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RIP – Padoh Saw David Taw – (1948-2012)

October 14, 2012  •  Author: Nan Paw Gay (KIC)

Padoh David Taw, a Karen leader, died tonight at 10:30pm in Mingalardon military hospital in Rangoon. Padoh David Taw, aged 65, passed away after suffering from a long illness. The Burma government tonight (Sunday) will fly by helicopter, Padoh David Taw’s body to Karen S... Read more ►

Karen people will KNU leaders to unite

October 14, 2012  •  Author: Nan Thoo Lei (KIC)

An attempt to reunify a recent division in the Karen National Union has made marked progress this week when both sides agreed to talk. Karen people and community-based-organizations around the world were shocked to read in the media that three KNU leaders had breached the po... Read more ►

Heavy rains, landslides force refugee camp schools to close

October 14, 2012  •  Author: S' Phan Shaung

Bad weather has closed schools and is making life miserable for residents in Umphiem Mai refugees camp that is located on the Thai side of the border with Burma. Refugee camp residents say October has been a bad month for them. Heavy rain, strong winds and dense fog has made... Read more ►

Burma Army stops Dawei smugglers

October 12, 2012  •  Author: S' Phan Shaung (KIC)

Since the beginning of October the Burma military has started a major crack down on motorbike smugglers crossing over from Thailand. Burma Army officials in the Dawei area of Tanintharyi Division have been arresting and stopping all smuggling and possession of unlicensed mot... Read more ►

Karen group wants ‘clean hands’ in ‘peace talks’

October 8, 2012  •  Author: Saw Khar Su Nyar

The European Karen Network (EKN) urged the Burmese government and international aid donors not to seek to divide the Karen under the guise of ‘peace-talk’ initiatives. An EKN released a statement paper following the Karen National Union’s dismissal of three of its ... Read more ►

SACKED! KNU dismiss three leaders

October 8, 2012  •  Author: Karen News

The Karen National Union Executive Committee has dismissed the head of its army, and two other KNU leaders for breaching its ‘peace-talk’ protocols. The three dissenting leaders are General Mutu Say Poe, the Karen National Liberation Army’s General-Officer-in-Command, ... Read more ►

Villagers fear Dawei Project will destroy their way of life

October 2, 2012  •  Author: Eh Na

The local people in Ka Moe Thway area, Tavoy (Dawei) town, in southern Burma have called for the Thai government to not to build dirty industry near their homes. On September 20, around 200 villagers, who live along the Dawei-Kanchanaburi road, constructed by the Thai Italia... Read more ►

Taungoo villagers protest Thauk Ye Khat Dam

September 30, 2012  •  Author: Karen News

Protesting Karen villagers and community organisations concerned that a dam construction will destroy plantations, roads and their way of life stage a protest against the energy company. As many as 200 villagers from Taungoo Township in Pegu (Pago) Division staged a protest ... Read more ►

Despite KNU policy, Karen General goes-it-alone – opens liaison office

September 30, 2012  •  Author: Karen News

In defiance of Karen National Union policy, Karen National Liberation Army chief General Mutu Say Po opened a temporary central level liaison office in Pa-an Town, Karen State on Saturday, September 29. An attendee at the opening ceremony told Karen News that around 200 peop... Read more ►

Italian-Thai Company trucks blamed for damaged roads

September 29, 2012  •  Author: By Nan Thoo Lei (KIC)

Villagers from Yay Phyu Township in Tanintharyi Region claim that heavy trucks used by the Italian-Thai Development Company for the Dawei Project are damaging village roads. Villagers claim the constant flow of heavy trucks from the Italian-Thai Development Company using loc... Read more ►

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