NAYPYIDAW — The National League for Democracy (NLD) government will neither pressure nor coerce ethnic armed groups through populist politics in peace building, but focus on frank and inclusive dialogue, said State Counselor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi. Full article…"
Amid much speculation about what can be achieved at the second round of the Union Peace Conference, scheduled to start on May 24, even the ceasefire signatory groups seem baffled. The Restoration Council of Shan State announced that while it…"
The government invited nine ethnic armed organizations (EAOs) that have not signed the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement (NCA) to the upcoming Union Peace Conference as “special guests,” The Irrawaddy has learned. Full article here"
The Karen National Union (KNU) has announced it will help lobby ethnic leaders to sign the nationwide ceasefire agreement. Full article here"
The Restoration Council of Shan State (RCSS) will not participate in the signing of agreements at the Second Union Peace Conference, also known as the 21st Century Panglong Conference, to be held on May 24, an RCSS source said. Full…"
The government has only invited nine out of 12 ethnic armed groups which have not signed the 2015 nationwide ceasefire agreement, leaving out the Arakan Army (AA), Ta’aung National Liberation Army (TNLA) and Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army (MNDAA) from the second 21st-century…"
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.
Banned rebel groups to attend Myanmar peace talks
Myanmar moved a step closer to ending one of the world’s longest-running conflicts on Tuesday when it emerged that three previously barred rebel groups had been invited to peace talks. Full article here
Peace conference opens amid UNFC boycott
Hundreds of delegates from the government, military, civil society and ethnic armed groups have gathered for the opening of the Second 21st Century Panglong peace conference, amid a last-minute boycott by members of a key peace negotiating bloc. Full article here
NCA does not allow non-signatories to attend peace conference, says UPDJC vice chair
According to the decision of the Union Peace Dialogue Joint Committee (UPDJC) and the provision of the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement (NCA), those armed groups which have yet to sign the agreement will not be allow to attend the second Union Peace Conference.Full article here
Govt Sets Date for Second Peace Conference Session
NAYPYIDAW – The government has set the date for the second session of the 21st Century Panglong peace conference as May 24, after the first Joint Implementation Coordination Meeting (JICM) on the nationwide ceasefire agreement (NCA) was held in Naypyidaw on Monday.Full article here
- China and Myanmar's peace process
- Housing, Land and Property Restitution in Myanmar
- Taking the Long View of Burma’s Conflicts
- 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
Opinion & Analysis
Today the Government will host the second session of the 21st Century Panglong Peace Conference in Naypyidaw. As civil society…
The Ethnic State: its territorial boundaries, conflict of governance, legitimacy and constitutional importance to the Union of Myanmar’s federation model in the 21st century
The clash of political interests itself is now part of politics in the modern era. Constitutional legitimacy, processes of governance,…
Women and War: A Karen Leader’s Account
MAE SARIANG, Thailand — Longstanding Karen National Union (KNU) leader NawZipporahSein, 62, begins to cry, as she recalls the fate of her old classmate at the hands of the Burma Army in Mon Township, Nyaung Lin Bin District, in May 1975.Full article here
Minister calls for jobs for female refugees
Shan State refugees sheltering in Myit village in Moegoke in early 2017.Women fleeing armed conflict need job opportunities, minister for social welfare, relief and resettlement Dr Win Myat Aye has told a press conference. Full article here
Health Ministry: One in Five Women Experience Domestic Violence
NAYPYIDAW — One in five women in Burma have experienced domestic violence, according to the first Myanmar Demographic and Health Survey (MDHS) 2015-16 conducted by Burma’s Ministry of Health and Sports. Full article here
Women’s group appoints new leaders, plans move to Burma
23 March 2017. The Thailand-based Women’s League of Burma (WLB), an umbrella group of 13 Burmese women’s rights groups in exile, concluded its ninth congress in Chiang Mai on Monday with the appointment of new leaders and an announcement that it would relocate to Burma in the near future. Full article here
Women and Girls First Initiative to be implemented in four states
10 March 2017. Women & Girls First Initiative in progress in Nay Pyi Taw on March 7
Initiatives for women will be carried out in Myanmar’s four states, said Union Minister for Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement Dr Win Myat Aye at the celebration of the Women and Girls First Initiative in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday. Full article here
Current women’s political affairs in Myanmar parliaments
10 March 2017. Myanmar is in a period of democratic transition after the 2015 General Election. The new citizen government led this democratic state since April 2016. It was a historic moment for Myanmar to have a people’s leader after several decades of the dictatorship era. Although, several transformational changes in the new citizen led government era have been in the making, there are a variety of challenges and human rights violation issues still remain. Full article here