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Karen Officials Recommend Suspending Rock Quarrying on Taung Kalay Mountain

October 17, 2017  •  Author: Khar Suu Nyar

After inspecting a controversial rocky quarrying site in Karen State, a delegation of state-level officials plans to recommend the government suspend the deleterious activity and terminate existing licenses. Karen State’s Pa-O Affairs Minister Khun Myo Tint and state Hlutt... Read more ►

Karen Residents Voice Concerns over Coal-fired Power Plant

October 17, 2017  •  Author: S'Phan Shaung

Karen State Chief Minister Nan Khin Htwe Myint met for the first time with local residents opposing a coal-fired power plant at a public consultation on October 14. Around 1,500 people attended the discussion, which was held in Hpa An township’s Sasana Rama Wut Gyi monaste... Read more ►

KNU Chair Highlights Weaknesses in the NCA During Anniversary Celebrations

October 16, 2017  •  Author: Saw Tun Lin

Amid anniversary celebrations of the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement, the chairperson of the Karen National Union (KNU) bemoaned the lack of progress and lingering weaknesses in the peace process. Speaking at the October 15 commemoration of the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement... Read more ►

Two Myanmar Migrants Receive Compensation after Getting Sacked

October 13, 2017  •  Author: Karen News

In a rare favorable turn for migrant workers, two Myanmar nationals reported being paid thousands of baht in compensation after they were laid off by a Thai steel factory this week. Ko Tin Soe Lwin and his wife Ma Ngwe Tin were both laid off as part of an alleged staff downs... Read more ►

Refugee and Migrant Communities Honor World Teachers’ Day

October 10, 2017  •  Author: Saw Shar

Students and teachers from refugee camps along the border and from migrant schools in Mae Sot gathered to honor their teachers on the World Teacher’s Day on the 5th October. Led by the Karen Refugee Committee Education Entity (KRCEE) and camp education officials the ceremo... Read more ►

Literature and Culture Committees Promise to Assist Applicants for Ethnic Teacher Posts

October 10, 2017  •  Author: Saw Myat Oo Thar

State and region officials are calling on all potential ethnic literature teachers to come forward and apply for daily wage teacher posts. To make the process that much easier, ethnic committee officials have pledged to assist potential applicants with the required paperwork... Read more ►

KNU Holds Emergency Meeting To Kick-start the Stalled Peace Process

October 9, 2017  •  Author: Karen News

The Karen National Union held an emergency meeting to try to re-energize current peace talks between Ethnic Armed Organisation and Burma’s government. KNU sources claim the peace talks have become bogged down since the much vaunted second 21st century Pang Long Peace Confe... Read more ►

International Donor Stop Funding Means Dr. Cynthia’s Clinic Staff Salaries Slashed by 20%

October 5, 2017  •  Author: Saw Shar

Funding cuts to Burma related groups working on the Thai-Burma border have resulted in 20% salary reduction for health workers at Mae Tao Clinic. The Clinic has run a free service for migrant, refugee and people from Burma for 28 years. Mae Tao clinic’s deputy-managin... Read more ►

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 ►

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