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 ►

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 ►

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