China Backed Dam Projects “Fuelling” Conflict in Shan State

July 14, 2014  •  Author: Karen News

The Shan Human Rights Foundation, a community based human rights organisation, claims that since June 11th the Burma Army has been attacking civilians and is contravening its ceasefire agreement with the Shan State Army-North (SSA-N). The SHRF alleged that the Burma Army had... Read more ►

State Authorities Harass Women’s Activists Following Anti-Rape Protests

July 9, 2014  •  Author: Karen News

Authorities in Chin State have arrested eight protesters following peaceful protests condemning the alleged attempted rape of a Chin woman by a Burma Army soldier on June 10. The protests were in response to an alleged attempted rape of a 54-year-old woman by a soldier from ... Read more ►

UN Experts Join International Condemnation of Burma’s Proposed Religion Laws

June 22, 2014  •  Author: Karen News

A team of UN experts has added their weight to growing calls for Burma’s government to scrap proposed contentious legislation that would restrict religious freedoms. In a joint statement released Friday, 20th June, the UN experts – on freedom of religion, minority issue... Read more ►

International Media Puts the Spotlight on use of ‘Slave Labor’ in Thailand’s Fishing Industry

June 16, 2014  •  Author: Karen News

An extensive investigation by British newspaper, The Guardian, has uncovered evidence of endemic use of “slave” labour in Thailand’s fishing industry, with migrant workers being “beaten, tortured, and killed.” The investigation said that the 270,000 migrant workers... Read more ►

Advocacy Groups Claim Burma’s Discriminatory Religious Conversion Law ‘Legitimises Hate Speech’…

June 16, 2014  •  Author: Karen News

International civil society organisations, human rights watchdogs and advocacy groups have issued a united call for Burma’s government to drop its proposed legislation that places restrictions on an individual’s right to freedom of religion. An alliance of 81 organisatio... Read more ►

Burma Army Attacks “Throw Doubt” on Peace Process

June 9, 2014  •  Author: Karen News

Burma Army offensives in Kachin State are undermining the peace process, an ethnic women’s organisation has claimed. The Kachin Women’s Association Thailand (KWAT) expressed concern of the recent escalation in Burma Army attacks in Kachin and Shan States, which had led t... Read more ►

Fortify Rights: Burma Army Committing “War Crimes” In Kachin State

June 9, 2014  •  Author: Karen News

Burma’s military is engaging in systemic torture against civilians in its ongoing war in Kachin State, now in its third year, and committing “war crimes” and “crimes against humanity,” a leading human rights watchdog has claimed in a report released today. The 71-p... Read more ►

Journalist Arrests – Burma Sliding Back To “Dark Days”

May 16, 2014  •  Author: Karen News

A human rights advocacy group based in Britain has launched a campaign demanding the British Government intervene to secure the release of a jailed journalist in Burma. Burma Campaign UK has demanded that Britain’s Foreign Secretary, William Hague, “personally intervene... Read more ►

Karen Human Rights Groups Report That ‘Peace’ in South-East Burma Brings Its Own Dilemmas

May 14, 2014  •  Author: Karen News

The signing of a January 2012 preliminary ceasefire between Burma’s government and the Karen National Union has brought its own challenges with “new forms of abuse and local concerns emerging in the evolving security environment,” a report released by Karen Human Right... Read more ►

Women’s Group Expressed Concern On Draft Interfaith Marriage Law

May 11, 2014  •  Author: Karen News

A wide and diverse range of women groups and civil society organisations have released the following statement on the government’s draft Interfaith Marriage Law. Karen News have taken the decision to run the full statement to generate debate and understanding in the co... Read more ►

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