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International Community Must Commit to Reversing Myanmar’s Military Coup

By *BO KYI, 25 February 2021 The coup in Myanmar needs legitimacy to succeed. On Feb. 1 the military overthrew the democratically elected government and then formed its so-called State Administrative Council. In response, the public response could not have been more unanimous. Millions from different backgrounds are joining the civil disobedience movement and refusing to work while this regime…

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Burma’s Democracy Façade Has Broken – Coup Or Not, Ethnic People Expect More of the Same – Displacement, Land Grabs and Militarisation

Monday was to be the opening session of Burma’s newly elected parliament. Instead the country’s President Win Myint and State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi were detained along with national and regional political leaders, activists and National League for Democracy officials. Armed soldiers controlled city streets, the International and Domestic Airport, phone services and a wide range of media outlets…

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KNU Welcomes Government’s Talk of New Peace Process, But Says It Will Take More Than Words To Make It Work

By Sa Isue KNU General secretary P’doh Saw Ta Doh Moo told Karen News that they are pleased to hear the introduction of the New Peace Architecture, after it had made repeated calls for reforms in the flagging peace process as it has been almost stalled since 2018. “We have now been informed of the New Peace Architecture, as this…

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10,000 Karen Villagers Protest – Demand Burma Army Withdraws and Stop Its Road Building Through Indigenous Lands

By Sa Isue Villagers gathered at three different locations in Luthaw Township to protest their concerns over the controversial road construction. The villagers said the road construction has to stop as they do not have any guarantees for their security. The villagers pointed out there has not been any political solutions and they are concern the military access is for…

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KNU Denies Burma Army Accusation Its Troops Killed Two Soldiers on the Kawkareik-Myawaddy Old Road and Booby Trapped Corpse Killing Three and Wounding Five More Soldiers

On October 1, 2020, the Burma Army’s Tatmadaw Information Team reported they had arrested two people involved in the killing of its two soldiers and accused them of also planting booby traps under the corpses that killed another three soldiers and wounded five more. The Tatmadaw Information Team said initial interrogation had uncovered the two killers are soldiers from the…

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Villagers Panic as Burma Army Camps Take Up Position in Temples – KNLA Accuse Burma Army of Violating National Ceasefire Agreement

By Sa Isue Villagers told Karen News, Tamadaw (Burma Army) soldiers came to the area on February 17, this year and are now permanent in two areas locally know as Lu Koh Hta and Kler Klo. Villagers fear as these two areas are located in the Palu Village Tract of Myawaddy Township and are under the control of two Karen…

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Karen National Army: “Excluding Northern Alliance from Peace Process, Not a Sign the Government and its Military Want Genuine Peace Building…”

By Sa Isue In a statement released before the Union Peace Conference- 21st Century Panglong 4th meeting held in Nay Pyi Taw from August 19 to 21, the armed wing of the Karen National Union (KNU), the Karen National Liberal Army (KNLA) said the government by excluding northern ethnic armed groups had deviated from building a genuine peace. The KNLA…

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Karen Alliance Condemns Lack of Transparency and Claims Burma Army Cover-up in Naw Mu Naw’s Murder Trial

KPSN said the “family and community need to know if justice has been done for the killing. KPSN said “there are strong doubts whether the trial was fairly conducted, given the military’s earlier claims that the soldiers killed Mu Naw ‘accidentally’.” The Burma Army said on August 2, two soldiers who robbed and killed Naw Mu Naw, a mother of…

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Enough is Enough: Burma Ethnic Civilians Take Human Rights Matters into Their Own Hands

By *Myra Dahgaypaw As far back as 1949, civilians have suffered at the hands of the Tatmadaw [military]. When the country opened its borders and declared a democratic transition, civilians hoped the situation would get better, but that has given way to disappointment as the Tatmadaw continued its abuses and horrors. Respective ethnic and civilian political leaders tried to fix the…

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Naw Mu Naw Murder – Protests Grow – 4,500 Villagers Demand Justice and Immediate Withdrawal of Burma Army Camps

As many as 4,650 villagers from 114 villages in Papun Township marched from Taung Thone Lone [Burma Army outpost] to KaMaMaung on July 28, 2020. This is the second protest staged by villagers following the murder of a Karen woman by two Burma Army soldiers based in the area. Local sources said the two soldiers are the in custody, but…

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