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RIP – Padoh Saw David Taw – (1948-2012)

October 14, 2012  •  Author: Nan Paw Gay (KIC)

Padoh David Taw, a Karen leader, died tonight at 10:30pm in Mingalardon military hospital in Rangoon. Padoh David Taw, aged 65, passed away after suffering from a long illness. The Burma government tonight (Sunday) will fly by helicopter, Padoh David Taw’s body to Karen S... Read more ►

Karen people will KNU leaders to unite

October 14, 2012  •  Author: Nan Thoo Lei (KIC)

An attempt to reunify a recent division in the Karen National Union has made marked progress this week when both sides agreed to talk. Karen people and community-based-organizations around the world were shocked to read in the media that three KNU leaders had breached the po... Read more ►

KNU Needs a Strong, Charismatic and Unifying Leader to Maintain Unity and Contain Dissension

October 8, 2012  •  Author: Saw Greh Moo*

The recent development within the KNU’s leadership has sent viral shock wave across the Karen communities both inside and abroad. The revelation that KNLA’s top leader, some brigade commanders, district officials and KNU Central committees journeyed to Pan-An to open a l... Read more ►

KNU unity in disarray…

September 28, 2012  •  Author: Karen News

Today the Karen National Union issued an extraordinary statement detailing what appears to be a major split in their organization. The news of a split comes at a bad time for the Karen as their political organization is holding a series of high-level peace-talks with the Bur... Read more ►

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 ►

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