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Peace Process Survey Shows Increase Conflicts in Ethnic Areas after Peace Conference

February 9, 2017  •  Author: Saw Tun Lin

Conflicts have increased in ethnic areas after the new Burmese government held the Union Peace Conference (21st Century Panglong Conference) last August, claimed Nai Kasauk Mon, executive director of the Burma News International (BNI). He was speaking at the launching ceremo... Read more ►

Returning Displaced Mae Tha Wor Villager Loses Lower Leg in Landmine Explosion – Villagers Fear Mines Used by the BGF and DKBA Militias

February 3, 2017  •  Author: K'Hsaw Wah

A displaced villager from the Mae Tha Wor area of Hlaingbwe Township, Karen State stepped on a landmine as he and other villagers returned to their village to check their plantations on January 31. Saw Ophar Ngah, a villager from Htee Noh Hta village in Mae Tha Wor area had ... Read more ►

Karen Representatives Finalized Draft Policy Papers For February’s Union Peace Conference

February 3, 2017  •  Author: Karen News

The Karen people have finalized the draft policy papers on the four sectors that will be proposed at the upcoming 21st Century Panglong Conference or the Union Peace Conference scheduled to be held in February, 2017. Karen nationals held their last round of National-Level Po... Read more ►

Policies from Karen National-Level Political Dialogue to undergo three stages

January 25, 2017  •  Author: Karen News

Challenges lie ahead in submitting the policies from the Karen National-Level Political Dialogue to the 21st Century Panglong Conference, also known as the Union Peace Conference, as they need to pass through three stages, the Karen National Union (KNU)’s joint secretary P... Read more ►

Families of Kachin Teachers Raped and Murdered Still Waiting for Justice: UK Petition Calls on British Government to Take Action

January 22, 2017  •  Author: Karen News

Human Rights activists, Burma Campaign UK delivered a petition to the British government to do more to help stop the rape of ethnic women in conflict divided Burma. Burma Campaign UK released a statement to mark the two years since the rape and murder of two Kachin teachers ... Read more ►

Human Rights Groups Call for Independent International Investigation of Abuses in Rakhine State

January 22, 2017  •  Author: Karen News

A coalition of more than 40 human rights and civil society organisations have called for an international investigation into the situation in Rakhine State – where reports of violence against the Muslim Rohingya minority continue to emerge. Fortify Rights, a South East Asi... Read more ►

Karen State: Zwekabin Mountain Cable Car Project Starts In February – Armed Groups to Profit

January 17, 2017  •  Author: Nan Way Phyo Zar

The installation of cable cars on Karen State’s famous and symbolic, Zwekabin Mountain is to start in February after investing companies have signed agreement on January 12, 2017. The two companies who will run the projects are the Zwekabin Myay Development Company that wa... Read more ►

Human Rights Groups Demand Urgent Response from Burma’s Government of Whereabouts of ‘Disappeared’ Kachin Religious Leaders

January 17, 2017  •  Author: Karen News

Human Rights Watch and Fortify Rights called for the Burma government to release information on two ethnic Kachin Baptist leaders missing since late December. The HRW and Fortify Rights statement said the two men, Langjaw Gam Seng, 35, and Dumdaw Nawng Lat, 65, “were appar... Read more ►

The Salween Peace Park: A radical, grassroots alternative to development in Karen State

January 17, 2017  •  Author: Hsa Moo

A path has opened for environmental conservationists and rights advocates to strengthen their fight against gold mining and other socially and environmentally destructive projects in the rich forests of Karen State in eastern Myanmar: the Salween Peace Park. The 5,200-sq-km ... Read more ►

Phalon-Sawaw Democratic Party to run in Kawhmu in the by-election

January 17, 2017  •  Author: Karen News

The Phalon-Sawaw Democratic Party (PSDP), which is based in the Karen State’s capital Hpa-an, will run for a seat in the Pyithu Hluttaw (Lower House) in Kawhmu Township, Rangoon Region in the upcoming by-election in April, the party’s vice-chairman Mann Aung Pyae Soe tol... Read more ►

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