KNU Needs a Strong, Charismatic and Unifying Leader to Maintain Unity and Contain Dissension

October 8, 2012  •  Author: Saw Greh Moo*

The recent development within the KNU’s leadership has sent viral shock wave across the Karen communities both inside and abroad. The revelation that KNLA’s top leader, some brigade commanders, district officials and KNU Central committees journeyed to Pan-An to open a l... Read more ►

Karen group wants ‘clean hands’ in ‘peace talks’

October 8, 2012  •  Author: Saw Khar Su Nyar

The European Karen Network (EKN) urged the Burmese government and international aid donors not to seek to divide the Karen under the guise of ‘peace-talk’ initiatives. An EKN released a statement paper following the Karen National Union’s dismissal of three of its ... Read more ►

19 Karen political prisoners released

September 22, 2012  •  Author: Poe Kwa Lay (KIC)

The release of 19 Karen political prisoners has raised the hopes that the country’s remaining 800 prisoners of conscience will soon be freed. The Assistance Association for Political Prisoner (Burma) this weeksaid that on Monday, the Burma government released 514 prisoners... Read more ►

Gunshots and resignations disrupt militia elections

September 13, 2012  •  Author: Nan Thoo Lei (KIC)

Gunshots disrupted the elections of the political wing of the armed militia, the Democratic Karen Buddhist Army, when a former village head disagreed with the result. As a result of the election fiasco, General Saw Ler Pwe (also known as Bo Na Kham Mwe), the patron of the DK... Read more ►

Family of Karen refugee woman killed by cattle truck compensated

September 13, 2012  •  Author: Saw Khar Su Nyar (KIC)

Thai police have decided that the family of a Karen refugee killed in a road accident will be paid 235,000 baht compensation by the truck driver responsible for the woman’s death last week. Mae La refugee camp officials said Thai police have now settled the case and the t... Read more ►

Karen communities in Australia celebrate to protect their culture

August 20, 2012  •  Author: Eh Na

Karen people who have resettled in Australia are determined that their children do not forget their heritage or their traditions. This year a Karen community living in Melbourne, Victoria invited other ethnic groups from Burma and local Aboriginal leaders to attend the annua... Read more ►

Karen National Union marks 62nd Martyrs’ Day

August 12, 2012  •  Author: Karen News

The President of the Karen National Union (KNU) Saw Tamla Baw, marked the 62nd anniversary of Martyrs’ Day with a speech to fellow KNU leaders, members and the wider ethnic Karen community, today Sunday, August 12th. In the speech Saw Tamla Baw commemorated the lives of Ka... Read more ►

The Best Tribute to Our Karen Martyrs is to Live Their Dream

August 11, 2012  •  Author: *Naw Myra Dahgaypaw

August 12th will be the 62nd Karen Martyrs Day. It marks the 62nd anniversary of the killing of Saw Ba U Gyi and his colleagues. Every year since then Karen people remember those brave heroes, and all the others who have given their lives for our struggle. For Karen people t... Read more ►

Norwegian NGO and Burma’s immigration ministry pilot citizen ID program in Karen State

August 7, 2012  •  Author: Karen News

Burma’s Ministry of Immigration and Population (MOIP) in Hpa-An, Karen State along with the Norwegian Refugee council (NRC), has jointly launched a new program aiming to speed-up the distribution of Citizen Scrutiny Cards (CSC’s) to populations in remote areas of Burma. ... Read more ►

MP proposes laws to enforce and protect ethnic rights

July 30, 2012  •  Author: Nan Yin (KIC)

Leaders from the Karen and Mon ethnic armed groups have called for Burma’s law makers to put in place legislation to protect ethnic minority’s rights. This follows on the back of the Kutkai constituency representative, U Ti Khun Myat’s, proposal in the Pyithu ... Read more ►

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