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Myanmar needs to admit rape of minority women

March 26, 2013  •  Author: *Christine Leah and Nan Paw Gay

The Myanmar central government has consistently denied its soldiers have systematically used rape as a weapon of war against ethnic minorities. But according to numerous reports, despite recent political reforms, Myanmar’s army has continued to rape, torture and kill c... Read more ►

2,000 Karen call for stop to Salween dams

March 19, 2013  •  Author: Karen News

Earlier this week thousands of Karen people turned out to protest over plans to dam the Salween River. As many as 2,000 internally displaced people and villagers from the Wei Gyi area gathered on the banks of the Salween to mark the International Day of Action for Rivers and... Read more ►

Mayan Tapin villager loses plantation amid claims of collusion between officials

March 15, 2013  •  Author: Naw Hser Kler (KIC)

Conflicts over land have increase since last year’s ceasefire signed between the Karen National Union and the government as ‘development projects’ multiply. In a recent incident villagers claim that the village chief from Mayan Tapin village, Tontay Township, failed to... Read more ►

Hpa-an industrial zones land prices triple

March 14, 2013  •  Author: Saw Nyunt Thaung (KIC)

Land prices in the Hpa-an industrial zone have skyrocketed since it was set up in 2011. Today the price has tripled. The industrial zone located along the Hpa-an to Hlaing Bwe Highway has also cause land prices in the nearby villages of Mae Baung, Taung Ka Lay and Htee Poe K... Read more ►

Danger: Burma is without a national landmine action program

March 1, 2013  •  Author: *Christine M. Leah and Saw Wei Thoo

The new Burmese government needs to design and implement a national program to eliminate the landmine risk if it is serious about genuine political reconciliation with the ethnic minorities in Burma. Despite democratic reforms and moves to sign ceasefires with non-state arm... Read more ►

KNU’s tells Govt – it’s too early for development

February 23, 2013  •  Author: Saw Khar Su Nyar (KIC)

Since last years signed cease-fire agreement between the government and the Karen National Union, the Burma border town of Myawaddy has been awash with government officials, leaders of various armed groups and business people. The most recent high-level delegations to visit ... Read more ►

U.S. Answer Refugee Resettlement Questions

February 21, 2013  •  Author:

Rumors continue to circulate among refugees about the closing of the U.S. resettlement program. In an effort to get its message to refugees about the issue, the International Rescue Committee’s Resettlement Support Center has issued document with 20 key questions and answe... Read more ►

Burma: Investors beware?

February 21, 2013  •  Author: *Henry Zwartz and Saw Wei Thoo

Despite the lifting of sanctions, experts predict that Burma’s long-term economic outlook is full of risks for potential investors, as military-linked companies continue to hold sway over the economy. It is boom time for Burma. The impoverished but resource rich country, o... Read more ►

KNU leader: 2008 Constitution does not benefit ethnic people

February 11, 2013  •  Author: Saw Eh Na

KNU General Secretary, Padoh Kwe Htoo, in an exclusive interview with Karen News stressed that the KNU remains committed to peace, but warns Burma’s government to enact further reforms. “The KNU’s policy is unchanged, despite ceasefire negotiations with the Burma A... Read more ►

If Karen Ceasefire is to become permanent peace, mediation is needed

February 6, 2013  •  Author: *Cameron Hawker and Saw Wei Thoo

January 12 not only marked Karen New Year, but also the first anniversary of the Karen National Union’s (KNU) ceasefire with the Burmese Government. That makes it the longest running truce in the six decades old struggle. This is a cause for optimism. Yet a ceasefire is no... Read more ►

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