Bangladesh: End Internet Blackout to Protect Public Health of Rohingya Refugees and Host Communities

50 organizations call for end to communication restrictions and fencing in Cox’s Bazar The Karen Women’s Organization joins calls to the Bangladesh government to restore mobile internet access and halt the construction of barbed wire fencing around the Rohingya refugee camps in Cox’s Bazar District. Read the full-statement in English here.

KWO Condemns Burma Army’s Indiscriminate Firing on Villagers in Rakhine and Chin States

The Karen Women’s Organization (KWO) calls for the immediate withdrawal of the Burmese Army from civilian areas in Rakhine and Chin States, based on the deteriorating human rights situation and the reopening of internet access. The rise in attacks on civilians shows a blatant disregard for the lives of innocent villagers and rule of law.Continue reading “KWO Condemns Burma Army’s Indiscriminate Firing on Villagers in Rakhine and Chin States”

KWO Report: “Kill Me Instead of Them”

We are pleased to announce the release of our publication, “Kill Me Instead of Them,” a report on the resilience of Karen women village chiefs. Download the report: Karen English Download the briefer: Karen English We will soon share a version in Burmese as well. Thank you to our friends at Asia Justice and RightsContinue reading “KWO Report: “Kill Me Instead of Them””

Media Advisory: Invitation to Report Launch

KWO is excited to announce the upcoming launch of our latest publication, ‘Kill Me Instead of Them’: A Report on the Resilience of Karen Women Village Chiefs, on International Women’s Day. All our welcome to join us on 8 March 2020 from That Bay Hta at KECD Meeting Hall in Karen State. Read our MediaContinue reading “Media Advisory: Invitation to Report Launch”

Statement:The Karen Grassroots Women’s Network (KGWN) condemns the arrest of Karen human rights defenders

The Karen Grassroots Women’s Network (KGWN) condemns the arrest of Karen human rights defenders Naw Ohn Hla, U Maung Oo, U Nge (aka) U Hsan Hlaing and Daw Sanda Myint who have been charged under the Peaceful Assembly Act 19/20. The activists joined demonstrations with residents of the Shwe Mya Sandi Housing Project after occupantsContinue reading “Statement:The Karen Grassroots Women’s Network (KGWN) condemns the arrest of Karen human rights defenders”

KWO Statement in Support of Boycott of Military Companies

KWO supports calls for a boycott of Burmese military companies. We call on the people of Burma to boycott products made by Burmese military companies, and we call on foreign embassies and donors in Burma to introduce policies to ensure that their money does not reach military companies. The statement is available in: English  KWOContinue reading “KWO Statement in Support of Boycott of Military Companies”

Joint Statement: KWO Joins Calls to Lift Mobile Internet Shutdown

KWO joins national and international non-governmental organizations in calls for the Burma government to end the mobile internet shutdown in Rakhine and Chin States, citing serious human rights concerns.   In Karen State, the authorities have also been known to shut down the Internet without consulting civilians, leading to chaos and fear as communities struggleContinue reading “Joint Statement: KWO Joins Calls to Lift Mobile Internet Shutdown”

KWO Address on Karen National Day

KWO Chairperson has addressed a formal letter to all Karen people around the world on the 72nd anniversary of Karen National Day. On this day, in 1948, four hundred thousand Karen people demonstrated on 11 February demanding freedom for our homeland with four demand:1. Give the Karen State at once (Self determination )2.Show Burman oneContinue reading “KWO Address on Karen National Day”

KWO Address on 71st Karen Revolution Day

Our KWO Vice ChairPerson gave a speech for the 71st Karen Revolution Day and shared greetings of peace and unity, best wishes and respect to leaders, staff and Karen civilians. Unfortunately, the Burma Army continues to use war tactics and strategies in their attempts to destroy the Karen culture. We remain committed to our workContinue reading “KWO Address on 71st Karen Revolution Day”

KWO Congratulates Recent KYWLS Graduates

KWO is so proud of the recent graduates from the Karen Young Women Leadership School! The 17th group of students graduated at a ceremony this weekend. Guests from community school, community organisations attended as well as Dr. T Than Pyar College representatives. Speeches from the KWO leader and KNU leader took place and students wereContinue reading “KWO Congratulates Recent KYWLS Graduates”