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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 ►

Donor support drops for refugees – food rations to be cut

June 28, 2013  •  Author: S'Phan Shaung (KIC)

The Border Consortium plans to cut its food rations to the 128,000 refugees living in the nine refugee camps on the Thai-Burma border. TBC is a group of nine international NGOs that delivers food, shelter and non-food items to the refugees on the Thai Burma border. The TBC i... Read more ►

Refugees: “Talk to us and listen to our voices…”

June 24, 2013  •  Author: Karen News

Naw Day Wah Htoo lives in Mae Ra Ma Luang refugee camp on the Thai Burma border and talks to Karen News about her life living on the margins. Karen News reports. “Living in a refugee camp we are not allowed to go outside to find work. When I hear talk about refugee repatri... Read more ►

No way home – yet?

June 19, 2013  •  Author: Saw Mort and Henry Zwartz

As the world commemorates refugee week, in Thailand’s largest refugee camp ethnic Karen refugees who fled conflict in Burma struggle with homesickness, discrimination and apprehension of what they’ll find when they return over the border. Ma Tway considers the uncertaint... Read more ►

KNU in Rangoon for peace talks

June 15, 2013  •  Author: S'Phan Shaung (KIC)

A Karen National Union delegation, led by its chairman, Saw Mutu Say Poe, left yesterday for Rangoon to meet with government officials for a new round of peace talks. Padoh Thaw Thi Bwe, the organisations joint secretary confirmed with Karen News that a KNU delegation, led ... Read more ►

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