• 12 June 2014
    npaDisplacement Solutions, group commissioned by Norwegian People’s Aid (NPA), publishes report ‘Do No Harm’ on land rights and mine action in Burma. It says Myanmar Mine Action Center (MMAC) is about to be formed under the Myanmar Peace Centre (MPC). The report warms  if managed poorly or carried out purely on a technical basis without taking land rights questions into account, de-mining can re-ignite or create new land conflicts. It set forth two key sets of proposals for generating land rights-sensitive mine action. (Statement)

KNU leaves UNFC to it: One side of the story

KNU leaves UNFC to it: One side of the story

As the famous saying goes: “There are three sides to a story: Your side, my side and the truth,” the following is the Karen National Union (KNU) leadership’s version given on 1 September 2014 on the disas...

UNFC crisis, ethnic-democratic alliance meet and Commander-in-Chief hard-line stance

UNFC crisis, ethnic-democratic alliance meet and Commander-in-Chief hard-line stance

Ever since the confidential memo from United Nationalities Federal Council (UNFC) Foreign Department was distributed, in early August, among the UNFC circle, and some trusted individuals, disgruntled and critic...

To Hopeland and Back - Day 4 and 5

Day Four. Wednesday, 20 August 2014.

Unlike most Shans, I’m not a lover of festivities. Some may say that’s because I’m only three-quarter Shan. The remaining one-quarter is C...

To Hopeland and Back - Day 3

To Hopeland and Back - Day 3

Day Three. Tuesday, 19 August 2014

The Pyidaungsu Institute (PI) for Peace and Dialogue, which I have been chosen to escort, is not, as some believe, an affiliate of the MPC. Neithe...

To Hopeland and Back (X) - Day 2

To Hopeland and Back (X) - Day 2

Day Two. Monday 18 August 2014.

It takes us some time to get to MPC because the road is packed with cars big and small, old and new. All of them however possess one common feature: ...

Japan and Norway proposed as ceasefire witnesses

Japan and Norway proposed as ceasefire witnesses

The week-long Laiza conference of the 18 armed organizations that concluded on 31 July had proposed Japan and Norway be invited as signatory witnesses to the planned nationwide cea...

Academic: CSOs have roles to play other than joining national dialogue

Academic: CSOs have roles to play other than joining national dialogue

Dr Hannes Siebert, special advisor to the Pyidaungsu Institute (PI) for Peace and Dialogue, told Civil Society Forum for Peace in Rangoon Friday that not involving in the national ...

 

A tale for our times

A parable about two mythical kingdoms offers lessons in how to create a cycle of non-violence

To many of us, today’s world must seem one in which violence is the first resort used to register a protest, settle disputes or particularly, to wage a war...

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Shan IDPs petition President Thein Sein for Burma Army withdrawal from their homes

Shan IDPs petition President Thein Sein for Burma Army withdrawal from their homes

About 300 displaced villagers sent a petition letter today to President Thein Sein, calling for the withdrawal of Burma Army troops from their village Wan Pasaung in Ke See township, and demanding compensation for damage to their homes and farms duri...

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Will the Foreign Policy Success of Obama place Burma in the Proxy Hot War?

Will the Foreign Policy Success of Obama place Burma in the Proxy Hot War?

President’s Obama’s foreign policy struggles in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria, Palestine and most of the Middle East, not to mention Ukraine and the Pacific rim nations is a cause for “ a palpable sense of disappointment on the world stage as ...

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Weekly Wrap-up, No.648 (12-19 October 2013)

Weekly Wrap-up, No.648 (12-19 October 2013)
  • BOMB BLASTS SHAKE BURMA!
  • MILITARY CHIEF IN CHINA BEFORE LAIZA SUMMIT!
  • CORRECT NUMBER OF SLAVES IN BURMA, 60 MILLION!
  • MP CALLS ON BA, SSA TO STOP FIGHTING!
  • HOMAGE TO SEIN WIN!
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Burmese migrant workers mark May Day in Chiang Mai

Burmese migrant workers mark May Day in Chiang Mai

CHIANG MAI-May 6. Hundreds of Burmese migrant workers marked May Day in Chiang Mai on May 1, 2014, celebrated worldwide to honor workers. Labor organizations, including the Migrant Workers Federation (MWF), Worker Solidarity Association (WSA), and Mi...

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Time to re-examine the ceasefire agreements

Time to re-examine the ceasefire agreements

Two days from now the Nationwide Ceasefire Coordination Team (NCCT), formed by 16 armed organizations on 2 November 2013 in Laiza, is going to meet again to “re-review” its latest review on the second NCA (Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement) draft th...

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