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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 ►

Dawei deep-sea-port project artistic drawing (image-ITD)

Dawei Project Threatens Livelihood of Locals, Claims Ethnic Women’s Organization

January 6, 2015  • 

The Dawei Special Economic Zone is threatening local peoples’ way of life, according to a report by the Tavoyan Women’s Union. The DSEZ, a joint venture of Thailand and Burma, has faced controversy since it’s inception with local and international human rights organisations expressing concerns over the project’s affect on the lives of peopl... Read more ►

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Harvard Report Finds Burma Army Guilty of ‘Crimes Against Humanity’ in Karen State

December 21, 2014  • 

A report by the Harvard Law School’s International Human Rights Clinic, has found the Burma Army guilty of ‘war crimes’ constituting ‘crimes against humanity’ in Karen State. The result of a four-year investigation, the report said there was ample evidence of government forces committing human rights abuses including the torture, rape and... Read more ►

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 ►

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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 ►

Burma Campaign UK deliver 2,000 postcards to British Foreign Office cred...

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 ►