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KNU Offer Anti-Coup Protestors’ its Protection – Karen Civil Society Alliance Calls for Ethnic Armed Groups to Unite and Foreign Embassies Denounce Military Coup

The KNU said on Sunday February 14, it “supports and encourages the non-violence demonstration…and will help and give protection” to the entire ethnic nationalities who protest against the military coup. Padoh Saw Hla Tun, joint secretary of the KNU told Karen News that they will support the people in their peaceful protest and they were concerned authorities are using force…

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Karen National Day: KNU Claims “It’s Time to End the Dictatorship” … Civil Society Groups Appeal for Unity Among Ethnic Armed Groups

General Mutu Sae Po, chairperson of the Karen National Union in a letter to commemorate the 73rd Karen National Day said that it’s now time to use a united force to end the military dictatorship. General Mutu Sae Po letter released today, on February 11, said the recent military coup d’etat had derailed the country transition towards democracy and it…

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KNU Concerned Group Calls for Strong Opposition for a United Karen Armed Force to Oppose Military Coup

Brigadier General Saw Ner Dah Mya, a spokesperson for the group told Karen News. “The military’s claim of blaming election fraud is a blatant lie.”. This is a deliberate fraud by the Burma military to take power from the people. Pressure must be put on them.” The KNU Concerned Group said in its statement they strongly condemn the action of…

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KNU Condemns Military Coup and Demands Release of Detained Lawmakers

“We cannot accept the military taking power and detaining the country’s leaders. This is a massive obstacle and challenge in transitioning to democracy – we are concerned about the future of our country.” “Despite the military claim that their action is according to 2008 constitution, it is obvious that it is not. Whether they say it is in line with…

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KNU Welcomes Government’s Talk of New Peace Process, But Says It Will Take More Than Words To Make It Work

By Sa Isue KNU General secretary P’doh Saw Ta Doh Moo told Karen News that they are pleased to hear the introduction of the New Peace Architecture, after it had made repeated calls for reforms in the flagging peace process as it has been almost stalled since 2018. “We have now been informed of the New Peace Architecture, as this…

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KNU Denies Burma Army Accusation Its Troops Killed Two Soldiers on the Kawkareik-Myawaddy Old Road and Booby Trapped Corpse Killing Three and Wounding Five More Soldiers

On October 1, 2020, the Burma Army’s Tatmadaw Information Team reported they had arrested two people involved in the killing of its two soldiers and accused them of also planting booby traps under the corpses that killed another three soldiers and wounded five more. The Tatmadaw Information Team said initial interrogation had uncovered the two killers are soldiers from the…

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Villagers Panic as Burma Army Camps Take Up Position in Temples – KNLA Accuse Burma Army of Violating National Ceasefire Agreement

By Sa Isue Villagers told Karen News, Tamadaw (Burma Army) soldiers came to the area on February 17, this year and are now permanent in two areas locally know as Lu Koh Hta and Kler Klo. Villagers fear as these two areas are located in the Palu Village Tract of Myawaddy Township and are under the control of two Karen…

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Karen Revolution Desperately in Need of a Reality Check

By Laeyudra Greely* For the past few decades, after the birth of the Karen revolution and its founders’ failure to accomplish its sole purpose of securing the sovereignty of Kawthoolei within their lifetime, there has been little progress, if any at all. With the Karen plight so prolonged to the point where it became the world’s longest ongoing conflict, the…

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Ba U Gyi’s Three Strategies Rethought

By Klo Kwe Moo Kham* I shall begin by making two preliminary comments. The first is the meanings of Ba U Gyi’s three have varied in use over time and context, and all have been adopted by our leaders throughout the last seven decades in one form or another. My second comment is that selection of which strategy is suitable…

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Karen Organization of America Names Essay Winners

Phil Thornton one of the judges said the writing was thought provoking and covered important issues for the Karen’s current political struggle. “Many of the essays identified weaknesses in the KNU’s approach to the National Ceasefire Agreement process. Others questioned the KNU’s political structures and its capacity to handle negotiations with the Burma military use of tactics that locked Karen…

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