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KWO welcome home KNU leader Mahn Nyein Maung

The Karen Women Organization released a media statement to say the release of the Karen National Union leader, Pado Mahn Nyein Maung, will strengthen the organizations peace efforts. “His leadership and commitment to the Karen people have been missed and his return will strengthen our efforts for freedom.” The Burma Government had promised KNU officials during ceasefire negotiations in January…

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Padoh Mahn Nyein Maung is finally home

The Karen National Union leader, Padoh Mahn Nyein Maung, who was sentenced to life plus three years on March 13th, has arrived back to his organization, the Karen National Union. Padoh Mahn Nyein Maung was released under an amnesty issued by Burma’s president, U Thein Sein, on March 19th. Padoh Mahn Nyein Maung arrived in the Thai border town of…

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Italian-Thai surveyors’ attitude upsets KNU and villagers

The Karen National Union (KNU) are frustrated with the lack of transparency and cooperation showed by the Italian-Thai Development Company’s environmental surveyors. The KNU accuse the ITD’s surveyors of refusing their officials the opportunity to accompany them or observe them on their trip to meet with local villagers affected by the construction of the Tavoy/Dawei-Kanchanaburi Highway, in southern Burma. A…

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Padoh Mahn Nyein Maung released

The Karen National Union leader Padoh Mahn Nyein Maung – who was sentenced to life plus three years on March 13th – is released today. Regarding to the release, Naw Zipporah Sein – general secretary of KNU, spoke to Karen News and said. “We were informed today at about 10 am that Padoh Mahn Nyein Maung was released. I also…

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Dam investment projects put peace at risk

An alliance of Karen community base organizations claim Chinese and Thai investment in the Hatgyi dam could undermine the ongoing peace negotiations between the Karen National Union (KNU) and the Burma government, destroying the Karen peoples’ fragile hope for peace. Saw Paul, director of the coalition for sustainable rivers development, the Karen Rivers Watch (KRW) said. “At this fragile stage…

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AAPP demands Burma President drops charges against jailed KNU leader

The political prisoner advocate group, Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (Burma), released a statement last Friday requesting the Burma government drop charges against jailed KNU leader, Padoh Mahn Nyein Maung. AAPP’s statement asked for the U Thein Sein government to “drop the spurious and trumped-up charges recently brought against a prominent Karen leader, a member of the Karen National Union…

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KNU, DKBA and KNU/KNLA Peace Council find strength in unity

With the aim of strengthening their collective bargaining power, the Karen National Union met this week with the Democratic Karen Buddhist Army and the KNU/KNLA Peace Council. The KNU delegation led by Major Saw Hla Ngwe – joint secretary of KNU and Lieutenant General Oliver – Deputy Chief of Staff of the Karen National Liberation Army, met with the KNU/KNLA-PC…

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Judgement day for Padoh Mahn Nyein Maung

The jailed Karen National Union leader, Padoh Mahn Nyein Maung will go to sentence on 13 March. His lawyer, said the court scheduled the decision date after hearing from both sides on March 8. “I tried to defend him at the hearing and explained to the judge why Padoh Mahn Nyein Maung should be released. The prosecutor also gave reasons…

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KNU and Burma government to meet in April to formalize ceasefire

The Karen National Union and the Burma government have agreed to meet in early April to formalize and finalize their preliminary ceasefire arrangement that was reached in a meeting on 12th January in the Karen State town of Pa-an. The KNU general secretary, Naw Zipporah Sein, told Karen News. “Both sides agreed to meet in early April to continue to…

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UN Security Council R 1325 – Karen women have to be part of the peace process

Ms K’nyaw Paw an executive member of the Karen Women’s Organization and Presidium Board Member of Women’s League of Burma told Karen News that is crucial that women are an integral part of the on-going peace negotiations with the Burma government and the Karen National Union. “It is important that women are represented during the peace talks and that are…

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