Opinion

Karen Revolution Desperately in Need of a Reality Check

By Laeyudra Greely* For the past few decades, after the birth of the Karen revolution and its founders’ failure to accomplish its sole purpose of securing the sovereignty of Kawthoolei within their lifetime, there has been little progress, if any at all. With the Karen plight so prolonged to the point where it became the world’s longest ongoing conflict, the…

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Ba U Gyi’s Three Strategies Rethought

By Klo Kwe Moo Kham* I shall begin by making two preliminary comments. The first is the meanings of Ba U Gyi’s three have varied in use over time and context, and all have been adopted by our leaders throughout the last seven decades in one form or another. My second comment is that selection of which strategy is suitable…

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Enough is Enough: Burma Ethnic Civilians Take Human Rights Matters into Their Own Hands

By *Myra Dahgaypaw As far back as 1949, civilians have suffered at the hands of the Tatmadaw [military]. When the country opened its borders and declared a democratic transition, civilians hoped the situation would get better, but that has given way to disappointment as the Tatmadaw continued its abuses and horrors. Respective ethnic and civilian political leaders tried to fix the…

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Choosing to Defend the Military Against Charge of Genocide, Aung San Suu Kyi Is Going for Broke

News of Aung San Suu Kyi’s decision this week to lead Myanmar’s delegation to the Hague to defend an accusation of genocide sent shock waves through Myanmar and beyond. While her domestic supporters may be elated and offer her full support, human rights groups and Suu Kyi’s one-time international supporters are dismayed at her decision to defend what many consider…

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Prosecuting Naw Ohn Hla and Karen Youth Activists Could Jeopardize NLD Government’s Relations with the Karen Community

On August 12th, Naw Ohn Hla, a Karen activist, and some leaders of the Karen Youth Network in Yangon led a group of about 100 people to hold a ceremony commemorating the 69th Karen Martyr’s Day in downtown Yangon. This was after the government refused to give them permission to hold the commemoration ceremony in a church or a monastery.…

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Karen Revolution at a Crossroad – Time for Renewal

2019 marks an important year for Karen armed struggle for self-autonomy in many ways. On January 31st, we will celebrate 70th anniversary of the Karen Revolution Day, a day when Karen people first launched their armed movement against the government of Burma in 1949 for an autonomous state. This year celebration also marks an important moment in the unity of…

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Land Confiscation and Land Grabbing Continues As Business Development Increase in Karen State

In an exclusive interview with Karen News, Saw Albert, Field Director of Karen Human Right Group (KHRG), talk about the land confiscation and its impact on the livelihood of villagers, as well as the unfavorable conditions of legal mechanism towards villagers to secure their lands. Peace Process Doesn’t Help Villagers to Secure their Land Land confiscation is serious because 70%…

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Why Ethnic Armed Groups Cannot Accept the Burma Army’s Demand for a Single Army

Many observers of Myanmar’s political transition agree that the success of Burma’s democratic reforms and national reconciliation hinge on the willingness of Aung San Su Kyi’s quasi-civilian government and the Tatmadaw (Burma Army) to accommodate the political demands and desires of various ethnic groups.  Chief among those demands is greater political, economic and cultural autonomy in the form of federalism…

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Families Remember Saw O Moo – Demand End to Killings, Military Road-Building

This month of September marks five months since Saw O Moo, an unarmed civilian villager and Indigenous community leader who was killed by Burma army on April 5, 2018. However, the Burma Army has yet to return his body to his family or tell his family the location of his body. September 1st being Saw O Moo’s birthday, his wife,…

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“NCA Clearly Reveals Which Tactics will be Used in Making a Move” – KNLA’s Vice Chief of Staff Lt-Gen Saw Baw Kyaw Heh

Myanmar government and ethnic armed organizations including the Karen National Union (KNU) have signed the nationwide ceasefire agreement (NCA), but clashes have broken out in the area controlled by the KNU’s armed wing, the Karen National Liberation Army (KNLA) Brigade 5. The KNLA’s Vice Chief of Staff Lt-Gen Saw Baw Kyaw Heh shared his views and opinions on this issue.…

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