39 STORIES TAGGED ‘IDPS’

“We Have Never Seen Peace” – Karen People Have Their Say on International Day of Peace

September 23, 2014  •  Author: Karen News

To mark the International Day of Peace, Karen News spoke to members of the Karen community about the importance of peace. Following six decades of conflict, the Karen National Union entered into a preliminary ceasefire with the Burmese government in 2012. But a lasting peace... Read more ►

Kachin Displaced Face Humanitarian Crisis

August 26, 2014  •  Author: Karen News

The Kachin conflict, now in its third year, has left tens-of-thousand of displaced civilians without adequate access to health care. A community-based-organisation working with the displaced civilians warned in an interview with Karen News that the health situation is worsen... 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 ►

KNU Housing For Families of Disabled Soldiers and Some Displaced Villagers Almost Completed

June 3, 2014  •  Author: S Phan Shaung

The Karen National Union (KNU), in its controlled Hpa-an District has been implementing a low cost housing project for families of disable soldiers from its armed wing, the Karen National Liberation Army and displaced villagers in the surrounding areas. The housing project i... Read more ►

Burma Army Attacks Continue in Kachin State

February 12, 2014  •  Author: Karen News

The conflict, which has lasted for more than two years, has seen the displacement of an estimated 80,000 Kachin people and reports of human rights abuses continue to emerge. Free Burma Rangers, a humanitarian organization that delivers aid to displaced people, expressed conc... Read more ►

National ID Scheme Met With Confusion, Indifference, Fear

February 4, 2014  •  Author: Saw Lindsay and Saw Mort

Burma’s National ID Cards grant relative freedom of travel, allow voting in national elections, access to official schools. Denied for decades basic government services, villagers in Karen State view Burma’s National ID Card scheme with a mix of confusion, indifference, ... 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 ►

Kachin IDP’s Are Tortured and Jail Sentence Increased

December 23, 2013  •  Author: Karen News

In what human rights groups are calling a blow to Burma’s ongoing reform process, two Kachin IDP’s arrested under Burma’s Unlawful Association Act law have had their jail sentence increased from two years to seven years – the reasons for the increase are as yet u... Read more ►

Despite pilot project, displaced villagers still wary of Burma Army

July 5, 2013  •  Author: Saw Eh Na

Karen humanitarian groups working with a Norwegian non-government-organization, as part of the Myanmar Peace Support Initiative, plan to start its second phase of a pilot project designed to help displaced Karen people in eastern Burma. The Karen National Union’s Committee... Read more ►

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