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Displaced Children at Myaing Gyi Ngu IDP Camp Vaccinated

July 9, 2017  •  Author: Nan Way Phyo Zar

Over 200 children at the Myaing Gyi Ngu internally displaced persons camp have received their first ever inoculations this week, amid a joint vaccination drive by the Karen Department of Health and Welfare and the state health department. Between July 4-6 children under five... Read more ►

KNLA Leaders Warn Soldiers to Remain Cautious of the Ceasefire

July 9, 2017  •  Author: Sa Isue

On Karen armed forced day last week, one ethnic armed group leader sounded a cautionary note, instructing soldiers to recall that a ceasefire is not the same as peace, while urging them to remain “alert”. “The ceasefire is a political game,” said Lieutenant General S... Read more ►

Steering Team to Review Peace Process

July 9, 2017  •  Author: Saw Shar

With peace still looking elusive and negotiations as fractured as ever, a steering committee established by the ceasefire signatories has agreed to conduct a broad review of the peace process. The Peace Process Steering Team (PPST) announced on July 2 that it would undertake... Read more ►

First Karen National Police Force Day to be held this year

July 6, 2017  •  Author: Sa Isue

The Karen National Union (KNU) will celebrate its police force, inaugurating the first annual ‘Police Day’ on September 9, according to an official from the KNU’s Interior and Religious Affairs Department. “The KNPF has been active for 20 years, but the public does n... Read more ►

Thai Crackdown Disrupting Burma Migrant Schools: BMTA

July 4, 2017  •  Author: Saw Shar

A recent crackdown by Thai authorities against illegal foreign workers has resulted in the temporary closure of several Burma migrant schools in Tak Province, according to the Burmese Migrant Teachers’ Association (BMTA). BMTA secretary U Naing Naing Tun told Karen New... Read more ►

Ethnic Media Conference calls for the release of three detained journalists

July 4, 2017  •  Author: Karen News

Participants of the Fifth Ethnic Media Conference have submitted an open letter to the President, the State Counsellor and the Tatmadaw’s Commander-in-Chief calling for the release of three journalists who have been detained in Shan State. After holding an emergency sessio... Read more ►

Fifth Ethnic Media Conference Convenes in Loikaw

June 27, 2017  •  Author: Karen News

The Fifth Ethnic Media Conference got underway in Loikaw, Kayah (Karenni) State on June 26. Led by Burma News International (BNI) and Kayah State-based Kantarawaddy Times, the three-day conference aims to raise the profile of ethnic media, according to BNI’s director Nai K... Read more ►

Karen Women’s Empowerment Group visits Pyidaungsu Hluttaw

June 27, 2017  •  Author: Nan Way Phyo Zar

The Karen Women’s Empowerment Group (KWEG) went on its first excursion to the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw in Naypyidaw on June 20. A total of 47 village leaders from Hpa-an, Kawkareik, Kyain Seik Gyi and Hlaingbwe Townships in Karen State studied the activities carried out by the P... Read more ►

EU-backed forest working committee established in Karen State

June 26, 2017  •  Author: Karen News

An EU Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT) working committee has been established in Karen State. This came after a FLEGT Voluntary Partnership Agreement meeting with various civil society organizations (CSOs) in the state’s capital Hpa-an on June 17 and 18... Read more ►

Migrant students in Mae Sot continue to struggle with matriculation exam

June 26, 2017  •  Author: Saw Shar

The matriculation exam pass rate at Burma migrant schools in Mae Sot, Thailand remains very low, according to the Burmese Migrant Workers’ Education Committee (BMWEC). Only 16 out of 101 students from Hsa Thoo Lei and Thway Thit schools passed their Myanmar matriculati... Read more ►

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