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Title: Hpapun Interview: Saw A---, January 2015
Date of publication: 11 August 2015
Description/subject: "This Interview with Saw A--- describes events and issues occurring in Bu Tho Township, Hpapun District, during January 2015, including improvements in education, villager opinions about the ceasefire, and land confiscation.... The Karen Education Department (KED) said they will raise each teachers' salaries from 4,500 baht (US $133.48) to 7,500 baht (US $222.47) per year starting in 2014 in B--- village... Saw A--- expressed his opinion on the ceasefire agreement between the Burma/Myanmar government and the Karen National Union (KNU), saying that he does not have faith in the current ceasefire... Tatmadaw Light Infantry Battalion (LIB) #340 confiscated villagers’ land in Hpapun area and put up a sign declaring it to be the battalion’s land. The villagers remain the legal landlords but the LIB is exercising de-facto control. The interviewee’s brother had submitted a complaint about this to the KNU Land Department several times in 2014 and, although he was told the land will be returned, there has been no observed progress towards land reclamation or compensation..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Karen Human Rights Group (KHRG)
Format/size: pdf (308K-reduced version; 476K-original)
Alternate URLs: http://www.khrg.org/sites/default/files/15-15-a2-i1_0.pdf
Date of entry/update: 16 September 2015

Title: Ongoing militarisation of southeastern Burma/Myanmar, since the January 2012 ceasefire agreement between the Karen National Union (KNU) and the Burma/Myanmar government
Date of publication: 17 February 2015
Description/subject: "This News Bulletin describes the ongoing militarisation of southeastern Burma/Myanmar by the Burma/Myanmar Tatmadaw and Border Guard Force (BGF) following the January 2012 ceasefire between the government of Burma/Myanmar and the Karen National Union (KNU). Villagers in mixed control areas throughout this region have raised concerns that the ceasefire will break down and fighting will begin again, after observing the activities of the Burma/Myanmar Tatmadaw army."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Karen Human Rights Group (KHRG)
Format/size: html, pdf (372K)
Alternate URLs: http://www.khrg.org/sites/default/files/14-9-nb1.pdf
Date of entry/update: 26 February 2015

Title: Steps towards peace: Local participation in the Karen ceasefire process
Date of publication: 07 November 2012
Description/subject: "This commentary considers Karen villagers' perspectives on impacts of the ceasefire between the Karen National Union (KNU) and the Government of the Union of Myanmar. In light of their concerns, this commentary makes workable recommendations about what the most effective next steps could be for negotiating parties and for stakeholders in the ceasefire process. Building on KHRG's previous analysis in Safeguarding human rights in a post-ceasefire in eastern Burma, published in January 2012, this commentary brings to light new evidence of villagers' perspectives. Documentation received since the ceasefire reveals some positive changes, but also raises concerns about ongoing human rights abuses in the post-conflict environment, as a result of ingrained abusive practices and a lack of accountability, particularly in areas where there has been an increase in business, development, natural resource extraction, accompanied by a continued military presence. KHRG believes that the perpetration of abuses is exacerbated, and villagers' options to respond effectively limited, both by the lack of opportunities for genuine local input and a dearth of information-sharing concerning new developments. Analysis for this commentary was prepared based on a collaborative workshop held between all staff members at KHRG's administrative office, as well as field documentation and oral testimony received since January 2012 from villagers in all KHRG research areas, which incorporate all or parts of Kayin and Mon States, and Bago and Tanintharyi Regions..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Karen Human Rights Group (KHRG)
Format/size: html, pdf (66K)
Alternate URLs: http://www.burmalibrary.org/docs21/KHRG-2012-11-07-Steps_towards_peace_Local_participation_in_the_K...
Date of entry/update: 07 November 2012

Title: The Karen National Union Negotiations 1949-2012
Date of publication: June 2012
Description/subject: "Since the beginning of hostilities officially declared on the 31st January 1949, the Karen National Union has consistently attempted to find an accommodation with the successive governments of Burma. While initial discussions centred on the recognition of a free Karen state of ‘Kawthoolei’ and the need to retain arms. Later talks, primarily those that began in 2004, sought merely to protect the Karen populace from further abuses at the hands of the Burmese army, the tatmadaw, and preserve some form of role for the organisation. This paper examines the various peace processes that have taken place since the outbreak of conflict and provides insight regarding the many KNU peace talks that have been held since 1949."
Author/creator: Paul Keenan
Language: English
Source/publisher: Burma Centre for Ethnic Studies (Working Paper No. 2)
Format/size: pdf (1MB-OBL version; 3.2MB - original)
Alternate URLs: http://www.burmaethnicstudies.net/pdf/BCES-WP-2.pdf
Date of entry/update: 20 June 2012