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Burma Army Bans Statue of Karen Hero, Saw Ba U Gyi, From Karen New Year Celebrations

November 23, 2017  •  Author: Karen News

Local Karen communities’ plans to raise a statue of their hero and martyr, Saw Ba U Gyi, was objected to by Burma Army commanders in the Three Pagoda Pass town of Win Yay Township, Dooplaya District. Committee members in charge of the Karen New Year celebration in Win ... Read more ►

Labor Right Groups Urge Migrant Workers to Get Legal Papers as Thai Government Extends Grace Period

November 23, 2017  •  Author: Saw Shar

Migrant workers in Thailand are advised to get their status legalized while there is still time to do so. Burma labor activists urged migrant workers to get the necessary legal documents during the three-month period of suspension of the Thai law on illegal migrant workers. ... Read more ►

Karen Sepak Takraw Team from New Zealand to Compete in Thailand

November 23, 2017  •  Author: Saw Shar

They only just received official recognition earlier this month, but in a matter of weeks, a Karen sepak takraw team will be playing their first international match, in Thailand. At the 32nd King’s Cup Sepak Takraw Championship in Thailand the New Zealand men’s national ... Read more ►

In Thai Border Camps, Funding Cuts Leave Refugees in Limbo

November 21, 2017  •  Author: *Kaelyn Lynch

Refugees from Burma are finding it difficult to stay, difficult to go home. In Thailand, funding cuts to refugee camps have left over 100,000 displaced people from Burma to choose between trying to survive in deteriorating conditions and returning to a country not ready to ... Read more ►

Karen Youth Group Claims They were Shot at while Inspecting Rock Quarries

November 21, 2017  •  Author: Karen News

Karen leaders say they were threatened by gunmen when they visited rock quarries on the foothill of Lun Nya Mountain in Hpa-an Township, last week. Lun Nya Village Youth Group’s chair Saw Khite Khite told Karen News that 13 people from the village including him and a monas... Read more ►

Land Disputes Made up 90% of Complaint Letters Sent to Karen State Parliament

November 16, 2017  •  Author: Saw Myat Oo Thar

Complaint letters received by Karen State parliament related to land issues dominated all other concerns over the 10-month period from January to October 2017. A government official responsible for receiving the complaint letters said that 54 complaint letters were received ... Read more ►

Mae Tao Clinic Facing Funding Shortages as Border Aid Dries Up

November 15, 2017  •  Author: Kaelyn Lynch

Dr. Cynthia’s Mae Tao Clinic is struggling to keep helping patients as donors to the Thai-Burma border stop funding. Mae Tao Clinic is appealing for help as funding cuts from donors are impacting their operations. The Clinic provides free healthcare to the displaced and vu... Read more ►

KNU’s Education Department Donates over K 80 Million to Ethnic Literature Teachers

November 15, 2017  •  Author: Saw Myat Oo Thar

In one Karen State township, ethnic literature teachers are seeing a windfall of cash thanks to a donation from the Karen National Union’s education wing. The Karen Education Department (KED) provided funds to support 473 village-appointed teachers and ethnic literatu... Read more ►

Fair, Displays, Cultural Events Celebrate the 62nd Karen State Day Held in Hpa-An, but Villagers Pray Coal Power Plant Fails

November 10, 2017  •  Author: Kaelyn Lynch/Karen News

The 62nd Annual Karen State Day ceremony opened in Hpa-An on 7 November. The event, which will run until 11 November, includes a fair with games and food vendors, Karen cultural displays, and various competitions such as traditional dance, badminton, boxing, and cane-ball. T... Read more ►

Karen Youth Discuss Peace and Politics at Networking Event

November 10, 2017  •  Author: Nan Way Phyo Zar

Over 100 Karen youth leaders from Karen and Mon states, as well as Bago, Tanintharyi and Yangon regions gathered in the past week at a networking event to discuss how ethnic youth can get involved in the peace process and work together more closely. In the hopes of rallying ... Read more ►

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