Human Rights Watch: Burma’s reforms falling short

February 2, 2013  •  Author: Karen News

Burma’s recent reforms have failed to improve the country’s human rights situation, say rights groups. Over the past year, Burma’s civilian government has released nearly 400 political prisoners, relaxed media censorship, and permitted opposition leader Aung San Suu Ky... Read more ►

Protesters demand the US and China Chiang Mai consulates do more to end Kachin conflict

January 29, 2013  •  Author: S' Phan Shaung (KIC)

Kachin activists based in Thailand demonstrated in front of both the US and China consulates in Chiang Mai calling for an end to the Burma Army offensive in Kachin State Friday last week. The protest lasted around 20 minutes at the Chinese consulate before continuing at the ... Read more ►

Burma Army forces Karen civilians to transport its supplies

January 28, 2013  •  Author: Karen News

Despite ceasefire agreements the Burma is forcing Karen civilians to use their private vehicles to transport military supplies to and from army camps. Villagers allege that last week the Burma Army forcibly took three civilian pickup trucks in the Waw Lay area, Myawaddy Tow... Read more ►

Burma Army Colonel beats up KNU member

January 23, 2013  •  Author: Eh Na

Tensions are running high after a Burma Army officer beat up Karen National Union member and detained him in Southern Burma. The incidence happened at a checkpoint located near Ka Saw Wah village in Tenasserim Division that is in the Karen National Union’s Brigade 4. A... Read more ►

Burma’s government continues with air and artillery strikes

January 21, 2013  •  Author: Karen News

Burma’s Army launched new air and artillery strikes against the Kachin Independence Army on the 18th of January despite the government announcing a ceasefire to begin 6am on Saturday. Humanitarian groups monitoring the situation from inside Kachin State said air strikes ... Read more ►

Burma Army’s use of deadly airstrikes marks brutal escalation in Kachin conflict

January 10, 2013  •  Author: Karen News

First use of airstrikes by the government in twenty years raises prospect of increased numbers of civilian deaths in conflict areas – community groups condemned air strikes. The Burma Army’s appalling human rights abuses, especially in the conflict zones of ethnic st... Read more ►

Burma army’s reinforcing its camps scare Taungoo villagers

January 7, 2013  •  Author: Saw Khar Su Nyar (KIC)

Villagers in the Thandaung area were frightened by a Burma Army helicopter that repeatedly flew over their homes last week – the area is under the Karen National Union’s Taungoo District and its armed wing, the Karen National Liberation Army 2nd Brigade. Local source... Read more ►

Burma military use jets and helicopters to bomb Kachin

December 31, 2012  •  Author: Karen News

The Free Burma Rangers humanitarian group has compiled a report and photographs that show “Burma Air Force jets and MI24 attack helicopters attacking the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) northern Burma.” Tha FBR reports note that the Burma military attacked at 8am on the ... Read more ►

No fighting, but Karen villagers still scared…

December 21, 2012  •  Author: Nan Paw Gay (KIC)

Since October 26, Karen National Union representatives and members of community-based-groups have attended the KNU 15th Congress to vote in a new executive, department heads and the central standing committee. Karen News spoke to two KNU representatives attending the Congres... Read more ►

It’s only training, but Government jet fighters terrify Karen villagers

November 23, 2012  •  Author: S’ Phan Shaung (KIC)

Karen villagers working in their rice fields and plantations were terrified when jet fighters starting dropping bombs and machine-gunning the area. Government authorities failed to warn citizens that the jet fighters were taking part in a military training exercise in the Ta... Read more ►

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