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

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 Department of State watch list. Fortify Rights said that TIP rankings should be “objective and based…

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

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 the official curriculum, but ethnic nationalities pushed to have their languages taught officially in government schools. A general…

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

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, the KPP’s Ayeyarwaddy regional chairman spoke to Karen News. “Our plan is that if there are 10 villages in a…

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

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 supplies for Burma Army forces engaged in a conflict with the Arakan Army…

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

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 marked the International Day of Action for Rivers and Against Dams, held each year on March 14. Representatives…

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*Army’s choice for ‘hardline’ VP met with surprise and concern

While parliament’s vote for a civilian president is greeted with optimism, the appointment of a junta-era figure to first vice-president concerns many YANGON (Myanmar Now) – Across Myanmar, Htin Kyaw’s appointment as president on Tuesday was greeted with optimism as finally a civilian, and not a general, will lead the government. But the simultaneous approval of the military’s choice for…

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Asian Human Rights Commission Supports Student Leaders Boycott Of Burma’s ‘Failed’ Judicial System

Student leaders from the All Burma Federation of Student Union’s have announced they will boycott the country’s judicial system and have announced a “Failed Law” calling for a change to the 2008 constitution. The campaign was sparked by a crackdown by Burmese authorities on protesters against a joint Chinese and Burma Army copper mine project in Letpadaung in December 2014.…

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Naw Ohn Hla’s Jailing Highlights Ongoing Suppression of Political Dissent, Human Rights Organisation Claims

In spite of recent reforms and the release of political prisoners, the numbers still in jail in Burma are significant, a human rights advocacy organisation based in the United Kingdom has said. Burma Campaign UK, said it had launched a campaign to highlight the issue of political imprisonment in Burma, referring to the case of Naw Ohn Hla, who was…

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DKBA Leader, Major General Saw Ler Pwe Succumbs To Cancer

Major General Saw Ler Pwe, the commander-in-chief of Democratic Karen Benevolent Army also known as Na Kham Mwe, died Today (March 13) from cancer at his home in Pegu Town. Saw Yin Kyi, DKBA Liaison Officer in Kawkareik confirmed to Karen News about the general’s death. “[Grandpa] Saw Ler Pwe suddenly vomited on his way home coming back from church.…

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Karen Women Pressure Politicians To Fulfill Obligation To Increase Their Numbers In Peace Process

To mark International Women’s Day, Karen women’s groups demand involvement in the Burma peace building process and reminded politicians to keep their promise of giving women a 30% stake in the process. International Women’s Day ceremonies were widely held in KNU controlled areas and in refugee camps along the Thai-Burma border on March 8, organized by the Karen Women’s Organization…

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