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Burma Army Commander, Uses Guns to Reinforce Demands for Logs and Forced Labor from Villagers

June 4, 2016  •  Author: Karen News

Local villagers from Maw Kee in Myawaddy District were frightened by gunshot fired Burma army commander near their village. Villagers said the Burma Army was angry in negotiation with villagers when he demanded timber. Burma Army soldiers led by Major Nyunt Win Hlaing from ... Read more ►

Dr Cynthia Opens New Mae Tao Clinic in Mae Sot to Continue Providing Healthcare to Migrant Workers and Displaced People from Burma

June 4, 2016  •  Author: Sa Isue

Mae Tao Clinic located in the Thai border town of Mae Sot in Tak Province officially moved to a new purposed built hospital in an effort to keep providing care to people from Burma unable to access the country’s failed healthcare system. Dr. Cynthia Maung, the founder and ... Read more ►

MPT and Telenor Telephone Companies Fail to Get Permission – Run Cable Tunnels Through Farm Lands and Homeyards

May 17, 2016  •  Author: Nan Way Phyo Zar

Villagers in Karen State are upset tunnels dug on their land for international and local telecommunication companies was done without permission. Naung Ka Myaing villagers in Hpa-an township, Karen State are now demanding and official clarification and paperwork about the ca... Read more ►

KNU: No Decision to Build Hydro-power Dam – Karen Communities Continue Opposing the Project

May 9, 2016  •  Author: Sa Isue

In an effort to create more understanding on the proposed hydro-power dam on Baw Ka Hta River in Kyaukyi Township, the Karen National Union held a consultation meeting with community organizations on May 6 in the Thai border town of Mae Sot. The Baw Ka Hta hydro-power dam pr... Read more ►

International Workers Day Raises Concerns about Equality, Rights and Pay For Burmese Workers

May 3, 2016  •  Author: Karen News

May Day 2016, workers around the world took to the streets and city parks to rally and march to show their solidarity and support for their workplace rights. Trade unionists started the May Day celebrations, also known as International Workers Day in Chicago in 1886, when th... Read more ►

Senior Thai Official Puts Burma’s Refugee Repatriation Back on the Agenda – Refugees Concerned About Cuts To Rations and Essential Services

May 2, 2016  •  Author: S'Phan Shaung/Karen News

Refugees responded to a senior Tak Province official speaking about the repatriation of the more than 100,000 refugees from Burma living in camps along the Thai-Burmese border by claiming that withdrawal of support by international donors is their immediate concern. Suttha S... Read more ►

*Landmines: Myanmar’s hidden menace

April 29, 2016  •  Author: David Doyle

Across Myanmar landmines pose a daily threat of death and disability, but five years after the transition to democracy began, an official clearance programme has yet to get underway. KYAUKKYI, Myanmar (Myanmar Now) – Two years ago, Kyar Yin was in the forest near his v... Read more ►

Karen State Government Approves Key Ministries – Military to Boss Security and Border Affairs

April 14, 2016  •  Author: Karen News

The Karen State parliament approved six key ministries on April 7 that will be run by two independent academics, a representative of the military, Members of Parliament from the National League for Democracy and the Union Solidarity and Development Party. Nan Khin Htwe Myint... Read more ►

Karen Villagers Pray for Mountain’s Protection, Health and Environment as 5,000-Tons Cement Plant Proposal is Revived by Militia Leader and Chinese Investors

March 29, 2016  •  Author: Saw Khar Su Nyar

Mi Kayin villagers in Hpa-an Township held a prayer service for the protection of their land and natural resources threatened by the proposed cement plant on March 29, 2016. The villagers gathered at the base of Mi Kayin Mountain for the public prayer service after a recentl... Read more ►

Karen Women Pressure Politicians To Fulfill Obligation To Increase Their Numbers In Peace Process

March 11, 2016  •  Author: Saw Thein Myint

To mark International Women’s Day, Karen women’s groups demand involvement in the Burma peace building process and reminded politicians to keep their promise of giving women a 30% stake in the process. International Women’s Day ceremonies were widely held in KNU contr... Read more ►

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