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Border closure hurts traders

June 30, 2011  •  Author: Karen News

Since July 2010, Burma’s military regime has insisted on keeping the Myawaddy-Mae Sot border checkpoint closed in retaliation for what it claims was the unofficial construction of a concrete embankment on the Thai side. A year has almost passed and the border crossing betw... Read more ►

ENC plea ignored

June 27, 2011  •  Author: Saw Khar Su Nyar

The Ethnic Nationalities Council (ENC) issued a statement at the 6th congress in June, urging the newly elected Burmese president, U Thein Sein, to stop military attacks in ethnic areas, to hold a nationwide ceasefire and to start peace talk. So far the ENC request has made... Read more ►

Kawkeriek civilian shot dead by Burma army

June 27, 2011  •  Author: Saw Thein Myint

Myawaddy residents are running on scared after recent fighting in the area. Eyewitnesses said a civilian who ignored a Burma army warning not to drive on the Myawaddy-Kawkeriek road was shot dead by a soldier. A resident who witnessed the conflict told Karen News that fighti... Read more ►

World refugee day not a cause for celebration

June 26, 2011  •  Author: Eh Na

Saw The Blay, has spent 27 of his 34 years as a Karen refugee in Mae La refugee camp in Tak, Thailand and says he regrets not being able to live in his homeland. “I want to go back, but I dare not to go back. We cannot go home because there is no security – nothing but f... Read more ►

Music for the people!

June 22, 2011  •  Author: Cha Mu

A group of Karen refugee musicians and aritsts have got together to paint, write and sing about their hurts, love and their revolution. The group got together in 2006 determined to change misperceptions that refugees are nothing more than a needy rabble. Kweh Say, a founding... Read more ►

Urban warfare hits Three Pagoda Pass

June 17, 2011  •  Author: Nan Paw Gay and Saw Thein Myint

A group of unknown gunmen drove into Three Pagoda Pass town in Kyain Seikygi Township, at about 12pm, shot at and burned a house, belonging to a businessman with close links to the Burma army. An eyewitness to the shooting incident told Karen News the gunmen arrived on a pic... Read more ►

Motorbike gunmen target Burma army soldiers

June 17, 2011  •  Author: Saw Thein Myint

Civilian witnesses in Three Pagoda Pass town said yesterday evening, in what regional security agencies say is an unusual twist to the on-going conflict between the Karen fighters and the Burma army, two gun-men on a motorbike, shot up Burma army soldiers from IB 284 in town... Read more ►

Burma army shelling displaces 200 villagers

June 17, 2011  •  Author: Saw Thein Myint

Fighting this week between Karen fighters and Burma army soldiers forced 200 villagers from Mae Ka Tha out of their homes. Mae Ka Tha village is located in the Three Pagodas Pass area in Kyain Seikgyi Township, Karen State. On June 10, Karen fighters attacked the Burma army ... Read more ►

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 ►

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