Despite pledges from the Arakan State government to allocate more money toward helping the state’s internally displaced persons (IDPs), some see it as coming up short. Full article here
A Ta’ang National Party lawmaker sought to submit a proposal to the Union Parliament to stop fighting in Shan State so that children in internally displaced persons (IDP) camps could attend school this year, but her efforts were denied. Full article here
The Union Peace Dialogue Joint Committee (UPDJC) in Myanmar will be reformed with State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi heading a 18-member body, according to official sources on Friday. Full article here
Government peace negotiator U Tin Myo Win will meet with armed groups left out of last year’s ceasefire accord within the next few days, according to the Panglong Conference preparation committee. The senior National League for Democracy official wiil seek collaborators for the administration’s peace plan. Full article here
The government representatives to the peace body will be changed, according to U Khin Zaw Oo, a retired lieutenant general who has played a significant role in the peace process under former president U Thein Sein and is also a member of the current administration’s peace process. Full article here
Political parties in northeastern Myanmar’s Kachin state called on Thursday for the government to adopt a new policy on natural-resource extraction in the largely unregulated industry. Full article here
The Restoration Council of Shan State/Shan State Army (RCSS/SSA) and the Palaung State Liberation Front/Ta'ang National Liberation Army (PSLF/TNLA) are planning a meeting where they will discuss ways to stop the ongoing clashes between them in northern Shan State, but they have this far been unsuccessful in finding a place to hold the discussions, said representatives from both sides on May 24. Full article here
Armed groups that signed last year’s Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement (NCA) have criticized the Burmese military’s uncompromising attitude towards smaller non-signatory groups, calling it counterproductive to the country’s ongoing peace effort. Full article here
Two issues regarding the plight of the Muslim in Arakan State and heightened armed conflict in Kachin and Shan States dominated the political arena during these few weeks. Full article here
Aung San Suu Kyi, Burma’s State Counsellor and leader of the National League for Democracy (NLD), has pledged to hold a national conference later this year that would follow in the footsteps of the historic Panglong conference attended by her father General Aung San and representatives of Burma’s ethnic groups. Full article here
China and Japan are eager to be involved in massive special economic zone (SEZ) projects in Myanmar, amid rising economic competition in the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS). Since 2011, Myanmar has rapidly improved its diplomatic relations with the West and Japan in order to broaden its economic relations and mitigate its excessive dependence on China. Full article here
Opinion paper written by Alan Smith and Gregory Cathcart (EPRP). The incoming NLD government’s selection of nominees for State Chief Minister posts, has followed the 2008 constitutional provision. By following this provision, NLD lost an opportunity to reinterpret this constitutional provision to bring actual practice into line with normal democratic ‘parliamentary’ practice.
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The Burma Army supports the government’s proposed “Panglong-style” peace summit, but continued political participation rests on the country’s stability, said Commander-in-Chief Snr-Gen Min Aung Hlaing, during his meeting with US Secretary of State John Kerry in Naypyidaw on Sunday.
The meeting followed talks between Kerry and Burma’s foreign affairs minister and de-facto leader, Aung San Suu Kyi.
Ref : The Irrawaddy Published : May 24th 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
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
RANGOON — Three ethnic armed groups that have been actively fighting against the Burma Army in northern Shan and western Arakan states have agreed to meet a former Burmese government peace delegation in the northern Thai city of Chiang Mai next month, according to a leader from one of the groups.
Aung Min, the previous government’s chief peace negotiator, reached out to the Ta’ang National Liberation Army (TNLA), the Arakan Army and the Kokang rebel group known as the Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army (MNDAA), Mai Aike Kyaw, a spokesperson for the TNLA, told The Irrawaddy on Friday.
Ref : The Irrawaddy Published : 25th April 2016
During the recent meeting, U Khaing Soe Naing Aung of the Arakan Liberation Party (ALP) and Pado Saw Kwe Htoo Win of the Karen National Union (KNU) led the grouping of armed groups that had signed the National Ceasefire agreement. Khoo Oo Reh of the Karenni National Progressive Party (KNPP) led the non NCA signatory delegation.
Ref : PangLong Published : 5th April 2016
CHIANG MAI, Thailand — Signatories to Burma’s so-called nationwide ceasefire agreement (NCA) have formed a new group to engage in the peace process with the incoming National League for Democracy (NLD) government.
The eight non-state armed groups that signed the NCA with outgoing President Thein Sein’s government met at a summit in Chiang Mai, Thailand, and formed the Ethnic Armed Organizations Peace Process Steering Team (EAO PPST) on Saturday. The team intends to provide leadership for the eight signatories during future peace talks.
Ref : The Irrawaddy Published : 29th March 2016
The United Nationalities Federal Council (UNFC), an alliance of nine ethnic groups that have opted out of signing the accord with the outgoing government, described the election as a harbinger of positive developments to come as Burma moves toward peace.
Ref : The Irrawaddy Published : 21th March 2016
He told representatives of the government, Parliament, army, armed groups and political parties at the Myanmar Peace Centre in Yangon that work was needed on the peace process.
Ref: Eleven Published: 22 February 2016
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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