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  • Karen (cultural, historical, political)

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    Title: Museum of Karen History and Culture
    Date of publication: June 2004
    Description/subject: "Welcome to the Museum of Karen History and Culture dedicated to researching, preserving, and promoting the history and culture of the ethnic Karens of Burma. The Karens, now totalling over five million people, were one of, if not, the first inhabitants of what is now Burma. Throughout the centuries that followed they were constantly oppressed by the Burman rulers who took over the country. Now, the military government seeks to destroy the individual identity of the Karen people. History and language is being lost as the State Peace and Development Council bans all schools in Karen State from teaching their own language and history. The Karen History and Culture Preservation Society is a non-profit, non-political organisation, formed in 2001 to help preserve and promote the history and culture of a unique people. This electronic museum is only the beginning and is by no means complete, all people who can contribute are welcome (please see the KHCPS section for details) and any feedback you wish to give please do. We dedicate this museum to all of the Karen people who continue to suffer under insurmountable odds" SOME PEOPLE ARE ABLE TO ACCESS THE MUSEUM WITHOUT DIFFICULTY. OTHERS CANNOT SEE THE UPPER NAVIGATION BAR. PLEASE CONTACT darnott@iprolink.ch IF YOU HAVE ANY PROBLEMS.
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: Karen History and Culture Preservation Society
    Format/size: html, jpg etc.
    Alternate URLs: http://www.ibiblio.org/obl/docs3/karenmuseum/
    Date of entry/update: 31 January 2005


    Title: Drum Publications
    Description/subject: "The Drum Publication Group was founded in May 1998. The goal of the Drum Publication Group is to promote literature in both Karen and Burmese languages with the overall objectives of developing education for Burmese people wherever they might reside. The Group wishes to establish contact with as many other groups and individuals as possible who are involved in literature and education, and to be involved in all aspects of literacy development and the ensuing work of printing suitable books and teaching aids. As well as translation and typesetting we would like to assist those NGOs involve in education work at all stages. Participation in planning sessions and workshops would be welcomed and would, we feel, increase our capacity to play a useful role in this regard. The Group will promote, through its own practice, transparency and accountability, in all dealings. The Group is not affiliated with any political organization and stands for racial and sexual equality. The Drum Group's focus is on: * Writing and printing educational books. * Producing teaching aids and extra-curricula materials. * Translation of texts, to and from, both Sgaw Karen and Burmese languages - especially those relevant to education. * Establishing a library and documentation centre to preserve valuable books and documents. * Assisting the printing of educational material in Pwo Karen, Shan, Mon and other ethnic languages. A catalogue of our publications is available on this web site. Publications are distributed at cost price, or less, to groups and individuals involved in formal or non-formal education or training. Those ordering large numbers of books as well as overseas institutes are requested to pay the full cost of the order plus postage costs... Downloadable books: * English - Sgaw Karen Student Dictionary (PDF version which can be used off line) * Days Not to be Forgotten : (Sgaw Karen), Karen veterans of WWII share their experiences * Echos from Karen Land: (Sgaw Karen) * Little Authors' Imaginative World: (Sgaw Karen) * * Lilly and Pa Saw Htee's Amazing Earth and the Universe Facts: (Sgaw Karen / English) * Lilly and Pa Saw Htee's Amazing Animal Facts: (Sgaw Karen / English) * Ethnic Folktakes of Burma : (Sgaw Karen) * Hta for Children : (Sgaw Karen) * A Holiday I Will Never Forget (a choose your our adventure story) : (Sgaw Karen) * Brain Sharpeners : math puzzles (Sgaw Karen) * Traditional Karen Dress : (Sgaw Karen) Drum's quarterly fun newsletter for kids! * * Drum Kids Newsletter, July 2006:(Sgaw Karen) * Drum Kids Newsletter, April 2006:(Sgaw Karen) * Drum Kids Newsletter, Jan. 2006:(Sgaw Karen) * Drum Kids Newsletter, Oct. 2005:(Sgaw Karen)
    Language: English, Sgaw Karen, Burmese
    Source/publisher: Drum Publication Group
    Format/size: html, pdf
    Date of entry/update: 04 September 2006


    Title: Friends of the Karen People
    Description/subject: "Friends of the Karen People - Mission Statement * We provide scholarships to prospective students from Burma regardless of their ethnic origin. * We prepare students to able to integrate into the international education system. * We aim to upgrade the education system in the ethnic regions of Burma. * We help maintain the culture and literature of the different ethnic nationalities of Burma. * We publish materials about the struggle of the ethnic nationalities of Burma. Friends of the Karen People - Objective * To document the culture and daily life of the Karen People who are in refugee camps and who are internally displaced. * To inform the world about the plight of the ethnic nationalities. * To bring a new generation of leaders to Burma. * To help people to survive and bring peace to the region. Brief recent history of Burma The Burmese military dictatorship took over power on March 2, 1962 and has been introducing ethnic cleansing since. There are more than a hundred ethnic groups in Burma who are gradually becoming extinct. Ethnic nationalities of Burma are forbidden to study their languages and practice their religious beliefs. Their cultures are disappearing and they no longer know how to speak or write their own languages. Their land is being taken away from them. They become internally displaced. They are relocated to places where there is no way to make their living. They have to work as slaves for the military. They are used to clear land mines and carry military equipment as porters. They suffer all kinds of abuse and oppression. Husbands and sons are killed, wives and daughters are raped. Children and infants are burned alive. The ethnic nationalities have become internal colonies. They are oppressed by the military dictatorship of Burma and are trapped in the nest of a heartless monster. The Karen people and all the other ethnic nationalities have fought to defend themselves for over 50 years to survive ethnic cleansing."
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: Friends of the Karen People
    Format/size: html
    Date of entry/update: 01 November 2005


    Title: Karen Emergency Relief Fund
    Description/subject: "The purpose of the Karen Emergency Relief Fund Inc. is to provide humanitarian assistance, including food, shelter, medical and health supplies, and to provide educational and self-help projects for the Karen people. The Relief Fund recognizes that the Karens are an indigenous, ethnic minority group of about 11 million people who have lived in the mountainous region along the border of Burma and Thailand for many centuries. Due to the ongoing strife in Burma, it is estimated that there are more than 300,000 displaced Karens who have fled into the jungle and are living in huts and makeshift camps in the border area. Those who have escaped into Thailand have not been given official refugee status, consequently they receive no direct assistance from the United Nations or from the Red Cross. Alongside impoverished Karen organizations the Karen Emergency Relief Fund maintains an office in Mae Sot, Thailand. In 2000 K.E.R.F established a therapy program for the victims of rape and torture which is directed by a skilled and innovative psychotherapist. No other agency was addressing the consequences of these widespread and vicious crimes. The Karen Emergency Relief Fund Inc. is recognized by the IRS as a non-profit, tax deductible organization, and has no paid employees. All funds raised are distributed to the Karens or to organizations acting on their behalf. The Board of Directors of the Karen Emergency Relief Fund Inc. is comprised of physicians, clergypersons and business professionals from Connecticut, New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. The organization was created on July 20, 1997. "
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: Karen Emergency Relief Fund
    Format/size: html
    Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


    Title: Karen Website
    Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


    Title: Kawthoolei (Karenland)
    Description/subject: Some good material, but many links not working.
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: Kawthoolei (Karenland)
    Format/size: html
    Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


    Title: Pwo and Sgaw Karen Fonts
    Description/subject: A number of Pwo and Sgaw Karen fonts...Open in a new page and unzip the files (that's the only way I can access the files using Firefox) -- other browsers may work differently - Librarian)
    Author/creator: KHCPS
    Source/publisher: KHCPS
    Format/size: .zip/469k
    Date of entry/update: 05 March 2006


    Title: The Hilltribes of Thailand Karen
    Description/subject: Touristy site
    Language: English
    Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


    Title: Working Group: "Socio-economics of Forest Use in the Tropics and Subtropics"
    Description/subject: Various documents in German and/or English on the Karen and other groups in Thailand and Burma, including "Change and identity in Pwo Karen communities in Thung Yai Naresuan Wildlife Sanctuary, a 'Global Heritage' in Western Thailand".
    Author/creator: Reiner Buergin
    Language: Deutsch, German, English
    Source/publisher: Institute for Ethnology, Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg
    Format/size: html
    Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


    Individual Documents

    Title: Creating Non-State Spaces: Interfaces of Humanitarianism and Self-Government of Karen-Refugee Migrants in Thai Burmese Border Spaces
    Date of publication: October 2012
    Description/subject: Abstract: "This paper examines the interfaces of local community based humanitarian organizations with displaced Karen people in Thai-Burmese border spaces and their claims for cultural rights. It argues that Karen people have to organize themselves in a context where they do not have access to social welfare of the state and in which the state is hostile and oppressive to them. Applying Merry’s thesis on the localization and vernacularization of international rights frameworks in the local context, the paper explores the context of power in which different humanitarian actors intervention in the local conflict zone. The author finds that Karen displaced people have differentiated access to humanitarian assistance and that powerful organizations like the Karen National Union are able to benefit while essentializing Karen culture and suppressing internal difference among the Karen to position itself towards the international donor community, thereby becoming “liked” or “preferred” refugees. The paper then also looks at secular and faith-based local humanitarian groups and finds that these groups are deeply embedded in local society and thus able to help effectively. Karen displaced people thus create non-state spaces in border spaces by establishing partnerships with local humanitarian organizations that act as brokers and mediators of international organizations and donors."
    Author/creator: Alexander Horstmann
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religioius and Ethnic Diversity
    Format/size: pdf (940K-OBL version; 2MB-original)
    Alternate URLs: http://www.mmg.mpg.de/publications/working-papers/2012/wp-12-17/
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    Date of entry/update: 08 November 2012


    Title: Burma's Longest War: Anatomy of the Karen Conflict
    Date of publication: 28 March 2011
    Description/subject: "Political grievances among Karen and other ethnic nationality communities, which have driven over half a century of armed conflict in Burma/Myanmar, remain unresolved. As the country enters a period of transition following the November 2010 elections and formation of a new government, the Karen political landscape is undergoing its most significant changes in a generation. There is a pressing need for Karen social and political actors to demonstrate their relevance to the new political and economic agendas in Burma, and in particular to articulate positions regarding the major economic and infrastructure development projects to be implemented in the coming years. The country's best-known insurgent organisation, the Karen National Union (KNU), is in crisis, having lost control of its once extensive 'liberated zones’, and lacks a political agenda relevant to all Karen communities. Meanwhile the government's demand that ceasefire groups, such as the Democratic Karen Buddhist Army, transform into Border Guard Forces under direct Burma Army control throws into question the future of various armed groups that have split from the KNU since the 1990s. In this context, Thailand-Burma border areas have seen an upsurge in fighting since late 2010. Nevertheless, the long-term prospect is one of the decline of insurgency as a viable political or military strategy. Equitable solutions to Burma's social, political and economic problems must involve settling long-standing conflicts between ethnic communities and the state. While Aung San Suu Kyi, the popular leader of the country's democracy movement, seems to recognise this fact, the military government, which holds most real power in the country, has sought to suppress and assimilate minority communities. It is yet to be seen whether Karen and other ethnic nationality representatives elected in November 2010 will be able to find the political space within which to exercise some influence on local or national politics. In the meantime, civil society networks operating within and between Karen and other ethnic nationality communities represent vehicles for positive, incremental change, at least at local levels."
    Author/creator: Ashley South
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: Transnational Institute, Burma Centrum Nederland
    Format/size: pdf (2MB - OBL version; 2.3MB - original)
    Alternate URLs: http://www.burmalibrary.org/docs11/TNI-BurmasLongestWar-AshleySouth-red.pdf
    Date of entry/update: 29 March 2011


