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Norway’s deputy FM to visit displaced Karen people

May 29, 2012  •  Author: Karen News

Norway’s Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Torgeir Larsen, will lead a delegation to the Bago regional town of Kyauk Kyi to meet with internally displaced Karen people today. A number of local Karen National Union sources confirmed to Karen News that the visit will t... Read more ►

Diplomats say refugees need guaranteed safety before returning home

May 29, 2012  •  Author: Saw Eh Na

European Union delegates and a number of foreign ambassadors to Thailand visited the Tham Hin refugee camp in Rachaburi province. The group of diplomats told refugee leaders that they will be negotiating with the Burma government to ensure refugees can return to their countr... Read more ►

Suu Kyi’s first international trip in 24 years shrouded in rumours

May 27, 2012  •  Author: Karen News

The National League for Democracy leader and recently elected Member of Parliament, Aung San Suu Kyi, is scheduled to make her first international trip in 24 years when she travels to Thailand to deliver a speech at the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Bangkok on Monday 28 May.... Read more ►

Villagers in Eastern Burma fear landmines

May 26, 2012  •  Author: Saw Khar Su Nyar (KIC)

The ongoing use of landmines by the Burma Army and armed groups in Eastern Burma continues to threaten civilians according to a report released this week by the Karen Human Rights Group. The KHRG report – ‘Uncertain Ground’ – documents the period betw... Read more ►

First Burma Army deserters since ceasefire agreement

May 26, 2012  •  Author: KIC

After receiving abuse from their senior officers, three Burma Army soldiers deserted to Phop Phra district on the Thai side of the border at the end of last month. The soldiers were from the Burma Army Light Infantry Battalion 61 operating in the Waw Lay area, Myawaddy Towns... Read more ►

Kachin women’s group accuses Burma Army of rape

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

The Kachin Women’s Association Thailand have accused Burma Army soldiers of raping a 48-year-old Kachin mother of 12 children in early on May. Moon Nay Li, a coordinator with KWAT said that the rape case happened when Burma Army soldiers from Light Infantry Battalion 3... Read more ►

A historic first KNU and government ministers attended cultural ceremony

May 24, 2012  •  Author: Nan Paw Gay (KIC)

Karen National Union and Burma government representatives, in what is a historic first, attended a literature and culture training ceremony at Koh Koh village in Myawaddy Township. Padoh Saw Ah Toe, head of the KNU Forestry Department, gave the closing ceremony speech and sa... Read more ►

DKBA declares Myawaddy Township a drug free zone

May 22, 2012  •  Author: Saw Khar Su Nyar (KIC)

The DKBA’s political wing, Klohtoobaw Karen Organization (KKO), has declared all areas in Myawaddy Township under their control as drug free zones. The KKO met with 25 village heads and as many as 50 village representatives at their headquarter, Kaw Thu Mwe Kee, to discuss... Read more ►

UNHCR – Refugee status depends on Thailand’s permission

May 21, 2012  •  Author: Nan Thoo Lei (KIC)

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees office in Mae Sot told refugees at Umpiem Mai camp their registration depends on permission from the Thai government even if the UN agency is willing to grant UN refugee status to people. Staff from the UNHCR Mae Sot office w... Read more ►

80 Burmese workers rescued from shrimp factory

May 18, 2012  •  Author: Nan Thoo Lei (KIC)

The Burmese Association of Thailand along with Thai authorities rescued 80 Burmese migrant workers that were being illegally held by their employer at the San Tit shrimp factory in Maha Chai near Bangkok. According to a member of the BAT team the abused workers were confused... Read more ►

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