89 STORIES TAGGED ‘KAREN VILLAGER’

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 ►

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 ►

Grave Concerns for Disappeared Ethnic Karen Activist

April 25, 2014  •  Author: Karen News

Human rights organisations are expressing grave concerns over the fate of a prominent ethnic Karen activist who disappeared after reportedly being arrested on April 17 at Kaengkrachan National Park in Petchaburi province by Thai authorities. The New York based Human Rights W... Read more ►

FBR: Burma Army Takes Villagers Hostage

February 9, 2014  •  Author: Karen News

Three soldiers from Burma Army Light Infantry Battalion 549 held seven Karen villagers hostage, demanding cash for their return, claims Free Burma Rangers, a humanitarian organization that delivers aid to displaced people. The incident is alleged to have took place on the 26... Read more ►

New Year Celebrations Cheer Karen Villagers

January 5, 2014  •  Author: Karen News

The 2014 Karen New Year is first time hundreds of Karen villagers east of Myeik were able to celebrate. On January 1, 2014, hundreds of Karen villagers in Paluk and Palaw townships and other eastern parts of Myeik town, Tanintharyi region came to celebrate the Karen New Year... Read more ►

2014 – A Critical Year For Karen People

January 1, 2014  •  Author: Karen News

As the 2013 draws to an end and as 2014 is heralded in a number of issues remain critical for the Karen people. Rations cuts were introduced in the nine refugee camps along the Thai Burma border. Repatriation of refugees is on the agenda but many international humanitarian ... Read more ►

The Bad Oil – Companies Occupy Relocated Villages’ Land

December 18, 2013  •  Author: Karen News

Following the good feel surrounding the ceasefire between the Karen and Burma government, villagers forced relocated 10 years ago returned in hope to their old village, only to find it occupied by a palm oil company. Following their forced relocation by Burma Army, Karen vil... Read more ►

Villagers Allege Mining Company Using Burma Army As Muscle

December 15, 2013  •  Author: Karen News

Villagers in Ka Taw Ni village in Southern Burma alleged that a Thai coal mining company used the local Burmese Army to threaten them for protesting for the closure of its coal mine. A villager in Ka Taw Ni, who asked not to be named for fear for his security, told Karen New... Read more ►

KNU Build Remote Villagers A Clinic

November 27, 2013  •  Author: Saw Khar Hsu Nyar

The Karen National Union has opened, in response to village concerns, a clinic to give remote and isolated rural communities access to healthcare. The Kawkreik Township, Dooplaya District KNU office opened the clinic in the Mae Kanel village in Nu Poe area on November 20, 20... Read more ►

Burma Army Accused Of Gun Point Threats

November 26, 2013  •  Author: Karen News

Despite a ceasefire in place villagers in southern Burma allege that government troops are abusing their authority by threatening them at gunpoint. A villager from Myitta east of Dawei Town claims that a Burma Army officer based in Kwe Waw Wa (Ain Wine), on the Dawei-Htee Ke... Read more ►

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