    Title: Pachyderm Party
    Date of publication: July 2008
    Description/subject: Each June, Karen villagers living on Thailand’s border with Burma gather to show appreciation to elephants—their friends and invaluable helpmates.
    Author/creator: Lawi Weng
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: "The Irrawaddy" Vol. 16, No. 7
    Format/size: html
    Date of entry/update: 15 July 2008


    Title: Die Karen im Strudel der Unabhängigkeit
    Date of publication: 03 July 2007
    Description/subject: Angesichts des britischen Verrats gründet der Karen Anwalt Saw Ba U Gyi am 5. Februar 1947 als ersten Schritt zur Selbsthilfe mit 700 Karen Delegierten aus allen Landesteilen die Karen National Union, KNU. Als politische Organisation soll sie den Einfluss seines Volkes hinsichtlich der Verhandlungen zur Unabhängigkeit Burma’s sicherstellen. Bereits im November ‘46 ist die mächtige kommunistische Partei aus der geeinten Front der Anti-Fascist People’s Freedom League, AFPFL Thakin Aung San’s ausgeschlossen worden. Aung San; Panglong Agreement; The Karen during independence
    Language: German, Deutsch
    Source/publisher: Burma Riders
    Date of entry/update: 21 August 2007


    Title: Die Karen - Völkermord in Burma
    Date of publication: October 2006
    Description/subject: Karen? Tja, bis vor kurzem wusste ich gar nicht, dass dieses Volk existiert. Die Karen sind eine ethnische Gruppe in Myanmar/Burma, Nachbarstaat von Thailand. Ja, Thailand, dem beliebten Urlaubsland. Doch was wir sehen ist nicht das, was die Menschen dort vor Ort sehen; Geschichte der Karen; Geschichte des Krieges der Karen; Staudämme; history of the Karen; history of the Karen civil war; water dams;
    Language: German, Deutsch
    Source/publisher: Reggae Magazin Revolution
    Format/size: Html (45 kb)
    Date of entry/update: 08 May 2008


    Title: Burma Diaspora
    Date of publication: 2005
    Description/subject: Burma Diaspora ist ein Dokumentar-Spielfilm, der 2005 während eines 6-monatigen Aufenthaltes in den Karen-Gebieten realisiert wurde. Die Seite enthält viele Bilder, Videos und Hintergrundinformationen zu der Situation der Karen; documentary on the situation of the Karen; the site contains many pictures, videos and background information;
    Language: German, Deutsch
    Format/size: Html
    Date of entry/update: 08 May 2008


    Title: Calling Home the Spirits
    Date of publication: September 2004
    Description/subject: "Karen communities celebrate their annual “wrist-tying” festival. The month of August marks a time of year when the bonds of tradition that bind the Karen people are tied in a symbolic but also quite literal way. In Karen families and communities around the world white threads are tied around wrists in a ceremony known as Lah Ku Kee Su...The chief purposes of the festival, however, are to reinforce Karen identity and contribute to the continuation of Karen culture. Saw Nay Kaw, a young Karen Christian living in the Thai town of Kanchanaburi, home to many Karen, summed it up: “It’s good for Karen culture for Karen people to come together and celebrate once a year like this.”..."
    Author/creator: Shah Paung
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: "The Irrawaddy" Vol. 12, No. 8
    Format/size: html
    Date of entry/update: 11 November 2004


    Title: San C. Po: Elusive Dream
    Date of publication: June 2004
    Description/subject: "He has been knighted, honored and revered. But San C. Po’s dream of an independent Karen State remains unfulfilled..."
    Author/creator: Shah Paung
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: "The Irrawaddy" Vol. 12, No. 6
    Format/size: html
    Date of entry/update: 07 October 2004


    Title: "Making a Name for Themselves: Karen Identity and the Politicization of Ethnicity in Burma"
    Date of publication: 2002
    Description/subject: The history of Karen nationalism has been interpreted in terms of inter-ethnic conflict and conceptualizations of ethnicity have influenced understanding of Karen political identity. While 'Karen' incorporated various linguistic, sociocultural, religious and political sub-groups, the Karen National Union (KNU) elite promoted a singular pan-Karen identity in order to minimize such diversity. As a result, factionalism emerged between different Karen groups, obstructing the KNU's political vision and leaving many Karens dissatisfied with KNU attempts to represent their various interests. The fall of Manerplaw in 1995 was thus the result of intra-ethnic conflict as much as conflict between Karens and non-Karens.
    Author/creator: Jessica Harriden
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: Journal of Burma Studies Vol. 7 (2002)
    Format/size: pdf (2.67MB)
    Alternate URLs: http://www.niu.edu/burma/publications/jbs/vol7/index.shtml
    Date of entry/update: 08 July 2010


    Title: Ein Sommer voller Angst und Verzweifelung: Burmesische Flüchtlinge im thailändisch-burmesischen Grenzgebiet
    Date of publication: 2002
    Description/subject: Karen refugees in the thai-burmese border area. Halockani refugee camp run by the Mon National Committee. Mit dem Beginn der großen Militäroffensive burmesischer Truppen gegen die bewaffneten Guerillabewegungen der nationalen Minderheiten haben seit Anfang dieses Jahres nun auch immer mehr Angehörige der Karen Volksgruppe im thailändischen Grenzgebiet Zuflucht gesucht. Das vom Mon National Committee unterhaltene Halockani-Flüchtlingslager der Mon-Volksgruppe hat daher seine Tore im Sommer auch für Karen-Flüchtlinge geöffnet und Versorgungsgüter zur Verfügung gestellt.
    Author/creator: Hans-Günther Wagner
    Language: Deutsch, German
    Source/publisher: Netzwerk engagierter Buddhisten
    Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


    Title: Karen History: in Their Own Words
    Date of publication: October 2000
    Description/subject: Most Burmese are familiar with aspects of Karen culture, but few are aware of its deeper significance as an expression of their unique values and historical experience.
    Author/creator: Min Zin
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: "The Irrawaddy", Vol. 8. No. 10
    Format/size: html
    Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


    Title: Karen: Ideologie, Interessen und Kultur. Eine Analyse der Feldforschungsberichte und Theoriebildung.
    Date of publication: 1992
    Description/subject: keywords: Karen, ideology, field research, history, scientific theory (? in German: Wissenschaftstheorie), theory forming, cultural debates, ethnology-cultural/social anthropology, literature. "In dieser Arbeit wird die englisch-, deutsch- und französischsprachige Literatur über die Karen des 19. und 20. Jahrhunderts ausgewertet und im Hinblick auf Theoriebildung und vorherrschende Ideologien analysiert. Untersucht werden dabei verschiedene Karen-Gesellschaften Burmas und Thailands. Die Auswertung der Literatur unter ethnologischen und soziologischen Gesichtspunkten liefert einen wichtigen Beitrag zur Wissenschaftsgeschichte und Theoriebildung über die Karen..."
    Author/creator: Reiner Buergin
    Language: Deutsch, German
    Format/size: PDF (835K)
    Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


    Title: Karen guerillas -- insurgency in Karen State (front-line photos, 1991)
    Date of publication: April 1991
    Description/subject: Photos taken March-April 1991 at Manerplaw and the front line north of Manerplaw, where there was heavy fighting at the time. Several photos of child soldiers. "Burma has been torn by civil war since the end of colonial rule from the British. One of the largest ethnic groups is the Karen-people. For a long time they maintained their own state, Kawthoolei or Karen land, in the east of the country bordering Thailand. From its base in Manorplow the Karen National Union (KNU) and its armed wing the Karen National Liberation Army (KNLA) led the armed struggle. In the late eighties they where reinforced by Burmese refugees from the All Burma Student Democratic Front (ADSDF) who escaped the crack down on the democracy movement. The failure of different ethnic groups to unite led to great success for the junta in the mid 90's. Today only a fraction of the KNU remains active and many Karens are living as refugees in Thailand. Many other armed groups have struck deals with the military junta (SLORC) or entered the lucrative drug-trade."
    Author/creator: Bjorn Svensson
    Language: English
    Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


    Title: Two Indigenous Karen Religious Denominations
    Date of publication: 1981
    Description/subject: "This paper is a short presentation of two Pwo Karen sects as they may be found in contemporary Western Central Thailand. It will discuss the organization, origin, and cultural content of the two denominations in order to show how their politico-religious concepts and ritual architecture are related to their historical position in a larger system comprising the Buddhist monarchial civilizations of Burma and Thailand. It is my supposition that the religious paraphernalia of present day sects materialized in a certain historical context as symbols of royalty and autonomy, and in the larger social context functioned to identify these Pwo Karen collectively as a sovereign part of a larger civilized world. These symbols of self-defined participation in the world, and at times even claims to superiority, had been moulded according to a model set by the monarchism of the 18th century Mon Buddhist kingdom in Lower Burma. It included a messianic Buddhist framework, which precipitated millenarian expectations of the rise of a world conqueror and subsequent future Buddha, the Buddha Ariya Mettaya, who would install a new and ideal society for the elect. Viewing the history of the Buddhist valley civilizations, be they Burmese, Mon or Thai, we may see that this messianic aspect of Theravada Buddhism has been the catalyst for both social discontent and personal political ambitions within the Buddhist societies of Southeast Asia.2 The term 'Karen' covers a category of people in Burma and Thailand who speak related languages. Karen-speaking people are spread over a large area, and their habitations are found in the hills and forests as well as the lowland. Everywhere Karen groups live interspersed among various other ethnic groups, hill as well as valley peoples..."
    Author/creator: Kirsten Ewers Andersen
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: Soertryk FOLK Reprint Vol. 23 1981 K0BENHAVN
    Format/size: pdf (247K)
    Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


