frustration suffered in many constituencies where the 4 separate ethnic Karen parties: The Phalon-Sawow Democratic Party, the Karen National Democratic Party (KNDP) based in Karen State and Karen People’s Party (KPP) based in Yangon Region and the Karen National Party (KNP) based in Ayeyawady Region all split the vote that help the 2 big parties especially the…

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Analysis of the Election Results in Karen State

While many objective factors put ethnic parties at a severe disadvantage such as the campaign restrictions imposed by covid- 19, but in Karen State, the lack of unity between ethnic Karen parties and failure to form any kind of tactical merger of coalition clearly lost them a good number of seats. By contrast, the most successful merger of different parties…

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Umpheim Mai Karen Refugee Camp Records First Covid-19 Case

The patient is currently only identified by health workers as a 48-year male with four family members in Umpheim Mai refugee camp. The man returned to the camp on November 4 without informing related camp officials or health workers. He turned up at the camp’s health facility on November 19 with symptoms and the resulting Covid-19 tests proved to be…

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KNDP Candidate Loses to NLD by only Five Votes and Demands a Recount of Election Results in Hlaingbwe Township

This comes after candidate Saw Myint Han from the KNDP lost to candidate Nan Moe Moe Htwe from the ruling National League for Democracy (NLD), by five votes, in the upper house constituency-9 in Karen State. Four candidates competed in the constituency. Nan Moe Moe Htwe from the NLD secured 20,146 votes, Saw Myint Han from the KNDP, 20,141 votes,…

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KPP Secures only One Seat in Thandaunggyi Township

“On the evening of November 9, the township election sub-commission released the lists of elected candidates. The candidates have signed Form-19,” said Naw Khayit Tun, a candidate from the NLD who has secured the upper house seat. The KPP lost the seat in Karen State Constituency-2 in the 2020 General Election due to the share of votes with the Kayan…

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