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Chiang Mai conference highlights ‘academic activism’ in Burma

Academics, students and activists from Burma (Myanmar), Thailand and around the world were among those who attended the first Conference on Burma/Myanmar Studies at Chiang Mai University from 24 to 26 July. Full article here

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The latest round of peace talks between Myanmar’s government and armed ethnic groups ended Friday without finalizing a nationwide peace accord, due to disagreement over the exclusion of six rebel groups and ethnic-proposed amendments, negotiators said.

The Union Peace Working Committee (UPWC), the government’s negotiating team, failed to agree on the number of armed ethnic groups that will sign the final nationwide cease-fire agreement (NCA). The government wants to sign the accord with 15 groups.

Ref: RFA Publish: 26 July 2015

The latest round of peace negotiations between the Burmese government and the country’s ethnic armed groups wrapped up in Rangoon on Friday, with little concrete progress toward a long-awaited nationwide ceasefire agreement (NCA).

Talks will resume in early August in efforts to resolve three remaining issues with a current draft of the accord, which has been in the making for more than 18 months and aims to end decades of civil conflict in the country between ethnic rebels and the Burma Army.

Ref: Irrawaddy Publish: 22 July 2015

Once the nationwide ceasefire agreement (NCA) has been signed the ethnic armed organisations (EAOs) and government negotiating teams will have 60 days to come up with a political framework that will finalise the details of the political dialogue, which has to start within 90 days of the NCA being signed.

 

Ref: MID Publish: 18 July 2015

The government and ethnic groups’ representatives have agreed in principle to work towards signing the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement (NCA) and  the drafting of a political dialogue framework with President U Thein Sein’s administration.

The Union Peacemaking Working Committee (UPWC) led by Minister U Aung Min and the ethnic Senior Delegation led by Padoh Naw Zipporah Sein met on 3 and 4 July in Chiang Mai, Thailand for the first time since the formation of the Senior Delegation. The preliminary meeting was to exchange views before an official round of talks takes place in Rangoon, which, according to U Aung Min, will be held around the third week of July.

Ref: BNI Published: 10 July 2015

The draft framework for political dialogue (FPD) is now almost completed to await for the much anticipated Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement signing which is expected to  take place next month, according to reports coming out from the FPD consultations in Rangoon which ended Friday, 10 July.

“But unlike the NCA draft, it is not an instrument for agreement,” said academic Hannes Siebert, who has advised all stakeholding parties creating their own FPD drafts. “On the contrary, it (the finished product) is an instrument for further negotiations.”

 

Ref: Panglong News Publish: 13 July 2015

In the lead-up to a meeting with the Burmese government’s chief peace negotiator, ethnic leaders convened in northern Thailand on Thursday to discuss the nation’s peace process.

A Special Delegation team, formed at an ethnic leadership summit in Karen State last month, has stepped in as the negotiating bloc of Burma’s ethnic armed groups during peace talks with the government.

Ref: Irrawaddy Publish: 3 July 2015

Leaders of the new senior delegation formed at the ethnic armed forces’ Law Khee Lar summit attended a meeting with government representatives this week to discuss the next phase of negotiations over the national ceasefire agreement (NCA).

The delegation included Naing Han Thar, the chairperson of the Nationwide Ceasefire Coordination Team (NCCT), deputy chairperson Pado Saw Kwe Htoo Win and NCCT member Tun Zaw. They met with Union Peacemaking Working Committee (UPWC) vice-chairperson Aung Min and his team.

Ref: Eleven Publish: 27 June 2015

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The first woman to be appointed as an Ambassador of Burma in five decades, Daw Yin Yin Myint represents the country in Germany, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland and Poland. During a recent visit to Germany, the Irrawaddy sat down with Yin Yin Myint for to discuss Burma’ diplomatic relations with Europe and her experience as a female diplomat.

Ref.: The Irrawaddy, Published on 21 July 2015

 

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The Kachin Women’s Association Thailand (KWAT) has called on the international community to increase pressure on the Burmese government to end ethnic conflict in the Shan and Kachin States, as the estimated number of people displaced by the fighting continues to rise. In a press release issued on 9 June, KWAT levels accusations of human rights abuses at the Burmese military, including the rape and murder of two Kachin volunteer teachers, and the attempted rape of a 73-year-old woman earlier in 2015.

Ref: DVB, Published 9 June 2015

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