Military


Myanmar’s army chief, Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, reshuffled top posts on Friday, promoting his intelligence chief and other officers leading efforts to present the military as a responsible partner in a democratic transition.

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A mid-year report on the human rights situation in Burma by a national watchdog has noted a “stark increase” in violations by Burmese government forces and ethnic militias.

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Intense fighting between the Tatmadaw and the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) continues with just one week before the start of the 21st-century Panglong Conference, to be held from August 31 to September 4 in Nay Pyi Taw with the hopes of fostering peace between the country’s armed ethnic groups.

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Burma’s main opposition party, the Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP), has pinned its hopes on new leader Than Htay securing Burma’s top job in the 2020 election.

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A reshuffle of the Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) on Tuesday saw younger faces emerge at the top of Burma’s biggest opposition party, although the positions of chairman, vice-chairman and general secretary went to ex-military officers.

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New Union and Solidarity Development Party chairman U Than Htay said Wednesday that he was committed to winning the 2020 election after a leadership shakeup this week, while adding that the party had no plans to alter its policies ahead of the next poll.

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A newspaper published by the former ruling party of ex-generals has claimed that crime has sharply risen under the democratically elected government of Aung San Suu Kyi, and that her efforts to impose rule of law have failed.

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The Burma Army deployed two military helicopters yesterday against Kachin Independence Army (KIA) soldiers in Nhkram Bum, located east of the road from Myitkyina to Bhamo, said Lt-Col Naw Bu, the information officer for the KIA’s political wing, the Kachin Independence Organisation (KIO).

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Shortly after State Counselor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi arrived back from her official visit to China, delegates of the Chinese government met separately with the United Wa State Army (UWSA) and National Democratic Alliance Army–Eastern Shan State (NDAA-ESS)—also called Mongla Army—near the China border.

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In a surprise shake-up at the top, former president U Thein Sein handed over his Union Solidarity and Development Party leadership role today to U Than Htay, a member of the USDP central executive committee.

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Myanmar former ruling party the Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) on Monday vowed to adopt a new strategy in accordance with the desire of the people without altering its original objective.

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THE Union Solidarity Development Party’s leadership is seeking to plot a way back from the political wilderness, with a party conference expected to usher in a series of personnel changes.

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Burma Army representatives of the National Reconciliation and Peace Center (NRPC) objected to a proposal put forward on Monday by an ethnic armed group delegation regarding the facilitation of dialogue at the upcoming Union Peace Conference.

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A court in Myanmar indicted a man on Monday for insulting the military chief and former president on social media, under a controversial telecommunications law that activists have urged the new government to repeal.

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The conference of ethnic armed groups held at Mai Ja Yang in Kachin State from July 26 to 30 was significant because of who was represented at the event.

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The Tatmadaw is responsible for taking action in a case involving more than 300 tonnes of illegally harvested timber in Pyin Oo Lwin township, Mandalay Region, which was discovered last month in a protected forest area cordoned off for military research.

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Fighting has been ongoing for nearly a week between members of the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) and the Burma Army, leading to school closures and civilians fleeing their villages along the highway connecting Kachin State’s Tanai and Hpakant townships.

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Residents from Shahtuzup village in Kachin State’s Hukawng Valley believe that two men that have been missing since Friday are being detained by the Myanmar Army. Since the beginning of the month, the area has been a scene of heavy fighting with the Kachin Independence Army (KIA).

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A low-key visit to Burma last week by a senior Communist Party of China (CPC) official revealed that Beijing still sees the country’s former dictator as a “political force” in the country’s affairs more than five years after his retirement.

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One country run by two persons: this is Burma. On the one hand, there is State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi; on the other, there is army chief Snr-Gen Min Aung Hlaing. If one were to ask who is ultimately in charge, they might find no clear answer.

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