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Posts Tagged ‘Karen National Union’ (106 found)

ASEAN Foreign Ministers Criticize but Fail to Act on Burma

Foreign ministers from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) met earlier this week for the 43rd ASEAN Ministerial Meeting to discuss various regional issues, including Burma’s upcoming elections. In contrast to the statements of support for the elections that emerged from the bloc’s 16th summit earlier this year, this ministerial meeting saw foreign ministers expressing more apprehension than support. “Myanmar, I think, got an earful last night,” said Surin Pitsuwan, ASEAN Chairman, “ASEAN is very much concerned.” […]

July 26, 2010  •  By Burma Partnership  •  Tags: , , ,  •  Read more ➤

Statement Affirming Full Support for Decision of NLD

1. We the Karen National Union (KNU) earnestly and fully support decision of the National League for Democracy (NLD) not to register as a political party under the unjust laws and 2008 constitution of the SPDC military regime and thus to boycott the upcoming elections.

2. The decision of NLD, which is supported by an overwhelming majority of the people of Burma, is the decision of the people […]

March 31, 2010  •  By Karen National Union  •  Tags: , , ,  •  Read more ➤

Statement on SPDC’s 2010 Election Law

1. We the KNU strongly condemn the SPDC military regime for the ‘Election Laws’ dated March 8, 2010, promulgated by the SPDC Chairman Senior Gen. Than Shwe. The Election Laws exclude legitimate leaders of the people, including those of the ethnic organizations, from the elections the SPDC is going to hold in this year, and giving excessive powers to the Election Commission which will be filled with persons handpicked by it.[…]

March 16, 2010  •  By Karen National Union  •  Tags: , ,  •  Read more ➤

Press Release on Recommendation of UN Special Rapporteur

The Karen National Union (KNU) warmly welcomes and earnestly supports the United Nations Special Rapporteur on human rights in Burma, Tomás Ojea Quintana’s recommendation to the UN for establishing a Commission of Inquiry into war crimes and crimes against humanity by the Burmese SPDC military government.

We the KNU are fully in agreement with his recommendation, which is firmly based on his findings and the findings of his predecessors. It states the gross and systematic nature of human rights violations and the lack of taking action against the perpetrators, indicating that it is a state policy that involves authorities at all levels, in the executive, military and judiciary. […]

March 14, 2010  •  By Karen National Union  •  Tags: , , , ,  •  Read more ➤

Statement Requesting UN SG to Call on SPDC to Stop Attacks against Karen Civilians

While we, the Karen National Union (KNU), welcome UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon’s expression of concern regarding new attacks on the Karen people, we do not believe that this alone is an adequate response to the current crisis.

We would like to remind the Secretary General that these attacks have been taking place for more than 60 years, […]

March 4, 2010  •  By Karen National Union  •  Tags: , ,  •  Read more ➤

New Attacks on Karen Require International Response

The Karen National Union (KNU) calls upon the international community to demand an immediate end to a new major military offensive against innocent Karen civilians.

Even though Senior General Than Shwe continues making promises to hold free and fair elections, his soldiers are attacking Karen villages, looting and burning them to the ground, arresting and killing innocent Karen civilians, raping women and children and use them as slave labour. […]

February 16, 2010  •  By Karen National Union  •  Tags: ,  •  Read more ➤