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No way home – yet?

June 19, 2013  •  Author: Saw Mort and Henry Zwartz

As the world commemorates refugee week, in Thailand’s largest refugee camp ethnic Karen refugees who fled conflict in Burma struggle with homesickness, discrimination and apprehension of what they’ll find when they return over the border. Ma Tway considers the uncertaint... Read more ►

KNU in Rangoon for peace talks

June 15, 2013  •  Author: S'Phan Shaung (KIC)

A Karen National Union delegation, led by its chairman, Saw Mutu Say Poe, left yesterday for Rangoon to meet with government officials for a new round of peace talks. Padoh Thaw Thi Bwe, the organisations joint secretary confirmed with Karen News that a KNU delegation, led ... Read more ►

Govt land confiscation commission lacks teeth

June 7, 2013  •  Author: Saw Nyunt Thaung (KIC)

Government officials, from Nay Pyi Taw, working for the land confiscation investigation commission team and led by Dr. Htay Win were in Hpa-an last week on a fact finding mission. The investigation team met with landowners who alleged their land had been confiscated. Local f... Read more ►

Karen villagers hospitalized after Burma Army officer attack

June 7, 2013  •  Author: Saw Eh Na

Captain Gyi No, a Karen National Union (KNU) leader from the Tenasserim Division in southern Burma confirmed with Karen News that a Burma Army officer attacked three villagers without reason on June 5. Eyewitnesses said that the three villagers were so badly beaten that they... Read more ►

Karen leader: “Development, there is always a price to pay…”

June 6, 2013  •  Author: Karen News

Padoh Kwe Htoo Win, the Karen National Union’s general secretary, in an exclusive interview with Karen News explains his organization position on development and land ownership. “Everyone wants development but when there is development, there is always a price to pay. Do... Read more ►

KNU Leader: peace talks have a long way to go…

June 5, 2013  •  Author: Karen News

Padoh Kwe Htoo Win, the Karen National Union’s general secretary, in an exclusive interview with Karen News explains his organization position on the peace process with the Burma government, repatriation of refugees and land ownership. In part one of a three part series Pa... Read more ►

Karen groups concerned cross-border humanitarian aid decreasing

June 3, 2013  •  Author: Karen News

More than 150 representatives and observers from 40 Karen organizations from inside Burma, along the Thai-Burma border and overseas who took part in the 9th Karen Unity Seminar voiced their concern that there has been a significant decrease in humanitarian aid for communitie... Read more ►

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 ►

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