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Agenda Established for Ethnic Summit

Four main topics will be tabled during the Ethnic Armed Summit in Maijayang; the second largest city controlled by the Kachin Independence Organization in Kachin State. Full article here

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Shan State workshop builds ethnic youth ties

More than 100 people representing over half a dozen ethnic groups participated in a peace workshop held in Lashio on July 11 and 12, the first of several planned community discussions. Full article here

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Rakhine committee establishes 142-point agenda

After only its second meeting, the new committee formed to address issues in Rakhine State has identified 142 priority areas. Full article here

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3 sentenced for connections to Arakan Army

Three people including a local village official were jailed on Wednesday in Arakan State’s Kyaukphyu Township for alleged connections with the rebel group Arakan Army. Full article here

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Kachin Group Holds Public Forum

Around 500 people attended the public forum, including representatives of the six ethnic Kachin tribes and civil society and youth organizations. Full article here

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UNA, NBF invited to attend Maijayan Ethnic Summit

The United Nationalities Alliance (UNA) and the National Brotherhood Federation (NBF), both umbrella organisations of ethnic political parties, have been invited to attend Maijayan Ethnic Summit, according reports from the UNA and NBF. Full article here

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Formation of National Reconciliation and Peace Centre announced

The NLD-led government formed an 11-member National Reconciliation and Peace Centre (NRPC) Monday, led by State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi, according to an announcement of the President's Office published in state media. Full article here

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22 rebel armies invited to summit

Twenty-one ethnic armed groups, including Wa, Mongla and Naga armies, and political parties, will be invited to the Mai Ja Yang summit, according to Pado Saw Kwel Htoo Win, vice-chair of the organising committee. Full article here

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4-day Kachin peace summit arranged

Delegates of the armed groups, including those that did not sign last October's nationwide ceasefire agreement, met in the Thai city of Chiang Mai and agreed to hold a summit of rebel armies in Maijayan, Kachin State, from July 26 to 29, according to Khun Sai, an adviser to the Restoration Council for Shan State. Full article here

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Shan villagers flee after landmine blast

A recent landmine fatality and increased activity by hostile ethnic armed groups in Shan State’s Mine Ton township has led more than 320 villagers in the Mong Maw village tract to flee to Namtu township, seeking refuge in Shwe Myin Thar monastery, villagers told the presiding sayadaw. Full article here

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The Ethnic Peace Resources Project (EPRP) provides information and training to support ethnic organisations and communities to participate in Myanmar's peace process. 

EPRP materials are being developed to support the offline capacity development activities of EPRP. The User Guide will help you navigate these resources.

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 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.

Ref : Mizzima Published : June 3rd 2016

A 4 men team to hold peace talks with ethnic armed organizations (EAOs) yet to sign the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement (NCA) will be arriving in Chiangmai on a 3-day mission, 2-4 June, according to government and rebel sources.

The team will be headed by Dr Tin Myo Win, the new chief negotiator appointed by State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi. Members will include U Hla Maung Shwe, Secretary of the newly formed 21st Century Panglong Conference Preparatory Committee and former special advisor to the now defunct Myanmar Peace Center (MPC), Lt-Gen (ret) Khin Zaw Oo, and an unnamed member of the Preparatory Committee.

Ref : PangLong Published : June 1st 2016

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.

Ref : The Irrawaddy Published : May 31th 2016

Shan State Progress Party/Shan State Army (SSPP/SSA) has urged the Ta'ang National Liberation Army (TNLA) and the Restoration Council of Shan State/Shan State Army (RCSS/SSA) to find ways to stop fighting between the two groups – the RCSS/SSA and the TNLA.

The statement of SSPP/SSA, which is dated May 7, says, “Fresh fighting broke out between RCSS and TNLA, and we strongly urged both sides to find a solution as soon as possible via peaceful dialogue rather than military action.”

Ref  : Mizzima Published : 10th May 2016

The Karen National Union (KNU) and Restoration Council of Shan State (RCSS) held private talks here over the weekend about a second “Panglong-style” peace conference, an idea proposed by State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi last week.

“As the state counselor focuses on federalism, we are discussing what this Panglong conference should include, as well as the country’s current political landscape,” KNU Maj-Gen Saw Issac Po told reporters in the northern Thai city.

Ref : The Irrawaddy Published : May 4 2016

Nay Pyi Taw, May 9 (Xinhua) -- Myanmar's State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi on Monday urged for inclusion of persons deemed appropriate in every step of national reconciliation and peace process.

At a meeting chaired by Suu Kyi and involved representatives of the government, military and Reconciliation and Peace Center (NRPC), it was agreed to undertake works related to the formation of NRPC and preparations to hold a 21st-century ethnic conference identical to the historical Pinlong Conference.

Ref : Xinhua Published : 10th May 2016

Aung San Suu Kyi, Burma’s state counselor and de facto leader of the new National League for Democracy (NLD) government, met with eight non-state armed groups and the Burma Army on Wednesday, calling for the convening of a “Panglong-style” peace conference within two months and encouraging all stakeholders to help make that happen.

Speaking in Naypyidaw at a meeting with the Joint Monitoring Committee, a body that monitors adherence to the so-called Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement (NCA) inked among those present, Suu Kyi said she “didn’t want to take much time before holding a Panglong-style conference.”

Ref : The Irrawaddy Published : 29th April 2016

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Slavery and trafficking: ugly, evil businesses that undermine the most basic human rights and must never be tolerated.

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.

Ref : Myanmar Times Published : 25th April 2016

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A pledge for more women in leadership roles and in the ongoing peace process has been demanded by the Karen Women’s Organisation.

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.

Ref : DVB Published : 11th March 2016

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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

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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

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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

 

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There has long been a need for a deeper understanding of the intersections of gender, ethnicity and other identities in peace-building and democratisation. Progress on the rights of women and the participation by women’s organisations in conflict resolution and national reform are vital if sustainable peace and democracy are to be built within the country.

Myanmar has suffered from decades of civil war and military rule. Addressing the structural roots of violence, including gendered inequality, are crucial in order to build a sustainable peace. It is essential to analyse conflict, violence and human insecurity within a social context that is shaped by gender inequality. Women are involved in and affected by civil war as victims, survivors and agents of conflict and peace in specific ways which are often different from the experiences of men.

Ref:TNI Published: 13 January 2016

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The South East Asian nation of 52 million people had been largely closed to the outside world for about 60 years until 2012, when it began making changes.

Despite the spread of the internet into the lives of ordinary people in Myanmar, and an influx of foreign organisations, there is still a range of taboo topics and bizarre misconceptions.

Ref: ABC Published: 9th Dec 2015

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Q: With so few female MPs elected in Arakan State do you think there is a gender imbalance?

A: It is unbalanced. Even so we invited women in the Arakan State (to join the party). Anyone could contest the election in our party, but only five or six female candidates were selected. Out this only two female candidates won seats. Women need to get more involved in politics and run in the election.

 

Ref: BNI News Published: 29th Nov 2015

 

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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

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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

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