Burma Army still using torture and forced labor says report

May 18, 2012  •  Author: Karen News

The Burma Army is accused of ongoing human rights violations –including the use of violent torture- according to a report by a grassroots humanitarian organization, the Karen Human Rights Group. The human rights violations come amidst recent ceasefire agreements signed bet... Read more ►

Despite bad weather KNU open third liaison office

May 15, 2012  •  Author: Karen News

This morning the Karen National Union officially opened its third liaison office in Three Pagoda Pass Town, Dooplaya District, Karen State to help cooperation between the KNU and the Burma government. KNU sources said that the liaison office will make working with the Burma ... Read more ►

KNU puts human rights on ‘peace talks’ agenda

May 8, 2012  •  Author: Saw Poe Zaw

The Karen National Union says human rights violations and military related issues will be discussed with the Burma government in the next round of ‘peace talks’ planned for later this month. It was statement by some of the KNU’s Peace Negotiation Team members w... Read more ►

Burma Army shuts down taxation checkpoints

April 30, 2012  •  Author: Saw Khar Su Nyar (KIC)

The Burma government has ordered checkpoints staffed by soldiers from the Burma Army and rogue elements from the Karen National Liberation Army to be closed down. Villagers in the area told Karen News that the checkpoints at Bawti, Iwai, Wartaw and Sin Phyu Tai were extortin... Read more ►

So far so good – villagers agree ceasefire has brought freedom of movement

April 29, 2012  •  Author: By Nan Paw Gay (KIC)

According to a Karen National Union source, villagers in Kyauk Kyi Township in the Bago Region have more freedom to travel since the preliminary ceasefire agreement between Karen National Union and government. Padoh Saw Ner Htoo Byaing, KNU chairman in Kyauk Kyi Township tol... Read more ►

Villagers accuse both the Burma Army and KNLA of extorting “taxes”

April 24, 2012  •  Author: Saw Khar Su Nyar (KIC)

Villagers have accuse both the Burma Army and soldiers from the Karen National Liberation Army, Brigade 4, of extorting ‘taxes’ from them in Myitta Sub Township, Tavoy, in the Tenasserim Division Sin Phyu Tai village tract since the beginning of April. The villagers say ... Read more ►

Taungoo Township villagers scared of forced labor orders and forest fires lit by Burma Army

March 19, 2012  •  Author: Saw Khar Su Nyar (KIC)

Villagers living in the Tandaung Township, Taungoo District accuse Burma Army soldiers of demanding of them force labor and threatening their ability to earn a living. A villager (who security reasons is not named) told Karen News that Burma Army battalions under Division 66... Read more ►

Karen fighters and Burma Army soldiers killed over ceasefire breech

March 16, 2012  •  Author: Saw Khar Su Nyar (KIC)

Despite a ceasefire agreement being agreed to by Karen National Union and the Burma government on January 12th fighting between both sides continues. The latest incident happened when government troops refused to stop sending military supplies through KNU held territory to t... Read more ►

Villagers accuse Burma Army of forced labor abuses

March 13, 2012  •  Author: Saw Thein Myint (KIC)

Villagers living along the Tavoy-Kanchanaburi Highway linking Burma to Thailand accuse Burma Army soldiers of demanding they provide trucks to transport foods and munitions for the military. Burma Army battalions under Coastal Command headquarters based at Myitta Sub Townshi... Read more ►

KWO condemns Burma Army soldiers’ sexual assault of a 22-year-old woman

March 6, 2012  •  Author: Nan Paw Gay (KIC)

The Karen Women Organization issued a media statement late last night condemning the attempted rape of a 22-year-old mother who was “viciously attacked yesterday by two soldiers of the Burma Army on Sunday this week.” The KWO told Karen News that they have taken the yo... Read more ►

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