Political Parties Prepare for By-election in Karen State

August 19, 2014  •  Author: Nan Chaung Pawt

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 Un... Read more ►

Thai Burma Border Schools Battle Shortage of Teachers and Learning Materials

August 18, 2014  •  Author: S' Phan Shaung

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 teache... Read more ►

Karen Armed Groups Start Fight Against Drugs

July 21, 2014  •  Author: S' Phan Shaung

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 a... Read more ►

Karen Lawyers Get Together To Provide Legal Assistance For Karen Community

July 4, 2014  •  Author: Saw Tun Lin

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. ... Read more ►

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

June 26, 2014  •  Author: Saw Nyunt Thaung

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 pr... Read more ►

Karen Political Party Voice Concerns over Proportional Representation Voting System

June 22, 2014  •  Author: Saw Nyut Thaung

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 needle... Read more ►

Indigenous Karen People Celebrate World Environment Day

June 10, 2014  •  Author: Hsar Doe Doh Moo

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, you... Read more ►

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

June 9, 2014  •  Author: Karen News

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.... Read more ►

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

June 6, 2014  •  Author: Saw Nyunt Thaung

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 s... Read more ►

Karen Young People Celebrate The Karen Youth Organisation’s Jubilee

June 2, 2014  •  Author: Karen News

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... Read more ►

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