Khun A-Than, a central committee member of the Kayan New Generation Youth, and Khun Tu Reh, chair of the Karenni State
Farmers Union, were arrested along with Khun Bee Du for their solidarity protest on 5 January.
The KNU favored an independent state, forged out of Karen State (Kayin State) and Karenni State
(Kayah State), in Outer Myanmar (Lower Burma), administered solely by the Karen people.
The Shan were guaranteed twenty-five seats, the Karen twenty-four, the newly created Kachin state would get twelve seats (though not specifically designated to the Kachin ethnic group), the Chin division eight seats, three to the Karenni state
, and four to Anglo-Burmans.
According to Dudley, by means of sensory experience, memory, nostalgia and practice, the Karenni attempt to create their pasts in the camp to make it feel more like home; this is done while simultaneously recognising it can never be fully completed because home is located in the past, inside the Karenni State in Burma.
Thus, these two traditional festivals, now relocated with their participants, link past villages in the Karenni state to the refugee camp.
Sweden, June 21 -- As a person who has its roots in 'Pre Pro' village in Karenni state and whose uncle Tha Oo is still with the Karenni resistance, I was rather shock to hear the news reports that observers including American diplomat Erin Webster-Main and 10 religious and community leaders and members of Parliament were present at union-level peace talks between the government and Karenni resistance in Loikaw, the capital of Karenni State.
Since then, the area today called Karenni State had never been under the control of any other nation until 1948.
The Burmese Anti-Fascist People's Freedom League (AFPFL) wanted Karenni State to join the Frontier Area.
The AFPFL government invaded Karenni State on August 9, 1948 and captured the Karenni National Organization (KNO) headquarters in Myat Leh village and the Karenni leader U Bee Htu Re was assassinated by central government militia for his opposition to inclusion of the Karenni , since then the Karenni State has been occupied through force.
Home to a great number of diverse ethnic groups, including the Bre (photographed, right, by Leveson), the Padaung, and the Kayah, collectively grouped by the British under the term "Red Karen', the Karenni states
were officially ceded from central Burma by King Mindon in 1875 as an attempt to fend off the inevitable British takeover.
The Shan and Karenni states
were given the right to secession after 10 years, the Kachin their own state, and the Chin a special division.
made a number of ingenious purely legal suggestions for formally releasing the Shan and Karenni States
from the obligations but these are clearly not practical politics.