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Internationally Funded Burma Census Cops Criticism

April 12, 2014  •  Author: Karen News

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 Britai... Read more ►

Rohingya Don’t Count In Burma Census

April 4, 2014  •  Author: Karen News

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, t... Read more ►

Burma’s Hidden Dangers

April 4, 2014  •  Author: Karen News

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... Read more ►

Fire At Mae La Refugee Camp

March 24, 2014  •  Author: Karen News

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... Read more ►

DAMS, LIES AND PIPELINES

March 14, 2014  •  Author: Karen News

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 talk... Read more ►

Nationwide Ceasefire: Process To Draft Agreement Begins

March 13, 2014  •  Author: S'Phan Shaung

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... Read more ►

Mae Sot: Border Pollution ‘Worst Yet’

March 13, 2014  •  Author: Karen News

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 trip... Read more ►

Despite Norway’s Best Efforts, Peace Remains Elusive

March 5, 2014  •  Author: Karen News

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 compou... Read more ►

Give Peace A Chance

March 2, 2014  •  Author: Karen News

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 Jai... Read more ►

Migrant Workers Extorted Amid “Policy Chaos”

February 27, 2014  •  Author: Karen News

Migrant workers, millions of whom come from neighboring Burma, are being cast adrift in a chaotic migration system – known as the National Verification Scheme – forcing them to pay as much as 10 times the official cost for their documents in Thailand, according t... Read more ►

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