KWO Marks 29th Years Of Standing Up For Women’s Rights

April 12, 2014  •  Author: Khar Hsu Nyar

The Karen Women Organization held ceremonies on April 5 marking its 29th anniversary in locations in Karen State and along the Thai Burma border. The KWO used its anniversary to draw attention to the status of women’s legal protection, the need to respect women and the nee... Read more ►

International Karen Community Wants Burma’s Census Postponed

March 17, 2014  •  Author: Karen News

An international coalition of Karen community-based-organizations (CBOs) has sent a letter to the United Nations Population Fund expressing “deep concern” with Burma’s approaching national census – urging it be postponed. The letter argues that the census is being ca... Read more ►

Burma Army Shoots Aid Worker

March 16, 2014  •  Author: Saw Thein Myint

A humanitarian worker from Free Burma Rangers (FBR) was shot and badly wounded on February 18 while working in Northern Karen State. Saw Shae Say, 25, who works as a video recorder with FBR, was shot while monitoring Burma Army troop movements near Luthaw Township, Papun Dis... Read more ►

Now Is Not The Time For Refugee Returns

March 13, 2014  •  Author: *Ner Dah Mya

The Karen refugees in Thailand could be facing a new situation before we even know of it! Over the past years foreign donors and NGOs have chosen to abandon the border area and direct their support and aid through Rangoon via government-controlled agencies. The thinking is t... Read more ►

Karen Groups Urges Govt To Improve Women’s Rights in Burma

March 8, 2014  •  Author: Karen News

Two leading Karen Women’s groups, the Karen Women’s Organisation and the Karen Women’s Empowerment Group (KWEG) have urged Burma’s reformist government to improve women’s rights in the country as the world marks international women’s day, arguing that peace could... Read more ►

KNU Train Karen Police Force

February 24, 2014  •  Author: S' I Sue

The Karen National Union (KNU) has just finished a training program for a Karen police force in KNU controlled areas, aimed at improving the law enforcement capabilities of the Karen national police force. The two-week long training course held at Lay Wah in Hlaing Bwe towns... Read more ►

KNU Urge Gov’t To Use Karen Teachers For Census Survey

February 24, 2014  •  Author: Nan Chaung Pawt

Karen National Union officials have proposed the government use local based teachers as data collectors when the planned census is conducted in KNU control areas. KNU officials in Dooplaya district told Karen News that they have proposed to the Karen State Census Committee ... Read more ►

Karen Group Warns JICA Plan Could “Fuel Conflict”

February 22, 2014  •  Author: Karen News

A Karen environmental group has voiced its concern over a Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA) report detailing development plans for southeast Myanmar. The Thailand based Karen Environmental and Social Action Network Group (KESAN) raised the concerns in a docume... Read more ►

Kayin People’s Party Leader Visits Norway

February 20, 2014  •  Author: S'Phan Shaung

Kayin People’s Party’s youth chairperson Saw Win Kyaw traveled to Norway this week to meet with Karen community groups living overseas. Saw Win Kyaw told Karen News that he is using the opportunity to share the KPP’s plans and to keep overseas community members up to d... Read more ►

Ethnic Group Demands Correction To Their Identity In The 2014 Census

February 19, 2014  •  Author: Nant Wai Phyo Zar

The Geba ethnic group currently incorrectly classified as a Karenni ethnic sub-group by the government has called on the government and relevant officials to correct their identity in the coming 2014 census, as the group recognized itself as Karen. The call was made in a sta... Read more ►

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