118 stories tagged ‘Karen State’

KNLA soldiers on action

Karen Soldiers and Gov’t’s Troops Fight In Northern Karen State…Again!

April 27, 2015  • 

The Karen National Liberation Army 2nd Brigade based in the Taungoo District confirmed to Karen News that a small firefight between its solders and the government troops happened on April 20. Lieutenant Saw Prah, company commander of the KNLA 2nd Brigade’s security force told Karen News that the fighting was between his soldiers and the Burma Arm... Read more ►

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KNU: Emergency Meeting Called To Discuss Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement And Ethnic Leaders’ Summ...

April 22, 2015  • 

The Karen National Union is holding a central standing committee emergency meeting to discuss the draft nationwide ceasefire agreement and the ethnic armed organization summit at its headquarters at Lay Wah, Hlaingbwe Townhip in Pa-an District from April 20-22, 2015. Padoh Naw Zipporah Sein, vice chairperson of the KNU spoke to Karen News about the... Read more ►

Echo screening at Hpa-an (Photo - BCMF)

Thai, Burmese and Belgium Heart Surgeons Operate To Give Children a Chance

April 10, 2015  • 

The Burma Children Medical Fund organized and took a team of health specialists from Mae Tao Clinic, located in the Thai border town of Mae Sot and from Lampang Hospital, northern Thailand to Hpa-an in eastern Burma. The health specialists were in Hpa-an to do echocardiogram screenings on children and adults with heart problems. Ms Thornton said th... Read more ►

KWEG training on voting and civil education

Villagers Get Voter and Civil Education Training From Karen Women’s Community

March 30, 2015  • 

The Karen Women Empowerment Group (KWEG), a community based group in Hpa-an ran a training for villagers to help them understand how to vote and what their rights are related to elections. The three-day training workshop was held from 24 to 26 of March at the KWEG office in Hpa-an. The training was attended by 20 villagers from Hpa-an, Kawkareik, H... Read more ►

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Karen Political Parties Warn Government That It’s Use of Violent Force on Students Will Set the ...

March 13, 2015  • 

Two Karen political parties have expressed their concern over the violent crackdown on student protesters saying the government’s use of force will not solve the problem and it could be a setback for the country’s reforms. The Plone-Sawow Democratic Party (PSDP) and the Karen Democratic Party (KDP) officially voiced their concerns over the p... Read more ►

A Burma Army Camp in Papun District, Karen State

Burma Army Shelling Forces Karen Villagers From Farms

March 6, 2015  • 

A Karen Human Right Groups report released on March 2nd accuses the Burma Army of targeting villagers with artillery shells in Northern Karen State. KHRG allege the government’s military directed its artillery bombardment on villagers in Papun Township. The KHRG report said that Burma Army indiscriminately fired artillery shells towards where vil... Read more ►

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Minister Agrees Local Should Be Compensated For Confiscated Land

February 12, 2015  • 

Hpa-an residents who lost their 40 acres of land to a construction project in town’s industrial zone want compensation from the government for the loss of their rubber plantations. Saw Khant Win Aung, had his land confiscated for the construction, said that on January 25, the Karen State Chief Minister, U Zaw Min, visited the project site and sai... Read more ►

KNLA soldiers on parade (Photo: Karen News)

KNU Leader Calls For Unity On Karen Resistance Day Ceremony

January 30, 2015  • 

Karen people have started to make their annual pilgrimage to the Karen National Liberation Army 7th Brigade’s headquarter in Hpa-an district to commemorate the 66th Anniversary of the beginning of its resistance against the former Burma military regime. The Karen Resistance Day falls on 31st January and is celebrated every year in Karen National ... Read more ►

Newly built Htee Klo Thaw school before it was burned down

Karen Community Groups Build School for Remote Villagers

January 26, 2015  • 

Primary school students from Htee Klo Thaw village in Hlaingbwe Township will be starting the 2015 academic year in a new school. The Karen Community Based Network Group is finalizing the school construction project to have it ready for the students. The KCBNG, are based in the East Dawna Ranges, began its school construction project in November 20... Read more ►

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UNHCR and Thai Govt Plan to Verify and Record Refugee Populations on the Thai-Burma Border

January 19, 2015  • 

The United Nation High Commission for Refugees and the Thai Ministry of Interior are planning a joint exercise to verify refugee population in the nine camps along the Thai-Burma border in January, according to sources from camp service providers. Saw Robert Htwe, chairperson of the Karen Refugee Committee confirmed to Karen News about the planned... Read more ►