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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 ➤

On Union Day, Reappraisal of the Peace Process is Needed

[12 February, 2016] Today, on the 69th anniversary of the signing of the Panglong Agreement, it is time to review the failures of the recent peace process, urged Burma Partnership […]

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

Protection of People Must be Priority in Burma’s Protracted Peace Process

In a new briefing paper titled, “Protection of People Must be Priority in Burma’s Protracted Peace Process” released to mark Union Day, Burma Partnership highlights how the peace process of the Thein Sein Government has been unsuccessful, ultimately leading to many powerful ethnic armed organizations (EAOs) refusing to sign the nationwide ceasefire agreement (NCA). It also resulted in a call by civil society organizations to postpone the Union Peace Conference […]

February 12, 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 ➤

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 ➤

Rivers of Green Blood

Rescue workers look for bodies of miners killed by a landslide in Hpakant jade mine, at Kachin state, Myanmar  November 24, 2015. Picture taken November 24, 2015. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun

Burma’s multi-billion dollar jade industry is coming under close scrutiny as two new reports demonstrate the corrupt, unaccountable, and dangerous industry that is driving conflict, a heroin epidemic, and hazardous working conditions […]

December 10, 2015  •  By Burma Partnership  •  Tags: , , , , , , , , ,  •  Read more ➤

Burma Bows its Head in Shame on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

WH photoLast week, the Women’s League of Burma marked the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women by calling upon the incoming National League for Democracy Government to take a serious stance on the protection of women from sexual violence. According to their statement, “Women and girls in the Union of Burma are facing with different kinds of violence daily. Especially in ethnic areas, continuous impunity remains for the military personal who continued to commit sexual violence against women and girls.”

The International Day, observed each year on 25 November, was initiated by the United Nations General Assembly in 1999 to recognize the widespread physical and sexual violence against women around the world. Considering that globally, one out of three women have experienced physical or sexual violence, it is crucial for the international community to address this pandemic and the gender inequality that fuels it. In Burma, sexual violence is widespread and perpetrators – particularly those within the Burma Army – share complete impunity from prosecution […]

The International Day, observed each year on 25 November, was initiated by the United Nations General Assembly in 1999 to recognize the widespread physical and sexual violence against women around the world. Considering that globally, one out of three women have experienced physical or sexual violence, it is crucial for the international community to address this pandemic and the gender inequality that fuels it. In Burma, sexual violence is widespread and perpetrators – particularly those within the Burma Army – share complete impunity from prosecution.

December 2, 2015  •  By Burma Partnership  •  Tags: , , ,  •  Read more ➤