Introduction to Karen Community of Canada Advocacy Policy
The Karen Community of Canada (KCC) is a voice for Karen people in Canada, in Kawthoolei, and on the Thai-Burma border. We communicate Karen people’s concerns and information about human rights violations in Burma to Canadian government officials and representatives of other foreign governments in Canada. Karen people across Canada are confident and empowered to advocate for their people.
Through our advocacy, we influence Canadian foreign policy toward Burma, and more Canadians become aware of the issues facing Karen communities in Kawthoolei and Karen refugees on the Thai-Burma border.
Purpose of KCC Advocacy Policy
The purpose of KCC’s Advocacy Policy is to clarify roles and responsibilities of KCC’s Advocacy Team, and to ensure coordinated, timely, and informed advocacy responses to issues affecting the Karen people. This policy aligns with KCC's mandate and core values: to attain respect for all Karen people and to advocate for the political, social, and democratic rights of all Karen people, especially but not limited to Karen people in Kawthoolei and on the Thai-Burma border.
KCC Advocacy Principles
KCC’s Advocacy Team commits to upholding the following principles in our advocacy work:
1. KCC’s Advocacy Team shall uphold the internationally-recognized human rights, civil rights, political rights, cultural rights, and Indigenous rights of all peoples in Burma. Our advocacy for the rights of Karen people shall not diminish nor undermine the rights of other peoples in Burma.
2. KCC’s Advocacy Team shall commit to advocacy that is professional and respectful of others.
3. To the best of its abilities, KCC’s Advocacy Team shall ensure that KCC’s advocacy messaging is honest, up to date, and accurate.
4. KCC’s Advocacy Team shall promote cooperation and collaboration with like-minded organizations working in human rights advocacy.