305 STORIES TAGGED ‘BURMA’

Report Highlights Ethnic Women’s Mistrust of Govt After Decades of War, Human Rights Abuses

August 3, 2016  •  Author: Karen News

A new report by the Karen Human Rights Group has documented the insecurity and mistrust ethnic women have to Burmese authorities following decades of armed conflict. The report, entitled Hidden Strengths, Hidden Struggles, catalogues some of the main concerns ethnic women ha... Read more ►

Ethnic Political Parties and Women Group to be Invited to Mai Ja Yang Summit

July 18, 2016  •  Author: S'Phan Shaung

Delegates from ethnic political parties and women groups are to be invited to the plenary ethnic armed groups’ summit scheduled to be held from July 26 to 29 at Mai Ja Yang, Kachin State. The decision to invite ethnic political parties and the women’s groups was decided... Read more ►

Human Rights Groups Call for Investigation into Destruction of Mosques

July 12, 2016  •  Author: Karen News

A group of 19 community based organizations has called for an official investigation into the destruction of religious buildings in Burma. The statement was signed on behalf of a range of ethnic and human rights groups both local and international including Burma Campaign UK... Read more ►

End Colonial-Era Laws, Human Rights Watch says

June 29, 2016  •  Author: Karen News

Burma’s new Government, led by Aung San Suu Kyi’s National league for Democracy party, is in a position to repeal a swathe of colonial-era laws that criminalize cornerstones of a functioning democracy, including freedom of assembly and free speech. Human Rights Watch has... Read more ►

Karen National Union Destroys Illicit Drugs Worth 400 Million Kyat

June 28, 2016  •  Author: Saw Tun Lin

The Karen National Union’s Taw Oo [Taungoo] district burned seized methamphetamine pills worth 400 million Kyat (around USD $350,000) in an event to mark the international Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking that was held on June 26. The event was held by the KN... Read more ►

KNU Plan to Use Peaceful Means to Solve Htee Khee Checkpoint Tensions

June 28, 2016  •  Author: S'Phan Shaung

A Karen National Union controlled checkpoint is fuelling tension between the Burma Army in southern Burma. The KNU checkpoint at Htee Khee, in Megui/Tavoy District [Tanintharyi Region] had been ordered by the local Burma Army commander to move out last week. The Burma Army o... Read more ►

REFUGEE DAY: Karen Women’s Group Claim Ration Cuts, Burma Army, Landmines and Poor Planning by INGO’s and UN Agencies Places Refugees in a Hard Place…

June 20, 2016  •  Author: Karen News

The Karen Women’s Organisation released a statement to commemorate the 2016 World Refugee Day and said that despite recent positive changes in Burma people are still being displaced by Burma Army offensives. “Despite the on-going peace process in Burma today, thousands ... Read more ►

*In Mon State, expanding quarries threaten farms

June 20, 2016  •  Author: Phyo Thiha Cho

The number of quarries in Mon State is quickly increasing and locals say authorities fail to regulate their environmental impact on farmlands. PAUNG TOWNSHIP, Mon State – On a recent afternoon in May, the farmers of Ohn Titbin Village Tract were tending to their betel ... Read more ►

Burma’s Exam System – Fails Students, But Especially Challenging for Migrants

June 16, 2016  •  Author: S'Phan Shaung

Migrant student passing the university matriculation examination dropped to 22 % this year causing concerns to migrant teachers on the bias in the current system. According to the matriculation examination results for the 2015-16 academic year announced on 11th of June, only... Read more ►

Human Rights Watch Criticises New Assembly Law Proposal

June 8, 2016  •  Author: Karen News

Human Rights Watch has criticized an assembly law proposed by Burma’s National League of Democracy government, saying it needs “significant revisions” to meet international standards. Burma’s Assembly Law currently requires citizens to apply for government approval f... Read more ►

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