Karen News

  • Wed, 14 Jun 2017 22:52:33 +0000: Aung San Suu Kyi’s Canadian Visit Exposes Media Blind Spots in Reporting Burma - Karen News
    Anyone working for social justice in Burma should be disappointed by the mainstream media’s coverage of Aung San Suu Kyi’s visit to Canada last week. Given ongoing military abuses throughout Burma’s ethnic regions, it was frustrating to see headlines focusing again and again that Canada must press Aung San Suu Kyi regarding her government’s brutal […]
  • Tue, 13 Jun 2017 08:12:49 +0000: Karen Community Claims Suu Kyi’s Canada Trip Fails to Address War, Displacement, Refugees or Militarization - Karen News
    As Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, Burma’s State Counsellor, concluded her Canadian tour in Toronto, members of the Karen community claimed she failed to discuss the countries armed conflict, displacement, refugees or the ongoing militarization of the country. Members of the local Burmese community said that official event held at the Toronto City Hall and […]
  • Tue, 13 Jun 2017 07:59:04 +0000: Karen National School Re-opens in Rangoon’s Taigyi Township - Karen News
    The National Karen School has re-opened under a new name, the Karen Affairs School by the Karen Literature and Cultural Committee. The school is located in Yetakalay village in Rangoon Region. With aim of reviving Karen national schools, the Taigyi Township Karen Literature and Cultural Committee reopened the school with support from local villagers. Naw […]
  • Fri, 02 Jun 2017 02:08:38 +0000: Residents Call on KNU to Scrap Contentious Cement Factory Plans - Karen News
    Nearly 1,000 Mon State residents signed a petition asking the Karen National Union to cancel a quarry and a cement factory slated for construction in an environmentally sensitive mountain pass. The residents of Thaton township said the Min Lwin Mountain is sacred to the locals, and the planned projects could led to deforestation, extinction of […]
  • Fri, 02 Jun 2017 01:54:31 +0000: DKBA Issues Warning to Troops, Public Against Illicit Trafficking Activities - Karen News
    The Democratic Karen Benevolent Army announced any of its soldier or any member of the public in its territory who is caught involved in drug trafficking, arms selling, human trafficking or peddling counterfeit money will face serious consequences. The warning from DKBA’s Klo Htoo Baw headquarters was issued this month to all battalions and units, […]
  • Thu, 01 Jun 2017 06:43:43 +0000: KNU Support Displaced Villagers Demand for the Closure and Redeployment of 17 Burma Army Camps and Soldiers - Karen News
    The Karen National Union’s Mutraw District office released a statement supporting the demands of the displaced villagers living on the banks of the Salween River. The KNU statement said that its standing committee supported the displaced villagers “we view their demands as reasonable and fully support them, as these are necessary conditions for genuine and […]
  • Tue, 30 May 2017 05:27:55 +0000: ALP ‘doesn’t expect a good outcome’ from the Panglong meet: Interview - Karen News
    The Arakan Liberation Party (ALP) and its armed wing, the Arakan Liberation Army, signed a preliminary ceasefire with the Rakhine State government in April 2012 before joining seven other ethnic armed groups in inking the nationwide ceasefire agreement (NCA) in October 2015. Nineteen representatives from the ALP are currently attending the second session of the […]
  • Tue, 30 May 2017 05:21:30 +0000: Panglong fails to address need for landmine clearance agreements - Karen News
    Peace negotiators are anxious to see long-promised mine clearance activities get underway so that refugee resettlement and development can move forward. The head of the Union-level Joint Ceasefire Monitoring Committee called on the public to urge their local officials to make good on pledges to clear the unexploded ordinance. “In my opinion, they [the state-level […]
  • Tue, 30 May 2017 05:18:10 +0000: BGF arrests tree planters in Mon State’s Dar Li forest reserve - Karen News
    Four villagers found sowing seeds on disputed land were arrested on May 23. Officers from the Border Guard Force caught the four villagers as they were planting trees in Mon State’s Kyaikmaraw township. Locals say the plot was made into a protected forest reserve in 2015, but the BGF insists that an overlapping parcel of […]
  • Thu, 25 May 2017 04:21:48 +0000: Still Fighting Ethnic Armed Groups Accept ‘Special Invitation’ to Peace Conference - Karen News
    The Union Peace Conference second session started yesterday with the surprise inclusion of eight armed ethnic organizations who had not signed the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement. In addition, some of the ethnic armed organizations are currently in armed conflict with government forces in both Shan and Kachin States that international humanitarian groups have estimated to have […]
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