Wa Pledge Not to Split From Union

In a meeting with State Counselor Suu Kyi, an ethnic Wa delegation says they will remain in the Union of Burma, rather than opting to split from the country.


The State Counselor will meet representatives from the UWSA and the Mongla Army in Naypyidaw to discuss their participation in the Union Peace Conference.

Ethnic Youth Conference Organizers to Defy Government Ban

The organizers of a National Ethnic Youth Conference to be held in Panglong in Shan State plan to defy a suspension order from the state government.

National Ethnic Youth Conference to be Held in Panglong

Over 600 representatives from 26 ethnicities are slated to attend an ethnic youth conference in southern Shan State in late July.

The Tatmadaw fears that a Kachin State ethnic summit could negatively impact the Union Peace Conference, which is slated to convene in late August.

State Counselor Suu Kyi and ethnic alliance leaders meet for the first time to discuss building a federal union and national reconciliation.

Known locally as Mahachai, and by foreigners as ‘Little Burma,’ Thailand’s Samut Sakhon hosts up to 400,000 Burmese migrants working in factories and fisheries.

Top Bureaucrat, Former Censor-in-Chief Resigns

Tint Swe, permanent secretary of the Ministry of Information and former chief censor under the military regime, has resigned his post.

After a UN CEDAW session, women’s rights groups are encouraged by pledges of cooperation from the government, but insist on the necessity of charter change.

Forum Calls for Stronger Support of Women in Media, Peace Process

A Rangoon panel of journalists and civil society activists urges media to support women’s involvement in peacebuilding.

Formal and Informal Justice Systems Fail Women: Report

A UN report launch explores how women in Burma lack access to justice due to an absence of awareness and a widespread use of customary practices in ethnic areas.

Ethnic Alliance Delegation to Meet Peace Envoy

A delegation from the ethnic armed alliance United Nationalities Federal Council will meet government peace negotiator Tin Myo Win in Rangoon on Friday.

After reaching agreements that could improve conditions for Burmese migrants in Thailand, Suu Kyi stressed the need for jobs for returning refugees.

Burmese migrant workers converging from all over Thailand are disappointed after Aung San Suu Kyi holds only a small, restricted factory meeting.

Migrant Rights Advocate: ‘If the Thai Government Uses Violence, We Won’t Tolerate it”

Irrawaddy reporter Nyein Nyein talks to migrant rights advocate Htoo Chit at a market where Aung San Suu Kyi will meet migrant workers on Thursday.

State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi’s trip to a refugee camp on the Thai-Burma border has been cancelled by local Thai authorities, sources say.

Burma’s State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi heads for Thailand, raising expectations of better labor rights protections for the Burmese migrants working there.

Burmese Domestic Workers in Thailand Demand Greater Protection

At a seminar in Chiang Mai, Burmese domestic workers decried long working hours, inadequate compensation and a lack of legal protection.

First Parliamentary Session Closes

The first session of Parliament closes after enacting nine new bills but leaving numerous issues up for debate when the legislature returns in July.

Shan and Kachin Armed Groups Hold ‘Pre-Panglong Consultation’

Three ethnic armed organizations express support for Suu Kyi’s ‘21st Century Panglong Conference’ at a meeting in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

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