The Burma Army allegedly reinforced troops and military equipment to central Shan State on Friday night after agreeing to an informal ceasefire with the Shan State Progress Party/Shan State Army-North (SSPP/SSA-N) on the same day. Full article here
Sa Eh Sue — Karen youth want the National League for Democracy to make peace their first priority when they take office as the new government early next year. A six-point press release calling for national reconciliation, ethnic affairs and political dialogue to be included in all future peace discussions was released following a recent conference by Karen Youth Network (KYN) in Maesameik village in Hlaingbwe Township, Karen State. Full article here
Shan State’s 10,000-plus internally displaced people (IDPs) are now dispersed between more than ten locations in six townships, according to data collected by the Tai Youth Network (TYN), a group of local volunteers worried that the basic needs of the displaced are not being met. Full article here
RANGOON — The military’s recent escalation in Shan State has continued its spread into southern Kachin, with local ethnic armed group sources saying they have been subject to air attacks and skirmishes on the ground. Full article here
A crude explosive device detonated and killed two girls yesterday after it was handled by children in southern Shan State’s Laikha Township, according to a local elected representative. Full article here
RANGOON — The Burmese military has launched airstrikes in a further escalation of fighting with ethnic rebels in central Shan State, where locals claim about 10,000 civilians have been forced to flee the conflict. Full article here
RANGOON — Members of various ethnic armed groups have congratulated the National League for Democracy (NLD) on its landslide victory in Sunday’s poll, urging the party’s chairwoman Aung San Suu Kyi to prioritize peace when the next government assumes office. Full article here
In the negotiations that precede government formation slated for February, she has a stronger hand than many might have expected, yet the NLD’s latitude to implement reforms is still sharply bounded in a political system that is a partial democracy at best. Full article here
RANGOON — Burma’s recent election will usher a sea of new faces into the national Parliament, installing a fresh batch of lawmakers who will select the next president—an as-yet-unknown figure that pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi has vowed to act “above.” Full article here
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Ethnic ceasefire signatories hope to see the upcoming political dialogue include non-signatory groups, according to an ethnic armed organisation representative of the Union Peace Dialogue Joint Committee (UPDJC), the Global New Light of Myanmar reported on 26 November.
As a compromise, the government and ethnic organisations reached a tentative agreement to invite non-signatories of the National Ceasefire Agreement (NCA) to meetings during the framework-drafting process as well as political dialogue, granting them the status of special invitees, said UPDJC ethnic minority representative Khun Myint Tun, chairman of the Pa-O National Liberation Organisation.
Ref: Mizzima Published: 26th Nov 2015
YANGON, Nov. 24 (Xinhua) -- Myanmar's trilateral Union Peace Dialogue Joint Committee (UPDJC) met at the Myanmar Peace Center here Tuesday for the first time to lay down work for drafting dialogue framework under the peace process.
The UPDJC involves more than a dozen representatives each from the government, ethnic armed groups and political parties.
The UPDJC called for starting to draft the framework for holding dialogue before Dec. 14 in accordance with the timeline of the ceasefire term already stipulated and the formal dialogue targets to start before Jan. 14, 2016 after the political dialogue framework is worked out.
Ref: Global Post Published: 26th Nov 2015
RANGOON — Amid fighting between the Burma Armed Forces and the Shan State Army-North (SSA-N) in central Shan State that has displaced around 10,000 people, the government’s peace negotiating body has proposed talks with the ethnic armed group in Naypyidaw.
Sao Naw Leik, a central committee member of the SSA-N’s political arm, the Shan State Progress Party, told The Irrawaddy on Thursday that Khin Maung Soe of the Union Peacemaking Work Committee (UPWC) had reached out by phone to propose the dialogue, though no date was confirmed.
Ref: The Irrawaddy Published: 23th Nov 2015
The 16-member UPDJC comprises 9 representatives from political parties, including the National League for Democracy (NLD), Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP), Arakan National Party (ANP) and Shan National League for Democracy (SNLD) among others.
Ref: Global Post Published: 23th Nov 2015
RANGOON — Aung San Suu Kyi will take the lead in Burma’s peace process following the transfer of power early next year, according to a spokesperson for her party, the National League for Democracy (NLD). Full article here
Representatives of eight non-state armed groups and the Burma Army agreed to a code of conduct for signatories to the so-called nationwide ceasefire agreement during their second Joint Implementation Coordination Meeting on Wednesday, just over a month after signing the peace pact.
The meeting in Naypyidaw was led by Vice President Dr. Sai Mauk Kham on the government side and Pado Kwe Htoo Win for the non-state armies, comprising seven ethnic rebel groups and the All Burma Students’ Democratic Front (ABSDF). The two-day meeting that began this week on Tuesday also discussed the road ahead for Burma’s peace process and reviewed progress made at the stakeholders’ previous meeting at the end of October, according to participants.
Ref: The Irrawaddy Published: 19th Nov 2015
The intention of the meeting was to negotiate the Joint Monitoring System and Terms of Reference at both State and Local levels including the Verification Team’s terms of reference, complaint mechanisms and conflict resolution, the post said.
Ref: Mizzima Published: 17th Nov 2015
The post-NCA Joint Monitoring Committee (JMC) held a meeting in Naypyidaw on 14 November according to a post on the Karen National Union’s official Facebook page.
The intention of the meeting was to negotiate the Joint Monitoring System and Terms of Reference at both State and Local levels including the Verification Team’s terms of reference, complaint mechanisms and conflict resolution, the post said.- See more at: http://www.mizzima.com/news-domestic/joint-monitoring-committee-meeting-held-naypyitaw#sthash.Eo7736Bk.dpuf
Aung Min, representing the government in ceasefire negotiations, urged political parties and ethnic armed groups to select representatives to make up the Union Political Dialogue Joint Committee to lead the political dialogue.
