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Thailand Requests Upgrading Three Pagodas Pass to an Official, Permanent Border Crossing

September 4, 2017  •  Author: Saw Myat Oo Thar

Thailand has asked Myanmar to upgrade a high traffic border checkpoint in Karen State that was closed in July due to flooding. They also requested the border be officially upgraded as a permanent trade crossing. The request was lodged on August 30 during the first meeting of... Read more ►

KUPC Hosts Meeting on Unified Karen Coalition

September 4, 2017  •  Author: Karen News

The Karen Unity and Peace Committee (KUPC) convened a summit of Karen State political parties on August 29 to discuss the formation of a united political front. Representatives from the Phalon-Sawaw Democratic Party, the Kayin Democratic Party, the Kayin State Democracy and ... Read more ►

Karen State Opens First Local-level JMC Office in Hpapun

September 4, 2017  •  Author: Karen News

Supporting the nuts and bolts of implementing the peace process, a local-level committee was formed with an office in Hpapun township, Karen State officially opened on August 30. This is the first local-level Joint Ceasefire Monitoring Committee to get to work. The eight-mem... Read more ►

Refugees From Burma Desperate as International Donors Cut Food Funding from October 2017

August 31, 2017  •  Author: Karen News

Refugee advocates on the Thai Burma border have called for international donors to continue funding for refugees and internally displace people in Burma. The Shan State Refugee Committee (Thai Border) issued a statement that pointed out that “food aid we have received has ... Read more ►

Mae La Ma Luang Refugee Camp Quarantined After Confirmation of H1N1 Cases

August 31, 2017  •  Author: Sa Isue

After three H1N1 flu cases were confirmed at a refugee camp along the Thai-Myanmar border last week, the area has been under quarantine with entries and exits temporarily suspended, according to officials at the camp. The Karen Refugee Committee send the restriction at the M... Read more ►

Drug Rehab Group Starts Education Campaign in Karen State

August 30, 2017  •  Author: Saw Myat Oo Thar

A drug rehabilitation group has launched an educational campaign to promote awareness about their services, and convince youth to kick the habit, or not to start in the first place. The Myanmar Drug Addicts Rehabilitation Association (Central) launched the education program ... Read more ►

Burma Army Continues Killing, Looting and Displacing Kachin Civilians

August 30, 2017  •  Author: Karen News

The frontline humanitarian organization, Free Burma Rangers, released a report that supports statements made by the Kachin Women’s Association Thailand (KWAT) that the Burma Army is targeting civilians in Northern Burma. The Free Burma Rangers said that “on August 11th t... Read more ►

Kachin Women’s Group Documents Burma Army Continued Abuse of Civilians

August 25, 2017  •  Author: Karen News

The Kachin Women’s Association Thailand (KWAT) released a statement demanding the Burma Army stops it abuses of civilians. The KWAT said it its statement that “on August 11, 2017, hundreds of Burma Army troops entered Kasung village, in Mogaung township of Kachin St... Read more ►

Illegal Sand Dredging Goes Unchecked on Rapidly Vanishing Island in Karen State

August 25, 2017  •  Author: Nan Way Phyo Zar

Illegal sand dredging has continued unabated on an island in Hpa-an township, despite locals’ complaints that the activity is causing massive erosion. The dredging on Ta Yoke Hla Island was first noticed by the residents in July, and they reported to the local police at th... Read more ►

New Sub-station Expected to Light up Karen State Villages

August 25, 2017  •  Author: Saw Myat Oo Thar

Several villages in Karen State may soon be hooked up to the electrical grid once a new sub-station comes online, according to an official from the State Electric Power Enterprise. “We are trying to distribute power to Myawady, Kawkareik, Kyondoe, Sukali and Waw Lay Myaing... Read more ►

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