UNHCR – Refugee status depends on Thailand’s permission

May 21, 2012  •  Author: Nan Thoo Lei (KIC)

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees office in Mae Sot told refugees at Umpiem Mai camp their registration depends on permission from the Thai government even if the UN agency is willing to grant UN refugee status to people. Staff from the UNHCR Mae Sot office w... Read more ►

DKBA leader challenges Thai deputy PM over drug accusations

May 4, 2012  •  Author: Nan Thoo Lei (KIC)

Democratic Karen Buddhist Army leader, held a press conference for Thai and Burmese journalists on May 1 to hit back at accusations made by Thailand’s Deputy Prime Minister, Chalerm Yubumrung, that he is a major drug dealer. The Thai deputy prime minister made the claims o... Read more ►

Refugees protest for UN registration to resettle in a third country

April 29, 2012  •  Author: Saw Khar Su Nyar (KIC)

Since ceasefire talks between the Karen National Union and the Burma government refugees in camps in Thailand are facing an uncertain future. Rumors about repartition plans and funding cuts by international donors have all added to the tension. Last week as many as 100 prote... Read more ►

DKBA furious with Thai government over drug dealer accusations

April 28, 2012  •  Author: Saw Khar Su Nyar (KIC)

The Democratic Karen Buddhist Army released a statement defending their Commander-in-Chief Brigadier, General Saw Ler Pwe, who was listed on a most-wanted list of drug traffickers this week by the Thai government’s Narcotics Control Board. Karen News is led to understand t... Read more ►

UPDATE: Fire destroys a third of Umpiem Mai refugee camp

February 23, 2012  •  Author: Karen News

A fire that broke out around midday at Umpiem Mai camp, in Tak province destroyed a third of the camp – more than a 1,000 houses, three mosques and two nursery schools. The humanitarian organization, the Thai Burma Border Consortium, Burma state on their website. “Pa... Read more ►

BREAKING NEWS: Fire at Umpiem Mai Refugee Camp destroys 1000 houses

February 23, 2012  •  Author: Karen News

A huge fire has destroyed as many as 1,000 houses at Umpiem Refugee Camp, 87km south of the Tak town of Mae Sot. A teacher at the camp explained to Karen News that the fire has destroyed large sections of the camp. “Section 9,8,7 and 6 are all gone, completely burnt. It’... Read more ►

Thai Foreign Minister holds talks on border closure and migrant workers with Burma

February 7, 2012  •  Author: Shwe Thite Taw (KIC)

The Thai Foreign Minister, Mr Surapong Tovichakchaikul, led a group of visited Burma, border town of Myawaddy to meet with Karen State Chief Minister U Zaw Min on 3rd February. Speaking to the media the Mr Surapong said discussions at the Myawaddy meeting concentrated on mig... Read more ►

Thai-Burma Border Bridge finally re-opens

December 6, 2011  •  Author: Saw Thein Myint (KIC)

The Thai-Myanmar Friendship Bridge, linking Burma and Thailand border town was reopened early today after been closed since July 2010. Border authorities from both countries attended the bridge reopening ceremony with as many as 200 locals. In a symbolic gesture balloons wer... Read more ►

Residents extorted by armed group

November 28, 2011  •  Author: Saw Thein Myint (KIC)

An unknown armed group is forcing residents of a Three Pagoda Pass town, Kyain Seikygi Township to pay taxes. Residents say armed group demanded taxes or cash payments from business owners and rich people at Three Pagoda Pass Town. The group approached the residents by lette... Read more ►

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