How Will Burma Remember Its Political Prisoners?....Time

The UWSA and the Peace Process......Irrawaddy

Beautiful Words, Ugly Actions:The Asian Highway in Karen State, Burma

To facilitate economic growth in the border towns of Mae Sot and Myawaddy, as well as the rest  of Thailand and Myanmar, a new section of the Asian Highway from Thin Gan Nyi Naung to Kawkareik was completed in August 2015.....KHRG

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Soccer standout champions fellow Karen refugees through sport

Soccer runs in Thar Thwai’s ethnic Karen immigrant roots, but in it, he’s also found the seed of hope for his fellow refugees. The Catawba College senior spends his weekends and breaks coaching the Kwe Ka Baung soccer team, made up of about two dozen other Karen who live.....Observers 

Karen Police Officer Killed by Sword-Killer Surrendered 

A lance corporal and platoon commander from the Karen National Union’s Kawkareik police force was attacked and killed by a man wielding a sword. The killing of the police officer took place in Ang Pha Lay village in southern Kawkareik, around 2pm on August 8, 2016....Karen News

Suu Kyi’s Rushed Peace Conference Worries Ethnic Leaders......Irrawaddy

Australia to provide an extra $9 million in aid....DVB

For most of its first forty years of sixty seven resistance history, roughly from 1949-1994, the Karen National Liberation Army had engaged in mass battles with the Burma Army with deadly results on both sides. ....Read More

Massive Highway Project Displaces Karen Communities: Rights Groups

A major highway project that will serve as a trade link between Burma and Thailand has been displacing local communities who live along the route in Karen State, southeastern Burma, say human rights organizations....Irrawaddy

DKBA Interested In Attending Peace Conference

​The Democratic Karen Buddhist Army is still waiting for State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi to reply to its formal request to join the Union Peace Conference (also called 21st Century Panglong Conference)....BNI

Workshop Discusses Resettling Displaced Populations

A workshop by the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) about the resettlement of internally displaced persons (IDPs) was held in Karen State capital Hpa-an...BNI

Karen State govt hosts landmine workshop

A workshop on the dangers of landmines is being held in the Karen State capital Hpa-an for the first time under arrangement by the regional government. The four-day workshop that began on Monday at Hpa-an’s Tawwin Yadana Hotel was joined by more than 60 participants....DVB

The Death of General Saw Lah Pwe and What It Means for the Future of the Democratic Karen Benevolent Army

For Many US Karen Men, Being Left Heart Broken and Forced To Pay Child Support Is A Hard Pill To Tkae

When Padoh Ba Thein Sein was elected by the KNU Congress in 1998 as the new chairman of the Karen armed group, he recognized and made it known to the international community that KNU was fighting against not only....Read more

On March 13, DKBA’s leader General Saw Lah Pwe peacefully passed away in Bago Hospital after years of battling throat cancer. At 55 he was physically still young by any standard.....Read more

The Karen resistance movement was founded based on four guiding principles laid out by Saw Ba Oo Gyi, the father of modern Karen revolution.For many Karen nationalists, no matter at what cost, these four principles are non-negotiable and...Read Mores

As Aung San Su Kyi’s NLD Takes the Helm, What Does It mean for the Future Relationship Between the New Government and the Karen National Union? 

Burmese soldiers admit in court to killing Mong Yaw men....SHAN


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On June 17, a battalion commander from the Democratic Karen Benevolent Army and twenty of his troops left their base and reunited with the Karen National Liberation Army, the military wing of the Karen National Union.....Read More

How the Karen National Liberation Army Can Take on the Burma Tatmadaw With Less Resource and Manpower  

Most Karens Say Continued Armed Struggle Is Necessary, But Few Are Willing To Sacrifice and Contribute To Its Success

Union Peace Conference Set to Begin on August 31....Irrawaddy

When Saw Htoo and his wife came to the United States in 2008 with three children, he was full of joy and hope to start a new life. Before coming to the U.S, Saw Htoo and his family had been living in....Read more

What Is Holding Up Unification Among the Karen Armed Groups?

In Fear of Being Forgotten 

Despite the recent change of government, displaced Karen people hold little hope for justice while Myanmar's military maintains its presence in ethnic lands. Monsoon rains drench the cluster of small bamboo huts clinging to the sides of the Salween River bank....Bangkok Post

With the November 2010 release of Aung San Sui Kyi from house arrest, visit of US Secretary of  State Clinton in November 2011, and ceasefire agreements of early 2012, a number of outside opportunists...Read more

Karen General Commemorates Karen Martyr's Day with Canada Karen Community

For Canada Karen Community, this summer is a special blessing as they mark the Karen Martyr Day in Ottawa, an event they have been holding every year since Karen people arrived in the country.....Karen Times

"One of the real contributing factors to the conflict in Aceh was due to the unequal sharing of economic wealth between Gum and central Indonesian government. The central government, led by former dictator Suharto, controlled most of the natural resources in the province. Consequently this led to armed conflict." Read more

Karen Times interviewed Saw Po Clee, a high ranking member of the KNU's team leading Karen armed groups on a tour of Indonesia's Ache province to study and learn more about peace process in that country. 

Can Myanmar reach a peace agreement with ethnic races?....Bangkok Post

It is no secret that the majority of Karen people see continued armed struggle as a necessary course of action to realize our dream of freedom and an autonomous Karen state....Read more

Challenges and Opportunities for Karen Armed Struggle in a Democratic and Open Burma

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Karen students from village schools in Kungyangone Township in the Rangoon Region are to be taught their mother language, but outside official school classes.The schools that Pwo [Plone] Karen will be taught are Taitkyi, Zuklug, Tawjyaung, Wagauttaw....Karen News


In an exclusive interview with Karen News, P’Doh Naw Zipporah Sein, Vice-chairperson of the Karen National Union, discussed the issues and agreements reached at the ethnic armed organization plenary meeting held from July 26 to 30 in Mai Ja Yang, Kachin State....Karen News

Police officers in Yangon go on drunken rampage, destroy car after being asked to work.....Yango Coconuts

The Challenge of Balancing Pragmatism and Idealism in the Karen Struggle for Political Autonomy 

It was no secret that under President Thein Sein’s government the Karen National Union was it best supporter and ally of any ethnic armed groups. For the past five years relationship between....Read more


Burma Peace Process and Proxy Economic Counter-Insurgency

Burger King GM talks Myanmar expansion plans......Bangkok Post

Hpa-An Karen Activist Wins 2015 Padoh Mahn Sha Young Leader Award

The Phan Foundation has announced that the winner of the 2015 Padoh Mahn Sha Young Leader Award has gone to Sa Shine, a community worker in Hpa-an, the capital of Kayin State in Myanmar....Mizzima

IED fells tree in Hpa-an; no one injured

A banyan tree was the only casualty when a roadside bomb exploded in the Karen State capital of Hpa-an on Wednesday morning, but whoever was behind the attack will have to answer for what they did, said the police....DVB


The Karen National Union increased its efforts in its anti-narcotic crackdown saw more than 200 drug dealers and users arrested in the three months from June to August, 2016. Padoh Saw Maung Shwe, chairman of Win Yay (Woraw) Township, Dooplaya District said that the KNU....Karen News

KNU Takes Action Against Illicit Drugs

The Karen National Union (KNU) said it is taken action to curb the sale and use of drugs in its controlled area. Pado Saw Maung Shwe, KNU chairman for Win Yay Township in Dooplaya District, said that since June his soldiers have arrested over 200 people as part....BNI