The much-heralded Union Peace Conference is finally here and delegates from across Myanmar and the world are gathering in Nay Pyi Taw for an event that recalls the negotiations of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s beloved father with ethnic minority…"
NAYPYIDAW — United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon called on Burma to improve living conditions for its Rohingya Muslim minority on Tuesday, ahead of peace talks between leader Aung San Suu Kyi and many of the country’s ethnic armed rebel groups. Full…"
In response to the 8 signatory ethnic armed organization (EAO)s’ formal request on 11 August, State Counselor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi will soon be calling the long-neglected Joint Implementation Coordination Meeting (JICM) into session, according to reports form Naypyitaw…"
A leading human rights group is calling on Burma’s State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi to raise rights issues, including the plight of forgotten refugees stranded in camps in China’s Yunnan Province, during her talks with Chinese leaders in Beijing this week. Full article…"
According to President’s Office spokesman Zaw Htay, the Burmese government has invited all ethnic armed groups to the upcoming peace talks, whether or not they are signatories to the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement (NCA), Full article here"
Aung San Suu Kyi’s office has announced that some 700 participants will attend the upcoming peace talks on 31 August, monikered the 21st Century Panglong Conference, or 21CPC. Full article here"
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
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.
Peace conference, political dialogue and immediate concerns
EPRP Opinion about the recent Peace conference.
Govt negotiators invite Wa, Mongla groups to Union Peace Conference
Government negotiators have invited the United Wa State Party/United Wa State Army (UWSP/UWSA) and the National Democratic Alliance Army-Eastern Shan State (NDAA-ESS), also known as the Mongla army, to attend the Union Peace Conference (21st Century Panglong Conference) and to participate in the efforts of the nationwide ceasefire agreement (NCA), said retired Lt-Gen Khin Zaw Oo, a member of Preparation Committee-2 for holding the Union Peace Conference.
A peace delegation led by Dr Tin Myo Win made a trip to Mongla in eastern Shan State on June 17 and held separate meetings with representatives of the UWSP/UWSA and the NDAA.
Government peace team to meet non-NCA signatory organisations on 3 June
The new peace negotiating team created by the NLD-led government will have an informal meeting with the ethnic armed organisations that did not sign the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement (NCA), on 3 June in Chiang Mai, Thailand.
The United Nationalities Federal Council (UNFC) held a meeting on 1 June in Chiang Mai, Thailand and decided to meet with the government peace team. Most member organisations of the UNFC did not sign the NCA.
Peace Negotiator to Meet NCA Non-Signatories
Government peace negotiator Dr. Tin Myo Win will meet with leaders of the ethnic armed organizations that did not sign 2015’s so-called nationwide ceasefire agreement (NCA) later this week in an effort to include them in the peace dialogue process.
A “Panglong-style” peace conference is scheduled to convene in July and the current National League for Democracy (NLD)-led government has been unclear as to which groups will be invited.
Govt peace negotiators open to meeting all NCA non-signatories
The government-appointed preparation committee for holding the Union Peace Conference (the 21st Century Panglong Conference) said it will be able to meet any ethnic armed groups that have not signed the nationwide ceasefire agreement (NCA) without any preconditions.
The preparation committee is trying to begin negotiations with NCA signatories and non-signatories after forming two sub-committees.
Army Supports Peace Conference, Senior-General Says
The Burma Army supports the government’s proposed “Panglong-style” peace summit, but continued political participation rests on the country’s stability, said Commander-in-Chief Snr-Gen Min Aung Hlaing, during his meeting with US Secretary of State John Kerry in Naypyidaw on Sunday.
The meeting followed talks between Kerry and Burma’s foreign affairs minister and de-facto leader, Aung San Suu Kyi.
Opinion & Analysis
Burma’s national League for Democracy (NLD) government has announced a 21st Century Panglong Conference (21CPC), scheduled for the end of August, to…
So that they could attend the summit in the border town of Mai Ja Yang in Kachin State, the Chinese authorities allowed…
In the fight against slavery, women are not just victims
The news this week that Myanmar journalist Esther Htusan and her colleagues at Associated Press were awarded a Pulitzer Prize for their investigation into slavery in the Southeast Asian fishing industry – an expose which led to international intervention, the freeing of over more than 2000 slaves and the arrest of a dozen people – is a cause for great celebration.
Karen women say it’s time for parity
The call coincided with International Women’s Day on 8 March, a day to celebrate women’s achievements and shine a spotlight on gender inequalities that span from violence against women to a lack of women in leadership roles.
Women Hold Dialogue on Peace Process Inclusion
CHIANG MAI, Thailand — As part of a push to include more women in Burma’s peace process, women peace advocates held a three-day strategic dialogue with civil society leaders who are working toward the advancement and empowerment of women. Full article here
Peace process quota no guarantee for women’s participation
For an event where only 7 percent of the 700 attendees were women, Myanmar’s first peace conference achieved a milestone on gender issues. Full article here
A Kachin leader’s legacy lives on through his daughter
For much of the first 20 years of her life, Maran Ja Seng Hkawn was raised by her grandmothers in Kachin, Myanmar’s northernmost state, without her parents or siblings by her side and under the scrutiny of military intelligence. Full article here