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.

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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.

Leaked Transcript of Suu Kyi-UNFC Meeting Reveals Firm Line on NCA

In the meeting with ethnic armed group leaders, Suu Kyi stresses “non-separatist” federalism and says why the peace conference is being held so soon.

Women Continue to Suffer Due to Land Grabs and Militarization

Land confiscation and rights abuses linked to militarization in southeastern Burma have particularly adverse impacts on women, human rights advocates say.

A Shan human rights group presses the government to suspend resource extraction projects in ethnic states and to end military offenses against civilians.

Mongla Armed Group Backs Govt’s All-Inclusive Peace Policy

Leaders of the National Democratic Alliance Army lend vocal support to the inclusion of all ethnic armed groups in the upcoming Union Peace Conference.

Suu Kyi Discusses Language, Education With Wa and Mongla Representatives

Briefly meeting with members of the Wa and Mongla public, the State Counselor discusses national languages, education and broader political participation.

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.

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