    Title: Deference for the Elders and Control over the Younger among the Karen in Thailand
    Date of publication: 1980
    Description/subject: "This paper examines the foundation of the deference paid the Elders in a Karen forest society in Thailand. It is argued that deference and social control are two sides of the same coin, both resting on the fact that the socially most valuable knowledge in Karen society is an attribute of old age. To analyze the foundation of this knowledge, which endows the Elders with social authority and control, it is useful to distinguish between various types of knowledge, such as knowledge of production-technique and ecology, knowledge of social history, and knowledge of ritual and magic. It is further emphasized that the foundation of the Elders' authority, in contrast to many other societies, is neither control of the means of production nor control of such prestige goods, which in unilineal societies may enter the affinal exchange circulation as bridewealth. Their control derives from their knowledge of social history, from their religious knowledge of cosmology, ritual, and ethics, and from their possession of magical know-how..."
    Author/creator: Kirsten Ewers Andersen
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: Særtryk FOLK Reprint Vol. 21-22 1979/80 - KØBENHAVN
    Format/size: pdf (336K)
    Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


    Title: ELEMENTS OF PWO KAREN BUDDHISM
    Date of publication: 1978
    Description/subject: "...the frequent dichotomization of Burman and Thai "hill-tribes" as animists opposed to the valley population as Buddhists, the Buddhism of the "hill-tribes" being only a thin veneer on animistic beliefs, does not hold. It is rather a question of an inclusive hierarchization of religious activities and value orientations, where the basis for an exclusive dichotomization becomes unclear and elusive, when one investigates the concerned activities more closely. The levels of activities are interlocked and a future value orientation may be directed towards an increased emphasis on "pure" monk- and more Buddhist elements, as the Karens become subsumed under the Thai cash-crop economy and the concommittant cultural contacts. The role of the boungkhos as maintainers of nature's order will disappear when it becomes evident that economic survival under a new economy immediately seems to depend more on insights into the market-mechanisms than on maintenance of the up till now balanced eco-system."
    Author/creator: Kirsten Ewers Andersen
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: The Scandinavian Institute of Asian Studies
    Format/size: html (35K)
    Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


    Title: Burma and the Karens
    Date of publication: 1928
    Description/subject: "THE object of this book is to present and to explain to the reading public, and to those who are in authority, the condition of the Karens, the position they occupy, and their aspirations as a nation second in importance of the indigenous races of the province of Burma. It is their desire to have a country of their own, where they may progress as a race and find the contentment they seek. It is this contentment which gives a man or a nation that satisfaction and good-will and creates that patriotic feeling so essential to the well-being of the nation. Self-respect in a nation begets respect from other nations and races. What a grand thing the achievement of their ambition will be for the Karens, and what praises and blessing will be showered upon those who shall have made it possible. The Karens will then be in a position to show sincere respect to other races, especially to the Burmese, with whom they have been at variance, and in turn the Burmese will find them worthy of respect and esteem..."
    Author/creator: Dr. San C. Po C.B.E.
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: Elliott Stock (Publisher)
    Format/size: html (188K)
    Date of entry/update: 05 May 2008


    Title: HISTORISCHE ENTWICKLUNG DER ETHNISCHEN KONFLIKTE IN MYANMAR / BURMA
    Description/subject: Vor der Ankunft der britischen Kolonialmacht waren die burmanischen Königreiche zwar die dominierende politische Kraft, ihre Herrschaft über die Minderheiten blieb aber beschränkt. Zu keinem Zeitpunkt in der vorkolonialen Geschichte bemühten sich die Monarchen darum, die Minderheiten unter Zwang zu assimilieren. Politisch relevant wurde die ethnische Zugehörigkeit erst unter der britischen Kolonialherrschaft, als das Land in das direkt verwaltete Burma proper (Burma an sich) und in die indirekt verwalteten frontier areas (Grenzgebiete), das vornehmliche Siedlungsgebiet der Minderheiten, geteilt wurde. Karen (KNU); Panglong-Abkommen; Waffenstillstandsabkommen; History of ethnic conflicts in Burma; Karen (KNU); Panglong-Agreement; Ceasefire Agreements;
    Author/creator: Heike Löschmann
    Language: Deutsch, German
    Source/publisher: Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung
    Format/size: html (25k)
    Date of entry/update: 19 October 2007


  • Karen National Union (KNU)

    Websites/Multiple Documents

    Title: KIC News
    Description/subject: Substantialsite... News, photos, articles, links, "Karen Newsletter" - archive
    Language: Burmese
    Source/publisher: Karen Information Center (KIC)
    Format/size: html
    Date of entry/update: 28 March 2011


    Title: The Official Website of the Karen National Union (KNU)
    Description/subject: Home | About us | Departments | Peace Process | Statements | Human Rights | Karen Unity | Contact...Departments: Agriculture Department; Alliance Affairs Department; Breeding & Fishery Department; Defense Department; Education & Culture Department; Finance & Revenue Department; Foreign Affairs Department; Forestry Department; Health & Welfare Department; Interior & Religious Department; Organising & Information Department; Justice Department; Mining Department; Transportation & Communication Department.
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: Karen National Union (KNU)
    Format/size: html
    Date of entry/update: 22 September 2013


    Individual Documents

    Title: The Dynamics of Karen National Union Political and Military Development: Reflecting the Shifting Landscape
    Date of publication: 2010
    Description/subject: Abstract: "This thesis investigates the themes and society of displaced Karen identity on the border between Burma and Thailand. The impact of the authoritarian military rule in Burma cannot be underestimated. The government exercises tremendous power to shape the social and economic environment. They determine whether a civil-society is prosperous and functions in an appropriate manner. Governments are also responsible for societal support and protection of all its populace. The population of Burma is essentially isolated from the global society through regime censorship and restrictions. The inter-linking spiral of humanitarian emergencies and continued to escalate, these include refugee, internally displaced people, the spread of preventable diseases and the illicit narcotic production. Recently, the Western governments had solidified their position towards the military junta resulting in a stalemate of diplomatic interaction, with ultimately the people of Burma being the victims of such actions. Current realities in the global sphere present the powerful Western Nations an opportunity for a change in perspective. US policy recommendations include a greater dialogue with the junta and the outcome of the election is seen as crucial to fostering better relation. It is imperative that long-essential reforms are undertaken if Burma if is to achieve lasting peace. The international community must develop coherent and focused policies towards Burma and make conflict resolution a priority. Humanitarian aid and displaced refugee support will play a vital role, and in the 21st Century regional dimensions must be addressed. The challenges of nation-state building must be made in conjunction with political, humanitarian, and economic issues."
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: University of Manchester (thesis submitted in 2010)
    Subscribe: Peter James Bjorklund
    Format/size: pdf (374K)
    Date of entry/update: 03 June 2013


    Title: Mahn Sha: The Compassionate Revolutionary (Obituary)
    Date of publication: March 2008
    Description/subject: "When news of the assassination of the Karen leader Mahn Sha broke, I was reminded of the advice he had once given me: “Use your journalistic skill to help poor people.” Two years ago, I visited Mahn Sha at his office in Mae Sot on the Thai-Burmese border. In our conversation, his left-wing enthusiasm was evident. It was an enthusiasm that he wanted to pass on to a younger generation—“We want more young people who will work for the sake of their country and people,” he told me..."
    Author/creator: Violet Cho
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: "The Irrawaddy" Vol. 16, No. 3
    Format/size: html
    Date of entry/update: 27 April 2008


    Title: Die Karen im Strudel der Unabhängigkeit
    Date of publication: 03 July 2007
    Description/subject: Angesichts des britischen Verrats gründet der Karen Anwalt Saw Ba U Gyi am 5. Februar 1947 als ersten Schritt zur Selbsthilfe mit 700 Karen Delegierten aus allen Landesteilen die Karen National Union, KNU. Als politische Organisation soll sie den Einfluss seines Volkes hinsichtlich der Verhandlungen zur Unabhängigkeit Burma’s sicherstellen. Bereits im November ‘46 ist die mächtige kommunistische Partei aus der geeinten Front der Anti-Fascist People’s Freedom League, AFPFL Thakin Aung San’s ausgeschlossen worden. Aung San; Panglong Agreement; The Karen during independence
    Language: German, Deutsch
    Source/publisher: Burma Riders
    Date of entry/update: 21 August 2007


    Title: A House Divided
    Date of publication: March 2007
    Description/subject: Infighting and unsanctioned peace overtures with Burma’s ruling regime have left many wondering about the fate of the KNU, Burma’s oldest ethnic opposition group... "As its 60th year of armed insurrection approaches, the Karen National Union is spending more of its time o­n internal skirmishes than in armed rebellion against its historic foe, Burma’s ruling military government..."
    Author/creator: Shah Paung
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: "The Irrawaddy" Vol. 15, No. 3
    Format/size: html
    Date of entry/update: 04 May 2008


    Title: Rethinking KNU Principles
    Date of publication: March 2007
    Description/subject: “Until the Karen go to Rangoon and surrender, the Karen revolution will never disappear”——Ba U Gyi... "Less than a month before he was killed in a Burmese army ambush in August 1950, Ba U Gyi, a former colonial-era Burmese cabinet minister and then leader of the Karen resistance, gave the above admonition to a gathering of Karen leaders from Papun District. As the father of the Karen liberation movement, Ba U Gyi outlined four basic tenets of the resistance, which he urged his fighters and followers to adhere to resolutely. He said: “Surrender is out of the question;” “We shall retain our arms;” “Recognition of Karen State must be complete;” and “We shall decide our own political destiny.” The Karen National Union, the mainstream Karen resistance group o­nce led by Ba U Gyi, adopted these maxims as the guiding principles of their fight for autonomy from the Burman-dominated military and government..."
    Author/creator: Aung Naing Oo
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: "The Irrawaddy" Vol. 15, No. 3
    Format/size: html
    Date of entry/update: 04 May 2008


