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KNLA attack kill 8 and wound 7 Burmese soldiers

June 17, 2011  •  Author: Saw Thein Myint

Karen National Liberation Army sources confirm that in clashes on June 10 in the area of Lamphan village – 19 miles south of Kawkreik town, Karen fighters had killed eight Burmese soldiers and wounded seven. The Burma army Light Infantry Brigade 201 operating in the La... Read more ►

John McCain urged government to release political prisoners

June 15, 2011  •  Author: Saw Thein Myint (KIC)

United States Senator John McCain (R-Arizona) visited Thailand last month ahead of meetings scheduled with Aung San Suu Kyi and Burmese government officials, a visit that included stops at the Mae La refugee camp and the Mae Tao clinic in Mae Sot. The former U.S. presidentia... Read more ►

Karen shun foreign investment in eastern Burma

June 15, 2011  •  Author: Karen News

Karen National Union (KNU) officials issued a statement opposing local or foreign investment in eastern Burma and urged Thai authorities to abandon any plans for the repatriation of tens of thousands of Karen refugees living in camps along the border. KNU officials met for t... Read more ►

Burma’s prisoner amnesty a ‘mockery’

June 14, 2011  •  Author:

The Burmese government’s decision to issue an amnesty order to reduce all prisoners’ sentences by one year that was issued in May has been widely criticized and condemned by political opposition parties and international humanitarian groups. The New York based Human Righ... Read more ►

BGF recruiting new soldier by picking votes

June 14, 2011  •  Author: Saw Thein Myint

The Democratic Karen Buddhist Army border guard force (BGF) in Myawaddy Township in Karen State has turned to a lottery system to recruit new soldiers after a call last month for new recruits went unheeded, according to an official from the Karen National Union (KNU). Saw Au... Read more ►

Economic oppression drives Karen to the ‘mountain’

June 13, 2011  •  Author: Saw Thein Myint (KIC)

Economic necessity and ongoing oppression by military authorities in Karen State have driven many in the Karen community to seek employment in neighboring Thailand, providing some with the means to secure a better future for their families but also posing new challenges for ... Read more ►

Repatriation raises many questions and no answers

June 13, 2011  •  Author: Karen News

As talk persists about repatriation of Burmese refugees living along Thailand’s western border, a refugee leader said he sees no possibilty for the safe return of tens of thousands of refugees and displaced persons in the immediate future. Saw Tun, leader of the Mae La ref... Read more ►

The Elephant and the Sesame Seed: Education still not a priority for Burmese government

June 10, 2011  •  Author: Ma Night Awa

A dire economy and grinding poverty in Karen State have left its education system in shambles and a generation of young people cut off from educational opportunities they are desperate to receive. Nan Moo Mu*, 16, from Mi Tan village in Kyain Seikgyi township, is one such st... Read more ►

Border Crisis: No relief in sight

June 10, 2011  •  Author: Blacktown

Teachers in central Karen state had to close their schools when they heard the Burma army were attacking villages in the area. Teacher, Saw Nway Oo, taught primary school at Kwee Ta Eu village until the soldiers fired heavy mortar and artillery shells into the village. “We... Read more ►

Karen youth urged to shoulder burden of cultural preservation

June 9, 2011  •  Author: Nan Paw Gay (KIC)

The newly elected Burmese civilian government is desperate to appear to the outside world as a fledgling democracy intent on building a civil society. But ‘good-feel’ statements made by elected government ministers at a Karen training course did little to convinc... Read more ►

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