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Villagers fear Salween Dam

June 8, 2011  •  Author: Cha Mu

In spite of the devastation and loss of life caused by recent earthquakes in northern Thailand and northeast Burma government officials are pushing ahead with its plans to dam the Salween River. The Thai government responded to the recent earth quake in northern Thailand by... Read more ►

Rain and cold a crisis for new refugees

June 7, 2011  •  Author: Saw Thein Myint (KIC)

Community organisations delivering aid to refugees recently displaced by fighting in Karen state are worried the recent cold weather and heavy rain along the border are a health risk for the 12,000 people taking shelter in makeshift hiding sites. Community health workers w... Read more ►

KNU urges commission of inquiry on Burma war crimes

June 7, 2011  •  Author: Karen News

The Karen National Union urged support in a recent statement for a United Nations Commission of Inquiry (CoI) in Burma to investigate alleged war crimes and crimes against humanity at the hands of the nation’s armed forces. “We call upon the international community and t... Read more ►

1,000 BGF troops join forces with Karen army

June 7, 2011  •  Author: Nan Paw Gay (KIC)

The Burma Army plans to militarize eastern Burma suffered a severe set-back in central Pa-an when more than a 1,000 soldiers of the recently formed Border Guard Force joined forces with fighters aligned to the Karen National Union. During the last 18 months, the Burma army ... Read more ►

Envoy urges action to end rights abuses in Karen State

June 6, 2011  •  Author: Kweh Say

Ethnic minority communities in eastern Burma continue to endure widespread human rights abuses despite the government’s nominal transition to a civilian government, a UN human rights envoy told reporters in late May. Tomas Quintana, the UN special rapporteur for human rig... Read more ►

Senator McCain hails Dr Cynthia as a ‘true saint’

June 6, 2011  •  Author: Nan Paw Gay (KIC)

United States Senator John McCain, the Republican party’s nominee for the 2008 presidential election sopped off in Thailand on his way to meet with members of Burma’s newly elected parliament and opposition leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi. Senator McCain met with Thai Prime ... Read more ►

Retired DKBA officers face threats, ongoing surveillance

June 6, 2011  •  Author: Saw Thein Myint (KIC)

Aging and infirm officers of the Democratic Karen Buddhist Army’s Border Guard Force who have retired and fled to liberated areas of Karen State say they have received death threats from active officers. Saw Mu Hsoe, also known as Hta Kler, served as second in command of B... Read more ►

Enemies of the State

June 6, 2011  •  Author: Poe Taw

As the rainy season gains momentum, upwards of 14,000 ethnic Karen refugees remain in makeshift shelters just inside the Thai border, displaced by fighting between the Burmese army and a breakaway faction of the Democratic Karen Buddhist Army (DKBA) that erupted following na... Read more ►

Deadly Soil: Burma’s Enduring Landmine Tragedy

June 6, 2011  •  Author: Blacktown

Increased militarization by the Burmese army in Karen state in recent months has further imperiled communities already at risk of injury or death by landmines, in a country described by a 2011 report by the humanitarian organization Geneva Call as “one of the most heavily... Read more ►

The enemy of my enemy

June 6, 2011  •  Author: Nan Paw Gay (KIC)

The establishment of Burma’s so-called civilian government following national polls in November has done little to change the realities on the ground in Karen State, but as villagers describe near-daily scenes of armed conflict between government soldiers and a breakaway f... Read more ►

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