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.
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 groups, including 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
In this opinion piece by Sithu Aung Myint, he makes the argument that Myanmar is heading towards a political crisis. According to his analysis, the failures of the reform process to initiate dialog and reconciliation between ethnic groups, as well as religious communities, are leaving communities at a standoff. Added to this, he cites the government's increasing crackdown on the media and the lack of progress on constitutional reform as factors that make opposition forces such as the NLD and ethnic parties increasingly wary that real change can be achieved though the current political process. Do you agree that a political crisis is coming?
- published 4 August, 2014
Differences between the Nationwide Ceasefire Coordination Team (NCCT) and the government regarding guarantees of political dialogue are delaying the signing of a nationwide ceasefire agreement, according to ethnic leaders who are currently meeting in Laiza. Political dialog, which is covered in chapter seven of the proposed nationwide ceasefire, is a key demand for ethnic groups and is discussed more in EPRP's political dialog resources. Ethnic leaders have described the inter-ethnic talks in Laiza as successful despite remaining differences. Follow up talks with the government are expected in August.
- published 29 July, 2014
Following weeks of speculation, Thailand’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs released a media statement 17 July to ease concern that the refugee camps on the Thai Burma border were about to be closed and residents sent back to Burma. The MFA’s press release underlined that in a recent meeting between Thailand and the Burma military, all discussions on repatriation were in general terms only and without a specific timeframe for refugee return.
- published 29 July, 2014
After four days of unrest between Buddhists and Muslims in Mandalay came to an end this, the President Office released a ‘thank-you’ letter to the city for the “effective cooperation of its residents” during efforts to end the violence, which left two people dead. While the unrest in Myanmar’s second biggest city has been a cause of renewed concern about intercommunal conflict, it could have been much worse. Good r of different faiths relationships between communities, including business, religious, civil society, and other community relationships, are important in preventing tensions and rumours from escalating into large scale conflict. More about violence between Buddhists and Muslims in Myanmar can be found on EPRP’s intercommunal conflict page.
- published 12 July, 2014
Telenor Myanmar and Myanmar ICT Development Organisation (MIDO) have signed an agreement of cooperation to jointly launch the Community Information Centre (CIC) across the country. Telenor, the Norwegian company that is developing Myanmar’s telecommunications sector, expects the use of mobile phones to increase from about 10% to 80% over the next 1-2 years. Presently mobile phone (and internet) use is mostly in Myanmar’s urban areas. This initiative will support people from rural communities to use mobile technology, which offers potential to improve the lives of rural people in various ways through such services as better communication, mobile banking, distance education, and access to internet news and information.
- published 8 July, 2014
A delegation of senior officials from the United States left Myanmar last week with the message that “it is time to engage” the country’s military. Engaging with the military would mean providing non-combat training, limited to human rights, the rule of law and civilian control. Whether or not Western countries should engage with the Myanmar army (Tatmadaw) is controversial. Critics argue that the Tatmadaw should not be ‘rewarded’ while they are still committing human rights abuses and engaging in aggressive actions against ethnic armed organisations. It is clear however that the Tatmadaw has a strong influence over the direction and outcomes of Myanmar’s peace and reform processes. In that respect, the international community has a much better chance of influencing the Tatmadaw in a positive way if a relationship can be built.
- published 7 July, 2014