Representatives of the government and political parties met at the Myanmar Peace Centre in Yangon on Thursday to discuss the committee's membership.
Ref: Asiaone20 Published: 16 Nov 2015
However, the talks to make decisions about democratisation and the establishment of a federation would be held under the next government.
The ceasefire, signed between the government and eight ethnic groups on October 15, says the first set of political talks must be held within 60 days and the second within 90.
Ref: Eleven Published: 15 Nov 2015
A high-ranking member of the powerful United Wa State Army (UWSA) said this week the group was concerned over ongoing conflict in northern Shan State and would seek to enlist the support of Beijing to help mediate a halt to hostilities.
“We are very worried about it,” said Shao Min Liang, deputy chairman of the UWSA, referring to ongoing conflict pitting government troops against Shan, Kokang and Ta’ang (Palaung) armed groups in areas of Shan State close to Wa-controlled territory.
Ref: The Irrawaddy Published: 6th November 2015
Female candidates in Kachin State contested the recent election but few of them won seats. In total, 67 ran but only 8 were successful. Half were from the National League for Democracy (NLD), according to voting results released by the Union Election Commission (UEC). Full article here
To discuss an initiative resulting from a previously signed MOU, the Head of the Gender Election Observation Mission (GEOM), Ms. Sabra Bano, met with U Tin Aye, Chairman of the Union Election Commission of Myanmar (UEC) at its headquarters in Nay Pyi Taw, a statement from the mission said on 7 November.
The meeting, attended by UEC commissioners and GEOM members, was the only UEC meeting with an international observation team that focused solely on the role of gender in the election of 8 November.
Ref: BNI Published 8th Nov 2015
RANGOON — Few are facing a more exhausting campaign bout than those seeking election as Burma’s ethnic affairs ministers. The coveted posts, which represent large populations of ethnic groups that are minorities in their state or region of residence, by nature require candidates to canvass nearly every constituency as they will stand for people from more than just one or a few townships.
Despite the enormous responsibility of the post and the trying conditions of campaigning across such broad geographic scopes, a number of women are going all in for a chance at the prestigious post, bringing with them an agenda of workers’ rights, education and healthcare reform.
Ref: The Irrawaddy Published: 5 Nov 2015
She has worked in the Ministry of Cooperatives and as a lawyer. Way back in 1977, the now 61-year-old candidate joined the Burma Socialist Programme Party of former strong man Ne Win. The BSPP was replaced by the NUP ahead of the 1990 elections, in which the NUP suffered a crushing defeat by Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy. The election result was ignored by the army.
Ref: The Myanmar Times Published: 31 Oct 2015
A young woman brought to trial in Irrawaddy Division after sharing a satirical post online deemed insulting to the military faces an additional defamation charge, the woman’s mother told The Irrawaddy on Tuesday.
Chaw Sandi Tun appeared in Maubin Township Court on Tuesday where she was notified of an additional charge being brought against her under Article 500 of the Penal Code, a defamation clause, in addition to an existing charge under Article 66(d) of the Telecommunications Law.
Ref: The Irrawaddy Published: 29th Oct 2015
From a lavish sofa in her sitting room, one of Myanmar’s most successful women entrepreneurs discusses her reasons for running in the election, and her political and economic vision.
Daw Thet Thet Khine is joint secretary general of the Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry (UMFCCI) and vice president of Myanmar Women Entrepreneurs’ Association.
Ref: The Myanmar Times Published: 11 Oct 2015
My teenage friend in Lashio, northern Shan State, made the observation, with a kind of sad resignation, that she knew of at least two girls who had been attacked in the wooded area on the edge of the town. She was dismayed, but not shocked by the idea. It is, to her, just a fact that where there is military, there will be sexual violence.
Ref: The Myanmar Times Published: 2 Oct 2015
In the past two weeks, I spoke to about two dozen female candidates who are contesting Myanmar’s upcoming Nov. 8 elections, both over the phone and face-to-face. I was intrigued to find out about the challenges they face.
The majority of them told me their biggest fear is attacks on their integrity and intrusion into their personal lives due to the fact that they are women. Some shared stories of how they had already been on the receiving end of insults and slurs even before they started campaigning.
Ref: Mizzima Published: 2 Oct 2015
Nang Mya Oo is one of 24 female candidates from the Shan Nationalities League for Democracy (SNLD), who will be competing for a State Assembly seat in Taunggyi Township Constituency No. 1 in the November 8 general election.
In the interview, 46-year-old community advocate-turned-politician Nang Mya Oo discusses the role of women in politics and the challenges she faces as a female candidate.
Ref: Panglong News Published: 1 Oct 2015
RANGOON & CHIANG MAI, Thailand — Not an ounce of expression as Ja Nan retells the story of how her father first became involved in Kachin State ceasefire negotiations a quarter century ago. He was living abroad in 1989, she said, when Maran Brang Seng, then-chairman of the Kachin Independence Organization (KIO), called him to ask for help. She remembers her father’s account of that phone call, the chairman pleading, “You are over in Canada having a good life, but here we are dying.”
Ja Nan is the director of the Nyein Foundation, a peace facilitation group based in the Kachin State capital of Myitkyina. She is among a small cadre of professionals to work as technical advisors for Burma’s peace process, and as such has been the recipient of a number of international honors including a prestigious N-Peace Award, which she was given just last month.
Ref: Irrawaddy Published: 29 Sep 2015
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