350 STORIES TAGGED ‘KNU’

KNU Approves Next Four-Year Agenda

April 6, 2017  •  Author: Karen News

The Karen National Union (KNU) has approved a roadmap roughly outlining its future activities over the next four years. The ethnic armed organization is currently convening its 16th congress, where election of its new leadership body is underway. Padoh Saw Thaw Thi Bwe, chai... Read more ►

KNU 16th Congress – The Final Stage

April 5, 2017  •  Author: Karen News

The current 16th Karen National Union (KNU) Congress entered its final stage from the first week of April, 2017. Election of new leadership that will take office for the next four years start tomorrow, on April 6. During the previous weeks, representatives debated several i... Read more ►

KNU’s Constitution and Rules Approved after Long Debate

April 2, 2017  •  Author: Karen News

After extensive discussions and over a week of debates, the Karen National Union finally has a new charter setting out its governing principles and administration. The KNU, one of the major ethnic armed groups to have signed the nationwide ceasefire agreement (NCA) in 2015, ... Read more ►

KNU congress reflects on political achievements

March 24, 2017  •  Author: Karen News

In a recent evaluation, the Karen National Union deemed signing the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement (NCA) and being taken off the government’s unlawful organizations list as two of its biggest political achievements over the past four years. At the KNU’s [ongoing] 16th Co... Read more ►

WANTED! – Karen Leader with Political Smarts, Works for the People and Listens to the People…

March 20, 2017  •  Author: Karen News

The 16th Congress of the Karen National Union (KNU) is underway. Karen News spoke to Karen leaders to get their opinions on the election for a new leadership that will come out during the Congress. Naw K’nyaw Paw, (Secretary, Karen Women Organization) “The Karen National... Read more ►

Karen IDPs ask KNU leadership to reject hydropower dams

March 20, 2017  •  Author: Karennews

As the Karen National Union prepares to elect a new leadership body this week, displaced Karen families joined a local environmental group in lobbying for the next chairperson to reject hydropower proposals. On March 14, International Day of Action for Rivers, Karen Rivers W... Read more ►

Nippon Foundation pledges support for peace, conflict-affected people

March 15, 2017  •  Author: Sa Isue

A Japanese nonprofit has unveiled the largest rehabilitation program to date in Karen State, with 1,250 homes built to resettle conflict-affected families. At the March 10 launch event in Lay Kay Kaw village – where 100 of the residential units have been completed – the ... Read more ►

318 Representatives and Observers Join KNU 16th Congress

March 14, 2017  •  Author: Karen News

Representatives from the Karen National Union’s central level and from seven districts together with other observers made it to Lay Wah (also known as Law Khee Lar) in Pa-an district Karen State to attend the 16th Congress that started today, March 14, 2017. The KNU repres... Read more ►

Oversea Karen Representatives to Attend 16th Congress as Non-voting Observers

March 8, 2017  •  Author: Karen News

The Karen National Union is gearing up for its 16th congress next week, with international representatives from 12 countries expected to attend the leadership-determining event. The congress, which was postponed from November last year, could have major repercussions for the... Read more ►

Padoh Mahn Sha Assassinated in 2008… His Words, His Legacy Survive

February 14, 2017  •  Author: Phil Thornton

In the weeks before he was murdered in February 2008, the Karen leader, Padoh Mahn Sha Lah Phan, in an interview with Phil Thornton, spoke about the importance of unity and why the ethnic struggle would survive the opportunistic greed of those prepared to “sell out the Kar... Read more ►

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