    Title: The Karens and their Struggle for Freedom
    Date of publication: August 2006
    Description/subject: Originally published as ‘The Karens and their Struggle For Freedom’ in 1991 by the Karen National Union Reprinted under the same title by the KNU in July 1992, 18 pages, and in 1997 to include Peace talks in 1996/7, 42 pages. This version reprinted and updated with a new foreword, Chronology, colour illustrations, and images in 2006 by the Karen History and Culture Preservation Society...PREFACE (To the original Edition): "We, the Karens of Burma, have been cornered into fighting against the ruling Burmese Governments for the past fifty years. Holding the reins of all organs of the state, and in full control of the press radio, and television, the successive ruling Burmese Governments from U Nu’s AFPFL (Anti-Fascist People’s Freedom League) to the present Military Junta headed by General Than Shwe and his State Peace and Development Council ( SPDC ), have always painted us as black as they can. They have branded us insurgents, war-mongers, a handful of border smugglers, black-and stooges of both the communists and the imperialists. Even so, to the extent of our ability we have always tried to refute the nefarious one-sided Burman propaganda of false accusations and make the true facts of our cause known to the world. In fighting against the ruling Burmese Government, we are not being motivate by narrow nationalism, nor by ill-will towards the Burmese Government or the Burman people. Our struggle was not instigated neither by the capitalist world nor by the communists, as some have falsely accused us. It has an originality completely of its own. Throughout history, the Burman have been practicing annihilation, absorption and assimilation ( 3 A’s) against the Karens and they are still doing so today. In short, they are waging a genocidal war against us. Thus we have been forced to fight for our very existence and survival. In this document we venture to present a concise outline of the Karens’ struggle for freedom; the Karen case, which we consider just, righteous and noble. We hope that through it, the world may come to know the true situation of the Karens, a forgotten people who continue to fight for our freedom intensively, single handedly and without aid of any kind from anyone..."
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: Karen History and Culture Preservation Society (KHCPS)
    Format/size: pdf (1.5MB)
    Date of entry/update: 22 August 2006


    Title: The Longest Fight
    Date of publication: March 2006
    Description/subject: "After 57 years of fighting for independence from the Burmese, the Karen National Union is beset by internal divisions, a lack of resources and an aging leadership..."
    Author/creator: Shah Paung and Harry Priestley
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: "The Irrawaddy" Vol. 14, No3
    Format/size: html
    Date of entry/update: 01 May 2006


    Title: A Soldier's Duty
    Date of publication: November 2005
    Description/subject: The troops of KNLA Battalion 101 stick to their guns... "...The KNU is one of Burma’s oldest and strongest armed ethnic opposition groups, and it has waged war with successive administrations of the Burmese government since 1949. Government troops overran KNU headquarters at Manerplaw in 1995, and since that time the group has lost ground in its fight for greater regional autonomy. In the last decade, other political developments have weakened the KNU. Neighboring Thailand had for many years adopted a policy of tacit collaboration with the Karen and other armed ethnic minority groups along the Thai-Burma border, hoping that they would establish a buffer zone against any encroachment by Burmese forces. This policy has changed in recent years as Thailand seeks to strengthen its economic and political ties with Rangoon. Despite more than a half century of armed conflict, the KNU has since 1995 made several efforts to open diplomatic lines of communication with Burma’s ruling junta to negotiate an equitable ceasefire agreement. In 2004, then deputy chairman Gen Bo Mya flew to Rangoon to hold peace talks with ex-prime minister Gen Khin Nyunt. The meeting—backed by some of Thailand’s top military and business leaders—produced a “gentleman’s agreement” to end hostilities in Karen State. Khin Nyunt’s subsequent ouster later in the year, however, ended any momentum towards an official ceasefire..."
    Author/creator: Shah Paung
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: "The Irrawaddy" Vol. 13, No. 11
    Format/size: html
    Date of entry/update: 01 May 2006


    Title: Myanmar: Militärregime geht auf Schmusekurs
    Date of publication: 22 January 2004
    Description/subject: Rangun hofiert Karen-Kommandeur. Verhandlungen mit Rebellen über Waffenruhe. cease fire talks with karen rebells.
    Author/creator: Thomas Berger
    Language: Deutsch, German
    Source/publisher: AG Friedensforschung an der Uni Kassel
    Format/size: html (6,3k)
    Date of entry/update: 01 March 2005


    Title: Determined Resistance: An Interview with Gen Bo Mya
    Date of publication: October 2003
    Description/subject: "After almost 55 years of resistance, the Karen National Union (KNU) is Southeast Asia’s oldest insurgent group. The Irrawaddy spoke to deputy chairman of the KNU, Gen Saw Bo Mya, 76, about Rangoon’s latest political gestures and the future of the Karen struggle..."
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: "The Irrawaddy" Vol 11, No. 8
    Format/size: html
    Alternate URLs: http://www.irrawaddy.org/article.php?art_id=3146
    Date of entry/update: 06 December 2003


    Title: Bo Mya: In His Own Words
    Date of publication: June 2002
    Description/subject: "The recently published memoirs of former Karen leader Gen Bo Mya offer a glimpse into the inner workings of Burma's longest-running insurgent struggle..."
    Author/creator: Aung Zaw
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: "The Irrawaddy", Vol. 10, No. 5, June 2002
    Format/size: html
    Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


    Title: The KNU: To Cease Fire, or Not to Cease Fire?
    Date of publication: March 2002
    Description/subject: "After more than half a century of struggle and nearly a decade of major setbacks, the Karen National Union remains defiant in the face of calls to lay down its arms. By Aung Zaw After 53 years of resistance against Rangoon, the aging leadership of the Karen National Union (KNU) is nothing if not defiant. Arguably weaker now than at any other point in its half-century-long struggle, the KNU and its military wing, the Karen National Liberation Army (KNLA), have faced numerous setbacks in the past decade. But asked about the prospects of the KNU entering the dubious embrace of Rangoon’s "legal fold", Padoh Mahn Sha, the KNU’s general secretary, did not mince words: "Surrender is out of the question," he told The Irrawaddy recently..."
    Author/creator: Aung Zaw
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: "The Irrawaddy", Vol. 10, No. 2
    Format/size: html
    Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


    Title: The New Face of the KNU
    Date of publication: February 2000
    Description/subject: The KNU leadership reshuffle looks to solidify internal support as well as present a more refined view to the rest of the world, report Aung Zaw and Moe Gyo.
    Author/creator: Aung Zaw and Moe Gyo
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: "The Irrawaddy", Vol. 8. No. 2
    Format/size: html
    Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


    Title: Karen guerillas -- insurgency in Karen State (front-line photos, 1991)
    Date of publication: April 1991
    Description/subject: Photos taken March-April 1991 at Manerplaw and the front line north of Manerplaw, where there was heavy fighting at the time. Several photos of child soldiers. "Burma has been torn by civil war since the end of colonial rule from the British. One of the largest ethnic groups is the Karen-people. For a long time they maintained their own state, Kawthoolei or Karen land, in the east of the country bordering Thailand. From its base in Manorplow the Karen National Union (KNU) and its armed wing the Karen National Liberation Army (KNLA) led the armed struggle. In the late eighties they where reinforced by Burmese refugees from the All Burma Student Democratic Front (ADSDF) who escaped the crack down on the democracy movement. The failure of different ethnic groups to unite led to great success for the junta in the mid 90's. Today only a fraction of the KNU remains active and many Karens are living as refugees in Thailand. Many other armed groups have struck deals with the military junta (SLORC) or entered the lucrative drug-trade."
    Author/creator: Bjorn Svensson
    Language: English
    Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


  • Karen Heritage

    Websites/Multiple Documents

    Title: Karen Heritage Website
    Date of publication: 09 May 2006
    Description/subject: The website of the Karen History and Culture Preservation Society
    Author/creator: KHCPS
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: KHCPS
    Format/size: Website
    Date of entry/update: 09 May 2006


    Title: Museum of Karen History and Culture
    Date of publication: June 2004
    Description/subject: "Welcome to the Museum of Karen History and Culture dedicated to researching, preserving, and promoting the history and culture of the ethnic Karens of Burma. The Karens, now totalling over five million people, were one of, if not, the first inhabitants of what is now Burma. Throughout the centuries that followed they were constantly oppressed by the Burman rulers who took over the country. Now, the military government seeks to destroy the individual identity of the Karen people. History and language is being lost as the State Peace and Development Council bans all schools in Karen State from teaching their own language and history. The Karen History and Culture Preservation Society is a non-profit, non-political organisation, formed in 2001 to help preserve and promote the history and culture of a unique people. This electronic museum is only the beginning and is by no means complete, all people who can contribute are welcome (please see the KHCPS section for details) and any feedback you wish to give please do. We dedicate this museum to all of the Karen people who continue to suffer under insurmountable odds" SOME PEOPLE ARE ABLE TO ACCESS THE MUSEUM WITHOUT DIFFICULTY. OTHERS CANNOT SEE THE UPPER NAVIGATION BAR. PLEASE CONTACT darnott@iprolink.ch IF YOU HAVE ANY PROBLEMS.
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: Karen History and Culture Preservation Society
    Format/size: html, jpg etc.
    Alternate URLs: http://www.ibiblio.org/obl/docs3/karenmuseum/
    Date of entry/update: 31 January 2005


    Individual Documents

    Title: Karen Heritage Yearbook 2007
    Date of publication: 09 April 2008
    Description/subject: Karen History and Culture Preservation Society Yearbooks contain articles gathered from a number of international sources that relate to the ethnic Karen people of Burma. They are published to aid research and promote a greater understanding of the Karen situation. Format: ebook (.pdf) A4, 80 pages Colour and B/W Photos, Maps and Tables.
    Author/creator: KHCPS
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: KHCPS
    Format/size: .pdf (20.1 mb)
    Date of entry/update: 09 May 2008


    Title: Saw Ba U Gyi - Voices of the Revolution 1
    Date of publication: 06 March 2008
    Description/subject: Ebook detailing the impact Saw Ba U Gyi, one of the founders of the Karen National Union,had the Karen revolution
    Author/creator: Paul Keenan
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: KHCPS
    Format/size: .pdf (4MB)
    Date of entry/update: 06 March 2008


    Title: The Karens and their Struggle for Freedom
    Date of publication: August 2006
    Description/subject: Originally published as ‘The Karens and their Struggle For Freedom’ in 1991 by the Karen National Union Reprinted under the same title by the KNU in July 1992, 18 pages, and in 1997 to include Peace talks in 1996/7, 42 pages. This version reprinted and updated with a new foreword, Chronology, colour illustrations, and images in 2006 by the Karen History and Culture Preservation Society...PREFACE (To the original Edition): "We, the Karens of Burma, have been cornered into fighting against the ruling Burmese Governments for the past fifty years. Holding the reins of all organs of the state, and in full control of the press radio, and television, the successive ruling Burmese Governments from U Nu’s AFPFL (Anti-Fascist People’s Freedom League) to the present Military Junta headed by General Than Shwe and his State Peace and Development Council ( SPDC ), have always painted us as black as they can. They have branded us insurgents, war-mongers, a handful of border smugglers, black-and stooges of both the communists and the imperialists. Even so, to the extent of our ability we have always tried to refute the nefarious one-sided Burman propaganda of false accusations and make the true facts of our cause known to the world. In fighting against the ruling Burmese Government, we are not being motivate by narrow nationalism, nor by ill-will towards the Burmese Government or the Burman people. Our struggle was not instigated neither by the capitalist world nor by the communists, as some have falsely accused us. It has an originality completely of its own. Throughout history, the Burman have been practicing annihilation, absorption and assimilation ( 3 A’s) against the Karens and they are still doing so today. In short, they are waging a genocidal war against us. Thus we have been forced to fight for our very existence and survival. In this document we venture to present a concise outline of the Karens’ struggle for freedom; the Karen case, which we consider just, righteous and noble. We hope that through it, the world may come to know the true situation of the Karens, a forgotten people who continue to fight for our freedom intensively, single handedly and without aid of any kind from anyone..."
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: Karen History and Culture Preservation Society (KHCPS)
    Format/size: pdf (1.5MB)
    Date of entry/update: 22 August 2006


  • Karen periodicals

    • "Inside News"

      Websites/Multiple Documents

      Title: "Inside News"
      Description/subject: 4 issues a year on landmines, forced relocation, Burma army attacks, IDP health, education and many other issues affecting internally displaced Karen people.
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Committee for Internally Displaced Karen People (CIDKP)
      Format/size: html. pdf
      Alternate URLs: http://www.newsinside.wordpress.com/ ("Inside News" blog)
      Date of entry/update: 05 January 2012


    • "KNU Bulletin"
      The "KNU Bulletin" was published by the Karen National Union between 1985 and 1993.

