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Burmese Army Releases 108 child Soldiers

The Burmese military on Thursday formally discharged 108 underage recruits from its ranks, the largest release of child soldiers in Burma to date. The United Nations welcomed the move and praised the “efforts of the Government of Myanmar to put an end to the harmful practice of recruiting and using children.” Full article here.



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The largest release of child soldiers from the Tatmadaw since an action plan on the issue was signed more than two years ago has been welcomed by the United Nations in a statement released in Yangon on September 25. The release of the 109 children demonstrated the Tatmadaw's continued commitment to professionalise its security forces and ensuring they become and remain "child free", said the statement. The development follows the release of 91 children and young people in August and brings to 472 the total discharged under the June 2012 action plan to end and prevent the recruitment and use of children, it said. The government developed the action plan with the CTFMR in June 2012. 

Ref : Mizzima , Publish 25, Sept, 2014

The conclusion of Myanmar’s ceasefire agreement, currently under negotiation between the Union government’s Union Peace-making Work Committee and the armed ethnic groups’ Nationwide Ceasefire Coordination Team, may be delayed, Naing Han Thar, leader of the NCCT told Mizzima on September 23. Naing Han Thar blamed what he called the Tatmadaw representatives’ stern attitude for creating a tense atmosphere. The chief negotiator told Mizzima that issues still to be resolved included the deployment of armed forces following the ceasefire, the distance to be kept between opposing armed forces and the establishment of a committee to monitor movement of troops. He added the Tatmadaw had demanded the armed minority ethnic groups refrain from further recruitment once the ceasefire is signed, a demand the NCCT regard as one-sided and unfair.

Ref : Mizzima , Publish 24, Sept, 2014

Representatives from more than 50 political parties have agreed to produce a single framework to guide political dialogue between the Union government and ethnic groups following the signing of a nationwide ceasefire, according to a statement released after a meeting of the parties in Yangon on September 13 and 14. The statement from the 56 political parties said that they had committed to work together to produce a single framework for political framework and they would also discuss this framework with the political parties that did not send representatives to the meeting.

Ref : Eleven Media

Myanmar can bring about efforts to sign a nationwide ceasefire accord only if the government and armed ethnic organisations discover a  way to work together and solve their ongoing problems and differences, said Dr Salai Lian Hmung, member of the Nationwide Ceasefire Coordination Team (NCCT). A ceasefire draft is expected to be completed during the forthcoming meeting. A solution could not be reached during talks last month because the government tended to favour a form of sovereignty-sharing during an interim period that could decide the position and survival of ethic organisations.

Ref : Eleven Media

The government-backed Myanmar Peace Center (MPC) met with the Karen Peace Support Network (KPSN), that represents 28 Karen community based organizations, to discuss concerns regarding a Japanese economic development blueprint for South East Burma. The KPSN held a press conference and launched its report titled – Critique of Japan International Cooperation Agency’s Blueprint for Development in South-Eastern Burma/Myanmar. The JICA study has led to concerns over its recommendation of large-scale development projects in Karen and Mon States, which include infrastructure development, industrial estates and rubber plantations. The aim of the plan is to help facilitate the durable return of refugees and villagers internally displaced in Burma.


A suggested framework for the political dialogue planned to follow the signing of the nationwide ceasefire agreement will be drafted by a fifteen person working committee representing 56 of Myanmar’s smaller political parties. The decision was announced on September 14 after a two day conference sponsored predominantly by; the Federal Democratic Alliance, a coalition of smaller parties including the National Democratic Force; the National Brotherhoods Federation, a coalition of ethnic minority parties; the National Unity Party and the Myanmar Farmers Development Party.

Ref : Mizzima VIA BNI

Members of the Nationwide Ceasefire Coordination Team (NCCT) recently concluded discussions in Laiza, Kachin State. The talks agreed that there are ten outstanding points between the government and ethnic groupsincluding their stance on federal principles, ceasefire wording and the decision-making role of the NCCT, as well as matters related to the political dialogue and technical coordination with the government. Time is running out to sign a nationwide ceasefire to leave enough time for the next step of the process - an agreement on the framework for national dialog - before the elections in 2015. The next few months will thus be crucial in determining if the peace process initiated under the Thein Sein government have been a success.

published 4 August, 2014

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