Five more non-signatory groups to the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement (NCA) are likely to join the peace process under the civilian administration. Full article here"
Thai authorities and NGOs are registering ethnic Karen refugees in camps on the Thai-Burma border and preparing them for life in Burma, as a Thai military official announced that areas have been prepared for refugees in Karen State. Full article…"
Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services Senior Gen. Min Aung Hlaing said that the country would develop only after there was stability in the country and permanent peace restored. Full article here"
Internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Myanmar’s Kachin state will only be able to return to their homes when all stakeholders work together in pursuit of ethnic peace, the country’s de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi said Tuesday during a…"
The Arakan Army (AA) says it has clashed with the Tatmadaw on March 26 in Paletwa Township of Chin State. The ethnic rebels say the fight lasted more than one hour in the afternoon, disclosing no further details of the…"
The new political party of the Rakhine ethnicities, Arakan League for Democracy (ALD), has chosen two leaders and has drawn the constitution, rules and policy based on the former party which was dissolved in 2013 after merging with the Rakhine…"
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.
Peace process review meeting scheduled for April
A meeting to evaluate the peace process is expected in late April, according to signatories of the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement.Government representatives and NCA signatories will talk about Union Peace Conference (aka the 21st-century Panglong conference), reassess political dialogue framework and form local-level joint ceasefire committees at the talks which are known as the ‘Joint Implementation Coordination Meeting’ (JICM). Full article here
New Mon State Party prepares to sign ceasefire agreement
The New Mon State Party (NMSP) is preparing to sign the nationwide ceasefire agreement (NCA) so it can attend Union-level political talks, Naing Win Hla, a senior member of the NMSP, said. Full article here
New Mon State Party Likely to Sign NCA
RANGOON — The New Mon State Party (NMSP) is likely to sign the nationwide ceasefire agreement (NCA) despite waning enthusiasm for the agreement in the United Nationalities Federal Council (UNFC), of which the NMSP is a member. Full article here
Parties without parliament seats barred from peace conference
23 March 2017. The Union Peace Dialogue Joint Committee (UPDJC) will create a list of the political parties who did not win any seats in the 2015 election and submit them to the Union Peace Conference. Full article here
- 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
- Militancy in Arakan State
Opinion & Analysis
At the beginning of this year, Myanmar’s leader Aung San Suu Kyi sat down with one of her advisers to…
A year after Burma’s pro-democracy leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, took office, her country’s transition from military rule toward democracy…
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
International Women’s Day held in Myitkyina
10 March 2017. Kachin Women Network led the organising for International Women’s Day in Myitkhina, Kachin State, yesterday. Full article here