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From One Hell to Another: Chin Refugees Fleeing Persecution in Burma – Victims of Sex Attacks In India

April 12, 2014  • 

Chin refugees in India fleeing persecution in Burma are left to fend for themselves as the UNHCR and local organisations tasked with protecting them fall prey to a “culture of denial and victim-blaming,” says the Chin Human Rights Organisation. The Chin Human Rights Organisation (CHRO), a non-governmental human rights watchdog founded in 1995, ... Read more ►

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Internationally Funded Burma Census Cops Criticism

April 12, 2014  • 

A human rights advocacy group calls for investigation into Britain’s decision to give millions in aid money to assist the Burma government’s census as international criticism mounts over the census process. Burma Campaign UK, a human rights advocacy group based in Britain, has called for an official inquiry into the “decision making process... Read more ►

Poster advertising the national census in Karen State (KIC)

Rohingya Don’t Count In Burma Census

April 4, 2014  • 

Burma’s census discriminates against ethnic Rohingya Muslims by refusing to recognise their existence, according to international rights groups, with even the UN agency tasked with carrying out the census expressing deep concerns. A man picks at a bruised piece of fruit, takes a bite and sets it down on a bench in a small shop on the Thai Burma b... Read more ►

A man waits for his new prosthetic limb at Mae Tao Clinic's prosthetic department. (Henry Zwartz/Karen News)

Burma’s Hidden Dangers

April 4, 2014  • 

At Mae Tao Clinic’s Prosthetic Department on the Thai-Burma border, the overwhelming majority of patients are land mine victims from Burma, human proof of the ongoing toll of more than six decades of armed conflict. 
Two men and a woman sit silent watching their new legs taking shape at Mae Tao Clinic’s prosthetic department. The two men and ... Read more ►

Mae La Fire March 24 (Photo: KIC)

Fire At Mae La Refugee Camp

March 24, 2014  • 

Tonight at around 9.30pm a fire broke out in Zone B Section 4 and 5 at Mae La Refugee Camp on the Thai Burma Border in Thailand’s Tak Province. A Karen News reporter, at the camp spoke to a camp resident, Saw Hla Win, who was close to the fire when it broke out. “We were asleep. Most people were in bed. We heard the camp announcement and people... Read more ►

Gen Baw Kyaw Heh

DAMS, LIES AND PIPELINES

March 14, 2014  • 

General Baw Kyaw Heh, the Karen National Liberation Army’s vice-chief-of-staff, in an exclusive question and answer interview with Karen News discussed the consequences of mega- development projects, hydro-dams, armed conflict, corruption, the current ceasefire, peace talks and the militarization of Burma. Why are you opposed to a dam? Many reaso... Read more ►

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Nationwide Ceasefire: Process To Draft Agreement Begins

March 13, 2014  • 

The government’s Union Peacemaking Working Committee (UPWC) and the ethnic armed groups’, National Ceasefire Coordination Team (NCCT), agreed during their last meeting to draft a single nationwide ceasefire agreement. After a two-day meeting, held on the 9th and 10th of March, 2014, representatives of UPWC and the NCCT agreed to form a work... Read more ►

Midday Smoke on a highway in Mae Sot last week (Karen News)

Mae Sot: Border Pollution ‘Worst Yet’

March 13, 2014  • 

Thick haze has blanketed the Thai-Burma border district of Mae Sot with local residents claiming it is the worst in living memory. Thick smoke made highways dangerous, caused airline flights in and out of Mae Sot to be cancelled forcing visitors into taking lengthy bus trips. Dense smoke swallowed heavily laden timber trucks as they drove down the... Read more ►

Norwegian State Scretary met with IDPs during his visit in Burma

Despite Norway’s Best Efforts, Peace Remains Elusive

March 5, 2014  • 

Mu The village is in a tight spot. Not only is it in Karen National Union-held territory abutting Burmese government-controlled territory, but it is geographically remote as well. Virtually no outside aid made its way in during the long-running civil war that has only compounded the village’s isolation. This situation changed abruptly in Augu... Read more ►

Board of directors - Pyidaungsu Institue (Photo-PI)

Give Peace A Chance

March 2, 2014  • 

A new research centre, called the Pyi Duang Su Institute for Peace and Dialogue (PI), opened in Chiang Mai this week with the aim of providing “technical assistance” to stakeholders in the peace process, said PI’s director in an interview with Karen News. Kheun Sai Jaiyen, PI’s director and an editor at the Shan Herald Agency for News (S.H.... Read more ►