Villagers claim Heinda Mining company destroying their land

July 9, 2012  •  Author: Karen News

The Burmese authorities have warned the Heinda mining company, operating east of Tavoy, in southern Burma to improve and contain their work practices – that have destroyed villagers plantations – or their mining operation will be stopped. Villagers in Heinda who ... Read more ►

Mining, shooting all in a days work in Burma’s south

June 26, 2012  •  Author: Eh Na

A Karen family alleged that they have been abused and expelled from their home by the Dawei Princess Company are now seeking help from the local Karen National Union (KNU) office. Naw Hsa Gay, husband works at the Dawei Princess Company mining site at Min Htain in a KNU cont... Read more ►

KNU questions role of Govt’s business linked ‘peace talk’ advisors

May 10, 2012  •  Author: Karen News

The Karen National Union (KNU) are to ask the Burma Government to clarify the role of business groups involved as advisors in the ‘peace talk’ negotiations. The KNU has questioned the motives of the business advisors involvement in the ceasefire talks after concerned Ka... Read more ►

Dawei project – KNU to have a say in environment survey

May 7, 2012  •  Author: Eh Na

The Italian-Thai Development Company told Karen National Union leaders in a meeting on Saturday that, despite rumors to the contrary, ITD are not withdrawing from its plans to construct the Dawei deep-sea port and Dawei (Tavoy) Special Economic Zone. Padoh Saw Thu Yeh, an ex... 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 ►

Dam investment projects put peace at risk

March 17, 2012  •  Author: Saw Eh Na

An alliance of Karen community base organizations claim Chinese and Thai investment in the Hatgyi dam could undermine the ongoing peace negotiations between the Karen National Union (KNU) and the Burma government, destroying the Karen peoples’ fragile hope for peace. Saw P... Read more ►

Government’s factional ‘business deals’ adds tensions to ethnic peace plans

February 20, 2012  •  Author: By Ehna

A Karen leader warns that the Burma government’s offers of ‘business opportunities’ to the various Karen and other ethnic armed factions in territory controlled by the Karen National Union will create conflict and fuel tension. A government newspaper, *Kyaymon*, report... Read more ►

Mon salt producers feel the pinch as prices fall

January 10, 2012  •  Author: Karen News

Salt producers in Mon State say they are facing heavy financial losses this year as salt prices plummet to below 50kyat a viss (a viss is equal to about one and a half kilogram). Salt producers told Karen News that he had to invest 70kyat a viss salt but the market price ha... Read more ►

Villager’s concerns ignored as Thai Ministers meet in Dawei

January 7, 2012  •  Author: Eh Na

Today, five of Thailand’s senior ministers will meet in Dawei with their Burmese counterparts to support the Burma government’s push to attract foreign investment for mega development projects to the country. The Thai ministers of foreign affairs, energy, transport, indu... Read more ►

KNU gives green light to Italian-Thai Dawei road construction

January 4, 2012  •  Author: Eh Na

The Karen National Union is considering allowing the Italian-Thai Development Company to build a road linking Burma’s Tavoy Special Economic Zone to Thailand after a meeting between the KNU and company representatives on December 28. Saw Kwe Htoo Win, KNU chairman of the M... Read more ►

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