A Statement on Burmese Military attacks in Northern Karen State
Karen Organization of America strongly condemns the escalating attacks on Karen civilians by the Burma Army in northern Karen State and is deeply concerned about the displacement of thousands of Karen villagers. The attacks have not only threatened to create humanitarian crisis in Karen State but also threatened to jeopardized Burma peace process and peace agreement between the Burmese government and the Karen community.
Published on January 27th, 2021
Calling for Justice for Naw Mu Naw
The Karen Organization of America strongly condemns the horrific murder of Karen woman Naw Mu Naw on July 16, 2020, by two Burmese soldiers in northern Karen State’s Mutraw district. KOA and Karen communities across America are horrified to see the lives of innocent Karen civilians being killed repeatedly by the Burma Army in violations of the national ceasefire and peace agreement between the government and the Karen National Union.
Published on July 22nd, 2020
Calling for an end to human right abuses and accountability for Covid-19 response in Myanmar
A group of 64 non-governmental organization in the United States concerned about the dire human rights and humanitarian situation on the ground in Myanmar, particularly in light of COVID-19.
Given the context and the urgency of the situation, we call on Mr. Secretary Michael R. Pompeo to utilize all diplomatic channels and high level pressure on the government of Myanmar to strongly urge them to take actions.
Published on May 13, 2020.
2019 New Year's Newsletter
A Statement to US State Department
Karen Organization of America endorses senators' call to sanction General Min Aung Hlaing, urging the US government to seek international prosecution of the general and other high-ranking officers for their crimes.
Published on April 25th, 2019
A letter to Burmese Ambassador
Letter of Concern for Naw Oh Hla and leaders of the Karen Youth Network.
The government of Myanmar does not want to respect and accord the rights of the Karen people to express their cultural and political identity as equal citizen. We believe that these actions taken by the Myanmar government are detrimental to peace, equality, and democracy in Myanmar and could undermine the already eroding trust the Karen community has in the current peace process
Published on August 21st, 2019
A Condemnation letter to Burma government
Karen Organization of America strongly condemns the arrest and jailing of Karen activist Naw Ohn Hla on September 9th for organizing and holding the Karen Martyr’s Day celebration in August. The charges against Naw Ohn Hla and other Karen youth organizers highlight the ongoing lack of freedom of expression in Myanmar, especially for ethnic minorities, to exercise their rights and express their political aspiration.
Published on September 19th, 2019
An Open Letter to Western Union President and CEO Hikmet Ersek
The Burmese military has been accused by United Nations investigators of being responsible for genocide, war crimes, and crimes against humanity. Western Union is in a business relationship with a military-owned bank in Burma, which it uses as one of its agents in the country.
Published on October 29th, 2019