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Karen Voters Put Their Trust In Suu Kyi But Voice Concerns over Future

November 19, 2015  •  Author: *Charles Hardman

Hpa An – election day. The queues had built up well before the 6am start to vote. There was a quiet buzz around the schools being used as polling stations with families and friends emerging smiling and photographing inked fingers. Everyone said they were voting for the National League for Democracy (NLD) and they were quietly optimistic that the ... Read more ►

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NLD Win Karen State As Karen Political Parties Fail

November 16, 2015  •  Author: Sa Isue/Karen News

Burma’s Union Election Commission now have announced all the results of the November 8 polls and Aung San Su Kyi’s National League for Democracy have a massive landslide. A total of five Karen political parties competed in the 2015 election in Karen State. The five Karen parties could only secure a State Parliamentary seat at Thandaunggyi Cons... Read more ►


Karen General Congratulates Aung San Suu Kyi On Election Victory, But Warns NLD It Has To Do Bette...

November 11, 2015  •  Author: Karen News

Major General Nerdah Bo Mya, head of the Karen National Defence Organisation, congratulated the National League for Democracy for its winning performance in the national elections on November 8th, 2015. “We welcome a victory that wins Aung San Suu Kyi and the NLD government. Under a democratic government it will be easier for ethnic people to ach... Read more ►

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NLD’s Confident Of Winning Myawaddy District, But It’s Not Official…

November 10, 2015  •  Author: Saw Thein Myint

Although the official results of the November 8th election have not been announced, the National League for Democracy candidates running for seats in Myawaddy District are confident they have won. U Sein Bo, the NLD, Myawaddy district chairperson, and a House of Representative or Pyithu Hluttaw candidate spoke to Karen News of his confidence that h... Read more ►


Community Groups And Opposition Candidates Estimate Only 20% of Voters Will Cast Their Vote Correc...

November 8, 2015  •  Author: Sa Isue

Civil Society Organizations responsible for organizing voter education activities and some political parties’ candidates have said that they expect only 20% of Karen voters in today’s election to vote correctly in the seven townships in Karen State. Saw Kyaw Swar from the Karen State Community Network who worked on the voter education acti... Read more ►


Minister U Soe Thien and Minister U Aung Min To Contest Election In ‘Winnable’ Karenni ‘Mil...

November 7, 2015  •  Author: Ko Htwe

The people of Burma will vote in the country’s national elections on Sunday November 8. In the build-up to the election international onlookers were concerned that a National League for Democracy (NLD) candidate was stabbed with a machete at a campaign event in Yangon, many citizens had been removed from voter lists, religious intolerance in Rakh... Read more ►


Burma – Free and Fair Elections?

September 28, 2015  •  Author: Karen News

The people of Burma will go the polls on November 8, 2015. Karen News talked to a wide range of people to get their views on the election and what they hoped it would deliver. Many voters In Burma remain skeptical that the elections will be free and fair. With the 25% reserved for the military in the Parliament, people are worried that the politica... Read more ►

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Buddhist Pagoda Inside Christian Church Compound Increases Religious Tensions in Hpa-an

September 20, 2015  •  Author: Karen News

Religion tensions have increased following the building of a Buddhist pagoda in the compound of a Christian church located in Hpa-an Township. Local community and religious leaders are worried that the construction of the pagoda and a temple in the compound of the Baptist church in Mezaing (Mae Sit Hta) village in Hpa-an township, Karen State will ... Read more ►

Migrant worker at work Mae Sot

Burma’s New Minimum Wage —Workers Claim It’s Still Not Enough To Cover Basic Living Expenses

September 7, 2015  •  Author: Karen News

The Burma government’s announced on August 25 that its National Minimum Wage Committee had approved a minimum daily wage of K3,600 (US$2.80) for a standard eight-hour work day across all industries. From 1st September the national minimum wage will apply and workers’ minimum monthly pay would be about $67 based on a six-day week. The state-owne... Read more ►


Mother and Child Reunion – “I Never Lost Hope…”

August 20, 2015  •  Author: *Connor Brown

In August 2011, at Mae Sot General Hospital, a mother found herself facing a choice no parent should have to make. She had given birth three days earlier and walked seven hours from her home in eastern Burma to seek medical treatment for her sick newborn daughter, Naut Naut, leaving her husband and other infant daughter at home. She went first t... Read more ►