On Union Day, February 12, 2015, the President, senior Tatmadaw officers, both speakers of the Hluttaws, political parties, and four Ethnic Armed Organizations (EAOs)—the Restoration Council of Shan State, Karen National Union, Democratic Karen Benevolent Army, and KNU/KNLA Peace Council—signed the Deed of Commitment to Peace and National Reconciliation (the “Deed”) at Naypyidaw. By signing the Deed, the President is able to demonstrate a positive image to the country and the international community that Burma’s peace process is moving forward in advance of the election later this year […]February 12, 2015 | By Ethnic Nationalities Affairs Center | Tags: Burma Army, Democratic Karen Benevolent Army, Ethnic Armed Organizations, Ethnic Nationalities Aff, Ethnic Nationalities Council, Karen National Union, KNU/KNLA Peace Council, Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement, Nationwide Ceasefire Coordination Team, Northern Shan State, Parliament, Restoration Council of Shan State, United Nationalities Federal Council, United Wa State Army | Read more >>
We endorse the United Nationalities Federal Council’s condemnation of Burma’s military and its ruling party in the un-provoked and ‘cowardly’ murder of young Kachin officer cadets by the Burma Tatmadaw Light Infantry Battalion 389, based at Khaya Bum in Kachin State, by the intentional firing of 105 mm artilleries at the military academy of the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) situated at Woi Chyai Bum on November 19, 2014 at 12:36 PM […]November 25, 2014 | By Rohingya Organizations | Tags: Burma Army, Muslims, Rohingya, Rohingya Organizations, United Nationalities Federal Council | Read more >>
1. Karen National Union (KNU) Central Standing Committee (CSC) third emergency meeting was held successfully from October 23 to 29. The emergency meeting was attended by 47 out of 50 CSC members.2. The CSC emergency meeting reviewed and discussed, openly and constructively, on the current political situation of Burma, the situation of own organization, work relating to alliances, nationwide ceasefire matter and the negotiation processes […]October 29, 2014 | By Karen National Union | Tags: Committee for Reunification of Karen Armed Organizations, Karen National Union, Karen National Union Central Standing Committee, Kawthoolei Armed Forces, Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement, Peace Process, United Nationalities Federal Council | Read more >>
The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has recently issued a blueprint that proposes industrial development in Southeast Burma/Myanmar, purportedly to aid in the return and settlement of refugees and Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Karen and Mon States. However, the Karen Peace Support Network (KPSN), a network of nearly 30 ethnic Karen organizations, cautions JICA that its blueprint for infrastructure development such as roads and industrial estates in the war-torn southeast is premature and flawed, potentially exacerbating conflict in the region.
The KPSN (formerly KCBPSN) is the largest network of Karen civil society organizations in Burma/Myanmar. These organizations have been providing support for vulnerable people in this conflict-torn region for decades, striving to empower local communities, build transparent and accountable institutions, and help create a sustainable peace in Burma/Myanmar. KPSN and its member organizations are important stakeholders which must be included in any development planning process in the Karen areas of the southeast […]September 12, 2014 | By Karen Peace Support Network | Tags: Burma Government, Democracy, Development, Environment, Human Rights, IDPs, Japan, Japan International Cooperation Agency, Karen Environmental and Social Action Network, Karen National Union, Karen Peace Support Network, Mon, Peace Process, Refugees, United Nationalities Federal Council | Read more >>
After its organizational conference held on a Thailand-Burma border area, disagreements between the United Nationalities Federal Council (UNFC) and the Karen National Union (KNU) has led to the KNU suspending its’ membership of the UNFC, a setback for the peace process. While this strikes a blow into the government engineered narrative that the peace process is making substantial progress, it is particularly worrying for the ethnic communities that have been suffering from this conflict for decades.
Ostensibly, disagreements over organizational structure have caused this rift, although there are also disagreements within the KNU leadership itself over its position in the UNFC, leading to fears of a split within what has traditionally been the most prominent ethnic armed group. Previous Burma regimes have used divide and rule tactics to weaken armed resistance and to sabotage ethnic unity and it is imperative that this does not happen now. As ethnic leaders squabble over leadership structures, surely much to the delight of the leaders of the Burma Army, it is the most vulnerable populations who feel the pressures, while the government manages to convince elements of the international community that a peace settlement is just around the corner. It is crucial that whatever reason for the KNU’s withdrawal from the UNFC, they must put the ethnic communities at the forefront of their decision making […]September 9, 2014 | By Burma Partnership | Tags: Burma Army, Burma Partnership, Government of Myanmar, Karen, Karen National Union, Karen women's Organization, Myanmar Peace Center, Refugees, Thai Army, United Nationalities Federal Council | Read more >>