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More Karen Refugees Resettled in South Korea

July 27, 2017  •  Author: Karen News

South Korea welcomed nearly two dozen Karen refugees to the country this week as part of a three-year resettlement program that began in 2015. The 23 people from the Mae La refugee camp on the Thai-Myanmar border arrived in Seoul on July 25, joining 86 refugees from Burma al... Read more ►

US Ambassador and KNU Discuss Development, Peace

July 27, 2017  •  Author: S'Phan Shaung

The US ambassador to Myanmar met with the Karen National Union on July 21 to get input about supporting local health and education projects in a bid to spur peace through development, according to a KNU official present at the gathering. The meeting at the KNU’s liaison of... Read more ►

Low-cost Clinic Reopened in Kyaukkyi

July 27, 2017  •  Author: Nan Way Phyo Zar

A low-cost, subsidized medical clinic reopened last week in Kyaukkyi, Bago Region, expanding the remote area’s health care options, according to local politicians. The Ther Ray Dao Pae Rehabilitation and Development Association, a community-based organization, relaunched ... Read more ►

UN Special Rapporteur Meets with Social Organizations in Kayin State

July 27, 2017  •  Author: Karen News

On her sixth tour of Myanmar, UN human rights expert Yanghee Lee made a stop to meet with Karen social organizations in Hpa-an township, Kayin (Karen) State on July 16. “We discussed issues related to education, health, traditions and culture, women’s rights and rule of ... Read more ►

US ambassador and KNU discuss development, peace

July 27, 2017  •  Author: Karen News

The US ambassador to Myanmar met with the Karen National Union on July 21 to get input about supporting local health and education projects in a bid to spur peace through development, according to a KNU official present at the gathering. The meeting at the KNU’s liaison of... Read more ►

Car Accident Put Karen State Chief Minister in Hospital

July 14, 2017  •  Author: Karen News

Karen State Chief Minister Daw Nan Khin Htwe Myint suffered from injuries in a car crash near Hpa-an on Friday, July 14 at around 7 AM as she was on her way to the birthday ceremony of Sayadaw U Pyinyar Thami, in Tuangalay, Hpa-an, Karen State. The Chief Minister was schedul... Read more ►

NCA Signatories Send Liaison Officers to Attend Peace Leadership Training in Cambodia

July 14, 2017  •  Author: Saw Shar

Representatives from eight ethnic armed groups took part in a training program offered by the Cambodia-based Centre for Peace and Conflict Study from July 7-11. The officials – all of whom represent groups that have signed the nationwide ceasefire agreement – are taking ... Read more ►

Karen State Residents Oppose Coal-fired Power Plant through Petition

July 12, 2017  •  Author: S'Phan Shaung

Over 1,000 signatures have so far been collected on a petition against building a coal-fired power plant in Karen State, according to local activists. Saw Aung Than Htwe from Htone Taung village said that around 1,300 signatures have been collected in 20 villages in Hpa-an t... Read more ►

KNU Training Achieves 30 percent Quota for Female Participation

July 12, 2017  •  Author: Saw Khar Su Nyar

The Karen National Union lauded female participation in a recent, local political training after the course attained a 30 percent quota. The second basic politics training, a five-day event last week, involved residents from villages in KNU-controlled Kawkareik township. Amo... Read more ►

Solar Panels Light up Thousands of Homes in Karen State

July 12, 2017  •  Author: Saw Myat Oo Thar

Over 11,000 rural households in Karen State are set to newly receive electricity thanks to a long-awaited solar panel program. Under the National Electrification Project (NEP), the World Bank and the Department of Rural Development are installing heavily subsidized solar pan... Read more ►

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