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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
Conference on Burma Studies to be held during decision meeting on NCA
By curious coincidence, the International Conference on Burma/Myanmar Studies, the first in Chiangmai, 24-26 July, is due to be held on the same days with the ethnic armed organizations (EAOs) decision making meeting on the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement (NCA) also in Chiangmai, 25-27 July. Full article here
KIO vice chairman says army's Putao offensive not helping peace process
General N'ban La Awng, Vice-Chairman of the Kachin Independence Organization (KIO) met with the Burmese government's chief negotiator in the northern Thai city of Chiang Mai on Sunday for talks. N'ban La and his colleagues KIO Joint General Secretary Dr La Ja as well as the Chairman of the Karen National People's Party Abel Tweed took part in the informal discussion with the Burmese government's chief negotiator Aung Min relating to the National Ceasefire Agreement (NCA). Full article here
NGOs call for review of Kayin State mega-projects
Large-scale development projects in Kayin State need to be re-evaluated by taking civic response into serious consideration, said Saw Kyaw Zwar, a spokesperson of Karen Peace Support Network (KPSN). Full article here
The Union Election Commission (UEC) released three statements on July 8. The statements announce the upcoming election would take place on November 8, set the dates of registration and scrutinising candidates, and state that it had allowed the government officials to launch election campaign. Full article here
Media and some optimistic leaders from Ethnic Armed Organizations-Senior Delegation (EAOs-SD) and Union Peace-making Work Committee (UPWC) have been hailing that the recent peace talks as a success and that the finalizing and signing of Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement (NCA) is just a step away, might be a bit overwhelming positive, for at best the situation now is only a “ stalemate ”, if one would take the pains of interpreting the outcomes and remaining unresolved issues that are still left to be iron out. Full article here
Military Confrontation or Political Dialogue: Consequences of the Kokang Crisis for Peace and Democracy in Myanmar.
A new briefing paper has just been released by Transnational Institute (Myanmar Policy Briefing Nr 15 July 2015. Military Confrontation or Political Dialogue: Consequences of the Kokang Crisis for Peace and Democracy in Myanmar. The briefing paper examines the renewed violence in the Kokang region of the northern Shan state, arguing that it has serious repercussions in February 2015 has had serious repercussions for the current peace process. It concludes: “Military solutions to ethnic conflict must no longer be pursued, and an inclusive political dialogue should start as soon as possible. Peace in Myanmar needs to move from arguments about process to agreements about delivery. It is time to end military confrontation and to start political dialogue.”
The two latest notes of the series 'Introduction to Politics': 'Democracy' and 'Constitutions'. 'Introduction to Politics' is a series of notes prepared by Dr Alan Smith, Director of the Foundation for Local Development in response to the requests from participants of FLD and EPRP workshops. They are designed to help people understand and think about politics. Each of the notes is brief and attempts to provide useful information in a way that is easy to understand.
EPRP database of resources related to the peace process in Myanmar, peace processes in general and including specific topics and resources focussing on gender issues in peace processes.
Ethnic Issues and Peace in Myanmar
Gender and Peace
The Ethnic Peace Resources Project (EPRP) provides information and training to support ethnic organisations and communities to participate in Myanmar's peace process.
This website provides a database of Peace Resources covering Myanmar-specific topics as well as more general information about international practice regarding peace processes and international norms and international law:
Ethnic Issues and Peace in Myanmar reflects the situation of ethnic people in Myanmar, as individual and as communities within the Union of Myanmar.
Peace Processes includes more general information from international sources related to peace processes (such as human rights norms, ceasefires, mediation and negotiation).
The Gender and Peace section provides resources to raise awareness and support gender equity in the ceasefire and peace process.
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
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
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
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