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NMSP meets with newly elected state government

Leaders of the New Mon State Party (NMSP) met with the chief minister and officials of the Mon State Government on Thursday, May 19, at state government office in Moulmein, the capital of Mon State. Full article here

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ETHNIC PARTIES SEEK UNITED FRONT

After a crushing defeat in the November general election, ethnic political parties are seeking to rebuild to ensure a stronger showing in 2020. Full article here

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Myanmar Government to Return Seized Land to Farmers in Sagaing Region

Myanmar’s government plans to return 2,500 acres of confiscated land to farmers in Tant-Se township in the country’s northwestern Sagaing region, more than 35 years after it was taken, an agriculture ministry official said Tuesday. Full article here

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KNU and Karen Community Groups Work to Draft Ethnic Affairs Policies

As part of its policy development intended to contribute to the peace process political negotiations, the Ethnic National Affairs Center (ENAC) held a meeting with Karen political and civil organizations to discuss about the drafted ethnic affair policies. Full article here

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KIO uses Panglong conference as a bartering chip

The Kachin Independence Organisation has vowed to boycott the cornerstone of the new government’s peace plan if fighting between the Tatmadaw and the ethnic armed groups is not resolved first. Full article here

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Ethnic minority groups propose meeting with Suu Kyi

Leaders of several ethnic armed groups said they proposed a meeting with State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi, who will lead the national peace process conducted by the new government. Full article here

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TNLA, MNDAA and AA urge govt to solve conflict politically

The Ta’ang National Liberation Army (TNLA), the Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army (MNDAA) and the Arakan Army (AA) issued a joint statement on May 21 urging the NLD government to end the conflicts between the Myanmar Defence Services and ethnic armed groups through political channels. Full article here

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NLD calls rebel armies to peace talks

The National League for Democracy government is hoping to negotiate with all armed groups, regardless of whether they signed last October’s nationwide ceasefire agreement, in order to hold a “21st-century Panglong conference”. Full article here

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Army battling to repatriate refugees

The army has admitted it is struggling to repatriate more than 100,000 Myanmar refugees along the border, and is pinning its hopes on the new government in Nay Pyi Taw being able to guarantee safety and security. Full article here

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KNU AND KAREN COMMUNITY GROUPS WORK TO DRAFT ETHNIC AFFAIRS POLICIES

As part of its policy development intended to contribute to the peace process political negotiations, the Ethnic National Affairs Center (ENAC) held a meeting with Karen political and civil organizations to discuss about the drafted ethnic affair policies. Full article here

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The Ethnic Peace Resources Project (EPRP) provides information and training to support ethnic organisations and communities to participate in Myanmar's peace process. 

EPRP materials are being developed to support the offline capacity development activities of EPRP. The User Guide will help you navigate these resources.

This website provides a database of Peace Resources covering Myanmar-specific topics as well as more general information about international practice regarding peace processes and international norms and international law:

Ethnic Issues and Peace in Myanmar reflects the situation of ethnic people in Myanmar, as individual and as communities within the Union of Myanmar.

Peace Processes includes more general information from international sources related to peace processes (such as human rights norms, ceasefires, mediation and negotiation).

The Gender and Peace section provides resources to raise awareness and support gender equity in the ceasefire and peace process.

Shan State Progress Party/Shan State Army (SSPP/SSA) has urged the Ta'ang National Liberation Army (TNLA) and the Restoration Council of Shan State/Shan State Army (RCSS/SSA) to find ways to stop fighting between the two groups – the RCSS/SSA and the TNLA.

The statement of SSPP/SSA, which is dated May 7, says, “Fresh fighting broke out between RCSS and TNLA, and we strongly urged both sides to find a solution as soon as possible via peaceful dialogue rather than military action.”

Ref  : Mizzima Published : 10th May 2016

The Karen National Union (KNU) and Restoration Council of Shan State (RCSS) held private talks here over the weekend about a second “Panglong-style” peace conference, an idea proposed by State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi last week.

“As the state counselor focuses on federalism, we are discussing what this Panglong conference should include, as well as the country’s current political landscape,” KNU Maj-Gen Saw Issac Po told reporters in the northern Thai city.

Ref : The Irrawaddy Published : May 4 2016

Nay Pyi Taw, May 9 (Xinhua) -- Myanmar's State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi on Monday urged for inclusion of persons deemed appropriate in every step of national reconciliation and peace process.

At a meeting chaired by Suu Kyi and involved representatives of the government, military and Reconciliation and Peace Center (NRPC), it was agreed to undertake works related to the formation of NRPC and preparations to hold a 21st-century ethnic conference identical to the historical Pinlong Conference.

Ref : Xinhua Published : 10th May 2016

Aung San Suu Kyi, Burma’s state counselor and de facto leader of the new National League for Democracy (NLD) government, met with eight non-state armed groups and the Burma Army on Wednesday, calling for the convening of a “Panglong-style” peace conference within two months and encouraging all stakeholders to help make that happen.

Speaking in Naypyidaw at a meeting with the Joint Monitoring Committee, a body that monitors adherence to the so-called Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement (NCA) inked among those present, Suu Kyi said she “didn’t want to take much time before holding a Panglong-style conference.”

Ref : The Irrawaddy Published : 29th April 2016

RANGOON — Three ethnic armed groups that have been actively fighting against the Burma Army in northern Shan and western Arakan states have agreed to meet a former Burmese government peace delegation in the northern Thai city of Chiang Mai next month, according to a leader from one of the groups.