      Individual Documents

      Title: KNU Bulletin No. 27, December 1993
      Date of publication: December 1993
      Description/subject: LETTER TO GENERAL THAN SHWE (1) (from DAB, April 1993); LETTER TO GENERAL THAN SHWE (2)(from DAB, August 1993); THE SLORC BECOMES SO AFRAID; "THE WAY TO PEACE" - PAPER PRESENTED BY Dr. Em MARTER AT THE INTERNATIONAL BURMA CONFERENCE (BERLIN, GERMANY 16-18 APRIL, 1993}; Resolution on Karen National Day; "Let us establish a Federal Union"; CENTRAL ORGANIZING DEPARTMENT MEETING; Memo: for the Human Rights Monitoring Organizations. From the Political Defiance Committee of the NCUB; THIRD NCUB MEETING HELD IN MANERPLAW; FIRST CONGRESS OF THE DAB; Urgent Request: To the parents, mentorsi monks, sons and daughter, and wives concerned:-; Letter to Senior General Than Shwe from DAB, 1 December 1993,expressing its willingness: "to officially hold negotiation for internal peace and the development of the country..."; The Atrocities and Human rights committed by the SLORC Army;
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Karen National Union (KNU)
      Format/size: pdf (5MB)
      Date of entry/update: 05 January 2012


      Title: KNU Bulletin No. 26, August 1992
      Date of publication: August 1992
      Description/subject: 1. Editorial ; 2. Karen National Union (KNU) Statement; 3 Regarding: SLORC Maj. Gen. Maung Hla's order to halt the military offensive in Karen State; 3. KNU Statement on the successful defence of the Headquarters;at Manerplaw against the SL0RC offensive; 4. Statement of the Democratic Alliance of Burma regarding the National Convention to be convened by State Law and Order Restoration Council; 5. The SLORC escalates its war on villagers; 6. If I ever return; 7. The SLORC cannot be trusted; 8. Like beasts of burden; 9. Enemy relocation of villages in Nyaunglebin district in April - May 1992; 10. Villages relocated in Nyaunglebin district in April - May 1992 by SLORC Troop; 11. Statement of the Karen National Union regarding the National Convention planned by the SLORC; 12. Racial Discrimination in Burma; 13. Summary of KNLA military statistics from 1 June 1991 through May 1992.
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Karen National Union
      Format/size: pdf (419K)
      Date of entry/update: 23 April 2006


      Title: KNU Bulletin No. 25, August 1991
      Date of publication: August 1991
      Description/subject: 1) Editorial. 1... (2) Documentary: (1) Letter to the chairman, Human Rights Commission UNO. 4; (2) Statement of the (KNU) to the ninth session of the United Nation Working Group on Indigenous Population' 6; (3) Principles and Policy Statement of the NCGUB. 8; (4) Press release of the (DAB) on Genuine Peace and National Reconciliation in the union of Burma. 9; (5) The Statement of the 3rd Congress of the NDF (Burma). 11; (3) Foreign Press. Rape, torture rife in Burma, says dissident. 13; (4) Feature Articles: (1) Burma. 14; (2) The KWO and IWDA one year later. 15; (3) A murderer went unpunished but promoted. 17; (4) The lives of Papun students under the (SLORC). 18; (5) Testimony by Kyaw Khaing. 19; (6) Inhuman Acts and Atrocities by Regiment (14) and (317) of the SLORC Army. 21; (7) Visiting Mergui-Tavoy District 23; (8) Bitter experience of an enemy porter. 24; (5) Battle News: Some Important Military Achievements of KNLA Troops from . 1.7.91 to 15.8.91.
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Karen National Union
      Format/size: pdf (449K)
      Date of entry/update: 12 March 2006


      Title: KNU Bulletin No. 24, February 1991
      Date of publication: February 1991
      Description/subject: DOCUMENTARY: (1) KNU President Gen. Bo Mya's speech on the occasion of the 42nd. Anniversary of Karen Revolution. 1; (2) Letter of Felicitations from the Prime Minister to KNU President General Mya. 2; (3) Letter of Felicitations From (NDF) for the 42nd. Anniversary of Karen Revolution. 3; (4) Letter of Felicitations from (ABSDF) to the Karen People on the occasion of the 42nd. Anniversary of Karen Revolution. 4; (5) Declaration of the National Coalition Government of the Union of Burma. 5; (6) The National Coalition Government of the Union of Burma Prime Minister's speech. 8; (7) Speech of Chairman of Democratic Front of Burma in support of (NCGUB) 10; (8) Statement of the (DAB) on the Formation of the National Coalition Government of the Union of Burma. 11; (9) Statement of (NDF) Position on the National Coalition Government of the Union of Burma. 13; (10) (NCGUB) Ministry of Defence Statement No. (1) 14... FEATURE ARTICLES: (1) The Vanishing Forest 16; (2) Burma. 18... POEM- Joint Hands with Democratic Revolution. 19... BATTLE NEWS (1) Some Important Military Achievement of KNLA 23.
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Karen National Union
      Format/size: pdf (335K)
      Date of entry/update: 12 March 2006


      Title: KNU Bulletin No 23, October 1990
      Date of publication: October 1990
      Description/subject: DOCUMENTARY: (1) Speech of KNU President Gen. Bo Mya on 40th Anniversary of Martyrs' Day August 12,1990; (2) KNU Statement on Present situation of Burma; (3) Excerpts from speeches of revolutionary leaders on the Anniversary day of Quadruple 8... FEATURE ARTICLES: (1) Aspiration of Karen and Future Federal Union; (2) The war of annihilation against the indigenous peoples of Burma and the raping of their heritage forests... BATTLE NEWS: (1) Summary of KNLA Military activities from 1.9.90 to 31.10.90.
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Karen National Union
      Format/size: pdf (299K)
      Date of entry/update: 21 March 2006


      Title: KNU Bulletin No. 22, June 1990
      Date of publication: June 1990
      Description/subject: FEATURE ARTICLES: (1) The Burmese Connection; (2) Burning down the Houses: Burma's New Military strategy; (3) Porters offer testimony of human rights abuses by Burmese Army; (4) "They are not our Kinsfolk"; (5) Salween polluted with blood and corpses... DOCUMENTARY: (1) Media release of The Democratic Alliance of Burma (DAB), on Burma's May 27, 1990 multi-party general election; (2) Policy statement of Democratic Alliance of Burma (DAB) , on establishment of Federal union of states; (3) Press communique on Burma Army; (4) Press statement by central executive committee of (DAB)... Some military successes of our KNLA troops from March to June 1990 Summary of KNLA Military activities from March to June 1990.
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Karen National Union
      Format/size: pdf (394K)
      Date of entry/update: 13 March 2006


      Title: KNU Bulletin No 21, February 1990
      Date of publication: February 1990
      Description/subject: DOCUMENTARY: (1) The Karen National day; (2) The Position of Democratic Alliance of Burma (DAB) on Eradiction of Narcotic Drugs... 2. FEATURE ARTICLES: Invocation to Democratic Nations of the world for support and sympathetic consideration for our national movement, Democracy and human rights cause in Burma... 3. FOREIGN PRESS: (1) The Fight for Freedom and Democracy in Burma; (2) The New Killing Fields; (3) Use Democracy to Stomp out Drugs... 4. BATTLE NEWS: Some military successes of our KNLA troops in January/February, 1990.— Summary of KNLA military actvities for the month of January/February, 1990.
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Karen National Union
      Format/size: pdf (326K)
      Date of entry/update: 15 March 2006


      Title: KNU Bulletin No 20, September 1989
      Date of publication: September 1989
      Description/subject: DOCUMENTARY: 1. Message from President Gen. Bo Mya to Karen Nationals on 391:n anniversary of Martyrs' Day: 2. Statement of NDF Position on One Year Old Saw Maung-Khin Nyunt Military Junta: 3. All Burma Students Democratic Front (ABSDF) Special Anniversary Declaration on Movement for Democracy in Burma: 4. All Burma Students Democratic Front (ABSDF) Statement No. 9... FEATURE ARTICLE: 1. Please Stop Arms Sale to Military Junta... FOREIGN PRESS: 1. "Whoever Shoots Me_____"; 2. Rangoon Drops all Pretensions to Democracy; 3. Reply of Brig. Gen. Khin Nyunt to the Press at 49th Press Conference; 4. Myanmar: Reports of Human Rights Violations; 5. Ne Win Remains a Powerful Presence Behind Political Scenes in Myanmar... BATTLE NEWS: 1. Annual Summary Report of KNLA Military Activities cfrom 1.6.88 to 31.5.89; 2. Some Important KNLA Achievements in May/June/July/August.
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Karen National Union
      Format/size: pdf (310K)
      Date of entry/update: 16 March 2006


      Title: KNU Bulletin No 19, June 1989
      Date of publication: June 1989
      Description/subject: EDITORIAL... BEREAVEMENT... PRESIDENT GEN.BO MYA'S SPEECH AT 40th ANNIVERSARY DAY CELEBRATION OF KAREN REVOLUTION... CALUMNY SPREAD BY THE MILITARY CLIQUE... SAVE BURMA'S FORESTS (THE LAST GREEN PLACE)... THE MAJOR ABSTACLE TO PEACE IN BURMA... KAREN REVOLUTION 40th ANNIVERSARY DAY STATEMENT... EXCERPT FROM PRESIDENT SAW BA U GYI'S LAST, SPEECH... GRANDFATHER SGAW LER TAW... JOINT STATEMENT OF KAREN NATIONAL UNION AND NEW MON STATE PARTY CENTRAL LEADERS MEETING... STATEMENT OF THE DEMOCRATIC ALLIANCE OF BURMA CONCERNING THE PROPOSED PEACE TALKS... SEN.MOYNIHAN URGES THAT BURMA BE BROUGHT BEFORE U.N. HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION... STATEMENT OF KAREN NATIONAL UNION TO BURMA ARMED FORCES PERSONNEL... SOME IMPORTANT MILITARY ACHIEVEMENT OF KNLA FROM 1.3.89 TO 31.4.89... SUMMARY OF KNLA ACTIVITIES FOR THE MONTH OF MARCH /APRIL, 1989.
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Karen National Union
      Format/size: pdf (332K)
      Date of entry/update: 18 March 2006


