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Tham Hin Camp Commander Suspended After Karen Refugees Protest Harsh Punishment and ‘Taxes’ on TV, Phones, Bicycles, Motorbikes and Use of Solar Panels

Hundreds of camp residents from the Tham Hin refugee camp gathered to demand fair treatment by camp officials toward refugees after travel in and out of the camps were restricted. Refugees accused of breaking the tightened restrictions were punished by camp officials, including corporal punishment and fines. A Tham Hin camp resident spoke to Karen News (with the condition of…

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Karen Organization of America Names Essay Winners

Phil Thornton one of the judges said the writing was thought provoking and covered important issues for the Karen’s current political struggle. “Many of the essays identified weaknesses in the KNU’s approach to the National Ceasefire Agreement process. Others questioned the KNU’s political structures and its capacity to handle negotiations with the Burma military use of tactics that locked Karen…

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Karen National Army: “Excluding Northern Alliance from Peace Process, Not a Sign the Government and its Military Want Genuine Peace Building…”

By Sa Isue In a statement released before the Union Peace Conference- 21st Century Panglong 4th meeting held in Nay Pyi Taw from August 19 to 21, the armed wing of the Karen National Union (KNU), the Karen National Liberal Army (KNLA) said the government by excluding northern ethnic armed groups had deviated from building a genuine peace. The KNLA…

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Double Standards: Government Approves 8888 Events and Burma Martyr Day Ceremony, But Quick to Arrest Karen Martyr Day Organizers – Karen Alliance Demand All Charges Dropped

The arrested organizers, Sa Thein Saw Min and Saw Hser Kwa Lar were taken into custody and now face charges under the notorious Peaceful Assembly and Peaceful Procession Act. The Karen Peace Support Network issue a statement condemning the arrest of organizers for commemoration of 70th Karen Martyrs’ Day in Rangoon on August 12, 2020 and calling for the charges…

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70th KAREN MARTYRS’ DAY: Marred Again by Rangoon Arrests, While Karen Army Chief Says ‘Hope for the Best, Prepare for the Worst…’

Despite the peaceful ceremonies police in Rangoon arrested Karen organizers of the 2020 Martyrs’ Day commemoration held in Maha Bandula Park in central of the town where many Karen people in the region joined to pay tribute to the Martyrs pillar. During the event, police turned up and arrested two of the five youth organizers, Sa Thein Zaw Min and…

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Padoh Mahn Sha Award Won by Student Leader Working in Education

The Phan Foundation said Saw Hsa Nay Thaw was nominated by KSNG who described him as “a leader with ability and skills and a role model for students. His strong commitment, good work and leadership has contributed so much in Karen society, especially in the educational field.” The ceremony and announcement of the award was delayed due to the COVID-19…

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Karen Alliance Condemns Lack of Transparency and Claims Burma Army Cover-up in Naw Mu Naw’s Murder Trial

KPSN said the “family and community need to know if justice has been done for the killing. KPSN said “there are strong doubts whether the trial was fairly conducted, given the military’s earlier claims that the soldiers killed Mu Naw ‘accidentally’.” The Burma Army said on August 2, two soldiers who robbed and killed Naw Mu Naw, a mother of…

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Karen Organization of America’s Essay Competition Generates Great Interest – 86 Young Writers Enter

By Naw Poe Kler Before his assassination Saw ba U Gyi instructed Karen leaders of his manifesto based around three key points: 1) armed struggle; 2) political dialogue and a negotiated settlement with the Burmese government and 3) international intervention and arrangement on the Karen peoples’ behalf. The overall objective of the competition is to pay tribute to the Karen’s…

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Naw Mu Naw Murder – Protests Grow – 4,500 Villagers Demand Justice and Immediate Withdrawal of Burma Army Camps

As many as 4,650 villagers from 114 villages in Papun Township marched from Taung Thone Lone [Burma Army outpost] to KaMaMaung on July 28, 2020. This is the second protest staged by villagers following the murder of a Karen woman by two Burma Army soldiers based in the area. Local sources said the two soldiers are the in custody, but…

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1,500 Villagers Protest Murder of Karen Woman – Demand Burma Army Camp Withdraw

The peaceful protests held in front of four Burma Army outposts located in the Thu Khu Hta village tract called for their withdrawal from the villages. The protest was triggered by the killing on July 16 by two Burma soldiers of Naw Mu Naw, a woman villager from Poe Lo Hta. The soldiers stole the dead woman’s jewelry before fleeing…

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