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KNU Leader – If the Burma Government Wants Peace with Ethnic People It Must First Put Down its War Weapons

To achieve peace in Burma, Padoh Saw Thamaing Tun, a KNU Central Committee member, said the government needs to prioritize the country’s ethnic nationalities aspirations without resorting to armed conflict. Padoh Saw Thamaing Tun was speaking at an International Peace Day event on September 21 in Thandaung Myothit, Northern Karen State. Padoh Saw Thamaing Tun told the gathering it was…

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Karen Groups Aim to Strengthen Customary Land Management System in KNU Areas

Hundreds of Karen representatives from 56 different groups gathered to strengthen Karen customary land management systems at a seminar held at Lay Wah, Karen State from May 29 to 30, 2019. The Kaw Customary Land Seminar was attended by 519 people including representatives from local community and civil society, donors, INGOs, political parties, and officers of the Karen National Union.…

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Despite KNU and Civilian Protests, Burma Army Pushes Ahead with Road Building in Kyaukgyi – KNLA Warns of Increased Tension Leading to Conflict

The Burma Army, ignoring the concerns and objections of both the Karen National Union and local villagers, are planning to move ahead with plans to build road in Kyaukgyi Township of Eastern Bago Region. Despite local residents and the Karen National Union’s rejection of its plans to build the road, the Burma Army have secured government funding for its ‘local…

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Karen Revolution at a Crossroad – Time for Renewal

2019 marks an important year for Karen armed struggle for self-autonomy in many ways. On January 31st, we will celebrate 70th anniversary of the Karen Revolution Day, a day when Karen people first launched their armed movement against the government of Burma in 1949 for an autonomous state. This year celebration also marks an important moment in the unity of…

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The New Year Starts With Armed Conflict Between Karen and Burma Armies in Northern Karen State

Armed clashes in January 2019 between troops from the Karen National Liberation Army and Burma Army soldiers in Northern Papun District of Karen State. KNLA sources reported that two armed skirmishes happened on January 5 and 13 in the Karen National Union’s controlled Papun (Mutraw) area between the KNLA Brigade 5 and Burma Army units operating in the area. Major…

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KNU Calls for Govt’s to Tear-up it’s Vacant, Fallow and Virgin Land Management Law

Amid increasing cases of land disputes in Burma, the country’s Parliament on September, 2018 ratified a controversial land law. The new law has been opposed by civil society and human right groups and the Karen National Union. The KNU released a statement on December 15 calling for the elimination of the newly enacted “Vacant, Fallow, and Virgin Land Management Law…

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KNU Central Standing Committee’s Summit Starts to Discuss Hindrances of the NCA

The Karen National Union (KNU) has been starting its 6th Central Standing Committee’s emergency meeting after the 16th Karen National Union Congress in Lay Wah (Law Khee Lar), Pa-an district, Karen State. The meeting which will be held from 6 to 10 November has planned to discuss mainly about the stoppages while implementing the National Ceasefire Agreement (NCA) process between…

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Why Ethnic Armed Groups Cannot Accept the Burma Army’s Demand for a Single Army

Many observers of Myanmar’s political transition agree that the success of Burma’s democratic reforms and national reconciliation hinge on the willingness of Aung San Su Kyi’s quasi-civilian government and the Tatmadaw (Burma Army) to accommodate the political demands and desires of various ethnic groups.  Chief among those demands is greater political, economic and cultural autonomy in the form of federalism…

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Karen Armed Organizations to Hold Joint Commemoration of 70th Karen Resistance Day

Four Karen armed organizations will cooperate in holding the 70th anniversary of the Karen National Resistance Day ceremony with a military parade on January 31, the officials said to Karen News. The leaders of the Karen National Liberation Army (KNLA), the Democratic Karen Benevolent Army (DKBA), the Karen National Union/Karen National Liberation Army – Peace Council (KNU/KNLA – PC), and…

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JMC Should Gain Success in Practical Execution Rather Than being a Hallmark

The Union-level Joint Monitoring Committee (JMC-U) vice-chair (1) Maj-Gen Saw Isaac Poe said the JMC needs to gain success in practical implementation. Maj-Gen Saw Issac gave the advice in his opening speech at the 18th JMC-U meeting, which kicked off at the National Reconciliation and Peace Center (NRPC) in Yangon yesterday morning (September 12). “Our JMC shouldn’t only be a…

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