      Title: KNU Bulletin No 18, December 1988
      Date of publication: December 1988
      Description/subject: EDITORIAL: Step up the Struggle with Unity... FEATURE ARTICLES: 1. Autopsy of what is left of the BSPP Regime; 2. Will those who Ignite the fire be able to Extinguish its Flames; 3. Lessons of History... FOREIGN PRESS: 1. Democratic Forces in Burma Gather Support Locally; 2. Back under the Shadow of Ne Win; 3. Passing in the Dark... DOCUMENTARY: 1. Statements of KNU Central Standing Committee, NDF; All Burma Students Democratic Front; 2. Declaration and Press Release of DAB; 3. Statement by Sten Anderson, Foreign Minister of Sweden; 4. Statement of Senator D.Patrick Moynihan of U.S.A.; 5. Speeches of US Congressman Jim Leach and Edith Mirante at Freedom for Burma Demostration in U.S.A... NEWS: 1. News of the Students ABSDF; 2. The Battle of Mae Ta Waw.
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Karen National Union
      Format/size: pdf (515K)
      Date of entry/update: 18 March 2006


      Title: KNU Bulletin No 17, August 1988
      Date of publication: August 1988
      Description/subject: DOCUMENTARY: (1) Speech of President Gen. Bo Mya on 38th Anniversary of Martyr's Day; (2) Statement of KNU Central Standing Committee-Raise the Struggle a Stage Higher, and Overthrow the Dictictorial one Party BSPP Government; (3) Statement of NDF Central Presidium; BSPP Emergency Congress and Changes Made... FEATURE ARTICLES: (1) The Rise and Fall of Ne Win Dictatorship; (2) Anguish Britain's Forgotten Allies - Andrew Drummond... FOREIGN PRESS: (1) Reading the Stars-Asiaweek Aug. 12, 1988; (2) Burma, a change for the worse. Post Opinion; (3) A New (Era) in Burma, Yomiuri Shimbu (Japan); (4) Storms Gather as Winds of Change Fades Over Troubled Burma - Denis D. Gray. A.P... 3ATTLE NEWS: (1) Summary of KNLA Military Activities from 1-4-88 to 15-7-88... LETTERS FROM BURMA: [1) MEE MEE; 2) The Difficulty in Burma. Asiaweek Aug. 12, 1988; |3) Extract of Letters from a Burmese temporarily in another South East Asia Country. Asiaweek Aug. 25, 1988... STOP PRESS... AN APOLOGY.
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Karen National Union
      Format/size: pdf (390K)
      Date of entry/update: 21 March 2006


      Title: KNU Bulletin No 16, May 1988
      Date of publication: May 1988
      Description/subject: EDITORIAL: Letter from the publisher... DOCUMENTARY: Statement of KNU standing committee on the students uprising; The position of the National Democratic Front; Open letter from NDF to students union; Letter of Dr. Tu Ja to Foreign Ambassadors; Press statement of NDF... FEATURE ARTICLES: The Brawl That became a Riot; Eyewitness Account; Seven Days That Shook Rangoon; Riots divide Burmese leadership; An Appeal from The Students Union... FOREIGN PRESS: Burma holds out begging bowl to the UN; The U.S.Role in Burma's Drug War... BATTLE NEWS: Summary reports of KNLA Military Activities; Military Achievements of KNLA; NDF Battle News;
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Karen National Union
      Format/size: pdf (475K)
      Date of entry/update: 16 March 2006


      Title: KNU Bulletin No 15, March 1988
      Date of publication: March 1988
      Description/subject: DOCUMENTARY: (1) Speech of President Gen. Bo Mya on Karen New Year Day 1; (2) Letter of Gen. Bo Mya to Mr. Tony Abe* on his meeting with Khun Sa 2; (3) Letter of Mr. Brang Seng to Dr. Richard Von Weizsacker 4; (4) Resolution on the Karen Case at UNWGOIP meeting at Geneva 5;... 2. FEATURE ARTICLES: (1) Tormented Burma (Alan Whitaker) 6; (2) The Dilema of Economic change within Burma (H.E. Klein 8; (3) Burmese Ethnic rebel groups to boost foreign support 10... 3. FOREIGN PRESS: (1) Reflection on Burma's President U San Yu's visit to Germany 11; (2) Burmese Isolation 13; (3) BBC World Service News 14... 4. BATTLE NEWS: (1) Summary report of KNLA Military Activities from 1-6-87 to 31-1-88. 16; (2) Special K.I.A. Battle News 17... 5. SOME WORLD STATISTICS: (1) The cost of arming the world 20; (2) Duration of conflict 21; (3) Estimated war casualities 22.
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Karen National Union
      Format/size: pdf (385K)
      Date of entry/update: 15 March 2006


      Title: KNU Bulletin No 14, December 1987
      Date of publication: December 1987
      Description/subject: EDITORIAL: Attempts to Hide Elephant's Skeleton Under the Hide of a Goat's Skin... FEATURE ARTICLES: (1) Burma and UN Aid; (2) Commentary on the Burmese Delegate's Reply... FOREIGN PRESS: (1) Indigenous Power Meet at Honolulu by Keith Lorenz; (2) Burma Seesaws in Reforming Rice Trade. By Helen E. White; (3) Burma Continues to Hide Behind the Walls of Isolation By David Storey... DOCUMENTARY: (1) Speech of CRDB Vice Chairman at London Demonstration; (2) Letter of CRDB to U Ne Win; (3) Foundation for Democracy in Burma. Letter to the Secretary General, UN... NEWS FEATURES: (1) BBC World Service. "24 Hours" 8th Sept: 1987; (2) BBC, World Service "24 Hours" 12th Oct: 1987.
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Karen National Union
      Format/size: pdf (393K)
      Date of entry/update: 22 March 2006


      Title: KNU Bulletin No 13, November 1987
      Date of publication: November 1987
      Description/subject: EDITORIAL: The Building of a Better Future... FEATURE ARTICLES: (1) An Analysis of U Ne Win's Move; (2) Is Burma Serious About Reform - Joseph Silverstein; (3) The Rape of Burma - H. Wood; (4) Burmese Daze - Andrew Sullevan... DOCUMENTARY: (1) Statement of KNU on the Callous Acts of BSPP Military Regime; (2) Statement of NDF on the speech of U Ne Win and Subsequent Development; (3) Statement of NDF on Demonetizatism of Currency Notes; (4) Resolution of WCIP Pacific Asia Empowerment Confereno on End Atrocities in Burma... LIST OF KAREN CIVILIANS KILLED BY BURMESE TROOPS... SUMMARY OF KNLA MILITARY ACTIVITIES FROM 1-6 -86 TO 31- 5 -87.
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Karen National Union
      Format/size: pdf (472K)
      Date of entry/update: 18 March 2006


      Title: KNU Bulletin No. 12, August 1987
      Date of publication: August 1987
      Description/subject: NDF SPECIAL ISSUE....CONTENTS:- DOCUMENTARY: (1) Statement of the Second Congress of NDF; (2) Statement of NDF on the Suppression of Narcotics; (3) Letter of NDF to the Secretary-General of UNO; (4) Letter of NDF to the Members of ECOSOC; (5) Position and Statement of NDF on 12-Point Proposal of CRDB... FEATURE ARTICLES: (1) The Most Odious Nature of BSPP Leadership and Military Regime; (2) BSPP Racist Policy of Enslavement and Elimination; (3) Correct Decision of Comrade Ne Lin... BATTLE NEWS: (1) Summary of KNLA Military Activities from 1st June, 87 to 15th July, 87; (2) Some important Military Achievements of KNLA from 1.6.87 to 15.7.87; (3) Kachin independence army (Kl A) field report... NEW MEMBERS OF NDF EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE FOR 1987-1991 TERM. - Immune to Victimisation.
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Karen National Union
      Format/size: pdf (398K)
      Date of entry/update: 11 March 2006


      Title: KNU Bulletin No 11, July 1987
      Date of publication: July 1987
      Description/subject: DOCUMENTARY: Letter of President. Gen. Bo Mya to the Secretary General/UNO in Burma's application for LLDC Status; 25 years in the life of the BSPP regime... FROM FOREIGN PRESS: (1) The Poverty Measurement (Far East Econ. Review); (2) Burma : The Troubled Hermit of Asia Human Rights in Burma... BATTLE REPORTS: (1) Summary of KNLA Military Activities in March/April/May 1987; (2) Some important KNLA Military Acheivements in March/April and May 1987; (3) Map Showing places of Important Military Actions... Project MAJE Report.
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Karen National Union
      Format/size: pdf (368K)
      Date of entry/update: 22 March 2006


      Title: KNU Bulletin No. 10, March 1987
      Date of publication: March 1987
      Description/subject: 1. DOCUMENTARY: (1) President. Gen. Bo Mya Revolutionary Day Speech; (2) The Humble Memorials of the Karens of Burma... 2. FEATURE ARTICLES: (1) Minority Rights or National Question; (2) Renaissance and the Karen Revolution... 3. REPORTS OF ENEMY ATROCITIES: (1) Some Enemy Atrocities in Thaton District; (2) 2 Episodes of Enemy Brutalities... 4. BATTLE NEWS: (1) Summary Report of KNLA Activities for Jan/Feb 1987; (2) Some military Successes of KNLA troops in Jan/Feb 1987; (3) Map, Showing some fighting places in Jan/Feb 1987; (4) Detailed Account of Kadaingti and Tala-aulu Battle... 5. SITUATION OF BSPP GOVERNMENT.
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Karen National Union
      Format/size: pdf (392K-low res)
      Date of entry/update: 13 March 2006


      Title: KNU Bulletin No 9, February 1987
      Date of publication: February 1987
      Description/subject: 1. Documentary - Speech of President Saw Bo Mya on Karen New Years Day Th'lei 2726; 2. Feature Articles (1) A Review of the Previous Year's Work (2) Burmese Chauvinism and Imperialism (3) Burma the Paddy Land (4) Human Rights in Burma 3. Battle News (1) Consolidated KNLA Activities from 16/11/86-31/12/86 (2) Some KNLA Military Activities 4. Pu Hsah Ye
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Karen National Union
      Format/size: pdf (358K, 3MB - archival version)
      Alternate URLs: http://www.ibiblio.org/obl/docskaren/KNU%20Bulletin/9.pdf
      Date of entry/update: 11 March 2006