Aung Min, the previous government’s chief peace negotiator, reached out to the Ta’ang National Liberation Army (TNLA), the Arakan Army and the Kokang rebel group known as the Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army (MNDAA), Mai Aike Kyaw, a spokesperson for the TNLA, told The Irrawaddy on Friday.

Ref : The Irrawaddy Published : 25th April 2016

Following the holding of a fourth informal meeting in Chiang Mai, Thailand on March 27, a group of ethnic armed groups from Burma have agreed to hold a summit in the near future.

During the recent meeting, U Khaing Soe Naing Aung of the Arakan Liberation Party (ALP) and Pado Saw Kwe Htoo Win of the Karen National Union (KNU) led the grouping of armed groups that had signed the National Ceasefire agreement. Khoo Oo Reh of the Karenni National Progressive Party (KNPP) led the non NCA signatory delegation.

Ref : PangLong Published : 5th April 2016

CHIANG MAI, Thailand — Signatories to Burma’s so-called nationwide ceasefire agreement (NCA) have formed a new group to engage in the peace process with the incoming National League for Democracy (NLD) government.

The eight non-state armed groups that signed the NCA with outgoing President Thein Sein’s government met at a summit in Chiang Mai, Thailand, and formed the Ethnic Armed Organizations Peace Process Steering Team (EAO PPST) on Saturday. The team intends to provide leadership for the eight signatories during future peace talks.

Ref : The Irrawaddy Published : 29th March 2016

RANGOON — Both signatories and non-signatories of Burma’s so-called nationwide ceasefire agreement have welcomed the country’s new president- and vice presidents-elect.

The United Nationalities Federal Council (UNFC), an alliance of nine ethnic groups that have opted out of signing the accord with the outgoing government, described the election as a harbinger of positive developments to come as Burma moves toward peace.

Ref : The Irrawaddy Published : 21th March 2016

The government's Union Peacemaking Working Committee will try to encourage more ethnic armed groups to join the peace process, according to vice chairman Aung Min.

He told representatives of the government, Parliament, army, armed groups and political parties at the Myanmar Peace Centre in Yangon that work was needed on the peace process.

Ref: Eleven Published: 22 February 2016

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Slavery and trafficking: ugly, evil businesses that undermine the most basic human rights and must never be tolerated.

The news this week that Myanmar journalist Esther Htusan and her colleagues at Associated Press were awarded a Pulitzer Prize for their investigation into slavery in the Southeast Asian fishing industry – an expose which led to international intervention, the freeing of over more than 2000 slaves and the arrest of a dozen people – is a cause for great celebration.

Ref : Myanmar Times Published : 25th April 2016

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A pledge for more women in leadership roles and in the ongoing peace process has been demanded by the Karen Women’s Organisation.

The call coincided with International Women’s Day on 8 March, a day to celebrate women’s achievements and shine a spotlight on gender inequalities that span from violence against women to a lack of women in leadership roles.

Ref : DVB Published : 11th March 2016

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CHIANG MAI, Thailand — As part of a push to include more women in Burma’s peace process, women peace advocates held a three-day strategic dialogue with civil society leaders who are working toward the advancement and empowerment of women. Full article here

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For an event where only 7 percent of the 700 attendees were women, Myanmar’s first peace conference achieved a milestone on gender issues. Full article here

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For much of the first 20 years of her life, Maran Ja Seng Hkawn was raised by her grandmothers in Kachin, Myanmar’s northernmost state, without her parents or siblings by her side and under the scrutiny of military intelligence. Full article here

 

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There has long been a need for a deeper understanding of the intersections of gender, ethnicity and other identities in peace-building and democratisation. Progress on the rights of women and the participation by women’s organisations in conflict resolution and national reform are vital if sustainable peace and democracy are to be built within the country.

Myanmar has suffered from decades of civil war and military rule. Addressing the structural roots of violence, including gendered inequality, are crucial in order to build a sustainable peace. It is essential to analyse conflict, violence and human insecurity within a social context that is shaped by gender inequality. Women are involved in and affected by civil war as victims, survivors and agents of conflict and peace in specific ways which are often different from the experiences of men.

Ref:TNI Published: 13 January 2016

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The South East Asian nation of 52 million people had been largely closed to the outside world for about 60 years until 2012, when it began making changes.

Despite the spread of the internet into the lives of ordinary people in Myanmar, and an influx of foreign organisations, there is still a range of taboo topics and bizarre misconceptions.

Ref: ABC Published: 9th Dec 2015

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Q: With so few female MPs elected in Arakan State do you think there is a gender imbalance?

A: It is unbalanced. Even so we invited women in the Arakan State (to join the party). Anyone could contest the election in our party, but only five or six female candidates were selected. Out this only two female candidates won seats. Women need to get more involved in politics and run in the election.

 

Ref: BNI News Published: 29th Nov 2015

 

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Female candidates in Kachin State contested the recent election but few of them won seats.  In total, 67 ran but only 8 were successful. Half were from the National League for Democracy (NLD), according to voting results released by the Union Election Commission (UEC). Full article here

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To discuss an initiative resulting from a previously signed MOU, the Head of the Gender Election Observation Mission (GEOM), Ms. Sabra Bano, met with U Tin Aye, Chairman of the Union Election Commission of Myanmar (UEC) at its headquarters in Nay Pyi Taw, a statement from the mission said on 7 November.

The meeting, attended by UEC commissioners and GEOM members, was the only UEC meeting with an international observation team that focused solely on the role of gender in the election of 8 November.

 

Ref: BNI  Published 8th Nov 2015

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