Govt Ready to Sign Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement – Armed Groups Want Ethnic Leaders Summit to Ratify Wording Before Committing Pen-to-Paper

April 1, 2015  •  Author:

An alliance of ethnic armed groups have said that they have reached an agreement with the government about a nationwide ceasefire but now need to take the draft wording to a summit for their leaders to ratify and sign the document. Naing Hong Sar, head of the Nationwide Ceas... Read more ►

UNFC: While Armed Clashes Rage, Peace in Burma Fades

March 30, 2015  •  Author: Karen News

The United Nationalities Federal Council issued a statement on Saturday, March 28 stating that it was disappointed that once again political discussions with the Burma government have been sidetracked. The UNFC said that in all its negotiation processes with the government i... Read more ►

Karen Groups Concerned Proposed Dams on Salween River Could Fuel Conflict and Increase Militarization

March 17, 2015  •  Author: Saw Nyunt Thaung

The Karen River Watch, a coalition of Karen environmental community based groups raise concerns over the proposed hydropower dam projects on the Salween River and repeated their call for a halt to all development projects. Together with local villagers, KRW held a protest ne... Read more ►

Hopes for the Return of Displaced Communities Frustrated as Burma’s Internal Conflicts Rage On

November 10, 2014  •  Author: Karen News

An international aid agency has warned that ongoing instability in Burma is blocking prospects for a sustainable peace and the repatriation of communities displaced by conflict. The Border Consortium (TBC), which delivers aid to Burmese refugees in Thailand and internally di... Read more ►

*Outbreak of fighting dents hopes for peace

October 23, 2014  •  Author: Phil Thornton

While the government insists it wants to end its conflicts with ethnic groups, locals in Karen State say they are still bearing the brunt of the brutal divide and conquer tactics. Recent escalation in heavy fighting in Karen State sent shockwaves through ethnic villages, sh... Read more ►

Karen Women’s Groups Support Reunification Of Ethnic Armed Forces

October 20, 2014  •  Author: Karen News

In statement release yesterday, Sunday 19 October, an alliance of Karen women’s organisations gave their support to plans of four armed groups to reunite under the Kawthoolei Armed Forces (KAF) banner. The Karen Women’s Organization (KWO), the Karen Women’s Emp... Read more ►

“We Have Never Seen Peace” – Karen People Have Their Say on International Day of Peace

September 23, 2014  •  Author: Karen News

To mark the International Day of Peace, Karen News spoke to members of the Karen community about the importance of peace. Following six decades of conflict, the Karen National Union entered into a preliminary ceasefire with the Burmese government in 2012. But a lasting peace... Read more ►

Government Uniform and Weapons Ban Upsets Karen Armed Groups

September 20, 2014  •  Author: S'Phan Shaung

An order from the Burma Army banning Karen armed groups from wearing uniforms and carrying weapons has received a negative response from the militant groups. The Myawaddy based Burma Army Light Infantry Battalion 275, issued an order to the KloHtooBaw Karen Organization – ... Read more ►

No Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement Signed Until a “Code-of-Conduct” is Discussed

August 27, 2014  •  Author: Saw Tun Lin

Representatives from both the government and ethnic armed organizations continue discussions on a ceasefire code-of-conduct before signing a nationwide ceasefire agreement. Padoh Saw Tadoh Moo, a member of the Karen National Union’s Central Executive Committee, spoke to Ka... Read more ►

Government and NCCT Agree to establish ‘Federal Union’

August 18, 2014  •  Author: Saw Tun Lin

In an interview with Karen News, Padoh Saw Kwe Htoo Win, deputy leader of the Nationwide Ceasefire Coordination Team (NCCT), said that an agreement had been reached with the Burma government to establish a federal union. He added that the agreement would guarantee the equali... Read more ►

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