The Shan Nationalities League for Democracy (SNLD) on Wednesday launched its campaign for April’s by-election, with candidates running in all seven constituencies where polls will be held in Shan State. Full article here"
The United Nationalities Federal Council (UNFC) will sign the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement if government accepts the issues they submitted, its representative Khu Oo Reh said on February 16. Full article here"
Local militia authorities have ordered the relocation of Shing Chyai camp—home to around 1,000 displaced persons in Sadung sub-township of Kachin State Special Region 1—as soon as possible, camp leaders told The Irrawaddy. Full article here"
Police in Kachin State’s capital Myitkyina on Thursday morning cordoned off the Manaw festival grounds, where the Kachin National Conference was being held. Full article here"
The New Mon State Party (NMSP) said that tensions are high in Ye after Burmese military and police officers conducted a search of its liaison office in the town on Wednesday without any prior announcement. Full article here"
Government and Tatmadaw-controlled media organizations have misinformed the public about the Burma Army’s military offensives, alleged Gen Gun Maw, vice chairman of the Kachin Independence Organization (KIO). Full article here"
Land and Law in Myanmar ethnic areas
In 2016, Ethnic Peace Resources Project (EPRP) conducted two land-rights awareness projects in Shan and Karen States taking land knowledge sharing forums through local partner organisations to many townships and villages. This demonstrated clearly the importance of land law to the many people making up the rural populations of the different ethnic areas of Myanmar. This short opinion piece argues how important it is to ethnic people that land laws ‘fit’ their own local situation and customs.
21st Century Panglong Conference: the sub-national context of ‘political dialogue’ – (continued)
There is an urgent need to establish State based dialogues that can channel local concerns into national political dialogue. Part 3 of the EPRP Opinion series on 21st Century Panglong Conference here.
21st Century Panglong Conference: the sub-national context of ‘political dialogue’
There is an urgent need to establish State based dialogues that can channel local concerns into national political dialogue. This is the second part of a EPRP Opinion series on 21st Century Panglong Conference.
21 Century Panglong and the 2008 Constitution
In July, the Myanmar State Counsellor was reported to have mentioned in a meeting with representatives from Ethnic Armed Organisations, “Instead of demands, think what you can give for peace”.
The following paper aims to outline a small yet significant response by offering “positive suggestions regarding the framing of ‘politics and security’ from the perspective of the ethnic states as established by the 2008 constitution. This is the first part of a EPRP Opinion series on 21st Century Panglong Conference.
KNU, KIO call for more peace efforts
22 February 2017. TWO influential ethnic Kachin and Kayin armed groups have called for more cooperation in the peace process after having a meeting yesterday. Full article here
UPDJC forms work panels for five policy categories
22 February 2017. The Union Peace Dialogue Joint Committee formed five working panels on Thursday to better process its work for upcoming political talks. Full article here
Pa-O nationality forum starts
21 February 2017. Under the supervision of the Union Peace Dialogue Joint Committee, the Pa-O national organisations will hold their forum from today (February 16) in Hopong Township in the Pa-O self-administered zone in Shan State. Full article here
Chin State to hold national-level dialogue in Htantlang
21 February 2017. After a slight delay, and a spat of political jousting between a Chin party and the government, the Chin State national-level political dialogue is set to kick off in Htantlang township, with a tentative start date next week. Full article here
- Legal Review of Recently Enacted Farmland Law and Vacant, Fallow and Virgin Lands Management Law
- Land Administration in Myanmar
- EPRP Report On Land-Grabbing Cases Across Shan State
- Report On Land Problems In Karen State
- National Land Use Policy
- KNU Land Policy
- Militancy in Arakan State
- A New Muslim Insurgency in Rakhine State
- Demarcation of Military Positions
Opinion & Analysis
THE PEACE process in Myanmar is suffering from a lack of sustained dialogue, a shortcoming that must be addressed immediately.…
China wants ethnic armed groups in northern Burma to sign the nationwide ceasefire agreement (NCA) in order to ease fighting…
Hkaw Sha Hpung: The All-Women Anti-Drug Task Force
11 January 2017. Esther is now 65, thin, and with wrinkles visible around her eyes. But when it comes to fighting drug abuse or treating patients in the conflict zone, theretired nurse has a reputation for being fearless. Full article here
Fleeing to Fight for the Rights of Kayan Women in Myanmar
5 January 2017. Mu Iris Arr Paing was just 21 in 2005, when her uncle suggested that she help him set up an organization protecting the rights of women from the Kayan ethnic group they both belong to. Her uncle was the founder of an ethnic Kayan army and was respected by all those around him. Mu Iris Arr Paing didn’t hesitate when he asked her, but she also didn’t know what it would entail. Full article here
Sharing the Untold Stories of Women in Myanmar
3 January 2017. It was a wet afternoon in the Naga Hills, an autonomous region in north Myanmar, and the sprightly grandmother we were interviewing had just, unexpectedly, begun to sing in a beautiful a cappella. Full article here
As Army Rapes and Kills Myanmar Moves to Curb Violence Against Women
30 December 2016. At the same time as its army is accused of carrying out barbaric acts including rape and murder in Rakhine, Kachin, and Shan State’s (See: Mehdi Hasan’s Barbed Attack on Aung San Suu Kyi Over Rohingya Riles Burmese), in Yangon the Myanmar government is moving towards laws aimed at protecting the rights of women. Full article here