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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 ►


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 ►

Migrant Schools Offer Hope

February 24, 2014  •  Author: Karen News

Migrant schools working in Thailand’s border town of Mae Sot are bringing hopes of a better future for students, many of whom face huge challenges in just trying to survive. “Last Sat…tehr…day! They went to the stay…di…um! To watch the foot…bawl match!... Read more ►

Village lives bulldozed for Kunlong mega-project

February 19, 2014  •  Author: Karen News

A major dam and highway project in Shan State is destroying the livelihoods of locals, displacing people from dozens of villages, leading to heavy militarization in the area and contaminating water supplies, according to a human rights group. Shan Human Rights Foundation (... Read more ►

Ethnic Leaders Have Their Say – Part 1

February 17, 2014  •  Author: Karen News

In a show of unity and strength, representatives from 17-armed resistance groups met in Karen State in January for five days to discuss a nationwide ceasefire agreement for Burma. The ethnic armed groups met at Law Khee Lar in Karen State and hailed the conference as a succe... Read more ►

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