Dawei Project Threatens Livelihood of Locals, Claims Ethnic Women’s Organization

January 6, 2015  •  Author: Karen News

The Dawei Special Economic Zone is threatening local peoples’ way of life, according to a report by the Tavoyan Women’s Union. The DSEZ, a joint venture of Thailand and Burma, has faced controversy since it’s inception with local and international human rights organisa... Read more ►

As Japan’s Aid Money Pours In – Community Groups Raise Concerns*

July 15, 2014  •  Author: John Arterbury

When three villagers from rural Myanmar visited Tokyo earlier this month they came equipped with an unusual itinerary. Rather than spend time exploring the city’s urban jungle, the first trip any of them made out of Southeast Asia was to hand-deliver a complaint letter to ... Read more ►

Burma Army Offensive Displaces Thousands, Amidst Reports of Rape and Shooting of Civilians

April 23, 2014  •  Author: Karen News

Reports of rape and the murder of two civilians have emerged following a Burma Army offensive in parts of Kachin State and Shan State, that has also led to more than three thousand civilians displaced in the attacks. The frontline humanitarian organisation, Free Burma Ranger... Read more ►

Burma Army Attacks Displace 1,800 people

April 15, 2014  •  Author: Karen News

The Burma Army attacked the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) positions on Thursday 10 April. The 10-hour Burma Army offensive took place in the La Gat Yang and Man Win areas on the Kachin-Shan border. A report released by a humanitarian organization, the Burma Free Rangers, do... Read more ►

DKBA Helps At Risk Displaced Villagers

February 18, 2014  •  Author: S'Phan Shaung

The Democratic Karen Benevolent Army (DKBA) has invited villagers displaced by the Burma Army to stay with them. The DKBA has told villagers from the Tha-Mee-Lay village, Hle-Gu Township, to come and stay with them after the villagers were forced from their homes by the Burm... Read more ►

“Displaced, Relocated And Our Land Given To Companies…”

January 9, 2014  •  Author: Karen News

State-run oil and rubber plantations are blocking displaced Karen villagers from returning to their original land. Since the ceasefire between the Karen National Union and the Burma government in 2012 dispossessed villagers in the Tanintharyi region have begun to return to ... Read more ►

Burma Army: Looting, Intimidation, Displacement in Kachin State

December 24, 2013  •  Author: Karen News

Burma Army units in Kachin State are looting the rice rations of internal displaced people (IDP’s), and have fired on a group of villagers in at least one occasion last month, reports the Free Burma Rangers, a frontline humanitarian organization. The FBR lists and dates th... Read more ►

Water Tests Prove Village Water Has High Levels Of Arsenic and Lead

December 23, 2013  •  Author: Karen News

Environmental researchers have found village water sources close to a tin mining operation in Southern Burma have dangerous levels of lead and arsenic. Independent community-based researchers from Kamoethway, east of Dawei Town, working with an environmentalist expert from ... Read more ►

UNFC: Govt’s containment policy cause of fighting in Kachin State

November 22, 2013  •  Author: Saw Khar Hsu Nyar

The ethnic alliance, the United Nationalities Federal Council, blamed the government for the fighting in Kachin State. The UNFC said the ongoing fighting in kachin State is a result of the government’s territorial containment policy in ethnic states. The UNFC said that tho... Read more ►

Burma Army Patrols Unsettle, Resettled Displaced Karen

November 17, 2013  •  Author: Karen News

Despite being resettled, displaced Karen villagers in Thar Mae Plaw, in southern Burma, are still living in fear after the Burma Army repeatedly entered their newly resettled site. Saw Honny, a relief worker helping the displaced to resettle in Thar Mae Plaw spoke to Karen N... Read more ►

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