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Indigenous environmental activist killed in Burma

INDIGENOUS and environmental activist Saw O Moo was reportedly killed in Karen State, Burma (Myanmar) on April 5. According to the Karen Environmental and Social Action Network (KESAN), Saw O Moo, who worked with KESAN as a “local community partner,” had attended a community meeting that day to help organise humanitarian aid for villagers displaced by renewed hostilities between Burma’s military and the Karen National Liberation Army (KNLA), an armed ethnic group. Despite a nationwide ceasefire agreement signed in October 2015, recent hostilities between the two sides are said to have displaced as many as 2,300 local people. SEE ALSO: Burma: UN, Britain call for immediate release of Reuters journalists Saw O Moo was reportedly returning to his home in Ler Mu Plaw village by motorbike when he offered a ride to a soldier of the KNLA who was assigned to provide security for Karen civilians in the Ler Mu Plaw area. “At...

 

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