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Despite Burma Govt Promise of Free Education – Parents Claim They Are Still Paying Fees

June 6, 2014  •  Author: Saw Nyunt Thaung

The parents of students at Taungkalay High School, in Hpa-an, have expressed concerns that they have to pay fees for their children despite the government promising that state schools – from primary to secondary level – would provide free registration and textbooks for s... Read more ►

Villagers Petition All Karen Armed Groups To Unite Under One Force

June 5, 2014  •  Author: Saw Nyut Thaung

Residents and monks from 30 Karen villages have called for all Karen armed groups to join under a single banner to stop drug running and to help restore law and order. Karen civilians from northern Kawkareik Township in Karen State delivered a petition calling on the various... Read more ►

Karen General – Constitutional Reform ‘Our Greatest Concern’

June 3, 2014  •  Author: Karen News

In an exclusive Karen News interview a senior commander in the Karen National Liberation Army (KNLA) has added his voice to the growing calls for Burma’s military-backed government to amend the country’s undemocratic constitution before the 2015 national elections, as it... Read more ►

Karen Young People Celebrate The Karen Youth Organisation’s Jubilee

June 2, 2014  •  Author: Karen News

Hundreds of young Karen people dressed in their traditional clothing file into a large open-air building in Karen State, a booming series of “hello… hello… hello…” tests a sound system stacked on the edge of a stage. The traditional dress sound system and stage are... Read more ►

Burma Govt Still Arresting Political Activists – 59 Remain In The Country’s Prisons

May 28, 2014  •  Author: Karen News

Despite the much-lauded government reforms by the international community and President U Thein Sein’s 2013 promise to release all political prisoners, Burma’s military backed government is still clamping down on voices critical of the government, including political act... Read more ►

Karen Women’s Group Condemns Aid Cuts to Thai-Burma Border Refugees

May 28, 2014  •  Author: Karen News

In an exclusive interview with Karen News, the Secretary of the Karen Women’s Organisation, which represents women refugees, has slammed cuts in aid to refugees, joining a growing host of human rights advocacy groups and community based organisations condemning the funding... Read more ►

Karen State: Landmine Kills Six-Year-Old Girl And Critically Injures Five Villagers

May 28, 2014  •  Author: Karen News

A six-year-old girl was killed and five villagers wounded by a landmine in U Mu Ta village, Hlaingbwe Township, two kilometers away from the Thai Burma border on Sunday May 25. The injured villagers are now in a Thai Hospital. According to sources from the Karen Department ... Read more ►

Govt Schools Start To Teach Karen Language in Pago Division

May 23, 2014  •  Author: Saw Tun Lin

Thousands of Karen students from as many as 370 schools in Pago [Pegu] Division can now officially learn their mother tongue. Saw Jubilee San Hla, the Minister of Karen Ethnic Affairs in Pago Division told Karen News that the teaching of the ethnic S’gaw Karen language wou... Read more ►

On Thai-Burma Border, Young Mothers Struggle to Raise New Lives

May 15, 2014  •  Author: Karen News

A row of young women lie next to their newborn babies at Mae Tao Clinic’s Reproductive Health In-Patient ward on the Thai-Burma border. Most of the 42 women are young migrant workers, in their late teens or early twenties, and earning barely enough to live on, they wonder ... Read more ►

Karen Human Rights Groups Report That ‘Peace’ in South-East Burma Brings Its Own Dilemmas

May 14, 2014  •  Author: Karen News

The signing of a January 2012 preliminary ceasefire between Burma’s government and the Karen National Union has brought its own challenges with “new forms of abuse and local concerns emerging in the evolving security environment,” a report released by Karen Human Right... Read more ►

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