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Karen Women’s Organization Receives Women of Change Awards from U.S. Embassy

The Karen Women’s Organization (KWO) has received this year’s ‘Women of Change Award’ from the U.S. Embassy in Myanmar on March 22 evening. On behalf of their organization, Naw Wah Khu Shee and Naw Say Say from the KWO’s central standing committee attended the reward ceremony at the U.S. Ambassador’s home on Pyay Road in Yangon. Over 50 guests including…

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“We Want Peace, Not Dams…” – 1000’s of Villagers Protest Proposed Salween Dams in Karen State

Villagers in the Northern District of Karen State on the Thai-Burma border gathered along the Salween River for the International Day of Action for Rivers and Against Dams. On March 14, the Karen River Network organized event to call for “No Dams” near the Ei Tu Hta internally displaced peoples’ camp on the banks of the Salween River in Mutraw…

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Newly Merged Karen National Democratic Party Elects CEC Members

The Karen National Democratic Party (KNDP), a newly merged party of Karen political parties, has elected its central executive committee in Karen State’s captial Hpa-An yesterday (March 12). A total of 32 candidates with four candidates each from former Karen parties – Phalon-Sawaw Democratic Party (PSDP), the Karen Democratic Party (KDP), the Karen State Democracy and Development Party (KSDDP), and…

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New Karen Police Office Opens by Destroying Speed Pills and Opium

Karen Police burned confiscated methamphetamine tablets and opium in its attempts to fight illicit drug use. The Karen National Police Force (KNPF) under the Interior Department of the Karen National Union in Doo Pla Ya District, destroyed thousands of methamphetamine tablets (Ya Ma) and opium in an attempt to decrease the use of drugs in the area. Over ten thousand…

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Concerns Grow Over Conflict Between KNU and Mon Armies in Ye Township

Tension is high after fighting between soldiers from the Karen National Union and the New Mon State Party in Ye Township the last weekend. It adds to government concerns as both ethnic armies are signatories to the National Ceasefire Agreement. The fighting took place on February 24 near Man-aung village in Win Ye Township between troops from the KNU’s armed…

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State Counsellor will be Invited to Attend Multi-ethnic Cultural Festival

The Karen State government will invite the State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi to the upcoming multi-ethnic cultural festival in the Karen State. Led by the Karen State government, the first multi-ethnic cultural festival will be held at Thiri Stadium in the state’s capital Hpa-an from February 9 to 12. “We have invited her verbally a few months ago.…

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KNU Meets Karen CBOs, CSOs to Explain Peace Process

The Karen National Union (KNU) Central held a consultative meeting with Karen community-based organizations (CBOs) and civil society organizations at the KNU-controlled area in Law Khee Lar on January 29-30 to explain the current peace process and political dialogues carried out by the KNU. The KNU’s joint secretary P’doh Saw Hla Tun told Karen News that the two-day meeting aimed…

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Karen Students Learning Under Two Education Systems Cooperate and Connect at Fellowship Event

Students from government schools and Karen Education Department (KED) run schools took part in the annual Karen student fellowship event held on January 18 in Pai Kyone Twonship, Pa-an District, Karen State. According to Saw Rainbow, organizer of the event, the fellowship is aimed to improve relationship and friendship between local schools. The fellowship organizing committee invited students and teachers…

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Overseas Karen Youths Observe Border Situation to Provide Assistance

Karen migrant youths living abroad including the United States, Norway, the Netherlands and local Karen youths are cooperating in an observation program along the border areas and the refugee camps. They also provided their assistance there from December 27 to January 15. Led by Power Mentor group, a team of Karen youths who migrated to foreign countries is observing the…

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Over 200 Locals Join 28th Traditional First Harvest Ceremony in Win-Yaw Area

More than 200 local residents took part in the celebration of the 28th Karen traditional new crop harvesting season at Dai-Lut-Ta-Mo-Wong Village under Win-Yaw area of Kyain-seikgyi Township, Karen State on January 1. Nan Shar Si, member of the ceremony organizing committee, told Karen News that the traditional ceremony of new crop harvesting has been held since the Karen people…

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