Posts Tagged ‘Karen State’

Proposed site for Dam

Environmental Alliance Claim Burma Army Offensive in Karen State Linked to Salween Dam Plans

October 13, 2014  • 

An environmental coalition of civil society groups group has issued a statement claiming that recent armed conflict in Karen State is linked to the Burma government’s plans to dam the Salween River. Salween Watch said it was “gravely concerned at the recent escalation of fighting and displacement in Karen state, Burma/Myanmar, which is linked t... Read more ►

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Unknown Armed Group Kills Four And Wounds Nine Civilians

October 12, 2014  • 

An artillery shell killed four and wounded nine civilians travelling on the Myawaddy – Kawkareik road – a major trading route from Thailand. An unidentified armed group is believed to have fired the shell that landed in front of a shop at Ale Bo Tae on Saturday, October 11. A police officer in Kawkareik Township, who asked to remain anonymous, ... Read more ►


Karen State – Police Arrest Three People on Suspicion of Drug Dealing

September 20, 2014  • 

Police in Kawkareik Town, Karen State have arrested three people on suspicions of drug dealing. The suspects, one man and two women, were arrested for allegedly selling methamphetamine pills, also known as ‘ya ma’. Police Chief Aung Oo from the Special Anti-narcotic Force in Kawkareik Township told Karen News that the three arrested were identi... Read more ►

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Myanmar Peace Centre Discusses Japanese Agency’s Development Plans with Karen Community Network

September 16, 2014  • 

The government-backed Myanmar Peace Center (MPC) met with the Karen Peace Support Network (KPSN), that represents 28 Karen community based organizations, to discuss concerns regarding a Japanese economic development blueprint for South East Burma. Following the September 11 meeting, Naw Susanna Hla Hla Soe, from KPSN spoke to Karen News. “Primari... Read more ►


Karen Community Organizations Claim Japanese Development Plan in Burma Could ‘Fuel Conflict’, ‘Ignores Local Voices’

September 12, 2014  • 

More than 30 ethnic Karen community based organizations, including environmental watchdogs and civil society organizations, have criticized a blueprint for economic development in Southeast Burma published by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), an aid agency that operates under the Japanese government. The report, published on 9 Sept... Read more ►

Col Saw Chit Thu at 4th Anniversary of BGF formation day (Photo-KIC)

Colonel Chit Thu – “Border Guard Force Stands By The Karen People…”

August 27, 2014  • 

In a speech delivered at the celebration marking the formation of Border Guard Force, a militia group under the control of the Burma Army, Colonel Chit Thu, claimed that his troops are for the benefit of the Karen people. Colonel Chit Thu, senior advisor and general secretary of the Karen State BGF central command said, in his speech at the 4th Ann... Read more ►


Political Parties Prepare for By-election in Karen State

August 19, 2014  • 

Four political parties are preparing to contest an up-coming by-election in Karen State at the end of the year. The parties contesting the election are the Plone-Swor Democratic Party (PSDP), Karen Democratic Party (KDP), National League for Democratic Party (NLD) and The Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP). “Currently, for advanced pre... Read more ►

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Thai Burma Border Schools Battle Shortage of Teachers and Learning Materials

August 18, 2014  • 

Schools run by the Karen Education Department (KED) on the Karen State border with Thailand, are facing a massive shortage of teaching materials. Saw Law Eh Moo, the Secretary of the KED, in an interview with Karen News said the education system does not have enough teachers, books or funds. “KED’s does not have enough curriculum materia... Read more ►

Representatives of Karen armed groups at a public drug awareness event in Karen State

Karen Armed Groups Start Fight Against Drugs

July 21, 2014  • 

An alliance of Karen armed groups have got together to start a crack down on the use of illicit drugs in Karen State. The Unity Committee of Karen Armed Groups formed the alliance now known as the Anti-Narcotic Joint Committee on July 15. The alliance consists of six Karen armed groups was set up to tackle drug use and drug trafficking. The committ... Read more ►

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Karen Lawyers Get Together To Provide Legal Assistance For Karen Community

July 4, 2014  • 

More than 20 Karen lawyers from all over Burma held an initial meeting in Rangoon last week to discuss the founding of a lawyer network that would provide legal assistance to the Karen community facing legal issues related to human rights, women’s right and land disputes. The Karen lawyers’ meeting was hosted at the office of the Karen Women Em... Read more ►