R.I.P – General Tamla Baw – Karen Leader

June 27, 2014  •  Author: Karen News

General Tamla Baw, one of the most respected Karen leaders has died. General Tamla Baw passed away on Thursday June 26, at 9.24pm in the Thai border town of Mae Saraing. General Tamla Baw was a man of deeds and spent his life fighting for freedom, democracy and self-determin... Read more ►

UN Experts Join International Condemnation of Burma’s Proposed Religion Laws

June 22, 2014  •  Author: Karen News

A team of UN experts has added their weight to growing calls for Burma’s government to scrap proposed contentious legislation that would restrict religious freedoms. In a joint statement released Friday, 20th June, the UN experts – on freedom of religion, minority issue... 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 ►

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 ►

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