The Karen National Union (KNU) is a democratic organisation supporting peace, democracy, and human rights in a federal Burma. It is estimated that there are approximately 7 million Karen people in Burma. 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.

The KNU administers all the functions of government in areas under its control. These responsibilities are administered by 14 departments, and the office of the General Secretary.

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Karen National Union