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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 ►

A farmer’s story

December 21, 2011  •  Author: Kweh Say

Saw Moo Wah lives in Naung Bo village. His village is one of 11 that are situated along the Sittang River in Pegu Division in the southern central part of Burma. The local economy is based around its natural resources and agriculture. The major crop in Pegu Division is rice ... Read more ►

Rangoon bomb kills one and wounds one

December 21, 2011  •  Author: Karen News

A bomb exploded near the busy Hle Dan junction in Rangoon at 11am this morning killing one and wounding pedestrians. An eyewitness spoke to Karen News (under the condition of anonymity) said the bomb exploded at a public toilet close to Hle Dan junction. “The bomb explosio... Read more ►

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