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.
After four days of unrest between Buddhists and Muslims in Mandalay came to an end this, the President Office released a ‘thank-you’ letter to the city for the “effective cooperation of its residents” during efforts to end the violence, which left two people dead. While the unrest in Myanmar’s second biggest city has been a cause of renewed concern about intercommunal conflict, it could have been much worse. Good r of different faiths relationships between communities, including business, religious, civil society, and other community relationships, are important in preventing tensions and rumours from escalating into large scale conflict. More about violence between Buddhists and Muslims in Myanmar can be found on EPRP’s intercommunal conflict page.
- published 12 July, 2014
Telenor Myanmar and Myanmar ICT Development Organisation (MIDO) have signed an agreement of cooperation to jointly launch the Community Information Centre (CIC) across the country. Telenor, the Norwegian company that is developing Myanmar’s telecommunications sector, expects the use of mobile phones to increase from about 10% to 80% over the next 1-2 years. Presently mobile phone (and internet) use is mostly in Myanmar’s urban areas. This initiative will support people from rural communities to use mobile technology, which offers potential to improve the lives of rural people in various ways through such services as better communication, mobile banking, distance education, and access to internet news and information.
- published 8 July, 2014
A delegation of senior officials from the United States left Myanmar last week with the message that “it is time to engage” the country’s military. Engaging with the military would mean providing non-combat training, limited to human rights, the rule of law and civilian control. Whether or not Western countries should engage with the Myanmar army (Tatmadaw) is controversial. Critics argue that the Tatmadaw should not be ‘rewarded’ while they are still committing human rights abuses and engaging in aggressive actions against ethnic armed organisations. It is clear however that the Tatmadaw has a strong influence over the direction and outcomes of Myanmar’s peace and reform processes. In that respect, the international community has a much better chance of influencing the Tatmadaw in a positive way if a relationship can be built.
- published 7 July, 2014
More than three years after fighting resumed in Kachin, groups supporting the people displaced by the conflict - internally displaced people (IDPs) – have warned that IDPs are suffering due to lack of funding and uncertainty about when they will be able to return home. According to groups working in KIA-controlled areas of Kachin and Northern Shan, only 39% of IDPs are receiving appropriate assistance. At a press presentation in Yangon, the Minister for Social Welfare, Relief, and Resettlement urged greater cooperation between local NGOs and international aid groups working with IDPs in Kachin and northern Shan states. More about IDP and refugee issues, international law and humanitarian principles is available on the EPRP website.
- published 6 July, 2014
The Myanmar and Thai governments burned 400 million dollars worth of seized drugs to mark World Drugs Day, but production of drugs is continuing to rise in Myanmar, according to recent reports. Drug consumption and use has highly negative impacts on ethnic communities in Myanmar. More information about the challenges and possible solutions is available on EPRP's drugs information pages.
- published 27 June, 2014
As part of the peace process between the Government of Myanmar and the Chin National Front (CNF) in Chin state, a Chin Ceasefire Monitoring Team (CCMT) office was opened for Thantlang township on 14 June. Ceasefire monitoring is an important step to protect and strengthen peace agreements between groups that have been in conflict with each other. More about ceasefire monitoring in Myanmar can be found in EPRP's Peace Resources section.
- published 24 June, 2014
Several villagers displaced by the Thilawa Special Economic Zone (SEZ) visited Tokyo last week to deliver a complaint to the Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA), the organisation responsible for the investment of Japanese overseas development funding. The villagers were evicted from their lands to make way for the SEZ and complain that they are now cut off from their families and income sources, while receiving insufficient compensation for what they've lost. Unfortunately, poor people in rural areas are often negatively affected by large development projects. More information about land and natural resource issues in Myanmar is available on EPRP.
- published 23 June, 2014