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Karen State Records 200,000 More Voters Eligible for 2020 Elections – But More Villages Want the Right to Vote

Karen State Election Commission data for the period between January 2019 to January 2020 showed the total of eligible voters registered as 1,100,000 – excluding eligible voters in the military. Sa Kyaw Swa, vice chairperson of the Karen National Democratic Party (KNDP) in Kyainseikgyi Township told Karen News people in his area were excluded from the two previous elections. “In…

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Current NLD’s Karen Ethnic Affair Ministers Not Contesting Upcoming Election in Mon State and Yangon Region, But Popular Activist, Naw Ohn Hla Will Stand

The ministers, Saw Aung Myint Khaing, Karen Ethnic Affair Minister for Mon State and Naw Pann Thinzar Myo, Karen Ethnic Affair Minister for the Yangon Region told Karen News they didn’t submit their applications to the NLD for re-running in the election. “I didn’t resubmit the form for the Karen Ethnic Affair Minister position,” Naw Pann Thinzar Myo told Karen…

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Karen Peace Park Wins UN’s 2020 Equator Prize

The United Nations Development Program awarded the prestigious Equator Prize to the Salween Peace Park for their landscape conservation works. The Salween Peace Park is a community-led initiative, empowers local Indigenous communities by revitalizing their traditional practices, asserting their rights, and managing their natural resources. The Equator Prize was established by the United Nations Development Program in 2002 and is…

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Chin Villagers Fleeing from the Burma Army Jet Attacks

FBR said despite COVID-19 pandemic the jets opened fire on villages. “The escalating conflict between the Arakan Army and Burma Army has been disastrous on local populations as civilians are caught in the crossfire. On March 15, the Burma Army dropped bombs into Wohma Village, Chin State, killing nine people and wounding 12 people.” FBR cite a report by the…

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Burma Army Shells Karen Villages – Civilians Wounded

The Burma Army Light Infantry Battalion #410 under the Military Operation Command #8 was fighting with a Karen National Liberation Army (KNLA) unit near Wah Klo Htar and Maw Law Klo villages in LuThaw Township, Mutraw District. A villager who witnessed the shelling told Karen News that the two injured people had to be rushed to hospital. “The Burma Army…

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Have Your Say: Essay Competition on Karen Struggle a Tribute to Karen Martyrs’ Day

Saw Ba U Gyi, the founder of the Karen National Union and the modern Karen armed revolution, told Karen leaders that the Karen’s struggle for freedom and autonomy to succeed, there are three approaches 1. armed struggle, 2, political dialogue for a negotiated settlement with the Burmese government, and 3. international intervention or arrangement for the Karen people. Saw Greh…

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Karen Ethnic Affair Minister in Mon State Pushes for Karen Identity in Names

The Mon State’s Karen Ethnic Affair Minister notification letter was sent following a directive by the Ministry of Education on 1st April, 2020 to all Basic Education Department of States and Regions to register names of students according to their ethnicity. Saw Aung Myint Khaing, the Karen Ethnic Affair Minister for Mon State said past problems using ethnic names resulted…

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Government, Military Accused by Rights Group of Using COVID-19 Pandemic for Political Advantage – Burma Army Continues its Attacks on Ethnic People

Khin Ohmar, Chairperson of Progressive Voice the group behind the report said the army and government used the pandemic to distract attention away from ongoing offensives in ethnic regions. “The Myanmar military is making a mockery of the government’s ‘no one left behind’ policy. It is using COVID-19 as a cover in its ongoing war crimes and crimes against humanity…

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KNU: Burma Army Militarization Forces Karen to Flee Villages – Government Used National Ceasefire Agreement to Increase its Troops in Brigades 5 and 7

The KNU statement issued on May 15 by the Karen National Liberation Army Headquarter said the Burma Army operations increased in the border areas of its Brigade 5 and 7 during April and May, 2020. The KNLA statement said 150 Burma Army soldiers and 20 from its militia, the Border Guard Force (BGF) had been newly deployed in territory of…

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*Accusations Fly Over Failed Jungle Investment

Australian entrepreneur Nigel Grier presents as a successful, sustainability innovator helping save the world while making people rich. He has recruited investors to help build a city from scratch for refugees in Myanmar. He has even offered to rehouse two bears kept in cramped conditions in the south-east Asian country. However, Mr Grier is fending off complaints from investors and…

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