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Padoh Naw Zipporah Sein, vice chairperson of the Karen National Union

Karen National Union’s Deputy Chairwoman Warns International Community to Read the Small Print o...

April 23, 2015  • 

In an exclusive series of interviews with Karen News, Padoh Naw Zipporah Sein, vice chairperson of the Karen National Union talks about a diverse range of critical issues facing ethnic people. In part 1, Ms Sein gives her perspective on the progress of the draft nationwide ceasefire agreement between the Burmese government and the country’s ethni... Read more ►

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KNU: Emergency Meeting Called To Discuss Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement And Ethnic Leaders’ Summ...

April 22, 2015  • 

The Karen National Union is holding a central standing committee emergency meeting to discuss the draft nationwide ceasefire agreement and the ethnic armed organization summit at its headquarters at Lay Wah, Hlaingbwe Townhip in Pa-an District from April 20-22, 2015. Padoh Naw Zipporah Sein, vice chairperson of the KNU spoke to Karen News about the... Read more ►

Saw Aung Kyaw Than, the first suspect who was released after being forced into confessing that his brother involved in the robbery

Villagers Claim Five Karen Villagers Sentenced to Death Are Scapegoats

April 6, 2015  • 

Karen villagers from Nyaung Chaung claim the justice system has let down five men from the village sentenced to death and one to a life sentence by the Thaton Disctrict Court in Mon State on 16 January 2015. More than 30 villagers including the victim families and village leaders gathered to discuss the case – villagers are angry. Villagers a... Read more ►

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Govt Ready to Sign Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement – Armed Groups Want Ethnic Leaders Summit ...

April 1, 2015  • 

An alliance of ethnic armed groups have said that they have reached an agreement with the government about a nationwide ceasefire but now need to take the draft wording to a summit for their leaders to ratify and sign the document. Naing Hong Sar, head of the Nationwide Ceasefire Coordination Team (NCCT) representing the ethnic armed organizations,... Read more ►

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 Militarizat...

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 ►

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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 ►