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

November 15, 2018  •  Author: Karen News

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... Read more ►

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

November 7, 2018  •  Author: * Saw Greh Moo

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 dema... Read more ►

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

September 17, 2018  •  Author: Hsa Moo*

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... Read more ►

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

April 29, 2018  •  Author: Karen News

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.... Read more ►

Bogalay Massacres Should be Investigated and Commemorated

October 29, 2017  •  Author: Mark Farmner

This month another forgotten anniversary is passing by without official acknowledgement. The 8th of August 1988 is remembered for the nationwide protests and crackdown which followed. Troops opened fire on civilians, estimates put the number of people killed at more than thr... Read more ►

INTERVIEW: Karen Community Leader in Sweden Urges Refugees to Invest Hope in the Next Generation

August 17, 2017  •  Author: Karen News

Many Karen refugees from camps along the Thai-Burma border have been resettled in Sweden since 2005 under the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)’s resettlement program. Karen News spoke* with Naw Thida Naing, chair of the Karen Swedish Community, at the ... Read more ►

HAVE YOUR SAY: Ethnic Health Organization Call for Cooperation, Recognition and Equality

August 4, 2017  •  Author: Karen News

In an exclusive interview with Karen News, Saw Nay Htoo, director of the Burma Medical Association explains why its important ethnic health organizations should be providers of healthcare services to ethnic communities. He points out that Burma is a country where government ... Read more ►

Karen Leader – Union Peace Conference 21st Century Pinlong Falls Short – Gives Ethnic Armed Organizations Little, But Lets Military Dominate

July 6, 2017  •  Author: Naw Zipporah Sein

Naw Zipporeah Sein, has spent the last four years negotiating with the Burma government as a key member and Vice-chairperson of the Karen National Union. Ms Sein recently took the time to analyze the Union Peace Conference that was held from 24 to 29 May, 2017 in the country... Read more ►

Aung San Suu Kyi’s Canadian Visit Exposes Media Blind Spots in Reporting Burma

June 15, 2017  •  Author: Saw Lay Khu Wah

Anyone working for social justice in Burma should be disappointed by the mainstream media’s coverage of Aung San Suu Kyi’s visit to Canada last week. Given ongoing military abuses throughout Burma’s ethnic regions, it was frustrating to see headlines focusing a... Read more ►

ALP ‘doesn’t expect a good outcome’ from the Panglong meet: Interview

May 30, 2017  •  Author:

The Arakan Liberation Party (ALP) and its armed wing, the Arakan Liberation Army, signed a preliminary ceasefire with the Rakhine State government in April 2012 before joining seven other ethnic armed groups in inking the nationwide ceasefire agreement (NCA) in October 2015.... Read more ►

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