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Karen Communities Work For Kids To Have A Decent Education

January 13, 2014  •  Author: Henry Zwartz and Nan Htoo San

The sound of children singing resounds from Klay Poe Klo School in Karen State, Burma. Naw Htoo La Paw smiles as the song finishes, her youngest child held in one arm. Kids bustle out of the classroom – a single, open room with wooden benches – heading for lunch. Htoo La... Read more ►

KWO – Refugees Hit Hard by Funding Cuts

January 3, 2014  •  Author: Karen News

Naw K‘nyaw Paw, the secretary of the Karen Womens Organisation’s told Karen News that reduced funding by the international community for refugees on the Thai Burma border is causing hardship. “Reduction of funding to the nine refugee camps along the Thai-Burma border h... Read more ►

Thailand’s Most Wanted – General Saw Lah Pwe Now in Hospital

December 29, 2013  •  Author: Karen News

The leader of the Karen militia that attacked the Burma Army in Myawaddy in late 2010 and in the resulting firefight forcing thousands of refugees into Thailand has been admitted to a Rangoon hospital for treatment of what is feared maybe cancer. Major General Saw Lah Pwe, a... Read more ►

Water Tests Prove Village Water Has High Levels Of Arsenic and Lead

December 23, 2013  •  Author: Karen News

Environmental researchers have found village water sources close to a tin mining operation in Southern Burma have dangerous levels of lead and arsenic. Independent community-based researchers from Kamoethway, east of Dawei Town, working with an environmentalist expert from ... Read more ►

Labor Rights Groups Mark International Migrants Day

December 18, 2013  •  Author: Karen News

As the world mark International Migrants Day today, regional labor rights groups are taking the opportunity to raise the ongoing plight of many migrant workers in Thailand – many of whom are from Burma – where they have few rights and are vulnerable to extortion. With fo... Read more ►

Villagers Allege Mining Company Using Burma Army As Muscle

December 15, 2013  •  Author: Karen News

Villagers in Ka Taw Ni village in Southern Burma alleged that a Thai coal mining company used the local Burmese Army to threaten them for protesting for the closure of its coal mine. A villager in Ka Taw Ni, who asked not to be named for fear for his security, told Karen New... Read more ►

Nelson Mandela – A Man Of The People

December 6, 2013  •  Author: Karen News

Nelson Mandela, the inspirational figure of Africa’s struggle for freedom and the hero to millions around the world, has died at the age of 95 in the company of his family at home in Johannesburg. Nelson Mandela’s death was announced to the world by South Africa’s curr... Read more ►

Suu Kyi Hammers Constitution on Australian Tour

November 30, 2013  •  Author: Henry Zwartz

Daw Aung San Suu Kyi in Australia for five-day visit,criticised Burma’s current constitution as being “undemocratic” and urged the international community to put added pressure on Burma’s government to undergo further reforms. Speaking at the Sydney Opera House on th... Read more ►

Burma Democracy – Still A Long Way To Go…Part One

November 23, 2013  •  Author: Saw Blacktown and Saw Doo Plout

In an exclusive two-part interview with Karen News, *Zoya Phan, the Campaigns Manager at Burma Campaign UK and recognized as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum, outlines what Burma’s government needs to do if it is to have genuine political dialogue with the... Read more ►

IFJ Calls For Journalists’ Inclusion in Burma’s Media Reform

November 23, 2013  •  Author: Saw Blacktown

Burma’s media joined forces with the International Federation of Journalists to call for a media environment without censorship and to be included in the legislation that shapes the country’s media laws. The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) issued a media s... Read more ►

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