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Third Ethnic Media Conference Harkar Chin State March 2015

Media Groups Claim Restricted Access to Govt Information and an Lack of Press Freedom in Burma

March 23, 2015  • 

Ethnic based and private media groups operating in Burma have raised their concerns on increased media restriction in Burma at a conference held in Harkar of Chin State on March 19, 2015. Around 90 media groups including ethnic media groups and private media groups from different parts of the country got together to discuss the current media law, m... Read more ►

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Karen Groups Concerned Proposed Dams on Salween River Could Fuel Conflict and Increase Militarization

March 17, 2015  • 

The Karen River Watch, a coalition of Karen environmental community based groups raise concerns over the proposed hydropower dam projects on the Salween River and repeated their call for a halt to all development projects. Together with local villagers, KRW held a protest near Hat Gyi Dam, one of the proposed dam sites in Hlaingbwe Township, Karen ... Read more ►

A DKBA soldier from Myan Gyi Ngu

DKBA and Burma Army Fighting Forces Kawkareik Traffic to a Standstill

March 12, 2015  • 

Fighting between government troops and soldiers from the Democratic Karen Benevolent Army broke out yesterday, March 11 at around 2 pm near Kawkareik Town. DKBA sources confirmed to Karen News that the fighting was between the government’s Light Infantry Battalion 231, under its Military Operation Command 12, based at Kyaung Sha Gon and Ywa Thit ... Read more ►

A Burma Army Camp in Papun District, Karen State

Burma Army Shelling Forces Karen Villagers From Farms

March 6, 2015  • 

A Karen Human Right Groups report released on March 2nd accuses the Burma Army of targeting villagers with artillery shells in Northern Karen State. KHRG allege the government’s military directed its artillery bombardment on villagers in Papun Township. The KHRG report said that Burma Army indiscriminately fired artillery shells towards where vil... Read more ►

Newly built Htee Klo Thaw school before it was burned down

Unseen Hands Torch New Karen School – Destroys Children’s Chance of Learning

March 4, 2015  • 

The excitement of having a new primary school to learn in did not last long for students from Htee Klo Thaw village in Hlaingbwe Township, as their newly built school was burnt to the ground by unknown persons, just six days after its opening ceremony. The Karen Community Based Network Group, a group that coordinated the funding for the new school ... Read more ►

KNLA soldier

Fighting Between Burma Army and Karen Continues To Spread Statewide

March 3, 2015  • 

Fighting broke out in Papun Township between the Karen National Liberation Army government troops on February 27 that resulted in one Karen soldier killed and one wounded. The fighting happened in territory under the control of the KNLA’s 5th Brigade. An official from Karen National Union, Padoh Saw Pha Gaw, confirmed to Karen News from Papun Di... Read more ►

Dr Cynthia and medic taking blood

*No quick fix for an ailing health system

February 24, 2015  • 

Ethnic communities have spent decades building vital services in the absence of government help, but there are now fears interference could result in their work being undermined. While acknowledging Myanmar needs help, Cynthia Maung is not optimistic that a $100 million (about 3.2 billion baht) agreement with the World Bank for essential health ser... Read more ►

A dump truck operates at the S&K mine, part of the Monywa mining complex (Photo-Amnesty International)

Troubled Copper Mine a ‘Cautionary Tale’ for Myanmar Investors*

February 10, 2015  • 

On December 22, a China-Myanmar joint venture developing a copper mine in central Myanmar announced that it had gained “broad community support” to continue the controversial project and that it would be expanding the area covered by the mine. The day ended with 56-year old Daw Khin Win shot dead and two other villagers injured as police opened... Read more ►

KNLA soldiers on parade (Photo: Karen News)

KNU Leader Calls For Unity On Karen Resistance Day Ceremony

January 30, 2015  • 

Karen people have started to make their annual pilgrimage to the Karen National Liberation Army 7th Brigade’s headquarter in Hpa-an district to commemorate the 66th Anniversary of the beginning of its resistance against the former Burma military regime. The Karen Resistance Day falls on 31st January and is celebrated every year in Karen National ... Read more ►

Je Suis Charlie (I am Charlie) has become an international slogan of solidarity for freedom of the press following the attack on the satirical Charlie Hebdo newspaper in Paris (Photo: Wiki Commons)

Journalist Organisations Worldwide Condemn Murderous Attack on Paris Newspaper Staff

January 10, 2015  • 

Journalist organisations joined with world leaders in expressing condemnation and shock at an attack by masked gunmen on a newspaper in Paris on Wednesday morning. The Paris newspaper, Charlie Hebdo, was attacked by two masked gunmen, named as brothers Chérif Kouachi, 32 and Said Kouachi, 34, shouting, “God is great” in Arabic yesterday. At le... Read more ►