The UN’s refugee agency conducts a last call resettlement initiative for Burmese refugees living in Thailand who wish to resettle in the United States.

Ethnic Armed Groups Invite Ethnic Political Parties to Summit

An alliance of ethnic armed groups invites ethnic political parties to attend a summit in Kachin State in late July.

Signatories and non-signatories of the nationwide ceasefire agreement will meet to prepare for an ethnic summit, where groups will discuss building a federal union.

Ethnic Armed Groups to Meet Suu Kyi

The United Nationalities Federal Council, an alliance of nine ethnic armed groups, plans to send envoys to meet Aung San Suu Kyi in the run-up to ‘Panglong’

Burma Army Commander-in-Chief praises the ethnic armed groups that signed the nationwide ceasefire agreement, but accuses others of ‘expanding their forces.’

Snr-Gen Min Aung Hlaing says that he hopes for a successful Panglong Conference, and claims to be open to all ethnic armed groups.

Thailand and Burma agree to renew negotiations over disputed border demarcations, which had stalled under Burma’s previous government. 

CHIANG MAI, Thailand — Ethnic armed organizations plan to hold a summit in mid-July in the conflict-torn region of Mai Ja Yang in Kachin State, near the border with China, in order to discuss the upcoming 21st Century Panglong conference, according to sources close to the groups. Khuensai Jaiyen, an advisor to the Restoration Council […]

Wa National Organization Denies Involvement in Drug Trade

After a former leader of the Wa National Organization was arrested with a large cache of drugs in Thailand last week, the WNO denies trafficking links.

Leaders from eight non-state ethnic armed groups who signed last year’s nationwide ceasefire agreement meet in Chiang Mai to review their peace agenda.

On Monday, an unarmed 19-year-old Kachin college student was shot dead by a Burma Army soldier. Protests ensued, but what really happened remains unclear.

Unseen Pressures Behind Refugees’ Voluntary Return

A reduction in aid and a denial for third country resettlement pressure refugees living in Thailand to return to Burma, NGOs say.

An alliance of ethnic armed groups has told Burma’s peace negotiators they would like another round of talks before meeting State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi.

The Burma Army has deployed drones in ethnic minority regions, likely for surveillance and surgical strikes, says a defense analyst for IHS Jane’s.

Ethnic Peace Delegation Reviews Political Dialogue Framework

Ethnic armed organizations and a government delegation that included Burma Army officials met in Rangoon to further discuss the peace dialogue process.

The United Nationalities Federal Council has been invited to the upcoming nationwide peace talks, but concerns over inclusion may keep it on the sidelines.

Hope for the coming peace process and faith in the new democratically-elected government are encouraging Burmese refugees in Thailand to return home.

Thailand has requested the Burma Army’s help in encouraging the United Wa State Army to withdraw troops allegedly based on Thai territory.

Fighting between a Karen ethnic armed group and the Burma Army ended in 2012. Now a once desolate conflict zone is set for a comeback.

As the new government vows to tackle legacy disputes over land confiscations, old grievances resurface at a rubber plantation operated by one of Burma’s largest conglomerates.

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