State Govt and CBO’s agree to help conflict affected Karen communities

May 31, 2013  •  Author: Saw Tun Lin (KIC)

Karen State government officials, representatives from Burma based civil society organizations and border based community based organizations met for two days in Hpa-an on 21-22 May and reached an agreement to work together to help Karen communities that have been affected b... Read more ►

Karen women’s voices vital in peace talks

May 26, 2013  •  Author: *Christine Leah and Nan Paw Gay

The participation of women in future peace talks between the ethnic groups and the central government will be critical contribution to achieving lasting peace in Burma. Durable peace goes beyond the mere absence of conflict, and whilst the Burmese military and the Karen Nati... Read more ►

KNU urge Govt to send higher ranked officers to peace-talks

February 22, 2013  •  Author: Saw Eh Na

The Karen National Union has requested that the Burmese government include members of its military elite in future ‘peace talks’ between the two sides. In a meeting held yesterday, in the Burma border town of Myawaddy, the KNU chairman General Saw Mutu Say Poe met with B... Read more ►

If Karen Ceasefire is to become permanent peace, mediation is needed

February 6, 2013  •  Author: *Cameron Hawker and Saw Wei Thoo

January 12 not only marked Karen New Year, but also the first anniversary of the Karen National Union’s (KNU) ceasefire with the Burmese Government. That makes it the longest running truce in the six decades old struggle. This is a cause for optimism. Yet a ceasefire is no... Read more ►

Peace needs more than a ceasefire…

January 16, 2013  •  Author: Saw Wei Thoo

A number of reports by a diverse range of international and local organizations have scrutinized Burma’s government and while applauding recent positive changes, found it wanting in all functions of government from political inclusion, to rule of law to land rights to heal... Read more ►

KNU tells Burma Army chief it wants a nationwide ceasefire

January 9, 2013  •  Author: Nan Thoo Lei (KIC)

A Karen National Union delegations met with Vice-Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, the head of the Defense Ministry and the Tatmadaw (Burma Army), in the country’s capital, Naypyidaw, to talk about the need for nationwide ‘concrete ceasefire agreements’ between all ethni... Read more ►

Karen Women’s Rights Must Be a Priority in Peace Process

December 6, 2012  •  Author: Saw Blacktown

The first ever Karen Women’s seminar has been attended by more than 40 Karen women who work in a wide variety of fields, including education, health, social work and human rights. “This is the first time Karen women from various geographic areas have come together to co... Read more ►

Abbot Taungalay Sayadaw calls for KNU leaders to share power, be united and to listen to the people

November 26, 2012  •  Author: Karen News

U Phyinyarthami (also known as Taungalay Sayadaw), the Abbot of Taungalay Temple in Hpa-an Township in Karen State, talked to Karen News about the Karen National Union’s (KNU’s) work and the current problems within the political organisation. Here are Abbot Taungalay Sa... Read more ►

Burma based Karen organizations concerned over massive land grab

November 26, 2012  •  Author: Poe Kwa Lay (KIC)

Karen community based organizations from inside Burma want the Karen National Union leaders to put the people’s interest first in the ongoing ‘peace talks’ with the government. The Karen based community groups raised their concerns at meeting during the My... Read more ►

Naw Ohn Hla’s say’s KNU must stick to its policies to win peace

November 20, 2012  •  Author: Karen News

Naw Ohn Hla is a former political prisoner and a former member of the National League for Democracy, the political party led by Aung San Suu Kyi. She was sentenced in 2009 to two years in Taungoo Prison and was released in 2011. Naw Ohn Hla spoke to Karen News. Q: There is c... Read more ►

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