Many seem to think that Myanmar's civil war would surely end if all armed groups would only sign the NCA. But the NCA does not deliver what they crave most — self-determination.
The NSCN-K says it has written to the government and military asking for help in freeing 11 members of the group the military detained in March, but has yet to hear back.
Nang Pu was release Friday after serving four months for defaming the military over a protest to support families displaced by the civil war. Two colleagues remain behind bars.
The government says it won't comment. Some lawmakers and armed groups say an extension past April 30 was unlikely to do much good.
NSCN-K denies violating ceasefire agreement; five leaders were detained in March 9 raid on liaison office in Sagaing Region
This weekend in Yangon, switch off for Earth Hour before you power up for seven days of art, music, dining, tech startup talks and pool parties.
In a wide-ranging interview, the US envoy gives The Irrawaddy his thoughts on the many domestic and international challenges facing Myanmar, and the state of the bilateral relation
SNLD chief skeptical that NLD’s charter reform can succeed; he adds that Myanmar is ‘too weak’ to reject China’s BRI plans
"Leaders will review it and do their best. They have been holding talks,” U Zaw Htay said without elaborating.
Gen. Mutu Say Poe of the KNU and Yawd Serk of the RCSS relinquished their respective roles as chairperson and vice-chairperson, saying negotiations had deviated from the NCA path.
If we want #BalanceforBetter in the peace process, then let’s amplify powerful female voices, give them a platform, a seat at the table. All of Myanmar will benefit.
“[E]very dollar invested by the private sector is a vote of confidence in the resilience and potential of Rakhine and its people,” she said at an investment fair in Ngapali.
The Irrawaddy charts the fluctuations in Myanmar's key economic and social indicators—GDP, FDI, current account, trade volume and inflation, as well as rankings in corruption, press
The group has given its first Kachin human rights awards to three Kachin community leaders serving six-month jail sentences over an anti-war protest.
The talks aim to pave the way for formal talks in Naypyitaw, but the extent to which the groups can push forward in negotiating their demands remains to be seen.