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About 3,000 Karen villagers take refuge on Thai border in

About 3,000 ethnic Karen people have taken refuge on the Thai border, in Mae Sariang district of Thailand’s northern province of Mae Hong Son, after their villages were bombed by Myanmar army aircraft on Sunday. Local officials in Mae Sariang said that the Karen have taken refuge at three locations in Mae Khong sub-district, as […]Read More


DSI to wrap up Billy’s murder case in three months

The Department of Special Investigation is expected to take another three months to conclude the investigation into the murder of Karen human rights defender Polajee “Billy” Rakchongcharoen, DSI director-general Pol Col Paisit Wongmuang said today (Wednesday). He told a news conference that some people have raised doubts about the reliability of the microcondial DNA extraction […]Read More


Evicted Karen spiritual leader Ko-ee dies at age 107

Karen elder Ko-ee Mimee died at the age of 107 early Friday morning, just two months after finally being granted Thai citizenship but having lost a long legal fight to return home to the heart of Kaeng Krachan National Park. TransborderNews reported that Ko-ee died at 4.14am of a lung infection at Phra Chom Klao […]Read More


107-year old Karen spiritual leader granted Thai citizenship

Spiritual leader of ethnic Karens of Kaeng Krachan forest in Phetchaburi, 107-year old Ko-ee Meeme, registered for a Thai identity card at Kaeng Krachang district office on Tuesday after he was granted Thai citizenship. On hand to witness the ID card registration process were Mrs Tuenjai Deethet, a member of the National Human Rights Commission, […]Read More


Thais warned to avoid Myanmar border area after tourists abducted

THAIS have been warned not to travel to the Myanmar border area near Kanchanaburi after a group of 37 tourists were taken hostage yesterday by the Karen Border Guard Force (BGF). The group, who crossed the border at Payathonzu in Karen State, were reportedly captured by the military group early yesterday in apparent retaliation for […]Read More


Karen rebels fly flag half-mast to pay respect to HM

The Karen National Union (KNU) has ordered its troops based in three border camps in Mae Hong Son, Tak and Kanchanaburi to fly its flag half-mast to pay respect to His Majesty the King, according to Transborder News. General Bo Jor-hair, deputy commander of the KNLA, was quoted by Transborder News as saying that the […]Read More


Karen get Bt10,000 for eviction

THE KAREN COMMUNITY living in the Kaeng Krachan National Park regretfully accepted the Administrative Court’s verdict allotting them only Bt10,000 each in compensation after they were forcibly removed from their homes by National Park officers. The community is also barred from returning to the land, which they say belonged to their ancestors. Full story: The […]Read More


Karen leader Na Kham Mwe dead

Maj-General Bo Nat Khann Mway, the Myanmar commander-in-chief of Democratic Karen Buddhist Army known by several aliases including Na Kham Mwe, died Sunday from neck cancer at his residence in Pegu Township. He was 55 years old. Read more: The NationRead More