310 STORIES TAGGED ‘KAREN’

KNU and Karen Community Groups Work to Draft Ethnic Affairs Policies

May 22, 2016  •  Author: S'Phan Shaung

As part of its policy development intended to contribute to the peace process political negotiations, the Ethnic National Affairs Center (ENAC) held a meeting with Karen political and civil organizations to discuss about the drafted ethnic affair policies. The ENAC, formed i... Read more ►

Senior Thai Official Puts Burma’s Refugee Repatriation Back on the Agenda – Refugees Concerned About Cuts To Rations and Essential Services

May 2, 2016  •  Author: S'Phan Shaung/Karen News

Refugees responded to a senior Tak Province official speaking about the repatriation of the more than 100,000 refugees from Burma living in camps along the Thai-Burmese border by claiming that withdrawal of support by international donors is their immediate concern. Suttha S... Read more ►

Wheelchair Brings Hope to Saw Beebe

April 8, 2016  •  Author: Saw Black Town

Saw Beebe, lies flat on his stomach on the family’s wooden floor, and for the last two years that is how he has spent most of his time looking at his now restricted world. He misses going outside and all the childhood activities that his illness now denies him. Saw Beebe, ... Read more ►

Rangoon Karen Community Angry, As Official Permission to Teach Its Language in Government Schools Denied

March 22, 2016  •  Author: Saw Tun Lin

Karen Literacy and Cultural Committee members in the Rangoon Region are disappointed over the lack of official permission to allow the ethnic group to teach its language in government schools. Teaching of ethnic languages in government’s schools now is allowed outside of t... Read more ►

Kayin People’s Party Set to Reform Its Structure To Gain Grass Root Support After Dismal 2015 Election Result

March 20, 2016  •  Author: Saw Tun Lin

Regional level Karen People’s Party will reorganize its structure starting from the village tract and ward level. The party’s township officials discussed the issue at its meeting on March, 12 at Mahatheindawgyi Monastery in Pathein, Ayeyawaddy Division. Mahn Tun Tin, th... Read more ►

Karen Women Pressure Politicians To Fulfill Obligation To Increase Their Numbers In Peace Process

March 11, 2016  •  Author: Saw Thein Myint

To mark International Women’s Day, Karen women’s groups demand involvement in the Burma peace building process and reminded politicians to keep their promise of giving women a 30% stake in the process. International Women’s Day ceremonies were widely held in KNU contr... Read more ►

Karen Blame Burma Army’s Lack of Respect For Ceasefire Agreement For Latest Fighting

March 3, 2016  •  Author: S'Phan Shaung

Fighting broke out between the Burma Army and Karen fighters in Papun Township, northern Karen State on February 24, over claims that the government soldiers had violated a ceasefire agreement. The dispute began when the Burma Army transported food rations to its frontline ... Read more ►

Karen Refugee Committee Presses New Gov’t to Take Refugee Issue Seriously

February 23, 2016  •  Author: S'Phang Shaung

New executive members of the Karen Refugee Committee (KRC) have called for the new NLD government to put the issue of refugee repatriation on its agenda. The KRC executive said the new government had to ensure refugees could ireturn in safety and with dignity when the time c... Read more ►

Forced to Pay to Farm Their Own Land, Villagers Now Demand Burma Army Returns Their Confiscated Land

February 19, 2016  •  Author: Saw Tun Lin

War Zwin villagers in Pulaw Township, Tannitharyi Division want their confiscated lands return to them. The villagers’ lands were taken in 2001by Burma Army to make way for the No.12 Secondary Military Training School. Saw Hser K’paw Doh, a War Zwin villager told Karen N... Read more ►

End of Funding Will Force Ei Tu Hta Karen Displaced Peoples’ Camp To Close

February 16, 2016  •  Author: S'Phan Shuang

Funding for thousands of displaced Karen people living at Ei Tu Hta IDP camp face a daunting future as funding will stop in September 2017. Karen News is led to understand that the funding for basic food assistance for the displaced Karen people living at the IDP camp will e... Read more ►

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