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Karen Leaders Prepare for National Conference
Preliminary meetings ahead of the forthcoming Karen National Conference kicked off in Rangoon on Thursday, uniting ethnic Karen people from various parts of the country to discuss potential post-ceasefire political dialogue.Full article here
Police name local suspects in Kachin teachers’ murder
The news will come as a boost to army commanders forced onto the defensive by the widespread assumption that the culprits were men of the 503rd Light Infantry Regiment, which was stationed in the village of Khaung Khar when the deaths occurred there on January 19. Full article here
Gov’t troops and DKBA Clash Over New Asia Highway
Fighting between government troops and soldiers from the Democratic Karen Benevolent Army on the new Myawaddy – Kawkareik Asia Highway this Thursday morning, 2nd July. Karen News is led to understand that the fighting broke out over security for the highway over a planned official visit to the area. Full article here
Claims Myanmar peace process unravelling
Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, was long the pariah of the international community for its human rights abuses and clamp down on democracy. Full article here
With the road to peace in Burma looking bumpier than ever, Snr-Gen Min Aung Hlaing met with China’s Asian affairs envoy Sun Guoxiang this week in Naypyidaw, where the commander in chief told the visiting diplomat that it was important for the country’s ethnic armed rebels to abandon their armed struggle and lay down their guns, a process in conflict resolution circles known as disarmament, demobilization, and reintegration (DDR). Full article here
Can Myanmar have true democracy without genuine peace? Widespread armed conflict, including intensified civil wars in the northern Kachin and eastern Shan States, will challenge the state appointed election commission to organize polls across vast areas of the country if and when constitutionally mandated elections are held in November. Full article here
The meeting’s included presentation of the UNHCR’s roadmap on refugee repatriation and was followed by a question and answer session. The UNHCR’s Senior Field Coordinator for Thailand, Mr. Iain Hall, representatives from Karen community based groups, including the Karen Women Organization, Karen Student Network Group, Karen Human Right Group and representatives from refugee community attended the meeting. Ref: Karen News Published on 26 June 2015
The two latest notes of the series 'Introduction to Politics': 'Democracy' and 'Constitutions'. 'Introduction to Politics' is a series of notes prepared by Dr Alan Smith, Director of the Foundation for Local Development in response to the requests from participants of FLD and EPRP workshops. They are designed to help people understand and think about politics. Each of the notes is brief and attempts to provide useful information in a way that is easy to understand.
EPRP database of resources related to the peace process in Myanmar, peace processes in general and including specific topics and resources focussing on gender issues in peace processes.
Ethnic Issues and Peace in Myanmar
Gender and Peace
The Ethnic Peace Resources Project (EPRP) provides information and training to support ethnic organisations and communities to participate in Myanmar's peace process.
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.
A Special Delegation team, formed at an ethnic leadership summit in Karen State last month, has stepped in as the negotiating bloc of Burma’s ethnic armed groups during peace talks with the government.
Ref: Irrawaddy Publish: 3 July 2015
Leaders of the new senior delegation formed at the ethnic armed forces’ Law Khee Lar summit attended a meeting with government representatives this week to discuss the next phase of negotiations over the national ceasefire agreement (NCA).
The delegation included Naing Han Thar, the chairperson of the Nationwide Ceasefire Coordination Team (NCCT), deputy chairperson Pado Saw Kwe Htoo Win and NCCT member Tun Zaw. They met with Union Peacemaking Working Committee (UPWC) vice-chairperson Aung Min and his team.
Ref: Eleven Publish: 27 June 2015
Peace negotiations between the Burmese government and the country’s myriad ethnic armed groups hit a major roadblock on Monday, as the government’s chief negotiator reiterated his position to stick with the current draft of a nationwide ceasefire agreement (NCA).Following an ethnic leadership summit in eastern Burma’s Karen State earlier this month, the established ethnic negotiating bloc—the Nationwide Ceasefire Coordination Team, or NCCT—ceded to a new group viewed by government as “hardliners.”
Ref: Irrawaddy Publish: 23 June 2015
Representatives of the ethnic armed groups’ negotiating team are due to meet for informal talks with their government counterparts in Rangoon next week.The Senior Delegation for Nationwide Ceasefire Negotiation – a body that was formed this month out of the Nationwide Ceasefire Coordination Team (NCCT) ethnic bloc – has said it will send some of its 15 members to meet with the government’s Union Peace-Making Work Committee (UPWC).They aim to set out the parameters for future discussions regarding amendments to the draft text of the nationwide ceasefire agreement (NCA).
Ref: DVB Publish: 17 June 2015
The Nationwide Ceasefire Coordination Team (NCCT), comprising representatives of 16 armed ethnic groups plus the All Burma Students Democratic Front (ABSDF), said they have made ‘some amendments’ to the draft NCA, which they will now submit to the Burmese government.
Ref: DVB Publish; 10 June 2015
The leaders of all ethnic armed organisations should attempt to secure national reconciliation with the government now there is a guarantee that political dialogue will go ahead, Khun Myint Tun, the chairman of the Pa-O National Liberation Organisation (PNLO), told the summit of armed groups being held in Law Khee Lar.
“The national reconciliation is a basic foundation of the nationwide ceasefire agreement. Ethnic leaders are required to make a small number of amendments to the final draft,” Khun Myint Tun told the gathering in Kayin State.
Ref: Eleven Publish: 8 June 2015
Ethnic leaders on Friday were continuing to deliberate over the draft text of the nationwide ceasefire agreement, with those present broadly in agreement that the document would eventually be signed despite the attempted resignation of three armed groups from the ethnic negotiating team.
Nai Hong Sar, chairman of the Nationwide Ceasefire Coordination Team (NCCT), told a press conference on Thursday that he was not yet able to set a date for the signing of the ceasefire agreement, as further amendments and additions would be needed to create a draft text suitable to the ethnic negotiating team’s members. He was optimistic that the agreement would be signed in the future, but said the NCCT’s members had determined they would not sign if any of the group’s members were excluded.
Ref: Irrawaddy Publish: 5 June 2015