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Still not safe to send back refugees

May 26, 2013  •  Author: Saw Lah Khin Moo

Following three days of discussion representatives from organizations working on refugee issues along the Thai-Burma border, refugee representatives, civil society groups, political leaders agreed that the current situation in Burma is not safe for refugees to return. Over 4... Read more ►

Karen women’s voices vital in peace talks

May 26, 2013  •  Author: *Christine Leah and Nan Paw Gay

The participation of women in future peace talks between the ethnic groups and the central government will be critical contribution to achieving lasting peace in Burma. Durable peace goes beyond the mere absence of conflict, and whilst the Burmese military and the Karen Nati... Read more ►

KNU protests as EGAT marks Salween River Hat Gyi dam site

May 20, 2013  •  Author: Saw Khar Su Nyar (KIC)

Villagers living along the Salween River claim that the Thai energy authority are moving ahead with plans to build a dam at the Hat Gyi site. Villagers in the area said that the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT) have put up water level measurement posts on ... Read more ►

Thai surveyors fail to gain villagers’ trust

May 12, 2013  •  Author: Saw Eh Na

Local people affected by the construction of Thailand’s and Burma’s Dawei-Kanchanaburi road link in Southern Burma have rejected to be involved in a ‘public consultative meeting’ to approve the last stage of an environmental impact assessment report. A villager f... Read more ►

Southern Burma gets new trade crossing to Thailand

May 11, 2013  •  Author: Saw Eh Na

A new trading entry between Thailand and Burma was opened this week that links both countries on their southern borders. The new trade crossing links SingKhorn in Thailand’s southern provinces of Prachuap Khiri Khan with Mawhtaung a large town in Burma’s Myeik di... Read more ►

VILLAGERS CLAIM LAND GRABS FORCING THEM OUT

May 4, 2013  •  Author: Saw Eh Na

Land confiscation of property belonging to villagers by developers and government officials in Tenasserim Division has become a complicated issue for the Karen National Union (KNU) during its peace-building process with the Burma government. Ber Baw Lor, a Karen village in s... Read more ►

Villagers want KNU protection against dam project

May 3, 2013  •  Author: Saw Eh Na

Karen National Union, Ler Mu Lah Township leaders warn that there is a risk of a division between the local people and the KNU if the organizations district or central leaders allow the construction of the Tenasserim Dam, in Southern Burma. Saw Thein Su, the KNU leader for L... Read more ►

Refugees wary of Govt repatriation ‘pilot’

May 2, 2013  •  Author: Saw Khar Su Nyar (KIC)

For the first time since 1974 the Burma government has met with the Karen Refugee Committee in Hpa-an Town. The government put forward its plan to KRC that they wanted to ‘trial a pilot project’ to take back about 50 refugees households who are now living in camps on the... Read more ►

Gold mining – a business of mixed fortunes

May 1, 2013  •  Author: Saw Eh Na

Along the muddy river bank hundreds of men pack down under small plastic sheets to avoid the direct sun and to take respite from the 38 degree heat. The men cram into the small bamboo shops beside the muddy river. The valley and river littered with generators and large hoses... Read more ►

DKBA and Govt militia fighting kills one and wounds one

April 30, 2013  •  Author: Saw Khar Su Nyar (KIC)

The Democratic Karen Buddhist Army (DKBA) based at a monastery in Myaing Gyi Ngu village, Hlaing Bwe Township, Karen State, was twice attacked by a the Border Guard Force (BGF) on April 28. A source close to the DKBA, who asked not to be named, told Karen News that fighting ... Read more ►

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