The Burma Army continues a weeklong offensive against the Kachin Independence Army in Waingmaw Township, a KIA spokesperson says.

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The Shan Nationalities League for Democracy urges the government to ensure accountability and responsibility regarding the large hydropower dam projects on the Salween River.

Migrant rights defender Andy Hall is given a three-year suspended sentence and fined US$4,300 in Thailand for contributing to a report that alleged human rights abuses in the country.

NGO Calls US Govt to Support Jade Trade Reform After Lifting Sanctions

London-based NGO Global Witness urges the US government to support reform of Burma’s jade trade following an announcement that sanctions would be lifted.

A half-day meeting in Chiang Mai attended by the RCSS and TNP seeks to resolve an almost year-long conflict over territory in northern Shan State.

The Burmese Consulate in Chiang Mai warns pregnant Burmese women to avoid the northern Thai province after a migrant was found with the Zika virus.

During her closing speech at the 21st Century Panglong peace conference, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi encourages participants to ‘look to the future.’

The Irrawaddy talks with Lt-Col Sai Ngin of the Restoration Council of Shan State after the second day of the 21st Century Panglong peace conference.

Stakeholder Presentations at Peace Conference Reveal Contrasting Positions on Statehood and Security

On the third day of the 21st Century Panglong peace conference in Naypyidaw, more than 60 stakeholders present on the building of a future federal state.

In separate meetings with Ban Ki-moon, a well-known monk emphasizes national sovereignty internal affairs, and a civil society delegation calls for increased external pressure to improve women’s security.

Over 1,000 attendees were present at the grand opening of the five-day conference, discussed as the first step toward national reconciliation and political dialogue.

UNFC: We Will Join the Union Peace Conference

After an emergency meeting in Thailand, the United Nationalities Federal Council confirms that they will attend the 21st Century Panglong event.

The death toll from the outbreak has risen to 68, according to a regional lawmaker.

Khin Zaw Oo, a government peace negotiator, speaks with Irrawaddy senior reporter Nyein Nyein about ongoing peace process negotiations with three ethnic armed groups.

The Irrawaddy speaks with the ambassador about Switzerland’s development assistance, its role in Burma’s peace process and growing trade relations.

Eight NCA Signatories Call For Second Meeting With State Counselor

The Peace Process Steering Team calls for a second meeting with the State Counselor to negotiate its terms for the peace process just prior to the Union Peace Conference.

The Irrawaddy interviews Norway’s outgoing ambassador to Burma, Ms. Ann Ollestad, about her thoughts and her experience of working in the country.

President Htin Kyaw forms a new commission to evaluate all proposed hydropower projects on the Irrawaddy River prior to their going ahead.

Activists launch a campaign to stop the government from cutting down more than 80 trees in order to build a new parliamentary building in Shan State.  

The United Nationalities Federal Council joins the political dialogue framework review meeting in Rangoon on Friday, just ahead of the Union Peace Conference.

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