      Title: KNU Bulletin No 8, December 1986
      Date of publication: December 1986
      Description/subject: 1.Documentary - The constitution of the SRUB and the Ethnic Peoples of Burma; 2. Feature Articles (1) Setting Brothers against Brothers (2) True Situation of the Farmers (3) The Attempts of the Enemy to Breed Enmity and Sow Discord Among the Karens (4) After Ne Win Who's Next?; 3. Battle News (1) Consolidated Activities Sep/Oct/Nov 86 (2) Major KNLA Activities; 4. Foreign Press - US dirties its Hands in Burma's Affairs
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Karen National Union
      Format/size: pdf (259K-ocr; 1.5MB - image file)
      Alternate URLs: http://www.burmalibrary.org/docs6/KNUBulletin08-image.pdf
      Date of entry/update: 11 March 2006


      Title: KNU Bulletin No. 7, November 1986
      Date of publication: November 1986
      Description/subject: 1. Documentary The Struggle for Karen Justice; 2. Feature Articles (1) Why Did I Take up Arms and Fight (2) Religious Persecution in Burma (3) Internal Struggle with the Top Leadership of the BSPP (4) The Karen State Question; 3. Battle News KNLA Annual Summary Report for the Year 1st June 85/31st May 86 4. The Karen Tribes of Burma 5. Karen Tribes in Burma and Their Settlements 6. Population Fugures of the Karen
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Karen National Union
      Format/size: pdf (386K)
      Date of entry/update: 24 April 2006


      Title: KNU Bulletin No 6, September 1986
      Date of publication: September 1986
      Description/subject: 1 PRESIDENT'S SPEECH ON 36th ANNIVERSARY OF MARTYRS' DAY... 2 KWO PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE TO FAMILIES OP MARTYRS... 3 LETTER TO THE EDITOR... 4 OFFICIAL DOCUMENTS: * Statement of KNU Central Committee regarding NDF/CPB agreements; * Appeal of President General Bo Mya... 5 NATIONAL REVOLUTIONS AND THE INTERNATIONAL PRESS: * Karen revolution strikes an impasse; * Sold down the river - about situation of the revolution, activities in Arakan... 6 FEATURE ARTICLES: * In the chapters of crimes against humanity; * Rangoon flexes its military muscles... 7 A WORD OF THANKS TO THE READERS... 8 SUMMARY BATTLE NEWS... 9 NEWS IN PICTURE.
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Karen National Union
      Format/size: pdf (268K, 3.1MB - archival version)
      Alternate URLs: http://www.ibiblio.org/obl/docskaren/KNU%20Bulletin/6.pdf (archival version)
      Date of entry/update: 26 April 2006


      Title: KNU Bulletin No. 5, June 1986
      Date of publication: June 1986
      Description/subject: 1 . EDITORIAL... 2 . NDF PRESIDENT GEN.BO MYA'S SPEECH ON THE 10th ANNIVERSARY OF NDF DAY... 3 • A WORD OF THANKS TO THE READERS... 4 • FEATURE ARTICLES: * Truth against deceits; * The efforts of BSPP regime te unify the indigenous people ; * The BSPP scheme of smashing the Karen revolution and present situation... 5 . REPORT OF ANTI-SLAVERY SOCIETY... 6 . BATTLE FIELD REPORTS: * Gist of Shan State Army (SSA) military activities from 21-1-86 to 20-5-86; * Consolidated military repent on KNLA activities for the month of April / May 1986; * Remarkable success scored by our troops; * Note on KNLA military activities in April and May 1986... * NEWS IN PICTURE.
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Karen National Union
      Format/size: pdf (316K)
      Date of entry/update: 25 April 2006


      Title: KNU Bulletin No. 4, April 1986
      Date of publication: April 1986
      Description/subject: 1. PRESS RELEASE OF ROHINGYA PATRIOTIC FRONT (R.P.F)... 2.FEATURE ARTICLES: * Who really killed Aung San; * Peace through political means; * Interview with international relations expert... 3. THE KAREN REVOLUTION AND THE INTERNATIONAL PRESS... 4. A WORD OP THANKS TO THE READERS... 5. BATTLE NEWS: * Consolidated report of own KNLA activities for the month of February and March 1986; * Remarkable successes scored by our troops; * Battle news for April 1986 (incomplete); * Battle news from National Democratic Front(NDF)H.Q; * Map of military Zones of Kaw Thoo Lei ,Karen Revolutionary Area,showing some important battles fought during February March and April 1986... 6. BURMESE HEGOMONISM... 7. NEWS IN PICTURE.
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Karen National Union
      Format/size: pdf (309K, 3.4MB - archival version)
      Alternate URLs: http://www.ibiblio.org/obl/docskaren/KNU%20Bulletin/4.pdf (archival version)
      Date of entry/update: 23 April 2006


      Title: KNU Bulletin No. 3, February 1986
      Date of publication: February 1986
      Description/subject: 1. EDITORIAL... 2. PRESIDENT GEN .BO MYA SPEECH ON THE 37th ANNIVERSARY OF KAREN REVOLUTION... 3. FEATURE ARTICLES: * BSPP Government and the Golden Triangle; * Sham Union of BSPP and the Genuine Unions; * Run!Run! the Burmese are coming; * The Massacres by the People's Army... 4. REQUEST TO THE READERS... 5. BATTLE FIELD REPORTS: * Late reports for December, 1985; * Incomplete reports for January, 1986; * Battle News from other NDF Members... 6. BRIEF NEWS F20M KNU HEAD QUARTER: * Central Political and Leadership Training Course; * Honouring the Karen Revolution Veterans... 7. NEWS IN PICTURES... 6. PHOTO CAPTIONS.
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Karen National Union
      Format/size: pdf (296K)
      Date of entry/update: 23 April 2006


      Title: KNU Bulletin No 2, January 1986
      Date of publication: January 1986
      Description/subject: 1. ADDRESS OF PRESIDENT GENERAL BO MYA ON KAREN NEW YEAR'S DAY 1; 2. REQUEST TO THE READERS 3; 3. A LETTER FROM THE PUBLISHER 4... 4. FEATURE ARTICLES: - Karen and Their Newspapers 5; - BSPP or Burma Military Dictatorship Party 8; - The Burmese Socialist Way of Increasing Revenue 11; - Profile of An Absolute Dictator 13; - Burmese Atrocities 16; - Karen Revolution and the International Press 18... 5. BATTLE FIELD REPORTS: - Half-Yearly Military Situation Report for 1985/86 20; - Battle Field Reports for December 1985 21... 6. FIFTH BASIC MEDICAL TRAINING COURSE 23... 7. NEWS IN PICTURES 24.
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Karen National Union
      Format/size: pdf (292K)
      Date of entry/update: 15 March 2006


      Title: KNU Bulletin No. 1, November 1985
      Date of publication: November 1985
      Description/subject: CONGRATULATORY MESSAGE FROM PRESIDENT GEN. BO MYA; A LETTER PROM THE PUBLISHER... STATEMENTS: - Statement of KNU 7th Central Committee Meeting; - Statement of NDF 4th Annual Presidium Meeting... FEATURE ARTICLES: - Summary of 37 Years of Karen Revolutionary War; - Foreign Aids to Burma; - Mercenaries? - Tactics of Terror • Peace in Burma... BATTLE FIELD REPORTS: - Summary of Battle Field Reports; - Battle News in Wangkha Sector; - Annual Summary Reports for 1984-85... NEWS IN PICTURES... REQUEST TO READERS.
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Karen National Union
      Format/size: pdf (308K)
      Date of entry/update: 21 April 2006


    • "Karen News"

      Websites/Multiple Documents

      Title: Karen News
      Description/subject: Breaking news; Articles; Opinion; Facts on Burma; Reports; Video; Audio; Photos; About us Contact us... "KAREN NEWS is reported and written by Karen journalists to provide information on issues that shape Karen communities in Burma and around the world... KAREN NEWS provides a window to Burma and the international community on what is happening in Karen state. Our journalists live and work in Karen communities, know the issues that affect Karen people and aim to bring those issues to the attention of people across Burma, in the diaspora, and to all readers interested in the struggles and triumphs of the Karen people... Karen state has remained a conflict zone for more than half a century, during which the Burmese army has waged war against the Karen people. Since 1996 more than 3,600 villages have been abandoned or destroyed, and as many as 500,000 people have been displaced as a direct result of armed conflict... For KAREN NEWS journalists, everyday stories cover a range of crimes against humanity – extrajudicial killings, sexual violence, forced labor, child soldiers, forced displacement, human trafficking. Among the carnage, however, are stories of hope, love and dignity... KAREN NEWS: Reporters Nan Paw Gay, Naw Htoo San, Naw Chamu, Saw Kar Hsu, Saw Thein Myint, Saw Blacktown, Saw Kweh Say, Saw Poe Taw and Saw Ehna... The Karen Information Center has been providing news to Karen communities for more than 14-years. Besides our Karen News website we also offer readers a hard copy Karen language newspaper, K’nyawTakasaw, a Burmese language version Kayin Thadin Sin (a Burmese language version is also available on CD). The KIC Burmese language website is available at: www.kicnews.org."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Karen News
      Format/size: html
      Date of entry/update: 04 January 2012


    • "Karen Newsletter"

      Websites/Multiple Documents

      Title: "Karen Newsletter" - Archive (Burmese/ ျမန္မာဘာသာ)
      Language: Burmese/ ျမန္မာဘာသာ
      Source/publisher: Karen Information Center (KIC)
      Format/size: html
      Date of entry/update: 28 March 2011


      Title: Karen Newsletter (Burmese/ ျမန္မာဘာသာ)
      Language: Burmese/ ျမန္မာဘာသာ
      Source/publisher: Karen Information Committee
      Format/size: html
      Alternate URLs: http://karennews.org/ (Associated English edition)
      Date of entry/update: 16 July 2014


      Individual Documents

      Title: "Karen Newsletter", Vol. 16, Issue 10, October 2012
      Date of publication: October 2012
      Language: Burmese/ ျမန္မာဘာသာ
      Source/publisher: Karen Information Center (KIC)
      Format/size: pdf (782K-OBL version; 1.66MB-original)
      Alternate URLs: http://www.kicnews.org/kicftp/upload/News%20Letters/2012/Karen%20Newsletter%20October.pdf
      Date of entry/update: 06 December 2012


      Title: "Karen Newsletter", Vol. 16, Issue 9, September 2012
      Date of publication: September 2012
      Language: Burmese/ ျမန္မာဘာသာ
      Source/publisher: Karen Information Center (KIC)
      Format/size: pdf (3.7MB-OBL version; 7.15MB-original)
      Alternate URLs: http://www.kicnews.org/kicftp/upload/News%20Letters/2012/Karen%20Newsletter%20September.pdf
      Date of entry/update: 06 December 2012


