The Pa-O ethnic people decide during their political dialogue to present the idea of a secular state at the upcoming 21st Century Panglong conference.
In November, the TNLA detained 11 ethnic Shan civilians, and the RCSS arrested 11 Palaung people, local leaders told The Irrawaddy.
China will not ‘sit as a judge’ regarding armed conflicts between the Burma Army and ethnic armed groups, Sun Guoxiang has said.
Ethnic Pa-O participants complain of discrimination while leaving the Taunggyi CSO forum, but organizers blame the walkout on ‘a misunderstanding.’
The Karenni National Progressive Party and the New Mon State Party will not join the third summit of ethnic armed organizations.
Although a date has yet to be decided upon, the meeting will reportedly take place in early March.
IDP camp residents in northern Shan State complain of forced labor, beatings by soldiers, and the lack of food and jobs while they wait for war to end.
Sai Ba Nyan, volunteer vice chairman of a northern Shan State IDP camp with more than 900 people, feels that Burma’s govt has forgotten about them.
Renewed clashes have erupted between the Burma Army and the Kokang rebels in the Kokang Self-Administered Zone.
Representatives from the two groups release a statement pledging ‘collaboration to achieve peace; by seeking the best and necessary approaches.’
The Burma Army actions are believed to be retaliation for Sunday’s Mon National Day celebration, in which the MNLA held a military parade.
KNU Chairman Saw Mutu Say Poe believed to be invited by Chinese authorities to discuss China’s role in Burma’s peace process.
Kachin Independence Army spokesperson labels Burma Army statements on conflict ‘unfounded allegations’
Across southeast Burma, ceasefires are holding and communities are beginning to recover from decades of armed conflict.
The statue was built by a committee formed specifically to construct Aung San statues, with the support of the ruling National League for Democracy.