The presence of suspected insurgents in the camps just across their shared border could further strain relations between Burma and Bangladesh.
Karenni Refugee Camp (1) hosts some 2,500 houses, most of which are constructed from wood and bamboo.
KCSN calls for a withdrawal of government forces; the cessation of mega-development projects; and adequate humanitarian assistance for Karenni refugees.
Most of the families are Rohingyas returning from Bangladesh, having fled their homes several months ago during an intense military crackdown in and around Maungdaw.
The first, voluntary repatriation of 68 Burmese refugees from camps along the Thai-Burmese border began on Tuesday, in a move the UNHCR called a “milestone”.
The 90 refugees from the Nu Po refugee camp in Thailand’s Tak Province are the first to return to Karen State under a programme sponsored by the Burmese government.