The Burmese military dictatorship spreads lies and misinformation about the KNU.

We don’t recruit child soldiers, we don’t attack civilians and we are not trying to break up Burma.

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Many brave Karen have given their lives in our struggle for freeedom. Find out more about them here.


KNU leaders are democratically elected. Find out more here.

The KNU has a democratic structure, with regular elections. We also provide local services and administration in Karen State.

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The KNU Mission Statement is to establish a genuine Federal Union in cooperation with all the Karen and all the ethnic peoples in the country for harmony, peace, stability and prosperity for all.

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The Karen National Union is the leading political organisation representing the aspirations of the Karen people.

The KNU was founded in 1947, its predecessor organisations date back to 1881.

Karen National Union