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 ►

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

May 29, 2014  •  Author: Karen News

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 Kar... Read more ►

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

May 11, 2014  •  Author: Nan Phyo Wai Zar

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 Me... Read more ►

People Power Wins – KNU And State Officials Let Villagers Have Final Say On Proposed Cement Factory

May 4, 2014  •  Author: Saw Nyunt Thaung and Nan Chaung Pawt

Government officials and local Karen National Union officials have decided to let villagers decide if a cement factory is to be built in their area. Following strong opposition by the villagers against the proposed cement factory planned for the Mi Kayin village area, Hpa-an... Read more ►

Hluttaw Speaker Promises To Investigate Farmers’ Land Disputes In Karen State

May 1, 2014  •  Author: Saw Nyunt Thaung

During his trip to Karen State, Parliament speaker, Thura Shwe Mann, promised farmers to look into land confiscation cases in the region once they are submitted to the House. Thura Shwe Mann, chairman of the Pyithu Hluttaw (House of Representatives) was on a visit to Karen S... Read more ►

Drug-Resistant Malaria in Eastern Burma has Expert Warning of Potential Health Crisis

April 25, 2014  •  Author: Karen News

Today marked World Malaria Day, and while the global community celebrated significant declines in moratlity rates from malaria since 2000, a new drug-resistant form of the parasite has one leading expert warning of a potential health disaster. In the last ten years, the fig... Read more ►

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