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Final Call for 2016 Padoh Mahn Sha Young Leader Award Nominations

December 11, 2016  •  Author: Karen News

The Phan Foundation has issued a final call for nominations for the annual Padoh Mahn Sha Young Leader Award for 2016 – the closing date is December 31, 2016. Slone Phan, Director of the Phan Foundation and the youngest son of Padoh Mahn Sha said in the statement that the ... Read more ►

Burma Army Tortures Three Farmers for Talking Loudly and Shoots Farmer in Mong Yen, Northern Shan State

December 11, 2016  •  Author: Karen News

A statement released by the Shan Human Rights Foundation on December 6, 2016, details the torture and shooting of villagers in northern Shan State. The statement alleged that three villagers were “tortured for speaking loudly.” The SHRF report that on “November 13, 201... Read more ►

ICRC Trains KNLA on Law of Armed Conflict

December 7, 2016  •  Author: Sa I Sue

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) recently gave training on the law of armed conflict (LOAC) to senior military leaders of the Karen National Liberation Army (KNLA). Over 40 military leaders from the KNLA under the KNU Brigade 7 attended the training, which... Read more ►

Karen EAOs and Political Parties Attend Federalism Workshop

December 7, 2016  •  Author: S'Phan Shaung

Three Karen ethnic armed organisations (EAOs) and four Karen political parties held their first federalism workshop at Lay Kay Kaw Myothit in Myawaddy Township, Karen State from 29 to 30 November. Saw Tar Mu Lar, the Karen National Union (KNU) Chairman’s Office Secretary, ... Read more ►

Karen New Year Celebrations To Be Held in Naypyidaw for The First Time

December 7, 2016  •  Author: Saw Myat Oo Thar

Karen Members of Parliament (MPs) will lead the first Naypyidaw Karen New Year Festival when the 79th New Year Festival is held at the MCC-2 Hall in Naypidaw on 29 December. Saw Shar Phaung Awar, the Naypyidaw Karen New Year Organising Committee Joint Secretary told Karen Ne... Read more ►

*As labourers leave Myanmar delta, farmers struggle to mechanise

December 2, 2016  •  Author: Myanmar Now

KWINYAR VILLAGE, Ayeyarwady Region – On a recent November morning, farmer Soe Myint Aung was busy collecting rice from his harvester and loading it into bags. It is heavy work but still he knows he is lucky; with 17 acres of paddy field situated along a road in Kwiny... Read more ►

Thousands of Rohingya Refugees Flee to Bangladesh as Senior UN Official Calls For Investigation into Allegations of Abuse, Torture, Rape and Killings

December 2, 2016  •  Author: Karen News

Burma security forces crackdown on “terrorists’ in the western Rakhine State have forced at least 10,000 Rohingya to take refuge in Bangladesh in recent weeks, according to the United Nations. Vivian Tan, a spokeswoman for the United Nation High Commissioner for Refugee... Read more ►

Women’s Organisation Raising Awareness of Violence Against Women

December 1, 2016  •  Author: KIC

The Women’s Organisations Network – Karen State (WON-KS) held an awareness-raising programme on violence against women in Kha Lel Village in Kyain Seikgyi Township, Karen State on 28 November. The WON-KS chairperson Naw Khaing Thitzar said: “As part of the 16 days of a... Read more ►

CPPCR Asks Burma Government to Recognise Unregistered Children

December 1, 2016  •  Author: KIC

The Committee for Protection and Promotion of Child Rights (CPPCR) will lobby the Burmese Government to officially recognise the birth certificates of children born in Thailand to migrant workers and in refugee camps. Naw Blooming Night Zan, an executive member of CPPCR, sa... Read more ►

“Fighting is everywhere…” Government Forces Use Airpower to Batter Ethnic Armed Groups in Northern Burma…Thousands Displaced

December 1, 2016  •  Author: Karen News

Reports from an alliance of Kachin peace groups and a humanitarian organization have released reports documenting government army offensives against ethnic armed groups in northern Burma. The Kachin Peace Network called on the government’s military and the ethnic armed gro... Read more ►

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