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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 ►

The Best Tribute to Our Karen Martyrs is to Live Their Dream

August 11, 2012  •  Author: *Naw Myra Dahgaypaw

August 12th will be the 62nd Karen Martyrs Day. It marks the 62nd anniversary of the killing of Saw Ba U Gyi and his colleagues. Every year since then Karen people remember those brave heroes, and all the others who have given their lives for our struggle. For Karen people t... Read more ►

Burma peace funds must do no harm

July 17, 2012  •  Author: Paul Sein Twa

In the past few months, various media reports have quoted some concerns and opinions of KESAN regarding the ongoing peace process in Burma. This statement clarifies and expands upon these issues. Our perspective on the peace process and peace funds Sustainable peace is the... Read more ►

Karen people are organized to take advantage of peace negotiations

January 31, 2012  •  Author: Kweh Say

The participation of the Karen people in the decision-making process at the national level is key in preventing the Karen from being subjected to on-going forms of oppression and exploitation by the military dominated Burma government. The Karen National Union (KNU) and the ... Read more ►

*Have your say!

January 27, 2012  •  Author: Karen News

The recent first-round of ‘peace talks’ between the Karen National Union and the Burma government in Pa-an on 12th January raised a lot of expectations within the international community, the Burmese community and among Karen people living inside Burma and those living o... Read more ►

Peace hopes real, but Karen remain wary

January 17, 2012  •  Author: Saw Wei Thoo

Last week’s accord with the government brought the feeling that times are really changing in Burma, but bitter experiences of the past are prompting questions of why the KNU left the table without firm guarantees. It was a heart-pounding moment for many Karen around th... Read more ►

My father would be proud of Karen army unity

September 4, 2011  •  Author: Zoya Phan

I can’t remember how many times the Karen National Union and other ethnic political organisations have been dismissed as losing, or being on the verge of defeat. In February 1950 General Ne Win boasted to international media that victory over the Karen ‘insurgents’ wou... Read more ►

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