Posts Tagged ‘KNU’

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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 ►

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Government’s Militia Accused of Murdering Karen Soldier

September 26, 2014  • 

Handcuffed and with his throat-slit, Saw Ta Noe’s body was found in the Moei River near the Burmese border town of Myawaddy on September 22, a week after his disappearance. Saw Ta Noe, 23 a private, served in the Karen National Liberation Army’s special battalion under the Headquarter Command located in the KNLA’s 6th Brigade. On September ... Read more ►

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Broad-based Community Involvement Is Central to Success of the Karen Political Movement and Struggle

September 20, 2014  • 

In the wake of the Karen National Union’s sudden walk out from the United Nationalities Federal Council’s conference and its subsequent temporary suspension of its membership in the ethnic alliance in late August, Karen communities and Karen civil society organizations were left baffled, confused, shocked, and enraged. They were left wondering ... Read more ►

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Karen State – Fighting in KNU Fifth Brigade

September 20, 2014  • 

Fighting broke out in Karen State’s Brigade 5 area between Karen National Liberation Army forces and the Burma Army. The fighting took place on September 9. The fighting between the KNLA Brigade 5, based in Mutraw, Papun District, and Burma Army forces, including infantry battalion #19, from U Thoo Hta camp involved light weapon exchanges. The tw... Read more ►


KNU Will be Committing ‘Political Suicide’ If It Leaves the UNFC, says Karen Women’s Organization

September 16, 2014  • 

The Karen Women’s Organization (KWO), a community-based organization that represents 49,000 Karen women across Burma, has criticized the decision by the Karen National Union to withdraw from the United Nationalities Federal Council (UNFC) last month. Naw K’nyaw Paw, secretary of the KWO, said the KNU would do itself more harm politically if... Read more ►

Padoh Kwe Htoo Win, KNU's General Secretary speaking at Nationwide Ceasefire Coordination Team Members' Summit July 2014 (Photo-KNU)

KNU’s Decision to Suspend Itself from UNFC Proves Divisive

September 15, 2014  • 

The decision by the leadership of the Karen National Union to suspend membership from the United Nationalities Federal Council in August has been met with both criticism and praise, with one analyst stating the move was the “right decision to make,” while some Karen community leaders have argued it weakens the ethnic groups’ push for peace an... Read more ►

Naw Ohn Hla, Spokewoman for the Karen Women Union.

Karen Women Urge KNU To Rejoin UNFC

September 10, 2014  • 

A Karen women’s group based inside Burma urged the Karen National Union (KNU) to rejoin the ethnic alliance, as its recent action to suspend its membership risks dividing support within the Karen political community and derailing unity in the ethnic nationalities. The Karen Women Union issued a statement last week that raised issues over the deci... Read more ►

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Karen National Union Responds To Why It Has Temporarily Suspended Its Membership Of The Ethnic Alliance

September 5, 2014  • 

The Karen National Union formally announced their suspension of participation with the ethnic alliance – the United Nationalities for Federal Council. The move has massive ramifications for the ethnic alliance. The KNU claim that its move was made so it can review and consult within their organization on the differences and its disagreement over ... Read more ►

KNU general secretary Padoh Kwe Htoo Win

KNU ‘Suspends’ Its Membership Of Ethnic Alliance Cites Differences In ‘Policy And Structure’

September 4, 2014  • 

The Karen National Union has confirmed the suspension of its membership with the ethnic alliance due to disagreement over the policies and structure of the alliance group. The KNU submitted its official letter to the United Nationalities Federal Council (UNFC), an ethnic alliance group that the KNU has been a core member. The letter was handed in o... Read more ►


Karen People Honour Martys

August 18, 2014  • 

August 12 marks the Karen Martyrs’ Day and its people scattered around the world take time to honor and remember those who died for freedom. Every year Karen leaders, soldiers and civilians commemorate the sacrifice of those who gave their lives for the cause of the Karen people under successive Burma military regimes. Karen civilians and leaders... Read more ►