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UN Experts Join International Condemnation of Burma’s Proposed Religion Laws

June 22, 2014  •  Author: Karen News

A team of UN experts has added their weight to growing calls for Burma’s government to scrap proposed contentious legislation that would restrict religious freedoms. In a joint statement released Friday, 20th June, the UN experts – on freedom of religion, minority issue... Read more ►

Burma’s Proposed Religion Laws Fuel “Intolerance and Hatred”

June 19, 2014  •  Author: Karen News

Human rights experts and religious leaders have warned that Burma’s proposed religion laws, regarding conversion and inter-religious marriage, violate fundamental human rights and will further fuel “intolerance and hatred” against the country’s ethnic and religious m... Read more ►

Ceasefire Under Threat as Burma Army’s Attack on Karen Army Kills One and Wounds One

June 17, 2014  •  Author: Karen News

The Burma Army in Tanintharyi Township attacked the base of the Karen National Liberation Army (KNLA) in the Huaypha area killing one KNLA soldier and wounding another. Sources close to the Karen National Union (KNU) in the Megui/Tavoy District confirmed to Karen News and ad... Read more ►

World Day Against Child Labor: Child Workers, Exploited and Mostly Forgotten

June 12, 2014  •  Author: Karen News

To commemorate World Day Against Child Labour, Karen News spoke to child workers who scrape a meager living from collecting garbage in the Thai-Burma border town of Mae Sot. Too poor to go to school, they work unnoticed, working long days to help support their families. The ... Read more ►

International Human Rights and Advocacy Groups Mark the Third Anniversary of Kachin Conflict with Call for Peace and Investigation into “War Crimes”

June 11, 2014  •  Author: Karen News

Burma focused international human rights advocacy organisations, youth groups and unions, have marked the third anniversary of the conflict in Kachin State by urging the Burma’s government to commit to peace. The Kachin State conflict, which first erupted, following a Burm... Read more ►

Burma Army Attacks “Throw Doubt” on Peace Process

June 9, 2014  •  Author: Karen News

Burma Army offensives in Kachin State are undermining the peace process, an ethnic women’s organisation has claimed. The Kachin Women’s Association Thailand (KWAT) expressed concern of the recent escalation in Burma Army attacks in Kachin and Shan States, which had led t... Read more ►

Fortify Rights: Burma Army Committing “War Crimes” In Kachin State

June 9, 2014  •  Author: Karen News

Burma’s military is engaging in systemic torture against civilians in its ongoing war in Kachin State, now in its third year, and committing “war crimes” and “crimes against humanity,” a leading human rights watchdog has claimed in a report released today. The 71-p... Read more ►

You Have to Leave Your Land…Karen Land is State Land…

June 9, 2014  •  Author: Karen News

Naw Bway Paw looks out of her windowless thatched bamboo home in Hlaing Bwe Township, Karen State, and remembers the day in 1996 when the Burma Army came and took her land. Naw Bway Paw in a video interview with Karen News describes how she lost her ancestral home and lands.... Read more ►

Burma’s Move on Marriage Restrictions Spark International Alarm of an Attack on Rights of Women and Minorities

June 6, 2014  •  Author:

Alarm is mounting over a suit of newly proposed laws regarding marriage and religion, proposed by a group allegedly connected to the extremist Buddhist nationalist ‘969’ movement, with international rights watchdogs and community groups alike warning that they discrimina... Read more ►

Burma’s Election Authority Accused of Bullying Political Opposition

June 6, 2014  •  Author: Karen News

Burma’s election body, the Union Electoral Commission (UEC), has been accused of intimidating the opposition party, the National League for Democracy, after warning the NLD Chairwoman, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, of violating the country’s constitution at a political rally ear... Read more ►

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