Posts Tagged ‘Karen State’

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 ►

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Karen State Based Political Parties Back Election Commission Proposal for Land and Tax-Free Car Import Permits

June 26, 2014  • 

The majority of Karen State based political parties are willing to accept proposed offer put up by the Union Election Commission of Burma (EUC) of providing political parties with land for office space and five vehicles tax-free import permits. The Election Commission’s proposal is now waiting on approval from the country’s President, U Sein Th... Read more ►

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Karen Political Party Voice Concerns over Proportional Representation Voting System

June 22, 2014  • 

The Karen political party, the Phalon-Sawaw Democratic Party (PSDP), has stated its opposition to the proportional representation (PR) voting system, which was endorsed by Burma’s parliament on June 11 this year. The PSDP claimed that the new voting process would needlessly complicate the political system for the upcoming 2015 national electio... Read more ►

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Indigenous Karen People Celebrate World Environment Day

June 10, 2014  • 

On June 5, 2014, the Karen Environmental and Social Action Network (KESAN) organised an event commemorating the World Environment Day in one of the indigenous Karen areas on the Salween River in Mutraw District (Papun) in Burma. A total of 200 people, including students, youth, parents, teachers and community leaders, attended. The Karen people tra... Read more ►

Naw Bway Paw, pointed to her confiscated land (Photo-Karen News)

You Have to Leave Your Land…Karen Land is State Land…

June 9, 2014  • 

Naw Bway Paw looks out of her windowless thatched bamboo home in Hlaing Bwe Township, Karen State, and remembers the day in 1996 when the Burma Army came and took her land. Naw Bway Paw in a video interview with Karen News describes how she lost her ancestral home and lands. “One day a soldier arrived at my home in Lay Kaw Hti village and asked t... Read more ►

Students playing outside a school in Karen State

Despite Burma Govt Promise of Free Education – Parents Claim They Are Still Paying Fees

June 6, 2014  • 

The parents of students at Taungkalay High School, in Hpa-an, have expressed concerns that they have to pay fees for their children despite the government promising that state schools – from primary to secondary level – would provide free registration and textbooks for study. Taungkalay High School opened on June 2, but before school started, o... Read more ►

Karen Young People Celebrate The Karen Youth Organisation’s Jubilee

June 2, 2014  • 

Hundreds of young Karen people dressed in their traditional clothing file into a large open-air building in Karen State, a booming series of “hello… hello… hello…” tests a sound system stacked on the edge of a stage. The traditional dress sound system and stage are signs that the Karen Youth Organisation’s celebrated its 25th year in Ma... Read more ►

The 10th Karen Unity Seminar (Photo: KIC)

KNU Call For ‘Unity In Diversity’ – ‘Put Interests Of The People First’…

May 29, 2014  • 

Giving the opening address at the 10th Karen Unity Seminar, the Karen National Union’s chairperson, Saw Mutu Sae Po called all the attending Karen representatives to work towards what he called ‘unity in diversity’. General Mutu Sae Po welcome the wide variety of Karen groups attending the event before saying. “We are divided in many ways... Read more ►

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KNU Official Wants Japan To consult On Any Development Planned For Karen State

May 11, 2014  • 

A Karen National Union official urged a visiting Japanese Member of Parliament when planning development project for Karen State that there is an urgent need to consult and involve the KNU. Padoh Aung Win Shwe, head of the KNU Foreign Affair Department informed a Japanese Member of Parliament that his government needed to involve the KNU as well as... Read more ►