Karen National Party Members Undergo Government Vetting Process

June 18, 2014  •  Author: Karen News

Founding members of the newly formed Karen National Party (KNP) are currently going through a vetting process with the Government’s Interior Ministry following its June 4th submission to register as an official political party. Mahn Kyaw Nyein, a KNP’s founder told Karen... Read more ►

Villagers Petition All Karen Armed Groups To Unite Under One Force

June 5, 2014  •  Author: Saw Nyut Thaung

Residents and monks from 30 Karen villages have called for all Karen armed groups to join under a single banner to stop drug running and to help restore law and order. Karen civilians from northern Kawkareik Township in Karen State delivered a petition calling on the various... Read more ►

KNU: Genuine Peace Can Be Achieved Only By Mutual Respect

June 3, 2014  •  Author: Saw Kha Hsu Nya, Sa I Su

Padoh Mahn Nyein Maung, a Central Executive Committee member of the Karen National Union said in his speech at a peace process consultation meeting that lasting and genuine peace could only be reached when there is mutual respect between the government, ethnic groups and cit... 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 ►

Govt Schools Start To Teach Karen Language in Pago Division

May 23, 2014  •  Author: Saw Tun Lin

Thousands of Karen students from as many as 370 schools in Pago [Pegu] Division can now officially learn their mother tongue. Saw Jubilee San Hla, the Minister of Karen Ethnic Affairs in Pago Division told Karen News that the teaching of the ethnic S’gaw Karen language wou... Read more ►

Karen Leader Goes To Irrawaddy Delta and Yangon Region To Hear The People Speak

May 15, 2014  •  Author: Naw Htoo Paw

The Karen National Union’s vice chairperson, Naw Zipporah Sein, travelled to the Irrawaddy Delta and to Rangoon to hear what people thought and felt about the ongoing peace process. When Naw Zipporah Sein said that “the peace process needs to be inclusive,” her recent ... Read more ►

New Karen Party Seeks Official Registration

May 2, 2014  •  Author: Saw Nyunt Thaung

The newly formed Karen National Party (KNP), based in the Irrawaddy Delta region, elected its leadership committee following a public meeting on April 27 at Pay Taw village, Wakema Township – more than 200 people attended the public meeting. The KNP is now seeking to g... 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 ►

Karen Groups To Hold National Conference On Politics, Arms And Unity

April 22, 2014  •  Author: S Phan Shaung

Karen political and community groups representing Karen communities from across Burma will hold a Karen National Convention in 2014 to discuss the cooperation between Karen armed organisations and political parties in ensuring there is unity going into the future. The Karen ... Read more ►

Ethnic Groups And Advocates Demand Investigation Into Burma Army’s Systematic Use Of Rape, Sexual Violence

April 22, 2014  •  Author: Karen News

Human rights organisations and ethnic political groups have called for an international investigation into systematic sexual abuses committed by the Burma Army, noting that reports of rape continue to emerge three years after reformist President Thein Sein’s administration... Read more ►

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