Burma’s strongest ethnic armed group is set for its biggest leadership shake-up in a quarter century, senior sources told Reuters, raising the prospect of a period of instability in a group that is key to Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s…"
Four members of the Mon National Liberation Army (MNLA) were wounded when fighting broke out between Mon and Karen ethnic armed groups on Wednesday, according to local sources. Full article here"
The Shan State Progress Party/ Shan State Army (SSPP/SSA) say it is worried about a resumption of hostilities as the Burmese army reinforces its troop strength in the area as part of a plan to reconstruct roads. Full article here"
Thousands of people fled heavy fighting on Myanmar's northern border with China overnight, activists said Wednesday, as the government blocked a senior UN official from visiting the area. Full article here"
The UN’s special rapporteur on human rights in Burma Yanghee Lee was restricted from visiting areas of conflict-torn Kachin State on Monday, according to her spokesperson. Full article here"
In a Tuesday meeting in Naypyidaw, Burma Army chief Snr-Gen Min Aung Hlaing told Sun Guoxiang, of China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, that demanding rights through armed revolution would not succeed under the mandates of Burma’s democratic transition. Full article…"
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.
President Appoints Chief Ministers: Nothing has Changed for Ethnic Leaders
Opinion paper written by Alan Smith and Gregory Cathcart (EPRP). The incoming NLD government’s selection of nominees for State Chief Minister posts, has followed the 2008 constitutional provision. By following this provision, NLD lost an opportunity to reinterpret this constitutional provision to bring actual practice into line with normal democratic ‘parliamentary’ practice.
Kayin peace talks due for Jan 18
12 January 2017. The first ethnic Karen political talks, part of national level political dialogue as agreed under the nationwide ceasefire agreement, will commence on January 18,confirmed Saw Tun Aung Myint, chairman of the Kayin People’sParty (KPP) and member of the Kayin dialogue supervisory committee. Full article here.
NCA Non-Signatories, Govt Peace Commission to Hold Informal Talks
11 January 2017. Non-signatories of the nationwide ceasefire agreement (NCA) are set to meet with the Burmese government’s Peace Commission in Chiang Mai, Thailand on Jan. 13 to discuss the peace process. Full article here
UNFC, political parties, and CSOs reviewing peace process in Chiang Mai
28 December 2016. The United Nationalities Federal Council (UNFC), political parties and civil society organizations (CSOs) met in Chiang Mai, Thailand and began to review the peace prospects on December 27. Full article here
National-level talks should have priority: peace secretary
26 December 2016. Secretary of the Union Peace Dialogue Joint Committee (UPDJC) said on Saturday that the representatives of national-level political talks should focus on the issues that they understand best. 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
Opinion & Analysis
With the government showing little sign of backtracking on the stipulation that only ceasefire signatories can attend the upcoming second…
An eye-opening analysis of the struggle for reform reveals how little outsiders know about the multitude of conflicts within that…
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