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NEGOTIATING WITH THE BURMA GOVERNMENT: In Search of a National Consensus

March 11, 2013  •  Author: *Saw Kapi

Just over a year ago, the Karen National Union entered into negotiations with President Thein Sein’s quasi-civilian government with the ultimate aim of attaining a democratic federal Union of Burma/Myanmar, wherein diverse ethnic nationalities equally enjoy a level of righ... Read more ►

Interview with Saw Thamein Tun

March 8, 2013  •  Author:

Padoh Saw Thamein Tun, a member of the Karen National Union’s Central Executive Committee explains to Karen News the significance of Karen National Day KNU Day is a very special issue for the whole of the Karen nation. There were many various Karen Organizations in the pa... Read more ►

Danger: Burma is without a national landmine action program

March 1, 2013  •  Author: *Christine M. Leah and Saw Wei Thoo

The new Burmese government needs to design and implement a national program to eliminate the landmine risk if it is serious about genuine political reconciliation with the ethnic minorities in Burma. Despite democratic reforms and moves to sign ceasefires with non-state arm... Read more ►

U.S. Answer Refugee Resettlement Questions

February 21, 2013  •  Author:

Rumors continue to circulate among refugees about the closing of the U.S. resettlement program. In an effort to get its message to refugees about the issue, the International Rescue Committee’s Resettlement Support Center has issued document with 20 key questions and answe... Read more ►

Looking for Burma’s better future

February 11, 2013  •  Author: *Lay Yine

After half a century of isolation, Burma is experiencing reforms, which could lead to new development and foreign investment. However, the weakness of Burma’s civilian institutions, the stranglehold on power by the military, fade out voice from opposition needs to be solv... Read more ►

If Karen Ceasefire is to become permanent peace, mediation is needed

February 6, 2013  •  Author: *Cameron Hawker and Saw Wei Thoo

January 12 not only marked Karen New Year, but also the first anniversary of the Karen National Union’s (KNU) ceasefire with the Burmese Government. That makes it the longest running truce in the six decades old struggle. This is a cause for optimism. Yet a ceasefire is no... Read more ►

Peace needs more than a ceasefire…

January 16, 2013  •  Author: Saw Wei Thoo

A number of reports by a diverse range of international and local organizations have scrutinized Burma’s government and while applauding recent positive changes, found it wanting in all functions of government from political inclusion, to rule of law to land rights to heal... Read more ►

Abbot Taungalay Sayadaw calls for KNU leaders to share power, be united and to listen to the people

November 26, 2012  •  Author: Karen News

U Phyinyarthami (also known as Taungalay Sayadaw), the Abbot of Taungalay Temple in Hpa-an Township in Karen State, talked to Karen News about the Karen National Union’s (KNU’s) work and the current problems within the political organisation. Here are Abbot Taungalay Sa... Read more ►

Naw Ohn Hla’s say’s KNU must stick to its policies to win peace

November 20, 2012  •  Author: Karen News

Naw Ohn Hla is a former political prisoner and a former member of the National League for Democracy, the political party led by Aung San Suu Kyi. She was sentenced in 2009 to two years in Taungoo Prison and was released in 2011. Naw Ohn Hla spoke to Karen News. Q: There is c... Read more ►

KNU Needs a Strong, Charismatic and Unifying Leader to Maintain Unity and Contain Dissension

October 8, 2012  •  Author: Saw Greh Moo*

The recent development within the KNU’s leadership has sent viral shock wave across the Karen communities both inside and abroad. The revelation that KNLA’s top leader, some brigade commanders, district officials and KNU Central committees journeyed to Pan-An to open a l... Read more ►

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