Posts Tagged ‘Karen State’

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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 ►

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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 ►

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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 Phalon-Sawaw Democratic Party (PSDP), Karen Democratic Party (KDP), National League for Democratic Party (NLD) and The Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP). “Currently, for advanced p... 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 ►

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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 ►

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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 ►