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HRW: Lifting of State of Emergency in Arakan State “Should End Restrictions on Rohingya”

April 1, 2016  •  Author: Karen News

A four-year-long state of emergency has been lifted in Arakan State the day before Burma’s new government took power, leading to calls for restrictions on ethnic Rohingya to also be lifted. On 29 March 2016, the last day of President U Thein Sein’s administration, emerge... Read more ►

*As Thein Sein exits, his reform legacy gains mixed reviews

April 1, 2016  •  Author: Swe Win (Myanmar Now)

YANGON (Myanmar Now) – Shortly after newly elected President Htin Kyaw completed a swearing-in ceremony in Myanmar’s parliament on Wednesday morning, the country’s new leader, a ‘proxy’ of National League for Democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, headed to the Pre... Read more ►

Karen Villagers Pray for Mountain’s Protection, Health and Environment as 5,000-Tons Cement Plant Proposal is Revived by Militia Leader and Chinese Investors

March 29, 2016  •  Author: Saw Khar Su Nyar

Mi Kayin villagers in Hpa-an Township held a prayer service for the protection of their land and natural resources threatened by the proposed cement plant on March 29, 2016. The villagers gathered at the base of Mi Kayin Mountain for the public prayer service after a recentl... Read more ►

*A legacy of land disputes awaits NLD govt

March 29, 2016  •  Author: Phyo Thiha Cho (Myanmar Now)

The new government will have to address numerous junta-era land grabs, such as in Ayeyawaddy Region’s Pantanaw Township where hundreds of farmers lost land. PANTANAW, Ayeyarwady Region (Myanmar Now) – As darkness fell in Khanwebo on the night of February 3, a sudden ... Read more ►

*Ethnic Rebels Hail New President, Hope for Peace Process Success

March 24, 2016  •  Author: Myanmar Now

YANGON (Myanmar Now) – Ethnic leaders and armed group representatives have welcomed last week’s appointment of Htin Kyaw as president of the National League for Democracy government, with some voicing confidence in his government’s abilities to revive Myanmar’s s... Read more ►

Fortify Rights Calls on US Government to Downgrade Burma’s Trafficking Rating

March 24, 2016  •  Author: Karen News

A human rights organization, Fortify Rights, based in South East Asia has called upon the US Department of State to assign Burma a ‘Tier-3’ ranking on its upcoming Trafficking in Persons (TIP) report. Burma is currently ranked as a Tier-2 country on the US Depart... Read more ►

Rangoon Karen Community Angry, As Official Permission to Teach Its Language in Government Schools Denied

March 22, 2016  •  Author: Saw Tun Lin

Karen Literacy and Cultural Committee members in the Rangoon Region are disappointed over the lack of official permission to allow the ethnic group to teach its language in government schools. Teaching of ethnic languages in government’s schools now is allowed outside of t... Read more ►

Kayin People’s Party Set to Reform Its Structure To Gain Grass Root Support After Dismal 2015 Election Result

March 20, 2016  •  Author: Saw Tun Lin

Regional level Karen People’s Party will reorganize its structure starting from the village tract and ward level. The party’s township officials discussed the issue at its meeting on March, 12 at Mahatheindawgyi Monastery in Pathein, Ayeyawaddy Division. Mahn Tun Tin, th... Read more ►

Fortify Rights: Burma Army Using Civilians As Forced Labor Under Threat of Death

March 20, 2016  •  Author: Karen News

Burma Army soldiers have forced civilians to work for them in Rakhine State, under threat of death if they do not, Fortify Rights a human rights watchdog based in South East Asia said. Fortify Rights said that ethnic Rakhine civilians were forced to dig graves and carry supp... Read more ►

Karen General Joins Environmental and Community Groups Who Want Govt To Halt All Mega Hydro-power Dam Projects On The Salween River

March 17, 2016  •  Author: S'Phan Shaung

A coalition of Karen environmental community based groups, the Karen River Watch, joined with local villagers to protest the building of hydro-power dams on the Salween River. The protesters called for all mega hydro-power projects on Salween River to stop. The protest marke... Read more ►

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