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Fundraisers Held to Support Ei Tu Hta IDPs

October 3, 2017  •  Author: Saw Shar

Hoping to bring relief displaced Karen people whose camp no longer has a source of funding, the Karen diaspora across the border in Thailand staged an emergency fundraising benefit over the weekend. Over 100 people attended the September 30 fundraiser in Mae Sot, which broug... Read more ►

Shortage of Textbooks, Teachers and Political Will Stymie Karen Literature Classes

October 3, 2017  •  Author: Saw Shar

A Karen State official is accusing some school administrators of putting up road blocks to prevent Karen language and literature classes from being offered. “The textbooks haven’t been issued yet this year. Some headmasters don’t want ethnic literature to be taught bec... Read more ►

Financial Assistance Dries Up at the Ei Tu Hta IDP Camp

October 1, 2017  •  Author: Saw Shar

Despite appeals for emergency funding, a displaced persons camp in the northern Karen State has received no additional cash and anticipates its finances have dried up by the end of September, officials said. At the beginning of September, the Ei Tu Hta IDP Camp Supporting Co... Read more ►

British Govt Stops Training Burma Military – UK PM “Stop Using Terrorism as Cover foe Oppression and the Violation of Human Rights…”

September 30, 2017  •  Author: Karen News

The Burma Campaign UK released a statement welcoming the British government’s decision to stop funding and training of Burma’s military forces. The Burma Campaign UK said that in 2016 “the British government spent £305,000 of British taxpayers’ money training the Bu... Read more ►

Business for Peace Forum Held in Karen State

September 20, 2017  •  Author: Nan Way Phyo Zar

Karen State is open for business and ready for investment to pave the way for development, participants at a recent “Business for Peace” forum heard. The state’s Minister of Planning, Finance and Municipal Affairs U Than Naing said the state is now stable and brimming ... Read more ►

Refugee Activists Discuss Pressure to Return from Thai-Burma border at Chiang Mai Seminar

September 20, 2017  •  Author: Saw Shar

At a public seminar in Thailand last week, Karen and Karenni officials raised concerns about the increasing pressure for refugees to return from the Thai-Myanmar border as international funding for camps dries up. “The refugees from the Thai-Myanmar border are not ready to... Read more ►

Mon State Govt Donates Karen Costumes, Instruments to Universities

September 20, 2017  •  Author: Saw Myat Oo Thar

In effort to bolster Karen traditions, the Mon State government has donated dance costumes and instruments to five universities, an official said. The Karen literature and culture committees at Mawlamyine University, Mon State’s Technological University, the University of ... Read more ►

Thai Human Rights Commission Holds Hearing on Coal Mine Pollution and HR Violations in Southern Burma

September 17, 2017  •  Author: Sa Isue

The National Human Rights Commission of Thailand (NHRCT) met on 11 September to hear a complaint against the Ben Chaung Coal Mine. The coalmine is located in the Thanintharyi Region of Burma and three Thai companies are involved. The complaint, filed by representatives of in... Read more ►

Karen Diaspora in Minnesota Keeps Language Alive with Local Trainings

September 17, 2017  •  Author: Saw Shar

A group of Karen residents in Minnesota are trying to keep their traditions alive among the diaspora by teaching the Karen language and literature. Every weekend from January 28 to September 4, a group that calls itself the Putermine Gontar Temple taught 16 adults and kids i... Read more ►

Burma Army: “Shelling and Shooting Force 300 Villagers to Flee in Mong Yai, Northern Shan State…”

September 16, 2017  •  Author: Karen News

The Shan Human Rights Foundation (SHRF) have released a report that accuses the Burma Army of shelling the northern Shan region of Mong Yai forcing 300 villagers to flee. The Shan Human Rights Foundation statement said that “on September 10 at 8:00 am, a group of about 60 ... Read more ►

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