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

April 22, 2015  •  Author: Saw Thein Myint

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 N... Read more ►

Villagers Claim Five Karen Villagers Sentenced to Death Are Scapegoats

April 6, 2015  •  Author: Saw Nyunt Thaung/Karen News

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 le... Read more ►

Govt Ready to Sign Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement – Armed Groups Want Ethnic Leaders Summit to Ratify Wording Before Committing Pen-to-Paper

April 1, 2015  •  Author:

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 Ceas... Read more ►

Media Groups Claim Restricted Access to Govt Information and an Lack of Press Freedom in Burma

March 23, 2015  •  Author: Saw Khar Su Nyar

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 diff... Read more ►

Karen Groups Concerned Proposed Dams on Salween River Could Fuel Conflict and Increase Militarization

March 17, 2015  •  Author: Saw Nyunt Thaung

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 ne... Read more ►

DKBA and Burma Army Fighting Forces Kawkareik Traffic to a Standstill

March 12, 2015  •  Author: S'Phan Shaung

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, und... Read more ►

Burma Army Shelling Forces Karen Villagers From Farms

March 6, 2015  •  Author: Karen News

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 sai... Read more ►

Unseen Hands Torch New Karen School – Destroys Children’s Chance of Learning

March 4, 2015  •  Author: S'Phan Shaung

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 Ba... Read more ►

Fighting Between Burma Army and Karen Continues To Spread Statewide

March 3, 2015  •  Author: Karen News

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 Kar... Read more ►

*No quick fix for an ailing health system

February 24, 2015  •  Author: Phil Thornton

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 (abo... Read more ►

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