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UNHCR – Straight-Talking on Refugees

September 5, 2014  •  Author: Karen News

Mr. Iain Hall, the senior field coordinator for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees based in the Thai border town of Mae Sot gave an exclusive interview to Karen News. In the exclusive interview, Mr Hall covers a wide range of issues affecting refugees includin... Read more ►

How NCPO Can Help Myanmar Refugees

July 26, 2014  •  Author: *Bill Frelick

When Gen Prayuth Chan-ocha announced on July 11 that the Thai refugee camps on the Thai-Myanmar border would be emptied, many wondered if there really is new resolve by the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) to repatriate the 130,000 Myanmar refugees who have been l... Read more ►

Why Ceasefire Process is Slow

May 14, 2014  •  Author: Duwa Jee

Duwa Jee, a Kachin freelance writer, outlines in his commentary why the current peace process has to take into account the past 60 years of civil war that ravaged the ethnic people of Burma. The ethnic nationalities of Burma/Myanmar is of the view that the ethnic armed resis... Read more ►

Women’s Group Expressed Concern On Draft Interfaith Marriage Law

May 11, 2014  •  Author: Karen News

A wide and diverse range of women groups and civil society organisations have released the following statement on the government’s draft Interfaith Marriage Law. Karen News have taken the decision to run the full statement to generate debate and understanding in the co... Read more ►

Burma’s Census: Nation Building Needs To Start Somewhere

April 22, 2014  •  Author: *Olivia Cable

Censuses are a starting point to order society. Benedict Anderson writes in his iconic essay Census, Map, Museum, that British colonial census-makers were known to ‘agglomerate, disaggregate, recombine and intermix identity categories’, and that ‘the politically power... Read more ►

DAMS, LIES AND PIPELINES

March 14, 2014  •  Author: Karen News

General Baw Kyaw Heh, the Karen National Liberation Army’s vice-chief-of-staff, in an exclusive question and answer interview with Karen News discussed the consequences of mega- development projects, hydro-dams, armed conflict, corruption, the current ceasefire, peace talk... Read more ►

Now Is Not The Time For Refugee Returns

March 13, 2014  •  Author: *Ner Dah Mya

The Karen refugees in Thailand could be facing a new situation before we even know of it! Over the past years foreign donors and NGOs have chosen to abandon the border area and direct their support and aid through Rangoon via government-controlled agencies. The thinking is t... Read more ►

Ethnic Leaders Have Their Say – Part 1

February 17, 2014  •  Author: Karen News

In a show of unity and strength, representatives from 17-armed resistance groups met in Karen State in January for five days to discuss a nationwide ceasefire agreement for Burma. The ethnic armed groups met at Law Khee Lar in Karen State and hailed the conference as a succe... Read more ►

Burma’s ‘Medical Refugees’ Find Health Care In Thailand

February 17, 2014  •  Author: *Samantha Carter

Despite ceasefires between armed ethnic groups and the government’s military, many people from Burma are continuing to cross the border into Thailand in order to seek health care that is inaccessible or unaffordable in their own country. This has created a population of ... Read more ►

Burma: Ethnic Nationalities Offer Hope For A Nationwide Ceasefire

January 26, 2014  •  Author: *Saw Kapi

More than one hundred leaders from Burma’s ethnic armed resistance organizations gathered at Law Khee Lar, Karen State from January 20 to 24, 2014 to work out a plan for a proposed nationwide ceasefire agreement with the Burma government. The ethnic leaders met and discus... Read more ►

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