310 STORIES TAGGED ‘KAREN’

KNLA’s Second in Command Explains His Decision to Back Formation of A United Karen Armed Force

October 21, 2014  •  Author: Karen News

In an exclusive interview with Karen News, General Baw Kyaw Heh, the KNLA’s Vice-Chief of Staff, explained his decision to back the formation of a united Karen armed force called the Kawthoolei Armed Forces (KAF). Gen. Baw Kyaw explains his decision, stating that a united ... Read more ►

Karen Women’s Groups Support Reunification Of Ethnic Armed Forces

October 20, 2014  •  Author: Karen News

In statement release yesterday, Sunday 19 October, an alliance of Karen women’s organisations gave their support to plans of four armed groups to reunite under the Kawthoolei Armed Forces (KAF) banner. The Karen Women’s Organization (KWO), the Karen Women’s Emp... Read more ►

Karen Armed Groups to Form United ‘Kawthoolei Armed Forces,’ but Questions Remain

October 16, 2014  •  Author: Karen News

A statement released by members of the different Karen armed groups laid out plans for the major Karen armed organisations to form a united Karen force, the Kawthoolei Armed Forces (KAF). The statement spoke on behalf of the four major Karen armed organisations, the Karen Na... Read more ►

Time For A United, Modern KNU

October 13, 2014  •  Author: *Nant Bwa Bwa Phan, Nant Zoya Phan and Slone Phan

It is no secret that there is division within the Karen nation about how we should respond to the political changes that have incurred in our country since 2011. Some see the ceasefire process as a genuine opportunity to start negotiations that could give the Karen people gu... Read more ►

World Teachers Day – “Education Key to Safeguarding Our Karen Culture”

October 7, 2014  •  Author: Karen News

Access to education in Karen State has been compromised by lack of accessible schools, poverty, war, displacement, and low wages for teachers – conditions made worse by a decades-long lack of government funding. Fighting to survive against successive brutal military dictat... Read more ►

“We Have Never Seen Peace” – Karen People Have Their Say on International Day of Peace

September 23, 2014  •  Author: Karen News

To mark the International Day of Peace, Karen News spoke to members of the Karen community about the importance of peace. Following six decades of conflict, the Karen National Union entered into a preliminary ceasefire with the Burmese government in 2012. But a lasting peace... Read more ►

Broad-based Community Involvement Is Central to Success of the Karen Political Movement and Struggle

September 20, 2014  •  Author: *Saw Greh Moo and Saw Sweener Soe

In the wake of the Karen National Union’s sudden walk out from the United Nationalities Federal Council’s conference and its subsequent temporary suspension of its membership in the ethnic alliance in late August, Karen communities and Karen civil society organizations w... Read more ►

Myanmar Peace Centre Discusses Japanese Agency’s Development Plans with Karen Community Network

September 16, 2014  •  Author: Nan Chaung Pawt

The government-backed Myanmar Peace Center (MPC) met with the Karen Peace Support Network (KPSN), that represents 28 Karen community based organizations, to discuss concerns regarding a Japanese economic development blueprint for South East Burma. Following the September 11 ... Read more ►

KNU’s Decision to Suspend Itself from UNFC Proves Divisive

September 15, 2014  •  Author: Karen News

The decision by the leadership of the Karen National Union to suspend membership from the United Nationalities Federal Council in August has been met with both criticism and praise, with one analyst stating the move was the “right decision to make,” while some Karen comm... Read more ►

Karen Artists Call for Diaspora to Keep Its Culture Alive

September 12, 2014  •  Author: Saw Kyaw Kwee

The renowned Karen artist, Saw Kyaw La Thein, while on a visit to Australia called on the Karen diaspora to preserve Karen culture. Saw Kyaw La Thein was attending an event, on September 6, that showcased traditional Karen music, dance that was organized by the Karen communi... Read more ►

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