250 stories tagged ‘KNU’

General Der Dah and his troop

Karen Army Leader Links Current Fighting To Burma Government’s Mega Development Projects

October 24, 2014  • 

General Ner Dah Bo Mya, the head of the Karen National Defence Organisation told Karen News that armed conflict this month in Burma is linked to plans to build hydropower dams on the Salween River. In an exclusive interview General Ner Dah explains to Karen News why he has placed his troops are on high alert. General Ner Dah said that fighting betw... Read more ►

Photo-KIC (KNLA Battalion 201 troop)

*Outbreak of fighting dents hopes for peace

October 23, 2014  • 

While the government insists it wants to end its conflicts with ethnic groups, locals in Karen State say they are still bearing the brunt of the brutal divide and conquer tactics. Recent escalation in heavy fighting in Karen State sent shockwaves through ethnic villages, shattering any trust they may have had in the current ceasefire and “pe... Read more ►

Gen Baw Kyaw Heh

Karen Army General Explains Rational Behind Reformation Of Ethnic Alliance And Recent Conflict With Govt Troops

October 21, 2014  • 

Karen News spoke exclusively with General General Baw Kyaw Heh, the Karen National Liberation Army’s Vice-Chief of Staff, explains about what the alliance between four Karen armed groups and what lies behind the recent outbreak of fighting. For the sake of clarity, Karen News has provided General Baw Kyaw Heh’s answers in full. 
Q: Who will l... Read more ►

Gen Baw Kyaw Heh

KNLA’s Second in Command Explains His Decision to Back Formation of A United Karen Armed Force

October 21, 2014  • 

In an exclusive interview with Karen News, General Baw Kyaw Heh, the KNLA’s Vice-Chief of Staff, explained his decision to back the formation of a united Karen armed force called the Kawthoolei Armed Forces (KAF). Gen. Baw Kyaw explains his decision, stating that a united Karen armed forces was the best way to “reform the Karen security sector.... Read more ►

Joint Statement of Karen Women's Groups in support of the Reunification of KAF-1

Karen Women’s Groups Support Reunification Of Ethnic Armed Forces

October 20, 2014  • 

In statement release yesterday, Sunday 19 October, an alliance of Karen women’s organisations gave their support to plans of four armed groups to reunite under the Kawthoolei Armed Forces (KAF) banner. The Karen Women’s Organization (KWO), the Karen Women’s Empowerment Group (KWEG) and Karen Women’s Union (KWU) said in their sta... Read more ►

The 10th Karen Unity Seminar (Photo: KIC)

Time For A United, Modern KNU

October 13, 2014  • 

It is no secret that there is division within the Karen nation about how we should respond to the political changes that have incurred in our country since 2011. Some see the ceasefire process as a genuine opportunity to start negotiations that could give the Karen people guaranteed rights. Others see it as a trap, designed to neutralise Karen resi... Read more ►

Podoh Saw La Say, head of the Karen National Union’s education department (Photo: Karen News)

World Teachers Day – “Education Key to Safeguarding Our Karen Culture”

October 7, 2014  • 

Access to education in Karen State has been compromised by lack of accessible schools, poverty, war, displacement, and low wages for teachers – conditions made worse by a decades-long lack of government funding. Fighting to survive against successive brutal military dictatorships in Burma since 1949, the Karen people formed their own education sy... Read more ►

Naw K'nyaw Paw

KNU Decision to Withdraw from UNFC Undemocratic Claims Karen Women’s Organisation

October 3, 2014  • 

The Karen Women’s Organisation has criticized the decision by the Karen National Union to suspend its membership from the United Nationalities Federal Council last month, claiming the decision was made without proper consultation with the Karen community. Speaking exclusively to Karen News, Naw K’nyaw Paw, Secretary of the KWO, said that the de... Read more ►


Karen Soldier Killed in Latest Fighting, KNU Claims Government Troops Attacked First

September 30, 2014  • 

A soldier has been killed during fighting between the Karen National Defense Organisation (that operates under the control of the Karen National Union) and the Burma Army. The fighting took place on September 27 near Mu The’ village in Kyaukgyi Township, Pago division, where the Burma Army Light Infantry Battalion #361 was patrolling areas under ... Read more ►

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Karen National Union To Decide On Ethnic Alliance Membership At Emergency Meeting In October

September 26, 2014  • 

Following suspension of its membership with the United Nationalities Federal Council, the ethnic alliance bloc, the Karen National Union have said that they will make a decision on whether to stop or continue their membership with the UNFC. Earlier reports from the KNU indicated that the issue would be discussed during its Central Executive Committ... Read more ►