Govt Confirms Karen Language Will Be Taught In Pago Schools

December 15, 2013  •  Author: Saw Tun Lin

Regional government officials from Pago confirmed that the Karen language is to be taught in every regional government primary school. Saw Jubilee San Hla, the minister of Pago Division Ethnic Karen Affairs, told Karen News that the teaching of the ethnic language would begi... Read more ►

Karen Human Rights Group Wins Prestigious HR Award

December 12, 2013  •  Author: Saw Blacktown

In a first for humanitarian organisations in Burma, the Karen Human Rights Group (KHRG) was awarded the Asia Democracy and Human Rights Award from the Taiwan Foundation for Democracy, in Taipei on Tuesday December 10. The award is given annually for “significant contri... Read more ►

Nelson Mandala – A Man For All Nations

December 7, 2013  •  Author: Phil Thornton

As in life, Nelson Mandala, has now in death, unified millions of people across the world. His stand with the oppressed, his fight against great odds to stop injustices, his struggle for equality, his humbleness and his sheer joy – unite. Today, the world’s best inte... Read more ►

Burma Democracy – Still A Long Way To Go…Part One

November 23, 2013  •  Author: Saw Blacktown and Saw Doo Plout

In an exclusive two-part interview with Karen News, *Zoya Phan, the Campaigns Manager at Burma Campaign UK and recognized as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum, outlines what Burma’s government needs to do if it is to have genuine political dialogue with the... Read more ►

Karen boxers represent Burma at SEA Games

November 14, 2013  •  Author: Nan Chaung Paw

Six Karen ethnic boxers have been selected to represent Burma at the coming 27th Southeast Asian Games that will be hosted in Burma from December 11th 2013. A member of the SEA Game organizing committee said that the Karen boxers selected to compete in the SEA Game include S... Read more ►

Teaching Karen Gets Govt Green Light

November 12, 2013  •  Author: Karen News

The regional government of Tanintharyi in Southern Burma has given the go-ahead to the Karen National Union (KNU) to allow Karen villages to teach their language and wear traditional dress at school. Following a meeting in Dawei Town on November 8 with KNU leaders, the Tanin... Read more ►

Nominations Wanted – 2013 Padoh Mahn Sha Award

November 6, 2013  •  Author: Karen News

Nominations for the 2013 Padoh Mahn Sha Young Leader Award are now open. The award acknowledges young Karen who have shown outstanding leadership in achieving the goals of the Foundation in areas such as fighting poverty, promoting education, promoting development and preser... Read more ►

“We Want Our Children To Learn Karen…”

October 27, 2013  •  Author: Karen News

Karen communities urge the Karen National Union (KNU) to push the Burmese government to allow their native language to be taught in schools. Community leaders and elders said Karen villages in the government control area want the right to teach their native language. At a re... Read more ►

Refugee Woman Found Dead

October 16, 2013  •  Author: Saw Khar Su Nyar

The unconnected death of two refugee women within a month at a refugee camp on the Thai Burma border has triggered fears about the security of women living in the camps. Mae La Refugee Camp officials found the decomposed body of missing elderly refugee woman near the camp on... Read more ►

Listen To Us – Stop Ignoring Our Concerns

October 12, 2013  •  Author: *Zoya Phan

A number of international governments, organisations and individuals try to squeeze the current situation of the Karen people into a narrow, restrictive and simplistic narrative that is usually framed like this. ‘After more than sixty years of conflict, at last the Karen... Read more ►

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