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Let’s Unite To Make History

January 23, 2014  •  Author: *Dr Timothy Laklem

Dr Timothy Laklem calls for Karen unity and self-determination and for all ethnic people to be treated equally within a democratic and federal union of Burma. It is not my intention in this ‘opinion piece’ to blame, but rather to give a strong reminder to those negotiat... Read more ►

Urgently Needed: A Long Term And Practical Policy On The Rohingya Crisis

December 23, 2013  •  Author: *Greh Moo

Since Burma’s military junta officially ceded power to a quasi-civilian government in 2011, the country has received much praise and applause from the international community for reforms it initiated. A series of peace talks with various ethnic armed groups have been held... Read more ►

The Karen People Deserve Better

December 23, 2013  •  Author: *Ner Dah Mya

January 2014 marks two years since the Karen National Union signed a temporary ceasefire agreement with Burma’s military, controlled government, and it is time now to reflect on what this agreement has so far achieved in real terms for the Karen people. On the positive sid... Read more ►

Vale Nelson Mandela – 1918 to 2013

December 6, 2013  •  Author:

In His Own Words 1. On His Opposition To Apartheid “During my lifetime I have dedicated myself to this struggle of the African people. I have fought against white domination, and I have fought against black domination. I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free so... Read more ►

Listen To Us – Stop Ignoring Our Concerns

October 12, 2013  •  Author: *Zoya Phan

A number of international governments, organisations and individuals try to squeeze the current situation of the Karen people into a narrow, restrictive and simplistic narrative that is usually framed like this. ‘After more than sixty years of conflict, at last the Karen... Read more ►

Military Assistance to Myanmar – A Need for Balance

September 24, 2013  •  Author: *Christine M. Leah

The United States and Australia need to adopt a calibrated approach in extending military assistance to the new leadership in Myanmar. Without such a calculated framework, Washington’s efforts at building partner capacity will be much less effective. Since 2012 the United ... Read more ►

Caught in a Two-Front War in Post-Ceasefire Karen State

July 18, 2013  •  Author: Saw Greh Moo*

Despite a ceasefire agreement between the Karen National Union and the Burma government and endless rounds of dead-end peace-talks, the Burma Army continues to consolidate and reinforce its military bases in Karen State. Many observers fear the government is ‘playing’ pe... Read more ►

Burma’s Healthcare System in Critical Condition

June 28, 2013  •  Author: *Samantha Carter and Naw Htoo Htoo

While the recent political reforms in Burma show promise for the country’s future, Burma’s long-neglected healthcare system faces a number of challenges before it can deliver effective and affordable care to the people of Burma. Although Burma’s government increased ... Read more ►

Karen women’s voices vital in peace talks

May 26, 2013  •  Author: *Christine Leah and Nan Paw Gay

The participation of women in future peace talks between the ethnic groups and the central government will be critical contribution to achieving lasting peace in Burma. Durable peace goes beyond the mere absence of conflict, and whilst the Burmese military and the Karen Nati... Read more ►

Myanmar needs to admit rape of minority women

March 26, 2013  •  Author: *Christine Leah and Nan Paw Gay

The Myanmar central government has consistently denied its soldiers have systematically used rape as a weapon of war against ethnic minorities. But according to numerous reports, despite recent political reforms, Myanmar’s army has continued to rape, torture and kill c... Read more ►

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