The State Counselor’s jade necklace, worn to a peace conference dinner, attracts style praise alongside criticism of resource exploitation.
A previous closed door meeting between the armed group reps and the govt peace commission was a move to build trust, says the commission’s head.
Burma Army chief Snr-Gen Min Aung Hlaing describes the demands of some ethnic armed groups as ‘far beyond the federal system.’
This week, the Irrawaddy discusses peace process progress, setbacks, and the 21st Century Panglong Peace Conference.
An AA spokesperson says an Indian newspaper article that alleges the group forced people to flee from Chin State is ‘based on groundless accusations.’
Seven northern alliance members are likely to join the second 21st Panglong peace conference, as leaders wait to fly from Kunming, China.
Some 2,000 ethnic Lisu protest KIA violence in Kachin State.
The Mon State government donates 40 million kyats for exams and a closing ceremony for classes taught on Mon literature and Buddhist culture.
Kachin Independence Army leader estimates five Tatmadaw battalions advanced into KIA-controlled area, though reports could not be verified.
The coalition also urges that all ethnic armed groups and political parties be invited to attend the upcoming peace conference without restriction.
Militias forcibly recruit locals in Kachin and Shan states, say delegates at a meeting of civil society groups.
UNFC vice-chairperson reiterates that the members will not attend unless they are invited as delegates.
More than 170 locals from two villages in southern Shan State flee their homes, fearing conscription by an ethnic armed group.
Community leaders call for food donations as ethnic Shan and Palaung (Ta’ang) civilians fleeing the threat of conflict arrive in Namtu Township.
Burma’s main opposition party refuses to make recommendations to the Arakan State Advisory Commission, still objecting to its formation.