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First We Bombed Them, Then We Fed Them…

June 14, 2018  •  Author: Karen News

An alliance of democracy activists and civil society organizations in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) region called for international diplomats to pressure the Burma government and its high ranking military generals to stop its offensives in the north of t... Read more ►

First Karen Traditional Restaurant Opens in Rangoon

June 11, 2018  •  Author: Nant Bwar Khlain

A Karen restaurant has opened in Rangoon with the objective to introduce traditional dishes to the public. The owner, Sa Khwa Khwa said his restaurant, Non Tae Ya [The Flag], plans to introduce traditional Karen food to the market, and said it will be the first restaurant to... Read more ►

Funding Cuts Force Refugee Camp Education Programs to Close – Others Struggle to Survive

June 11, 2018  •  Author: Karen News

Karen education officials warn cuts to refugee camp programs are forcing schools to close. Higher education schools in refugee camps along the Thai-Burma border are running out of funding, are struggling to keep open and face pressure to relocate back to Burma. Officials fro... Read more ►

KNU Agricultural Department Decide to Prioritize Measuring Land, Solving Land Disputes

June 4, 2018  •  Author: Sa Isue

The Karen National Union’s Agriculture Department will give priority to assist the public in obtaining their land ownership rights and solve land issues that rose up in the mixed controlled areas within this year. The department made the decision during its 12th year-end m... Read more ►

Karen State Needs to Recruit over 1,000 Teachers after Upgrading Schools

June 4, 2018  •  Author: Karen News

Over 1,000 teachers need to be recruited after the Ministry of Education upgraded 261 government schools in the Karen State within this month, according to the state education officer U Soe Myint. Nine high schools, ten high school branches, 53 middle schools, 21 middle scho... Read more ►

Australian Karen Community Urge Foreign Minister to Pressure Suu Kyi and Burma’s Military to Stop Rights Violations

May 31, 2018  •  Author: Karen News

The Australian Karen Organisation wrote to Australia’s Foreign Minister, Julie Bishop to ask her to use her position to pressure Burma’s government and its Army to immediately withdraw its soldiers from ethnic regions. The AKO explained in its letter to Ms Bishop, that ... Read more ►

KYO Urges more Cooperation Between Ethnic Youths

May 31, 2018  •  Author: Sa Isue

The Karen Youth Organization (KYO)’s chair Saw Ler Ner has urged more cooperation between ethnic youths in the situation where Burma’s political transition cannot guarantee basic rights of ethnic people. “We are still fighting the battles using the political movement ... Read more ►

Australia Karen Join Global Protest against Burma Army Attacks on Villagers

May 25, 2018  •  Author: Karen News

The Australian Karen Organization rallied outside the Burmese Embassy in Canberra to protest against the Burma Army’s recent attacks on villages in Karen State. Members of the Australian Karen community travelled from Sydney, Canberra and Melbourne to protest. The Australi... Read more ►

Testimony Burma Army Offensives Using Kachin Civilians as Human Shields and Mine Sweepers

May 25, 2018  •  Author: Karen News

The Kachin Woman’s Association Thailand issued a statement on May 15, 2018 contradicting claims made by Burma Army commanders that recent offensives against the Kachin Independence Army did not target civilians. The statement said KWAT interviews with displaced people had ... Read more ►

Displaced Mutraw Villagers Can’t go Home – ‘Temporary Stop’ of Road Building Agreement Favors Burma Army Until End of Wet Season

May 24, 2018  •  Author: Karen News

Despite Burma Army promises to withdraw its soldiers and stop a construction of a contentious road at the center of the military conflict, thousands displaced villagers are unable to return to their villages in northern Karen State. In an interview with Karen News, Padoh Saw... Read more ►

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