On 4 September, 2016, Burma’s “21st Century Panglong Conference” concluded after four days of an exchange of opinions on the country’s protracted armed conflict and on ways forward to establish a federal democratic union. Issues ranged from the geographical composition of the Union to the formation of a federal army under the civilian government – and thus the need to amend the 2008 Constitution – through the delivery of a series of speeches, proposals and position papers. Over 1,400 delegates attended including ethnic armed organizations (EAOs), the Government, political parties, the Burma Army and third party observers […]September 6, 2016 • By Burma Partnership • Tags: 21st Century Panglong Conference, Burma Army, Burma Partnership, Ethnic Armed Organizations, Panglong • Read more ➤
During May 2016, the Burma Army has committed grave human rights violations, which meet the definition of war crimes, during a new offensive against the Shan State Progress Party/Shan State Army (SSPP/SSA) in Kyaukme township, northern Shan State, close to the Upper Yeywa dam site on the Namtu/Myitnge river […]June 2, 2016 • By Shan Human Rights Foundation • Tags: Burma Army, Ethnic conflict, Extrajudicial Killing, Shan, Shan Human Rights Foundation, Shan State Army, Shan State Progress Party/Shan State Army, Torture • Read more ➤
Between 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: Burma Army, Burma Partnership, Ethnic Armed Organisations, Military, Military Dictatorship, National League for Democracy, Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement • Read more ➤
On this fourth anniversary of the resumption of war against the Kachin people, the undersigned organisations call upon world leaders to strengthen their commitment to promoting peace and saving the lives, dignity and well-being of the Infernally […]June 9, 2015 • By 80 Solidarity Organizations • Tags: Burma Army, Humanitarian Assistance, Internally Displaced People, Kachin, Kachin Independence Army, Kachin State • Read more ➤
On 5 June 2015, Burma Campaign UK released a briefing paper that illustrated the Burma Government’s lack of action towards eliminating sexual violence since it signed the Declaration of Commitment to End Sexual Violence in Conflict (the Declaration) last year. As a signatory to the declaration, Burma agreed to prioritize prevention of sexual violence and to hold all perpetrators accountable to the full extent of the international law, amongst other related commitments.
Unfortunately, not only has Burma ignored its commitments to the Declaration, it is also actively violating it, as cases of rape and sexual assault continue to emerge from conflict areas. According to Burma Campaign UK, “Given the widespread nature of sexual violence by the Burmese Army, the refusal to act, and now the violation of commitments made in the Declaration, it can only be concluded that the use of rape and sexual violence by the Burmese Army is condoned at the highest level of the government and the military.” […]June 8, 2015 • By Burma Partnership • Tags: 2008 Constitution, Burma Army, Burma Campaign UK, Kachin Independence Army, Kachin Women's Association – Thailand, Kokang, Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement, President Thein Sein, Rape, Sexual Violence, Torture, Women's League of Burma • Read more ➤
According to recent interviews by SHRF, Kokang refugees sheltering in China remain fearful of return, due to killing, beheading and disappearance of villagers caught returning home […]May 11, 2015 • By Shan Human Rights Foundation • Tags: Burma Army, Internally Displaced People, International Committee of the Red Cross, Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army, Refugees, Shan Human Rights Foundation, South Korea, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, UN High Commissioner for Refugees • Read more ➤
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has stated that there is: ‘a high level of impunity for conflict-related sexual violence perpetrated by State actors’ in a recently released report to the UN Security Council. The UN Secretary-General urged the government of Burma “…to ensure that security personnel accused of such crimes are prosecuted.” The report also stated that there is a ‘a lack of transparency in military courts.’ […]April 29, 2015 • By Burma Campaign UK • Tags: Burma Army, Burma Campaign UK, Declaration of Commitment to End Sexual Violence in Conflict, Impunity, Kachin, Sexual Violence, UN Secretary-General • Read more ➤
Despite recent meetings between senior representatives of the Kachin Independence Organization (KIO), President Thein Sein and Burma Army military head Min Aung Hlaing to discuss a potential ceasefire agreement, incidents of aggression by the Burma Army have increased to levels not seen since initial fighting in 2011 […]April 1, 2015 • By Free Burma Rangers • Tags: Burma Army, Free Burma Rangers, Kachin Independence Organization • Read more ➤
Peace talks resumed after a six month hiatus between the Burma Governments’ Union Peace-making Work Committee (UPWC) and the alliance of ethnic armed groups, the Nationwide Ceasefire Coordination Team (NCCT). Yet in an extraordinary display of hypocrisy, the Burma Army began airstrikes again against the Kachin Independence Army (KIA), just as the talks paused for a week-long break. This is to complement the airstrikes currently targeting the Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army (MNDAA) in northern Shan State.
The Burma Government, through its proxies the UPWC and the Myanmar Peace Center, consistently attempts to dominate the discourse surrounding the peace talks, eschewing positive conclusions whenever talks happen. Time and time again the media is told that the signing of a nationwide ceasefire accord (NCA) is ‘just round the corner,’ or in this case, ‘within days.’ How can the signing of the NCA be within days if the Burma Army has opened two fronts on its war against ethnic armed groups? Furthermore, although the MNDAA is part of the NCCT, they have been excluded from the most recent peace talks, with the Government and the Burma Army steadfastly refusing to consider any method of engagement with them apart from through military means. There needs to be honesty from the government on the realities of the prospects for peace so that parties concerned, including the donors and civil society, are able to contribute and help steer the process instead of losing trust in it […]March 30, 2015 • By Burma Partnership • Tags: Burma Army, Burma Partnership, Conflict, EU, Kachin Independence Army, Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army, Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement, Nationwide Ceasefire Coordination Team, Union Peace making Work Committee • Read more ➤
face to face battle took place between troops from TNLA Battalion-223 and Myanmar Tatmadaw Division-11 today, March 29, from 1530 to 1600 hours, at a place between Mon-si and Namt-maw villages in Tamo-nyeh Sub-Township, Kut-kai Township, in the TNLA Tactical Command-5 area. There was no casualty on the TNLA side. Casualty on Tatmadaw side is still not known […]March 29, 2015 • By Palaung State Liberation Front and Ta'ang National Liberation Army • Tags: Burma Army, Conflict, Palaung State Liberation Front, Ta'ang National Liberation Army • Read more ➤