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KNU Join Laiza Conference To Discuss The Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement

July 21, 2014  • 

The Karen National Union (KNU) has chosen five leaders to represent it at the upcoming Ethnic Armed Organization Conference in the Kachin Town of Laiza on July 24. The conference is being held to discuss the proposed nationwide ceasefire agreement and the KNU delegation, will be led by its Chairperson, General Mutu Sae Poe. The Ethnic Armed Organiz... Read more ►

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Jailing of Journalists “Reminiscent of the Press Oppression Seen Under the Military Junta”

July 20, 2014  • 

The Assistance Association for Political Prisoners has said in a statement that Burma’s government is suppressing the country’s press in ways reminiscent of the country’s previous military dictatorship. The AAPP statement referred to the sentencing of five journalists from Unity Weekly to 10 years imprisonment for allegedly disclosing state s... Read more ►

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Thailand’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs Clarifies Its Position On Refugee Return

July 18, 2014  • 

Following intense media speculation, Thailand’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, released a media statement on Thursday 17 July in an attempt to cool speculation that the refugee camps on the Thai Burma border were about to be closed and residents sent back to Burma. The MFA’s press release highlighted four main points and underlined that a recent ... Read more ►

Family sit in front of their home at Mae La refugee camp

Human Rights Watch, UNHCR and Refugees Raise Concerns Following Reports That Thai Military Will Return Refugees After Reaching Agreement with Burma’s Military

July 15, 2014  • 

Thailand’s National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO), has reached an agreement with the commander-in-chief of Burma’s military to repatriate the 120,000 refugees on the Thai Burma border. The agreement has alarmed human rights experts and has increased refugees concerns, with uncertainty as to exactly when and where the refugees will go and h... Read more ►

Displaced Karen villagers

Human Rights Group Lists Burma’s Treatment of Minorities Worst In Asia

July 10, 2014  • 

Burma is arguably the worst offender of minority rights in Asia, according to the latest report by Minority Rights Group International (MRG). The Minority Rights Group annual report documented “disturbing levels of violence and propaganda against minorities” across Asia but singled out Burma as perhaps the worst place for minority groups where ... Read more ►

Patients recover in Mae Tao Clinic on the Thai Burma border (Photo: Karen News)

Exiled by HIV/AIDS, Patients Speak Out

July 1, 2014  • 

An estimated 38 million people are living with HIV globally. Half a million of those are in Thailand and a further 200,000 in Burma. Yet HIV is treated with harsh stigma in the two countries, where people suffer discrimination, are abused – some kill themselves. People from Burma and Thailand who had HIV spoke to Karen News of how they lived ... Read more ►

Cross sign on a local church (Photo: Karen News)

UN Experts Join International Condemnation of Burma’s Proposed Religion Laws

June 22, 2014  • 

A team of UN experts has added their weight to growing calls for Burma’s government to scrap proposed contentious legislation that would restrict religious freedoms. In a joint statement released Friday, 20th June, the UN experts – on freedom of religion, minority issues and human rights in Burma – maintained that the draft bill made rel... Read more ►

Villager prayer service Karen State, Burma (Photo: Karen News)

Burma’s Proposed Religion Laws Fuel “Intolerance and Hatred”

June 19, 2014  • 

Human rights experts and religious leaders have warned that Burma’s proposed religion laws, regarding conversion and inter-religious marriage, violate fundamental human rights and will further fuel “intolerance and hatred” against the country’s ethnic and religious minorities. Two proposed laws that have been granted endorsement from Burma... Read more ►

KNLA soldiers from 4th Brigade on parade during a Martyrs' Day (Photo-Karen News)

Ceasefire Under Threat as Burma Army’s Attack on Karen Army Kills One and Wounds One

June 17, 2014  • 

The Burma Army in Tanintharyi Township attacked the base of the Karen National Liberation Army (KNLA) in the Huaypha area killing one KNLA soldier and wounding another. Sources close to the Karen National Union (KNU) in the Megui/Tavoy District confirmed to Karen News and added details of the attack. The KNU sources said that Burma Army soldiers fr... Read more ►

Hla Hla Htay, 12, drags a sack (Photo: Karen News)

World Day Against Child Labor: Child Workers, Exploited and Mostly Forgotten

June 12, 2014  • 

To commemorate World Day Against Child Labour, Karen News spoke to child workers who scrape a meager living from collecting garbage in the Thai-Burma border town of Mae Sot. Too poor to go to school, they work unnoticed, working long days to help support their families. The children told Karen News of their hopes, dreams and daily concerns. Hla Hla... Read more ►