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Burma Army Shells Karen Villages – Civilians Wounded

The Burma Army Light Infantry Battalion #410 under the Military Operation Command #8 was fighting with a Karen National Liberation Army (KNLA) unit near Wah Klo Htar and Maw Law Klo villages in LuThaw Township, Mutraw District. A villager who witnessed the shelling told Karen News that the two injured people had to be rushed to hospital. “The Burma Army…

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KNU: Burma Army Militarization Forces Karen to Flee Villages – Government Used National Ceasefire Agreement to Increase its Troops in Brigades 5 and 7

The KNU statement issued on May 15 by the Karen National Liberation Army Headquarter said the Burma Army operations increased in the border areas of its Brigade 5 and 7 during April and May, 2020. The KNLA statement said 150 Burma Army soldiers and 20 from its militia, the Border Guard Force (BGF) had been newly deployed in territory of…

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Burma Army Burns KNU Covid-19 Screening Posts – Pandemic Causes Peace Process Further Fractures

Fighting between the Karen National Liberation Army (KNLA) and the Burma Army broke out twice on May 6, 2020 over Covid-19 screening posts in the Northern Mutraw (Papun) district of Karen State. The Karen National Union’s Department of Organizing and Information confirmed armed clashes at Wa Thoe Kho and Pha Lo in Lu Thaw Township, Mutraw district involving Burma Army…

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Burma Army Demand KNU Close its Covid-19 Screening Posts – Despite Community Support

While the rest of the world is fighting the Coronavirus pandemic, the Burma Army ordered the Karen National Union to close its Covid-19 screening post it had set up in Doothathoo (Thaton) district on 30 April 2020. The Burma Army interference came despite requests from the community, government officials and a Member of Parliament. Doothathoo (Thaton) district is a mixed…

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Burma Army Attacks, Displaces 300 Karen Villagers as Suu Kyi Tours Karen State

Fighting between Burma Army and Karen soldiers in northern Karen State forced hundreds of villagers from their home into jungle hideouts while the State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi is touring Karen State. Ceasefire violations by Burma Army had caused tensions with Karen National Liberation Army soldiers in its 5th Brigade area in Mutraw [Papun] district in the northern Karen…

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RIP – PADOH SAW EH KALU SHWE OO – (1955-2020)

Respected Health Worker Loses Battle with Cancer Padoh Saw Eh Kalu Shwe Oo, a department head of the Karen National Union, passed away on February 8 at 12:49 PM at his home on the Thai-Burma border. Padoh Saw Eh Kalu Shwe Oo, aged 65, died after suffering from liver cancer, according to his eldest son, Saw K’ser Mu Khah, who…

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KNU and Burma Army to Meet in Naypyidaw to Discuss Road Development, Troop Movements and Conflict

The Karen National Union is to meet with Burma Army officers to discuss tensions over road building, troop expansion in Karen State. The meeting will be held in Naypyidaw, today, December 10 2019, according to KNU statement released yesterday. The meeting is mainly to discuss about military issues including tensions in some areas of the KNU controlled territories due to…

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New Year Resolution – Armed Groups Join Hands to Celebrate Karen New Year

For the first time, four Karen ethnic armed groups have agreed to hold the district level Karen New Year celebrations on December 26, 2019. Padoh Saw Shwe Maung, the Karen National Union’s Doo Pla Ya District Chairman said. “Karen people have survived many hardships from generation to generation. Even though we are different [armed] organizations, we are the same Karen.…

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KNU – NRPC’s Demand for Approval of Foreign Aid Creates Tension, Risks EAOs Projects and Mutual Trust

The Karen National Union said the effectiveness and the usefulness of foreign funding has been nullified by need for ethnic armed organizations to seek permission from the government. The National Reconciliation and Peace Center (NRPC), formed by the President’s Office to set policies and guidelines for reconciliation and peace process taking place, sent an official letter to 10 ethnic armed…

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KNU Briefs Karen Groups on Peace Process and Honors Jailed Karen Martyr’s Day Activists

The Karen National Union briefed 168 representatives from its departments and 63 Karen civil society organizations at Law Khee Lar (also known as) Lay Wah in Pa-An district, Karen State from 4 to 5 October, 2019. The KNU said the aim of the meeting was to update community groups on the current political negotiations it faced – items discussed included…

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