As clashes between a DKBA splinter group and the BGF subside, The Irrawaddy’s Lawi Weng writes of time spent amidst conflict in Karen State.


Burma Army officers tell displaced ethnic Karen staying in a monastery to return to their villages as daily fighting continues in the Mae Tha Waw area.

Domestic workers San Kay Khaing, 17, and Tha Zin, 16, escaped their abusers in downtown Rangoon after a journalist pushes for an investigation into their case.

Burma Army Soldiers Sentenced to Five Years for Killing Civilians

A court martial in northern Shan State finds seven Burma Army soldiers guilty of murdering five civilians in Mong Yaw village.

The National League for Democracy-dominated Upper House voted down a proposal to expand ethnic minority language education in remote areas.

The Arakan National Party submits a proposal to withhold recognition from the new Arakan State Advisory Commission, which it is confident of winning.

Even if the popular State Counselor were in Kofi Annan’s position and visited Arakan State—speaking openly about what she saw—it is likely that she would receive the same criticism that he is facing.

Ethnic Activists Voice Alarm Over Salween Dams

Ethnic Shan, Mon and Karenni environmental activists voice strong concern over alleged plans to push ahead with hydropower dams on the Salween River.

Mon Groups Form Land Policy Drafting Committee

Attendees of a workshop form a new 15-member acting committee to draft an updated land policy for Mon State, in the hope that it will influence future federal law.

After the UWSA’s walkout, the group issues a statement and speaks to Chinese media about the issues that caused them to leave the event. 

Mon Groups Pledge to Block Coal Power Plant

Attendees at the Mon National Conference promise to stand against the use of a coal power plant by a cement company in Mon State’s Kyaikmayaw Township.

A Chinese envoy meets two ethnic armed groups based along the border, encouraging them to participate in the ‘21st Century Panglong’ peace conference

Military representatives of the National Reconciliation and Peace Center object to a proposal put forward in a meeting with an ethnic armed group delegation.

Commission on Arakan State to be Formed With Buddhist and Muslim Members

A new commission to resolve the Arakan State crisis will include Muslim and Buddhist Arakanese representatives—but from Rangoon rather than Arakan State.

Rights activists from the Naga Self-Administered Zone call for more aid to the victims of a deadly measles outbreak that has claimed 42 lives—including 29 children.

Clashes have increased in the Shahtu Zup village area in Kachin State’s Tanai Township between government troops and members of the Kachin Independence Army’s Battalion 14.

If one were to ask who is ultimately in charge in Burma—State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi or army chief Min Aung Hlaing—they might find no clear answer, writes Lawi Weng.

Seven soldiers, including four commissioned officers, accused of murdering five civilians in northern Shan State confess before a court martial in Lashio.

Clashes break out in Kachin State between members of the Kachin Independence Army and the Burma Army along the highway connecting Mogaung and Hpakant townships.

Authorities confirm that the mystery illness which has now claimed 41 lives in the Naga Self-Administered Zone is, in fact, measles.

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