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Frontline Medic Wins 2018 Padoh Mahn Sha Young Leader Award

Saw Joseph, a medic with the frontline humanitarian organization Free Burma Rangers is the winner of the 2018 Padoh Mahn Sha Young Leader Award. In a media statement the Phan Foundation said the annual award is given to young Karen leaders who have demonstrated they have developed their communities. The award comes with a $2,000 grant. The Phan Foundation said…

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Karen Revolution at a Crossroad – Time for Renewal

2019 marks an important year for Karen armed struggle for self-autonomy in many ways. On January 31st, we will celebrate 70th anniversary of the Karen Revolution Day, a day when Karen people first launched their armed movement against the government of Burma in 1949 for an autonomous state. This year celebration also marks an important moment in the unity of…

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Karen Armed Groups Joins 70th Revolution Day – Includes Traditional Don Dance National Competition for the First Time

It is expected representatives from all Karen armed organizations will join the activities for the 70th Karen Revolution Day on January 31 in the Karen National Union’s Pa-An district, in Karen State. Local communities are excited with plans to hold a Karen traditional Don dance competition program at the event for the first time. Saw Tha Mawt Phaung (a.k.a Saw…

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UK Advocacy Group Accuses 49 International Companies of Supporting Military Abuses in Burma

Advocacy group Burma Campaign UK published its ‘Dirty List’ in early December 2018, slamming 49 international companies accused of “operating in Myanmar in such a way that contributes to human rights violations and environmental destruction.” Burma Campaign UK Revives ‘Dirty List’ Following Recent Atrocities This is the first time Burma Campaign UK has published a ‘Dirty List’ since the country…

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KNU Calls for Govt’s to Tear-up it’s Vacant, Fallow and Virgin Land Management Law

Amid increasing cases of land disputes in Burma, the country’s Parliament on September, 2018 ratified a controversial land law. The new law has been opposed by civil society and human right groups and the Karen National Union. The KNU released a statement on December 15 calling for the elimination of the newly enacted “Vacant, Fallow, and Virgin Land Management Law…

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Karen Groups Express Solidarity with Jailed Kachin Activists

The Karen Peace Support Network put out a statement condemning the conviction and jailing of three Kachin peace activists claiming the action is designed to silence the criticism of Myanmar’s military and its abuses. The three Kachin activists, Lum Zawng, Nang Pu and Zau Jat were involved in protests to demand the military allow trapped civilians safe passage from the…

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KWO Launches 16-Day Campaign of Action on the Elimination of Violence against Women

To mark the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women that falls on November 25, the Karen Women Organization (KWO) launched 16 days of activism with event held at Lay Ger Kler, Ta Mo Daw (Kyauk Taung) village in Thaton District, Karen State. Under the banner of a ‘Future Generation Free from all forms of Violence’ the KWO…

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Refugees Voluntarily Return Rate Drop

A third batch of refugees from camps along the Thai-Burma border who wishes to voluntarily want to return to Burma are being processed by officials from the UN refugee agency and Burma and Thailand. In Mae La camp, the largest camp on the Thai Burma border, fewer people showed up at the processing center. Officials from the Royal Thai Government…

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2018 Padoh Mahn Sha Young Leader Award Open For Nominations

The Phan Foundation urged on all young Karen leaders living anywhere in the world to nominate for the 2018 Padoh Mahn Sha Young Leader Award. The award officially opened called for nominations on November, 21st, the closing date is December 31, 2018. Slone Phan, the director of Phan Foundation and the youngest son of Padoh Mahn Shar Lar Phan spoke…

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Land Confiscation and Land Grabbing Continues As Business Development Increase in Karen State

In an exclusive interview with Karen News, Saw Albert, Field Director of Karen Human Right Group (KHRG), talk about the land confiscation and its impact on the livelihood of villagers, as well as the unfavorable conditions of legal mechanism towards villagers to secure their lands. Peace Process Doesn’t Help Villagers to Secure their Land Land confiscation is serious because 70%…

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