The Karen National Union has urged the various ethnic sub-groups within Karen state to register in next year’s nationwide census as “Karen” when identifying their ethnicity in the questionnaire.
Category: Ethnic issues
The refugees of Koung Jor camp decided to lay on their own Shan New Year’s festival for the first time inside the camp.
Soldiers of the Kachin Independence Army posted at the Lawa Yang frontline say the only way to achieve genuine peace in Burma is to grant the ethnic groups autonomy and self-determination.
Decades of armed conflict in Burma make it one of the worst hit countries for landmines. People living close to the border are the most severely affected. But five years ago a prosthetics factory opened in Loikaw, Karenni state. And all of the people working at the factory are landmine victims themselves.
Shan armed rebels, the RCSS, say they will wait until they see the outcome of next month’s talks between the Burmese government and ethnic groups before they commits to a nationwide ceasefire.
A long festering war between the central government and the ethnic states has torn and divided Burma for over 60 years. Can the current peace process, launched by President Thein Sein in 2011, bring about a lasting peace?
Residents from 23 villages in southern Shan state, who have been relocated to make way for the Upper Paunglaung Dam project, have urged the government to keep its promise in providing them with compensation and basic facilities in their new location.
Lt-Gen Myint Soe of Burma’s Ministry of Defence has played a leading role in difficult and at times fractious negotiations between the government and the Kachin Independence Organisation.