While delivering the 70th Union Day address to a crowd in Panglong, Shan State on Sunday, State Counselor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi asked all of the remaining armed ethnic groups to sign the nationwide ceasefire agreement (NCA) so that…"
The New Mon State Party (NMSP) plans to defy an order from the Burma Army and will organize a parade of Mon armed forces on Feb. 12 in celebration of Mon National Day. Full article here"
Clashes broke out twice between the Ta’ang National Liberation Army (TNLA) and the Shan State Army-North (SSA-N) in Kyaukme Township on Sunday, according to local sources. Full article here"
Approximately 1500 ethnically diverse people led by civil society organizations in Mon State cooperatively staged a protest as a public movement for peace in the country, on Saturday, in Mon State’s capital Mawalmyine. Full article here"
The government’s peace commission is set to grant the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) its long-awaited request for an individual meeting, as conflict rages on in parts of northern Shan and Kachin states. Full article here"
Political parties, armed groups and civil society organisations from Shan State will hit the pavement and conduct a door-to-door perception survey this weekend to gauge what people are thinking about the upcoming 21st-Century Panglong Conference. 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.
Second Panglong peace summit to kick off Feb 28
8 February 2017. Members of the Union Peace Dialogue Joint Committee (UPDJC) have scheduled the second instalment of the 21st-Century Panglong Conference for February 28, said U Zaw Htay, deputy director general of the President’s office. Full article here
Government, KIO Unable to Set a Date for Peace Talks
7 February 2017. The Burmese government’s Peace Commission has invited the Kachin Independence Organization (KIO) to Rangoon to hold bilateral peace talks, but KIO leaders appeared frustrated by the government’s lack of response to recent questions. Full article here
Gov’t Peace Commission contacts UNFC to discuss NCA inking and conference attendance
Government Peace Commission has a sent letter to the United Nationalities Federation Council (UNFC), a coalition of ethnic armed groups, requesting it to meet in order to have discussions for inking the nationwide ceasefire agreement (NCA) and attend the 21st Century Panglong Conference, according to the Peace Commission’s Advisor U Hla Maung Shwe comments yesterday. Full article here
Northern Alliance Sets Sights on Next Myanmar Peace Conference
27 January 2017. An alliance of four ethnic armed groups fighting Myanmar forces in northern Shan and Kachin states said on Tuesday it wants to participate in peace talks with the government next month, but demanded that China and another ethnic militia be present as witnesses, an officer from one of the groups said. 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
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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