Following threats made by the RCSS, an armed group currently in combat in the area with the PNLO, nearly 500 locals have fled their villages in fear for their safety.
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A publication recently launched by the Myanmar Institute for Peace and Security summarized that a decision needs to be agreed on by both EAOs and the Tatmadaw.
The RCSS says one of its soldiers involved in a shooting on Tuesday in southern Shan State that left at least four ethnic Pa-O people dead died from his own wounds two days later.
The RCSS claims it killed four Pa-O in self-defense after the group attacked its fighters. A rival armed group claims the RCSS shot five Pa-O trying to rescue their neighbors.
The reclusive former strongman continues to see a political role for himself and the military, which still takes cues from him.
The former military junta chief urged ethnic Pa-O leaders to abandon their old faith in karma and devote themselves to building roads and educating their children.
Hundreds of members of the ethnic Pa-O community attended a military rally in Taunggyi on Wednesday, with one local leader claiming they were coerced with threats of eviction.
The TNLA last month took a Shan civilian away at gunpoint and put her on trial for obstructing troops. The govt and civil society groups call for her immediate release.
Ethnic signatories to the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement will review the current political landscape and the peace process.
Former Communist Party of Burma was a devout Buddhist who fought alongside members of many ethnic armed groups for several decades.
Peace Commission’s ambitious ‘Business for Peace’ initiative calls for armed ethnic groups to establish public companies
Negotiators agree to omit divisive discussions on autonomy, state constitutions and non-secession in order to make conference possible.
A social enterprise initiative to support sustainable peace and development has been in progress since last year.
Ethnic armed groups that signed the NCA will hold more informal talks with the government and military later this week in preparation for the next 21st Century Panglong.