On World Refugee Day Burma Government and International Community Must Commit to Respecting Voices and Rights of Burma’s Refugees
(20 June, 2015) On this 2015 World Refugee Day, we stand in solidarity with the over 110,000 refugees who fled Burma to seek protection in the nine camps along the Thailand-Burma border, embodying the years of conflict and the struggle for democracy. We call on the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the Burma Government, the international donors, and all parties to respect the 1951 Convention relating to the Status of Refugees and 1967 Protocol Relating to the Status of Refugees, and uphold the rights of all refugees.
KWO Statement on World Refugee Day,2015 (Karen Version)
KWO Statement on World Refugee Day,2015 (English Version)
KWO Statement on World Refugee Day,2015 (Burmese Version)
KWO Central completed a successful Community Organizing trip between 22nd March and 9th April 2015 to the three districts in Karen State. KWO Central divided into two small groups including KWO Executive Committee members, Central Standing Committee members, Project Management Team members and some other KWO staff members. The two groups went to Kler Lwee Htu, Taw Oo and Hpa An districts. They met with more than 1,500 people within the Karen community to discuss and share information about the work of KWO and the Peace Process. It was also a chance to learn more about the local current situation. KWO Central team were pleased to meet with different local and community leaders. We would like to send our heartfelt thanks to all of the township leaders, district leaders, district KWO members and responsible people who assisted our teams during these trips. We very much appreciate all their hard work. Community Organizing trips are an important part of KWO’s work as they help the Central staff and committee members to connect with the local community, learn about new developments and keep everyone informed and up to date.
The Karen Women’s Organization (KWO) celebrated the 30th anniversary of KWO Day at Tar Kreh Village, Hpa-An District in Karen State, Burma on Sunday 5th April, 2015. Over 300 people attended and participated in this special event. KWO women leaders from Doo Pla Yar, Doo Tha Htu and Hpa-An districts participated in the event. There were two sections to the overall event. The first part was a celebration and the second part included handing out KWO honorarium certificates to long term full-time staffs who have worked for KWO continually over 10 years. During this event there 10 out of the total 100 women honored were able to make it in person to receive their “Certificate of Honor”. KWO will send out the certificates to KWO district offices for all those women who were unable to attend. They will make sure that all the remaining 90 women will receive their special honor. KWO also successfully launched their new book and report on the eve of the 30th anniversary. The book is called “Karen Traditional Clothes” and the report is the new Karen language version of KWO’s “Walking Amongst Sharp Knives”. Special thanks to all those who participated from the local community, local leaders of Hpa-An District, Karen Youth Organization , Karen Women Empowerment Group and others women leaders who made it to the event.