      Title: "Karen Newsletter", Vol. 16, Issue 8, August 2012
      Date of publication: August 2012
      Language: Burmese/ ျမန္မာဘာသာ
      Source/publisher: Karen Information Center (KIC)
      Format/size: pdf (1.3MB-OBL version; 10.6MB-original)
      Alternate URLs: http://www.kicnews.org/kicftp/upload/News%20Letters/2012/Karen%20Newsletter%20August.pdf
      Date of entry/update: 06 December 2012


      Title: "Karen Newsletter", Vol. 16, Issue 7, July 2012
      Date of publication: July 2012
      Language: Burmese/ ျမန္မာဘာသာ
      Source/publisher: Karen Information Center (KIC)
      Format/size: pdf (847K-OBL version; 2.87-original)
      Alternate URLs: http://www.kicnews.org/kicftp/upload/News%20Letters/2012/Karen%20Newsletter%20July.pdf
      Date of entry/update: 06 December 2012


      Title: "Karen Newsletter", Vol. 16, Issue 6, June 2012
      Date of publication: June 2012
      Language: Burmese/ ျမန္မာဘာသာ
      Source/publisher: Karen Information Center (KIC)
      Format/size: pdf (3.2MB-OBL version; 9.07MB-original)
      Alternate URLs: http://www.kicnews.org/kicftp/upload/News%20Letters/2012/KIC%20Newsletter%20June.pdf
      Date of entry/update: 06 December 2012


      Title: "Karen Newsletter", Vol. 16, Issue 5, May 2012
      Date of publication: May 2012
      Language: Burmese/ ျမန္မာဘာသာ
      Source/publisher: Karen Information Center (KIC)
      Format/size: pdf (2.9MB-OBL version; 7.93-original)
      Alternate URLs: http://www.kicnews.org/kicftp/upload/News%20Letters/2012/May_2012%20%28Karen%20Newsletter%29.pdf
      Date of entry/update: 06 December 2012


      Title: "Karen Newsletter", Vol. 16, Issue 4, April 2012
      Date of publication: April 2012
      Language: Burmese/ ျမန္မာဘာသာ
      Source/publisher: Karen Information Center (KIC)
      Format/size: pdf (3.1MB-OBL version; 8.55-original)
      Alternate URLs: http://www.kicnews.org/kicftp/upload/News%20Letters/2012/Karen%20Newsletter%20%28April-2012%29.pdf
      Date of entry/update: 06 December 2012


      Title: "Karen Newsletter", Vol. 16, Issue 3, March 2012
      Date of publication: March 2012
      Language: Burmese/ ျမန္မာဘာသာ
      Source/publisher: Karen Information Center (KIC)
      Format/size: pdf (2.2MB-OBL version; 5.57MB-original)
      Alternate URLs: http://www.kicnews.org/kicftp/upload/News%20Letters/2012/Karen%20Newsletter%20%28March%20-2012%29.pdf
      Date of entry/update: 06 December 2012


      Title: "Karen Newsletter", Vol. 16, Issue 2, February 2012
      Date of publication: February 2012
      Language: Burmese/ ျမန္မာဘာသာ
      Source/publisher: Karen Information Center (KIC)
      Format/size: pdf (2.8MB-OBL version; 8.13-original)
      Alternate URLs: http://www.kicnews.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/Newsletter/Karen%20Newsletter%20%28Febuary-2012%29.pdf
      Date of entry/update: 06 December 2012


      Title: "Karen Newsletter", Vol. 16, Issue 1, January 2012
      Date of publication: January 2012
      Language: Burmese/ ျမန္မာဘာသာ
      Source/publisher: Karen Information Center (KIC)
      Format/size: pdf (1.1MB-OBL version; 4.56MB-original)
      Alternate URLs: http://www.kicnews.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/Newsletter/0210%20Karen%20Newsletter%20%28January-2012%29%20proof%202.pdf
      Date of entry/update: 06 December 2012


      Title: "Karen Newsletter", Vol. 15, Issue 12, December 2011
      Date of publication: December 2011
      Language: Burmese
      Source/publisher: Karen Information Center (KIC)
      Format/size: pdf (2.8MB)
      Date of entry/update: 26 January 2012


      Title: "Karen Newsletter", Vol. 15, Issue 11, November 2011
      Date of publication: November 2011
      Language: Burmese
      Source/publisher: Karen Information Center (KIC)
      Format/size: pdf (2.9MB)
      Date of entry/update: 05 January 2012


      Title: "Karen Newsletter", Vol. 15, Issue 10, October 2011
      Date of publication: October 2011
      Language: Burmese
      Source/publisher: Karen Information Center (KIC)
      Format/size: pdf (2.7MB)
      Date of entry/update: 05 January 2012


      Title: "Karen Newsletter", Vol. 15, Issue 9, September 2011
      Date of publication: September 2011
      Language: Burmese
      Source/publisher: Karen Information Center (KIC)
      Format/size: pdf (3MB)
      Date of entry/update: 05 January 2012


      Title: "Karen Newsletter", Vol. 15, Issue 8, August 2011
      Date of publication: August 2011
      Language: Burmese
      Source/publisher: Karen Information Center (KIC)
      Format/size: pdf (2.8MB)
      Date of entry/update: 05 January 2012


      Title: "Karen Newsletter", Vol. 15, Issue 7, July 2011
      Date of publication: July 2011
      Language: Burmese
      Source/publisher: Karen Information Center (KIC)
      Format/size: pdf (2.6MB)
      Date of entry/update: 05 January 2012


      Title: "Karen Newsletter", Vol. 15, Issue 6, June 2011
      Date of publication: June 2011
      Language: Burmese
      Source/publisher: Karen Information Center (KIC)
      Format/size: pdf (1.3MB)
      Date of entry/update: 05 January 2012


      Title: "Karen Newsletter", Vol. 15, Issue 5, May 2011
      Date of publication: May 2011
      Language: Burmese
      Source/publisher: Karen Information Center (KIC)
      Format/size: pdf (3.6MB)
      Date of entry/update: 05 January 2012


      Title: "Karen Newsletter", Vol. 15, Issue 4, April 2011
      Date of publication: April 2011
      Language: Burmese
      Source/publisher: Karen Information Center (KIC)
      Format/size: pdf (3MB)
      Date of entry/update: 05 January 2012


      Title: "Karen Newsletter", Vol. 15, Issue 3, March 2011
      Date of publication: March 2011
      Language: Burmese
      Source/publisher: Karen Information Center (KIC)
      Format/size: pdf (2.6MB)
      Date of entry/update: 05 January 2012


      Title: "Karen Newsletter", Vol. 15, Issue 2, February 2011
      Date of publication: February 2011
      Language: Burmese
      Source/publisher: Karen Information Center (KIC)
      Format/size: pdf (2.5MB)
      Date of entry/update: 28 March 2011


      Title: "Karen Newsletter", Vol. 15, Issue 1, January 2011
      Date of publication: January 2011
      Language: Burmese
      Source/publisher: Karen Information Center (KIC)
      Format/size: pdf (2.6MB)
      Date of entry/update: 28 March 2011


      Title: "Karen Newsletter", Vol. 14, Issue 12, December 2010
      Date of publication: December 2010
      Language: Burmese
      Source/publisher: Karen Information Center (KIC)
      Format/size: pdf (2.3MB)
      Date of entry/update: 28 March 2011


      Title: "Karen Newsletter", Vol. 14, Issue 11, November 2010
      Date of publication: November 2010
      Language: Burmese
      Source/publisher: Karen Information Center (KIC)
      Format/size: pdf (1.7MB)
      Date of entry/update: 28 March 2011


      Title: "Karen Newsletter", Vol. 14, Issue 10, October 2010
      Date of publication: October 2010
      Language: Burmese
      Source/publisher: Karen Information Center (KIC)
      Format/size: pdf (2.3MB)
      Date of entry/update: 28 March 2011


      Title: "Karen Newsletter", Vol. 14, Issue 9, September 2010
      Date of publication: September 2010
      Language: Burmese
      Source/publisher: Karen Information Center (KIC)
      Format/size: pdf (1.3MB)
      Date of entry/update: 05 January 2012


      Title: "Karen Newsletter", Vol. 14, Issue 8, August 2010
      Date of publication: August 2010
      Language: Burmese
      Source/publisher: Karen Information Center (KIC)
      Format/size: pdf (1.4MB)
      Date of entry/update: 05 January 2012


      Title: "Karen Newsletter", Vol. 14, Issue 7, July 2010
      Date of publication: July 2010
      Language: Burmese
      Source/publisher: Karen Information Center (KIC)
      Format/size: pdf (1.8MB)
      Date of entry/update: 05 January 2012


      Title: "Karen Newsletter", Vol. 14, Issue 6, June 2010
      Date of publication: June 2010
      Language: Burmese
      Source/publisher: Karen Information Center (KIC)
      Format/size: pdf (1.7MB)
      Date of entry/update: 05 January 2012


      Title: "Karen Newsletter", Vol. 14, Issue 5, May 2010
      Date of publication: May 2010
      Language: Burmese
      Source/publisher: Karen Information Center (KIC)
      Format/size: pdf (1.4MB)
      Date of entry/update: 05 January 2012


      Title: "Karen Newsletter", Vol. 14, Issue 4, April 2010
      Date of publication: April 2010
      Language: Burmese
      Source/publisher: Karen Information Center (KIC)
      Format/size: pdf (1.9MB)
      Date of entry/update: 05 January 2012


      Title: "Karen Newsletter", Vol. 14, Issue 3, March 2010
      Date of publication: March 2010
      Language: Burmese
      Source/publisher: Karen Information Center (KIC)
      Format/size: pdf (2MB)
      Date of entry/update: 05 January 2012


      Title: "Karen Newsletter", Vol. 14, Issue 2, February 2010
      Date of publication: February 2010
      Language: Burmese
      Source/publisher: Karen Information Center (KIC)
      Format/size: pdf (2.2MB)
      Date of entry/update: 05 January 2012


      Title: "Karen Newsletter", Vol. 14, Issue 1, January 2010
      Date of publication: January 2010
      Language: Burmese
      Source/publisher: Karen Information Center (KIC)
      Format/size: pdf (2.8MB)
      Date of entry/update: 05 January 2012


      Title: "Karen Newsletter", Vol. 13, Issue 12, December 2009
      Date of publication: December 2009
      Language: Burmese
      Source/publisher: Karen Information Center (KIC)
      Format/size: pdf (2.9MB)
      Date of entry/update: 05 January 2012