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KNLA 4th Brigade soldiers on parrade at Martyr's Day

Two Karen Soldiers Shot and Killed by Unknown Gunmen on Dawei-Ye Car Road

December 12, 2014  • 

A group of unknown gunmen shot and killed a captain and a driver of the Karen National Liberation Army on 11 December while they were traveling by car on the Dawei –Ye road near the southern Burmese Township of Ye Byu in Tanintharyi Division. The KNLA soldiers were from a KNU 4th Brigade battalion. Padoh Saw Eh Na, joint secretary of the Karen N... Read more ►


Karenni Community Organisations Hit Out At Norwegian Led Peace Program

December 11, 2014  • 

A report released by the Karenni Civil Society Network (KCSN) has claimed that the Norwegian led Myanmar Peace Support Initiative (MPSI) is putting the security of returning internally displaced persons (IDPs) at risk by placing them in areas under Burma Army control. The MPSI is a Norwegian led “international initiative to support peace in Burm... Read more ►

MSPP project area

Villagers Who Lost Land To Malaysian Palm Oil Plantation Sign Petition Asking for Compensation to the KNU and State Govt

December 11, 2014  • 

Villagers are planning to seek compensation from the KNU and state government for land confiscated by developers for a palm oil plantation project in Tanintharyi Division. Saw Poe San, one of the petition leaders from the Southern Youth Organization, told Karen News. “Villagers did not get any compensation. No-one informed the villagers that thei... Read more ►

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End Military Impunity For Violence Against Women

November 26, 2014  • 

This week, which marked the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, the women of Burma reiterated their call for an international investigation to look into the continuing use of rape and sexual violence against women in Burma, and address the issue of military impunity. The situation since the so-called reform process beg... Read more ►

TBC report cover

Hopes for the Return of Displaced Communities Frustrated as Burma’s Internal Conflicts Rage On

November 10, 2014  • 

An international aid agency has warned that ongoing instability in Burma is blocking prospects for a sustainable peace and the repatriation of communities displaced by conflict. The Border Consortium (TBC), which delivers aid to Burmese refugees in Thailand and internally displaced people in Burma, said that peace efforts were “stumbling,” leav... Read more ►

Burma army on patrol

Burma Army ‘Targeting, Attacking and Killing’ Civilians in Conflict Areas

November 7, 2014  • 

An international human rights organisation claims in a statement released 6th November that the Burma Army is committing human rights abuses with impunity in conflict areas. The statement, released by South East Asia based Fortify Rights, stated that the Burma Army was deliberately attacking and killing civilians. Matthew Smith, executive director ... Read more ►

Making Merit: Left, Aung Kyaw Naing, his sons during their time as monks, his wife Thandar and daughter. (Photo - Phil Thornton)

*The killing and the claims of a cover-up

November 6, 2014  • 

Aung Kyaw Naing’s death in military custody has triggered fears the government is sending a message that no journalist in the country is safe. The Committee to Protect Journalists estimates that up to Sept 10 this year, 40 journalists had been killed while reporting. The name of Myanmar journalist Aung Kyaw Naing, also known as Par Gyi, who ... Read more ►

PSDP office signpost

Burma’s Election Commission Turns Down Karen Party’s Request To Lift Decree on 147 Polling Areas In Karen State

November 6, 2014  • 

The Plone-Sawow Democratic Party (PSDP), a Karen State based political party said that their request to lift a voting decree in 147 polling areas of Karen State for the 2015 national election had been refused by Burma’s Union Election Commission (UEC). The 147 areas were deemed by the UEC to be ‘unsafe’ as they were in areas affected by armed... Read more ►

KNLA soldiers on parade (Photo: Karen News)

Karen Armed Groups to Form United ‘Kawthoolei Armed Forces,’ but Questions Remain

October 16, 2014  • 

A statement released by members of the different Karen armed groups laid out plans for the major Karen armed organisations to form a united Karen force, the Kawthoolei Armed Forces (KAF). The statement spoke on behalf of the four major Karen armed organisations, the Karen National Liberation Army (KNLA), the Karen National Defence Organisation (KND... Read more ►

Proposed site for Dam

Environmental Alliance Claim Burma Army Offensive in Karen State Linked to Salween Dam Plans

October 13, 2014  • 

An environmental coalition of civil society groups group has issued a statement claiming that recent armed conflict in Karen State is linked to the Burma government’s plans to dam the Salween River. Salween Watch said it was “gravely concerned at the recent escalation of fighting and displacement in Karen state, Burma/Myanmar, which is linked t... Read more ►