Posts Tagged ‘Karen State’

Farmers from disputed land at meeting

MP Granted Land Concession – Villagers Demand Parliament Settle Dispute

April 2, 2014  • 

More than 130 villagers from 20 villages in Hlaingbwe and Hpa-An Township signed a petition letter and sent to the state parliament demanding a solution to the dispute over farmland that was granted concession to businessman for a rubber plantation. Daw Nan Say Awa, a member of parliament from the Pyithu Hluttaw [House of Representatives], Karen St... Read more ►


Farmers Compensated For Land Loss To Asia Highway

March 16, 2014  • 

Burma’s government and the Thai company involved in the construction of the Asia Highway have paid compensation to landowners affected by the construction, but some landowners have claimed that they did not receive the compensation that the authorities initially promised. The landowners had their land damaged by the building of the highway betwee... Read more ►

Gen Baw Kyaw Heh


March 14, 2014  • 

General Baw Kyaw Heh, the Karen National Liberation Army’s vice-chief-of-staff, in an exclusive question and answer interview with Karen News discussed the consequences of mega- development projects, hydro-dams, armed conflict, corruption, the current ceasefire, peace talks and the militarization of Burma. Why are you opposed to a dam? Many reaso... Read more ►

Mae La camp road

International Women’s Day – Refugees Show Fear and Hope

March 8, 2014  • 

Women from the largest refugee camp in Thailand’s express their concerns and dreams as the world marks international women’s day. Naw Kaw, 44, a mother of three and a Karen refugee, sits down, shielding her face from the midday sun. She has been in Mae La refugee camp for two decades. She fled Burma after being used by the Burma Army as forced ... Read more ►


KWO Want Burma Census Postponed

March 5, 2014  • 

The Karen Women Organization (KWO) has called for the postponement of Burma’s nationwide census, scheduled to run this month, until the data classifications are deemed appropriate to ethnic groups and the political situation in the country is stable. Naw K’nyaw Paw, general secretary of KWO told Karen News that all its senior representative... Read more ►

Lonnya mountain

Residents Fight $500m Cement Factory Proposal

March 5, 2014  • 

Residents from Lun-Nya village area, in Hpa-an Township voiced their opposition to a proposed cement factory planned for their area, over concerns that it could endanger their health and fears that they would receive no compensation. As many as 300 villagers raised their concerns at the meeting attended by representatives from Ultra Tech’s Ce... Read more ►

KNU and Govt census meeting

KNU Urge Gov’t To Use Karen Teachers For Census Survey

February 24, 2014  • 

Karen National Union officials have proposed the government use local based teachers as data collectors when the planned census is conducted in KNU control areas. KNU officials in Dooplaya district told Karen News that they have proposed to the Karen State Census Committee to use local teachers in Dooplaya district for the census. The proposal was... Read more ►

ID card

National ID Scheme Met With Confusion, Indifference, Fear

February 4, 2014  • 

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, and even fear. Some of the Karen interviewed for this story, referred to th... Read more ►

PSDP plenary meeting

Karen Party Readies For 2015 Election

February 2, 2014  • 

In a move to be prepared for the national election in 2015, the Hpa-an based Phalon-Sawaw Democratic Party (PSDP) held a plenary conference to spell out the party’s policies. The PSDP is one of the four of Karen parties taking part in the 2010 election. The PSDP told the meeting held on Jan 18 in Hpa-an, Karen State, that its platform was built a... Read more ►

Hongtharaw bridge to be built

New Bridge Breathes New Life Into Local Economy

January 30, 2014  • 

A new bridge over the Hong-Tha-Yaw River is to be built connecting Hlaing Kweh and Mae Tha Yaw, in Kawkareik Township. Construction of the bridge started in the first week of January 2014. The iron bridge will be 280 meters long and 7 meters wide, and it is estimated that it will take three years to construct. U Tin Hlaing Ko Ko the officer oversee... Read more ►