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Dam investment projects put peace at risk

March 17, 2012  •  Author: Saw Eh Na

An alliance of Karen community base organizations claim Chinese and Thai investment in the Hatgyi dam could undermine the ongoing peace negotiations between the Karen National Union (KNU) and the Burma government, destroying the Karen peoples’ fragile hope for peace. Saw P... Read more ►

Karen fighters and Burma Army soldiers killed over ceasefire breech

March 16, 2012  •  Author: Saw Khar Su Nyar (KIC)

Despite a ceasefire agreement being agreed to by Karen National Union and the Burma government on January 12th fighting between both sides continues. The latest incident happened when government troops refused to stop sending military supplies through KNU held territory to t... Read more ►

Ceasefire promise broken, KNU leader sentence to life

March 15, 2012  •  Author: Saw Thein Myint (KIC)

The sentencing of Karen National Union leader, Padoh Mahn Nyein Maung, to a life sentence has the potential to derail government peace talks. KNU officials claim they were given assurances by government representatives that Mahn Nyein Maung would be freed as part of the ceas... Read more ►

Mine pollutions kills villager’s plantations – government fails to act

March 15, 2012  •  Author: Saw Eh Na

Wearing a torn grey t-shirt and shorts, U Aung Sein paddles his small bamboo raft across the muddy water reservoir that surrounds his dead betel nut plantation. He lays out his fishing net in the dirty water, but expects there will not be any fish. U Aung Sein says he is not... Read more ►

AAPP accuse Burma government of harassing released monk activist

March 14, 2012  •  Author: Karen News

The issue of political prisoners in Burma is still critical, with arrests and government intimidation ongoing, claims a prominent activist organization. The activist organization Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (AAPP) has accused the Burma government, led by i... Read more ►

Villagers accuse Burma Army of forced labor abuses

March 13, 2012  •  Author: Saw Thein Myint (KIC)

Villagers living along the Tavoy-Kanchanaburi Highway linking Burma to Thailand accuse Burma Army soldiers of demanding they provide trucks to transport foods and munitions for the military. Burma Army battalions under Coastal Command headquarters based at Myitta Sub Townshi... Read more ►

AAPP demands Burma President drops charges against jailed KNU leader

March 11, 2012  •  Author: Saw Blacktown

The political prisoner advocate group, Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (Burma), released a statement last Friday requesting the Burma government drop charges against jailed KNU leader, Padoh Mahn Nyein Maung. AAPP’s statement asked for the U Thein Sein gove... Read more ►

KNU, DKBA and KNU/KNLA Peace Council find strength in unity

March 11, 2012  •  Author: Saw Khar Su Nyar (KIC)

With the aim of strengthening their collective bargaining power, the Karen National Union met this week with the Democratic Karen Buddhist Army and the KNU/KNLA Peace Council. The KNU delegation led by Major Saw Hla Ngwe – joint secretary of KNU and Lieutenant General Oliv... Read more ►

Judgement day for Padoh Mahn Nyein Maung

March 11, 2012  •  Author: Saw Thein Myint (KIC)

The jailed Karen National Union leader, Padoh Mahn Nyein Maung will go to sentence on 13 March. His lawyer, said the court scheduled the decision date after hearing from both sides on March 8. “I tried to defend him at the hearing and explained to the judge why Padoh M... Read more ►

Karen Women to fight on

March 9, 2012  •  Author: Nan Thoo Lei (KIC)

The Karen Women Organization held a ceremony to honor the International Women’s Day on March 8, 2012 by celebrating their victories and at the same time vowed to continue their fight for the emergence of legal protection and a guarantee of protection of women against viole... Read more ►

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