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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 ►

The deadly side of development: Klity Village, A cautionary tale

February 5, 2013  •  Author: Eh Na

The ongoing legacy of deadly mine run-off for a small town in Thailand could be repeated en masse in Burma, where mining companies have little to no oversight and environmental laws are more lax than Thailand. Two small girls sit and sway in a hammock at their playground bes... Read more ►

Border Security Affairs Minister talk economic zones, repatriation and rule of law with armed groups

February 4, 2013  •  Author: Poe Kwa Lay (KIC)

Government ministers, police officers, the government’s military and representatives of all of the state’s armed groups met and discussed the setting up of economic zones in Myawaddy, refugees repatriation and the country’s legislation system. Colonel Aung Lwin, the Ka... Read more ►

Karen Revolutionary Day: KNU leader calls for unity and a political solution to end ethnic civil war

January 31, 2013  •  Author: Karen News

KNU President, General Mutu Say Poe, has called for continued ethnic Karen unity while paying respects to the Karen people in a speech marking the 64th anniversary of Karen Revolutionary Resistance Day. In the speech, General Mutu Say Poe acknowledged the sacrifice of the Ka... Read more ►

Govt uses ceasefire as tactic to deflect international concerns

January 21, 2013  •  Author: Karen News

Two of Burma’s most significant opposition alliances have united to condemn the government’s escalation of the Kachin conflict and criticize the ceasefire it announced on Saturday. The United Nationalities Federal Council and The National Council of the Union of Burma ha... Read more ►

International community condemns Burma’s government over Kachin conflict

January 17, 2013  •  Author: Karen News

International and local human rights groups have demanded the USA and UK pressure Thein Sein’s government to stop the Burma Army’s use of air and artillery bombardments against the Kachin. In the most recent attack on the Kachin town of Laiza the Burma Army fired heavy ... Read more ►

Padoh Mahn Mahn discusses KNU meeting with Burma government

January 14, 2013  •  Author: Karen News

President U Thein Sein invitated a Karen National Union delegation to Naypyidaw to meet with key government ministers, including the vice president Sai Mauk Kham and the military chief, Vice-Senior General Min Aung Hlaing. The KNU delegation led by General Mutu Say Poe, the ... Read more ►

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