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Karen Women to fight on

The Karen Women Organization held a ceremony to honor the International Women’s Day on March 8, 2012 by celebrating their victories and at the same time vowed to continue their fight for the emergence of legal protection and a guarantee of protection of women against violence. Naw Dah Eh Kler, secretary of the KWO spoke to Karen News. “Now in…

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Burma army soldiers cross to Thailand to sexually assault Karen villager

Two soldiers from the Burma Army attempted to rape a Karen woman in a location near the Thai border village of Mulu Chai [opposite Thay Baw Boe village on the Burma side], Phophra district in Tak province, Thailand. On 5th of March 2012 at about 4 pm, two men Burma Army soldiers abducted a 22-year- old Karen woman on a…

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Karen Worldwide Put Forward Their Best Position

Karen ethnic organizations, from both inside Burma and overseas, attended a conference organized by the Karen Worldwide alliance. The conference ran for four days, from 27th February to 1st March, and was held inside Karen State. Karen Worldwide say the conference was called in response to the current political situation in Burma. A media statement released by Karen Worldwide estimates…

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UN Security Council R 1325 – Karen women have to be part of the peace process

Ms K’nyaw Paw an executive member of the Karen Women’s Organization and Presidium Board Member of Women’s League of Burma told Karen News that is crucial that women are an integral part of the on-going peace negotiations with the Burma government and the Karen National Union. “It is important that women are represented during the peace talks and that are…

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Saw Htoo Htoo Eh – 2011 Phan Foundation Award Winner

The winner of the 2011, Padoh Mahn Sha Young Leader Award is Saw Htoo Htoo Eh, a field worker with the humanitarian group Free Burma Rangers. Saw Htoo Htoo Eh described his work to Karen News. “I collect information about the needs of displaced children in conflict zones in Karen State. From the information I collect I assess and organize…

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Karen religious leaders join hands for unity and peace

In an effort to develop unity and peace, representatives from different religions within Karen society came together for a seminar held on the Thai-Burma border last week. The purpose for the seminar is for religious leaders to involve in the process of bringing peace and unity among Karen. Post Views: 19

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Padoh Mahn Sha’s killers still out there

It is four years since the assassination of former Karen leader Padoh Mahn Sha Lah Phan and his killers have yet to be brought to justice. Padoh Mahn Sha Lah Phan was the Karen National Union general secretary at the time of his murder by unknown assassins in his office in the Thai border town of Mae Sot. The KNU’S…

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The human face behind Burma’s broken education system

Access to education for Karen children is compromised by lack of schools, poverty, conflict, displacement, and low or no wages for teachers. Makeshift schools on the Thai Burma border often offer the only chance for young Karen to get an education. The sound of teenagers chanting in English and Karen echoes off the tin roof as teachers point to symbols…

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Karen people are organized to take advantage of peace negotiations

The participation of the Karen people in the decision-making process at the national level is key in preventing the Karen from being subjected to on-going forms of oppression and exploitation by the military dominated Burma government. The Karen National Union (KNU) and the Burmese government’s decision to sign the ceasefire agreement are hopeful first steps towards finding a solution to…

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Karen women want say in peace process

The Karen Women’s Organisation released a statement today to say they had formed a peace committee, in accordance with the United Nations Security Council Recommendation 1325, to ensure women are represented during the peace process with the Burma Government. The Karen Women Organization statement was issued as a result of discussions held during its 2nd Central Standing Committee’s meeting after…

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