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Peace Day protesters prepared to test the law

September 25, 2012  •  Author: S' Phan Shaung (KIC)

Organizers of a peaceful protest in Rangoon last week said at the time that they were willing to test the law, now that authorities have arrested them. Today nine of the demonstrators that took part in last week’s protests held during the United Nation’s International Pe... Read more ►

Sign of the Times – Karen language classes taught for free in Rangoon

September 22, 2012  •  Author: Naw Hser Kler (KIC)

A sign of the easing of restrictions on its citizens by the Burma government are that Karen languages are now being openly taught in a public space in Rangoon. Karen language classes are to be given free to anyone interested in learning the three different ethnic languages o... Read more ►

Ethnic Council calls for Burma Army to stop attacks on Kachin

September 14, 2012  •  Author: Poe Kwa Lay (KIC)

A peak ethnic group has urged its member organizations, currently holding ‘peace-talks’ with the government, to stop all communications if the Burma Army continues its offensive against the Kachin. The Ethnic Nationalities Council (Union of Burma), an umbrella ethnic gr... Read more ►

KNU leader sees positive in Burma’s cabinet shuffle

August 30, 2012  •  Author: Saw Khar Su Nyar (KIC)

The Karen National Union’s vice chairman, Saw David Tharc Kapaw, acknowledged that Burma’s recent cabinet reshuffle has cast President U Thein Sein as a reformer. The KNU leader told Karen News. “I see a positive change. These newly appointed people are not regarde... Read more ►

KNU wants relocation of Burma Army high on peace-talk agenda

August 29, 2012  •  Author: Karen News

The Karen National Union (KNU) and the Burma Government announced today that they have agreed on the dates and location for the third round of their ‘peace-talk’ negotiation. The two parties finally agreed to meet in Hpan-an, Karen State on September 3rd and 4th after th... Read more ►

China forces Kachin refugees back to Burma

August 26, 2012  •  Author: Karen News

Human Rights Watch warns that thousands of ethnic Kachin fleeing war in Burma are at risk of abuses, food shortages and conflict China should stop the forced return of thousands of ethnic Kachin refugees to northern Burma, where they are at risk from “armed hostilities, Bu... Read more ►

Ethnic political parties want news in their language

August 22, 2012  •  Author: Nan Thoo Lei (KIC)

A group of six ethnic political parties from Burma – the Nationalities Brotherhood Forum, released a statement to announce that they want newsletters and journals published in ethnic languages as they cannot rely on the government to do so. The statement released duri... Read more ►

600 attend KNU opening of its fourth liaison office

August 19, 2012  •  Author: Karen News

As many as 600 people attended the Karen National Union fourth liaison office opening ceremony in Myawaddy, Karen State that will serve as the main communication hub for the Burma Army and the Karen National Liberation Army’s 6th and 7th Brigade areas. During the opening c... Read more ►

Heavy flooding destroys 9,500 acres of rice in eastern Burma

August 16, 2012  •  Author: Karen News

Record monsoon rains in eastern Burma destroyed thousands of acres of rice cultivated by villagers and there are no sign the rains are likely to ease any time soon. Farmers hit hard by the heavy rains confirmed to Karen News that a total of 9,500 acres of farms in Kawkareik ... Read more ►

Karen National Union marks 62nd Martyrs’ Day

August 12, 2012  •  Author: Karen News

The President of the Karen National Union (KNU) Saw Tamla Baw, marked the 62nd anniversary of Martyrs’ Day with a speech to fellow KNU leaders, members and the wider ethnic Karen community, today Sunday, August 12th. In the speech Saw Tamla Baw commemorated the lives of Ka... Read more ►

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