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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 ►

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 ►

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