Wednesday, August 10th, 2016


It is looking increasingly likely that the United Wa State Army (UWSA) and the National Democratic Alliance Army—or “Mongla Group”—will participate in and support the 21st Century Panglong peace conference scheduled for late August.

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The United Nationalities Federal Council (UNFC) will join the two-day political dialogue framework review meeting in Rangoon beginning on Friday, just ahead of the Union Peace Conference scheduled for the end of this month.

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Immigration authorities have charged six Muslim residents of Rangoon’s Thingangyun Township under the 1982 Citizenship Law for allegedly traveling from other regions without government approval and failing to return their “white cards” last year, according to their defense lawyer.

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Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) Chairman Thein Sein said that they would announce their peace policy at the 21st century Peace Conference which would be organized and sponsored by the ruling National League for Democracy (NLD) on 31 August.

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A government delegation met today with three armed groups that were excluded from taking part in last year’s so called nationwide ceasefire agreement (NCA) in Mongla near the Chinese border.

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A new ethnic party that founders say will work on national affairs was announced during a recent press conference in the northern Thai city Chiang Mai.

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The Ta’ang people of northern Shan State say that they should have a state of their own in a future federal Burma.

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A group of coders and political enthusiasts have launched a new way for the public to interact with parliament.

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Seven Burma Army soldiers, including four commissioned officers, accused of murdering five civilians in Mong Yaw Village of Lashio Township in late June were brought before a court martial at North Eastern Command headquarters in Lashio, northern Shan state on Tuesday.

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A skirmish broke out between the Burma Army and the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) near the armed group’s Laiza headquarters on 7 August.

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The Kachin Independence Army has admitted to ambushing a police convoy on August 8 in an attack that wounded nine officers.

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A Tatmadaw investigation into the death of a villager in Kachin State has found a soldier from within its ranks guilty, with a military tribunal ruling that he be stripped of his rank and discharged from the military, the Myanmar National Human Rights Commission said in a statement last week.

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July 2016 brought a remarkable fall from grace for Ma Ba Tha, the Buddhist “race and religion protection” organization that has become internationally infamous for promoting anti-Muslim sentiment in Myanmar.

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