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3,000 Karen turn out to celebrate hassle-free New Year in Tavoy

December 30, 2011  •  Author: Ehna

Thousands of villagers turned up to celebrate the Karen New Year for the first time in Tavoy (also known as Dawei) Town, the capital of Tenasserim Division. The huge turnout was in response to the Burma government’s offer to let Karen people their cultural holiday in the d... Read more ►

Village fire destroys 100 houses

December 29, 2011  •  Author: Karen News

Residents of Zin Kyaik village, Paung Township, Mon State claim a fire that destroyed more than a 100 houses on the night of 25 December was a caused by an electric fault. A woman villager who witnessed the incident told Karen News. “A hundred houses are gone. People say t... Read more ►

Burma Army deserters claim abuse continues

December 29, 2011  •  Author: Saw Kha Su Nyar (KIC)

After being abused by a senior officer, Aung Ko Lat, 21, deserted from his Burma Army Light Infantry Battalion 230 that was operating in Hlaingbwe Township in Karen State. Aung Ko Lat explained to Karen News that he deserted his unit on December 12, 2011 and turned himself i... Read more ►

KNU ‘peace talks’ gives voice to Karen organizations

December 28, 2011  •  Author: Saw Kha Su Nyar (KIC)

The Karen National Union have appealed for Karen civil society groups based inside Burma and oversea to voice their thoughts before the official ‘peace talks’ between the KNU and the Burma government takes place on January 12. Naw Zipporah Sein, general secretary of KNU ... Read more ►

Burma Army officers using HIV patients to avoid frontline duty

December 28, 2011  •  Author: Naw Hser Kler (KIC)

To avoid being sent to the frontline, Burma Army officers are allegedly paying people who are HIV/AIDS positive to be tested and admitted to Mingaladon Military Hospital under the officer’s names in order to be excused military duty. A HIV/AIDS positive person who had been... Read more ►

Mon Party start ‘peace talks’ with government

December 25, 2011  •  Author: Karen News

The New Mon State Party and a government delegation headed by Burma’s Minister for Railways, U Aung Min held preliminary ‘peace talks’ in Thailand on the 22nd December. The New Mon State Party confirmed to Karen News that the meeting with the Burma government represent... Read more ►

Burma Army soldier stabs breastfeeding mother

December 24, 2011  •  Author: Saw Khar Su Nyar (KIC)

Burma Army soldiers in Khapara village, Mansi Township in Kachin State, killed a Kachin mother while she was breastfeeding her three-week-old baby. The woman’s husband said soldiers came to where his family was hiding and stabbed his wife Daw Swan Kar Ryeh Taung’s to de... Read more ►

Government keeps eye on Karen Peace Committee

December 22, 2011  •  Author: Saw Thein Myint (KIC)

The Pa’an Town based Karen Peace Committee has come under government scrutiny under after they met with Karen National Union leaders about ceasefire talks held at the Thai Burma border in early December according to local sources. A member from a Pa’an based char... Read more ►

A barren promise of reform – rural communities still abused in Burma

December 22, 2011  •  Author: Karen News

Reports by human rights groups accuse the Burma Army of ongoing abuses including rape, torture and murder. The recent visit in November by US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was supposed to nudge Burma’s military leadership towards reform. But the Karen Human Rights Gro... Read more ►

KNU leader jailed for 17-years

December 22, 2011  •  Author: Saw Thien Myint (KIC)

After being reported ‘as disappeared’ during his trip to China in August 2011, Padoh Mahn Nyein Maung, a Karen National Union central executive committee member it was reported in Burma’s media that on December 8, the KNU official was tried and sentenced at Mingaladon ... Read more ►

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