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Thai-Burma border open for business…and tourism

August 29, 2013  •  Author: S' Phan Shaung (KIC)

Burma’s government in a move to speed up trade and tourism between Thailand, announced yesterday, August 28, that it would allow foreigners holding its visa’s to travel into the country by any of the four entry points. The four border gates are between Myawaddy-Mae Sot, ... Read more ►

KNU army and Govt’s militia clash – both sides blame each other for shooting first

August 21, 2013  •  Author: Karen News

Fighting between the Karen National Liberation Army and the government’s militia, the Border Guard Force (BGF) erupted in the Weigyi area of Papun Township, Karen State last week. Soldiers from KNLA Battalion 102 Company under the command of Lieutenant Saw Eh Ka Mwe fought... Read more ►

Tragedy strikes refugee women

August 16, 2013  •  Author: Saw Eh Na

Three tragic incidents involving women sent shock waves through the Tham Tin refugee camp in Thailand this week. The three separate incidents happened on August 13, when two Karen refugee women are alleged to have killed themselves, while a third woman survived an attempted ... Read more ►

63rd Karen Martyrs’ Day…the struggle goes on…

August 12, 2013  •  Author: Saw Blacktown

Today is the 63rd anniversary of Karen Martyrs’ Day that commemorates Karen leaders and civilians who sacrificed their lives for the cause of the Karen people under successive Burma military regimes. In a letter addressing all Karen people, General Mutu Say Po, chairman of... Read more ►

88 Generation: The struggle for democracy continues…

August 8, 2013  •  Author: Karen News

More than 5,000 Burmese people turned up at the Myanmar Convention Centre to show their support for the 1988 democracy protest anniversary. The silver jubilee anniversary commemorating the 8.8.88 uprising that swept through Burma 25 years ago finished today with democracy l... Read more ►

Burma Campaign UK: ‘Hundreds’ of political activist still rotting in Burma’s prisons

August 7, 2013  •  Author: Karen News

Burma Campaign UK, a prominent rights advocacy group, has accused the President of Burma, U Thein Sein, of keeping hundreds of political prisoners in jail despite his claims of democratic reform and liberalising the country’s political system. The group has highlighted the... Read more ►

Villagers, the big losers as land is ‘grabbed’ for development

August 1, 2013  •  Author: Saw Eh Na

Driving through the rural roads of the Tenasserim (Tanintharyi) region in Southern Burma, vast plantation of palm oil and rubber trees stretch on either side of the roads. Signboards along the roads and in the town proclaim that, ‘Tanintharyi Division is the Oil Bowl of M... Read more ►

KNU to sign Geneva Call agreement to protect children and women

July 20, 2013  •  Author: Karen News

The Karen National Union (KNU) has agreed to sign two ‘Deed of Commitment‘, on the protection of children and women, with the Switzerland based Geneva Call in Hpa-an on July 21. Geneva Call is a humanitarian organization dedicated to engaging armed non-State acto... Read more ►

UNFC pushes for a national convention

July 11, 2013  •  Author: S'Phan Shaung (KIC)

The United Nationalities Federal Council (UNFC) in its latest meeting held with its member organizations, ethnic armed groups and political groups have reached a common position to push for a national convention. The UNFC said that its aim is to include everyone in the draft... Read more ►

KNU 7th Brigade – open for business

July 9, 2013  •  Author: S’ PhanShaung (KIC)

The Karen National Union’s armed wing, the Karen National Liberation Army’s 7th Brigade based in Hpa-an District, has entered a commercial venture – a trading and tour company. for the first time in its history earlier this month. The legally registered company... Read more ►

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