335 STORIES TAGGED ‘KNU’

Time For A United, Modern KNU

October 13, 2014  •  Author: *Nant Bwa Bwa Phan, Nant Zoya Phan and Slone Phan

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 gu... Read more ►

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

October 7, 2014  •  Author: Karen News

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 dictat... Read more ►

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

October 3, 2014  •  Author: Karen News

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 exclusiv... Read more ►

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

September 30, 2014  •  Author: Karen News

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, whe... Read more ►

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

September 26, 2014  •  Author: S'Phan Shaung

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 indic... Read more ►

Government’s Militia Accused of Murdering Karen Soldier

September 26, 2014  •  Author: S'Phan Shaung

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 t... Read more ►

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

September 20, 2014  •  Author: *Saw Greh Moo and Saw Sweener Soe

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 w... Read more ►

Karen State – Fighting in KNU Fifth Brigade

September 20, 2014  •  Author: S'Phan Shaung

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 ... Read more ►

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

September 16, 2014  •  Author: Karen News

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, ... Read more ►

KNU’s Decision to Suspend Itself from UNFC Proves Divisive

September 15, 2014  •  Author: Karen News

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 comm... Read more ►

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