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Former Kachin leader to contest by-election as an independent

January 31, 2012  •  Author: Nan Thoo Lei (KIC)

An ethnic Kachin leader, Dr. Htu Jar, will compete in Burma’s by-election scheduled for April 1st as an independent candidate. Dr. Htu Jar said he would run as individual representative as he had failed to get his proposed party registered for Burma’s national elections... Read more ►

Karen women want say in peace process

January 30, 2012  •  Author: Karen News

The Karen Women’s Organisation released a statement today to say they had formed a peace committee, in accordance with the United Nations Security Council Recommendation 1325, to ensure women are represented during the peace process with the Burma Government. The Karen Wom... Read more ►

Burma exiles take-up President Thein Sein’s invite to return home

January 30, 2012  •  Author: Shwe Thite Taw

One woman pro-democracy activist who took the Burma government’s invitation to return home seriously is Daw San Dar Win, a teacher, who works at Burma Migrant Education Department in the Thai border town of Mae Sot. Daw San Dar Win said that she returned to Burma for fami... Read more ►

Reform is impotent while Burma lacks basic healthcare

January 30, 2012  •  Author: Karen News

Non-profit NGO clinics along the Thai-Burma border remain the best hope of healthcare for poverty struck people from Burma seeking treatment – economic migrants, refugees and internally displaced people. A dirt road bustling with activity marks the centre of Mae Tao Cl... Read more ►

‘Budget, not by-elections, next big test for Thein Sein’, says UK pressure group

January 30, 2012  •  Author: Karen News

As Burma’s Parliament prepares for its next session, the London based pro-democracy advocates, ‘Burma Campaign UK’, called on the international community to scrutinize Burma’s upcoming annual budget as a sign of its commitment to implement reforms that benefit the pe... Read more ►

CEASEFIRE: KNU wants to hear expert advice and Karen voices on ‘peacetalks’

January 28, 2012  •  Author: Saw Blacktown

The Karen National Union (KNU) made public decisions at an emergency meeting by its Central Committee this week about recent and future ‘peace talks’ with the Burma government. The KNU emergency meeting, held at a secret location in Karen State was attended by a total o... Read more ►

George Soros meets Dr Cynthia

January 27, 2012  •  Author: Saw Thite Taw

Billionaire and renown philanthropist, George Soros was the latest in a long list of dignitaries to visit Mae Tao Clinic (also known as Dr Cynthia’s Clinic) based in the Thai border town of Mae Sot. Mr Soros visited the MTC on his way back from a series of high profile me... Read more ►

DKBA put the hard word on the KNU for ‘peace talks’ to be open and honest

January 27, 2012  •  Author: Saw Kha Su Nyar (KIC)

A breakaway Karen armed group, the Democratic Karen Buddhist Army, said in a public statement that they welcomed the recent ‘peace talks’ between the Karen National Union and the Burma government, but warned that the if the ‘talks’ are to succeed KNU fighters will h... Read more ►

Burma Army out of step with government reforms

January 27, 2012  •  Author: Saw Thein Myint and Saw Poe Moo (KIC)

Burma Army battalions operating in the Tantabin Township, Taungoo District, Karen State area have forced villagers to work daily on a rotation to supply frontline bases. A local villager told Karen News that Light Infantry Battalions 376, 541, 540 and 380, under the Militar... Read more ►

KNU demand release of jailed leader

January 26, 2012  •  Author: Nan Thoo Lei (KIC)

The Karen National Union says at the next round of ‘peace talks’ with the Burma government they will demand the release of Padoh Mahn Nyein Maung – the jailed KNU central executive member now serving a 17-year jail sentence in Burma’s notorious Insein Prison. Pad... Read more ►

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