Indigenous environmental activist killed in Burma

Saw O Moo

Indigenous and environmental activist Saw O Moo is reported killed in Burma's conflicted Karen State. The Karen Environmental and Social Action Network (KESAN) said Saw O Moo was killed in an ambush by Burmese army soldiers while returning home from a community meeting to help organize humanitarian aid for villagers displaced by renewed hostilities between the military and the Karen National Liberation Army (KNLA). Saw O Moo was one of the most active local community leaders pushing for creation of the Salween Peace Park, a proposed 5,400-square-kilometer protected area to be overseen by indigenous peoples. “We will never forget his dedication in the ongoing struggle to build peace and protect ancestral lands,” KESAN said in a statement. The Salween Peace Park is intended to protect the montane rainforest region from mining interests.

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