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Professor Desmond Ball – 1946 to 2016 – “His memory will remain with us forever…”

October 28, 2016  •  Author: Cameron Hawker

The death of Professor Desmond Ball witnessed a surge of respectful and reverent obituaries and comment on social media, in newspapers, radio and television. His life’s work was lauded by many people who knew the significance of his work or who Des Ball had helped in some ... Read more ►

Refugee Community on the Thai-Burma Border Caught in Hard Place

September 2, 2016  •  Author: Jami Campbell

Funding cuts have decreased food rations, negatively impacted already weakened health care and education systems, and a resettlement process has taken many in community leadership roles before replacements can be adequately trained. Refugees feel they are being forced to ... Read more ►

We Need To Negotiate A New Agreement

August 24, 2016  •  Author: Karen News

In an exclusive interview with Karen News, P’Doh Naw Zipporah Sein, Vice-chairperson of the Karen National Union, discussed the issues and agreements reached at the ethnic armed organization plenary meeting held from July 26 to 30 in Mai Ja Yang, Kachin State. Q: Could you... Read more ►

Karen Voters Put Their Trust In Suu Kyi But Voice Concerns over Future

November 19, 2015  •  Author: *Charles Hardman

Hpa An – election day. The queues had built up well before the 6am start to vote. There was a quiet buzz around the schools being used as polling stations with families and friends emerging smiling and photographing inked fingers. Everyone said they were voting for the Nat... Read more ►

Why Burma’s ethnic armed groups are reluctant to agree to Thein Sein government’s peace plan – a minority perspective

July 10, 2015  •  Author: *Saw Greh Moo

Since coming to power in 2011, President Thein Sein, a former general, has initiated a plan to resolve Burma’s decades-long ethnic conflict as part of broader domestic reform programs. Burma observers, both inside and outside, agree that resolving ethnic conflict is centra... Read more ►

End Military Impunity For Violence Against Women

November 26, 2014  •  Author: *Zoya Phan

This week, which marked the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, the women of Burma reiterated their call for an international investigation to look into the continuing use of rape and sexual violence against women in Burma, and address the issue ... Read more ►

Karen Army General Explains Rational Behind Reformation Of Ethnic Alliance And Recent Conflict With Govt Troops

October 21, 2014  •  Author: Karen News

Karen News spoke exclusively with General General Baw Kyaw Heh, the Karen National Liberation Army’s Vice-Chief of Staff, explains about what the alliance between four Karen armed groups and what lies behind the recent outbreak of fighting. For the sake of clarity, Karen N... Read more ►

Time For A United, Modern KNU

October 13, 2014  •  Author: *Nant Bwa Bwa Phan, Nant Zoya Phan and Slone Phan

It is no secret that there is division within the Karen nation about how we should respond to the political changes that have incurred in our country since 2011. Some see the ceasefire process as a genuine opportunity to start negotiations that could give the Karen people gu... Read more ►

Broad-based Community Involvement Is Central to Success of the Karen Political Movement and Struggle

September 20, 2014  •  Author: *Saw Greh Moo and Saw Sweener Soe

In the wake of the Karen National Union’s sudden walk out from the United Nationalities Federal Council’s conference and its subsequent temporary suspension of its membership in the ethnic alliance in late August, Karen communities and Karen civil society organizations w... Read more ►

Karen National Union Responds To Why It Has Temporarily Suspended Its Membership Of The Ethnic Alliance

September 5, 2014  •  Author: Karen News

The Karen National Union formally announced their suspension of participation with the ethnic alliance – the United Nationalities for Federal Council. The move has massive ramifications for the ethnic alliance. The KNU claim that its move was made so it can review and cons... Read more ►

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