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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 ►

Burma army enforces night curfew – issues shoot-to-kill orders

December 22, 2011  •  Author: Saw Poe Moo (KIC)

Villagers say Burma Army units operating in the Amo in Palaw Township of Tenasserim Division area have imposed a night curfew order on local villagers in the area, beginning on December 7th. The order was issued by the Burma Army Tactical Operation Command #3, led by Command... Read more ►

It’s Official! KNU kicks off New Year with ceasefire talks with Burma government

December 22, 2011  •  Author: Nan Paw Gay (KIC)

The Karen National Union confirmed to Karen News that it will officially meet with the Burma government to progress ceasefire talks on 12th January 2012 in Pa-an Town, Karen State. Padoh Saw David Taw, the secretary of the KNU Peace Committee told Karen News and said that t... Read more ►

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