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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 ►

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 ►

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