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NLD-led Government has Legitimacy but Lacks Power to Pursue Reforms?

military at parliamentLast week in the newly-constituted and reinvigorated Parliament, National League for Democracy (NLD) lawmaker Khin San Hlaing tabled an emergency motion requesting an inquiry into the questionable nature and circumstances of business deals involving the sale of national assets and resources by the outgoing Government allegedly without proper safeguards or due process […]

March 9, 2016  •  By Burma Partnership  •  Tags: , , , , ,  •  Read more ➤

More Arrests on Trumped Up Charges as Outgoing Government’s Term Approaches End

Activists-on-NilarAs Burma prepares for the upcoming annual cross-examination by the UN Human Rights Council on 14 March, 2016, 121 civil society organizations wrote to member and observer states requesting them to maintain the country under Agenda Item 4 (“Human rights situations that require the Council’s attention”) and urged the extension of the Special Rapporteur mandate at this critical juncture in the country […]

March 2, 2016  •  By Burma Partnership  •  Tags: , , , , , ,  •  Read more ➤

Divide Rule Produces Dividends for the Burma Army

The Irrawaddy/ J Phain The decades-long tactic of divide-and-rule used by successive regimes in Burma when dealing with ethnic groups produced dividends in February 2016, as ongoing armed clashes between troops from the ethnic Ta’ang, Ta’ang National Liberation Army (TNLA) and ethnic Shan, Shan State Army – South (SSA-S), in northern Shan State has displaced up to 5,000 civilians in just one week while thousands more have been trapped in Kyaukme Township, waiting to move to a safe location […]

February 24, 2016  •  By Burma Partnership  •  Tags: , , , , , , ,  •  Read more ➤

Burma’s Peace Process Needs a Fresh Start

Government officials, members of ethnic rebel groups and international witnesses pose for a picture after the signing ceremony of the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement (NCA) in Naypyitaw, Myanmar October 15, 2015. Myanmar's government and eight armed ethnic groups signed a ceasefire agreement on Thursday, the culmination of more than two years of negotiations aimed at bringing an end to the majority of the country's long-running conflicts. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun

On Union Day, 69 years since the signing of the Panglong Agreement, it is time for a reappraisal and a new start to what has ultimately been an unsuccessful peace process […]

February 16, 2016  •  By Burma Partnership  •  Tags: , , , , ,  •  Read more ➤

New Lease of Life in Burma Parliament but Political Prisoners Left Behind

20150330MyanmarPolice7_article_main_imageOptimism swept over Burma this past week as hopes for historic changes to the country heightened with the start of the new Parliament dominated by the National League for Democracy (NLD) […]

February 9, 2016  •  By Burma Partnership  •  Tags: , , , , ,  •  Read more ➤

NLD’s Trip into the Murky World of the Drugs Trade

DrugsAs the new Parliament sits for the first time in Naypyidaw, the National League for Democracy’s (NLD) choice of Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) member, T Khun Myat, as deputy lower house speaker demonstrates the intricate and complex web that links the USDP, the Burma Army, the drugs trade, and paramilitary drug militias as well as the dangerous ground the NLD treads in attempting to form a government of national reconciliation […]

February 2, 2016  •  By Burma Partnership  •  Tags: , , , , , , ,  •  Read more ➤

NLD Face Major Challenges as Lack of Rule of Law Perpetuates Impunity

studentsJust months before the end of the President Thein Sein Government, a series of events and issues publicized over the past week demonstrate the pressing need for reforms to establish rule of law in Burma […]

January 26, 2016  •  By Burma Partnership  •  Tags: , , , , , , ,  •  Read more ➤

Time for a Fresh Start for Genuine Peace

military Irrawaddy 19 jan 2016Between 12-16 January, 2015, the ‘Union Peace Conference’ was held with over 700 representatives of the Burma Government, signatories of the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement (NCA), Members of Parliament, political parties and other invitees in Naypyidaw […]

January 20, 2016  •  By Burma Partnership  •  Tags: , , , , , ,  •  Read more ➤

Burma Army Moves to Tighten Grip on Power

The IrrawaddyWhile people were still in a buoyant mood over the November 2015 elections results, wrapping up last year’s work and preparing for 2016, the Burma Army and the Government had a clearly different agenda, initiating several discreet moves in an attempt to maintain its grip on power during the term of the future National League for Democracy (NLD) Government […]

January 12, 2016  •  By Burma Partnership  •  Tags: , , , , , , ,  •  Read more ➤

Burma Embarks on a New Chapter as Hope and Suffering Define 2015

12185476_1038798792831644_4023423973518883546_oThe highlight of 2015 was undoubtedly the historic general elections, which saw Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD) party triumph emphatically at the polls on 8 November 2015. While the conduct of the polls was relatively smooth, the elections were marred by glaring irregularities, in particular during the preparation and campaign stages. They ranged from the partiality of the Union Election Commission (UEC), disqualification of minority candidates, rife voter disenfranchisement of large segments of minority communities due to conflict and blatantly discriminatory policies, and voter lists fraught with discrepancies.

However, the first competitive national vote since 1990 was significant as it marked a key milestone in Burma’s democratic transition process and more importantly, it resoundingly signaled the will of the people for “genuine change” […]

December 23, 2015  •  By Burma Partnership  •  Tags:  •  Read more ➤