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28 May 2017 description
report IHH

In 25th anniversary of its establishment IHH Humanitarian Relief Foundation, launched its 2017 Ramadan campaign with “They are Waiting for You” slogan. Throughout Ramadan IHH is going to deliver aid to 1 million people.

IHH, which has been delivering food hampers and food aid packages to help the poor break fast in abundance, is geared up to put a smile on the faces of orphans and needy.

28 May 2017 description
report IHH

Before the upcoming month of Ramadan IHH Humanitarian Relief Foundation delivered food aid to 12.000 Rohingya Muslims who fled persecution in Myanmar and took refuge in Bangladesh.

26 May 2017 description

At the second day session of Union Peace Conference—21st Century Panglong held at MICC-2, Nay Pyi Taw, the Myanmar News Agency Interviewed the EU Ambassador to Myanmar through his political advisor Isabell POPPELBAUM and the following are statements over latest development of ongoing peace process carried out in Myanmar.

26 May 2017 description

Highlights

  • The WFP Country Strategic Plan came into effect as of 1 April 2017. It replaces both the Country Programme and the Protracted Relief and Recovery Operation.

  • WFP continues to be steadily engaged in Cox’s Bazar, where the delivery of the integrated package comprising prevention and treatment of moderate acute malnutrition, school feeding and women’s social and economic empowerment, as well as general food assistance is being delivered to refugees and equally impoverished host communities.

26 May 2017 description

By NAW NOREEN / DVB

Internally displaced persons (IDPs) at a camp in Papun District, Karen State, have staged a demonstration to call for the withdrawal of Burmese military forces from the area, as well as a campaign to clear landmines.

The protesting IDPs, the vast majority of whom were ethnic Karen, marched around E Htu Hta camp to voice their demands, and said that they are unwilling to return to their own villages until these steps are taken.

25 May 2017 description

The Bangladesh Red Crescent Society (BDRCS), supported by the ICRC, kicked off yet another round of food distribution to 3,200 families (19,000 people), who fled from Rakhine State in Myanmar and are residing with host communities in Bangladesh.

The second round of distribution, which is considered the biggest since the opening of the permanent mission in Dhaka in 2006, should provide the families with essential food items for two months and was timed to take place a week before the beginning of the holy month of Ramadan.

25 May 2017 description

The interview with Dr. Sai Oo, Country Representative of Pyidaungsu Institute for peace and dialogue in Yangon, Myanmar was led by Mirco Kreibich, Director, Heinrich Böll Stiftung Myanmar

After the first peace conference in August last year Myanmar has seen a surge in heavy fighting, in particular in Kachin and Northern Shan States. What is behind the latest clashes between the Burmese army, the Tatmadaw, and the ethnic armed organizations (EAO)?

25 May 2017 description
  1. May. 2017 by Mirco Kreibich Johanna Goetz Alice Muthoni Murage

Against the backdrop of persistent ethnic tensions, the second round of the peace conference of Burmese government, army (Tatmadaw) and ethnic minorities begins on 24 May in Myanmar. The political internal climate and the relationship of Aung San Suu Kyi to the international community projected its shadows ahead.

25 May 2017 description
report Radio Free Asia

About 900 Myanmar government representatives, lawmakers, top military and political party officials, and delegates from ethnic armed groups opened the second round of de facto national leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s key peace initiative on Wednesday.

25 May 2017 description
report Voice of America

Joe Freeman

NAYPYITAW — The second round of peace talks under Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi, called "21st Century Panglong”, commenced in the capital Naypyitaw Wednesday amid a cloud of frustration over the lack of progress made since the first conference held under her leadership in August.

25 May 2017 description
report The Irrawaddy

By NYEIN NYEIN & HTET NAING ZAW

NAYPYIDAW — Burma Army Chief Snr-Gen Min Aung Hlaing has called the demands of some ethnic armed groups “unrealistic” and described them as “far beyond the federal system.”

25 May 2017 description
report The Irrawaddy

By Nyein Nyein

Spokesperson for Burma’s State Counselor’s Office U Zaw Htay, spoke to The Irrawaddy about the 21st Century Panglong peace conference, which convened in Naypyidaw on Wednesday, including on the Northern Alliance’s presence and the United Nationalities Federal Council (UNFC)’s absence, as well as China’s role in the peace process.

Under what agreements did members of the Northern Alliance attend the peace conference?

25 May 2017 description

By KIMBERLEY PHILLIPS / DVB

NAYPYIDAW — State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi opened a second round of peace talks under her government here in the capital on Wednesday, predicting that the coming days would bring “intense discussions, exchanges of views, debates and difficult decisions.”

25 May 2017 description
report Human Rights Watch

Grant UN Fact-Finding Mission Full Access to Rakhine State

24 May 2017 description

Switzerland - 2015 was the year of hope for the global migration and humanitarian communities.

That year, we saw the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development call for effective measures and strengthened support to empower displaced people and migrants as part of a broader commitment “to leave no one behind”. This was important progress on the Millennium Development Goals which had nothing to say about migration, let alone the contribution it can make to resilience or sustainable development.

24 May 2017 description

Daw Oo Saw Nwe (37) is a teacher who works at the child friendly space in Ywar Ma Ni village, Myauk U Township, Rakhine State. Ywar Ma Ni village is located 5 miles away from Myauk U and has 220 households with a population of 1,230. 10 households among them were displaced by ethnic and religious conflicts.

As most families struggle for daily food as farm laborers, supporting their children in higher education is a big challenge. Sometime they have to take their children to work, causing them to miss out on their education.

24 May 2017 description
report The Irrawaddy

By Moe Myint

RANGOON — A spokesperson for the Arakan Army (AA) denied on Tuesday his group had forced nearly 300 ethnic Chin to flee from western Burma to northeastern India, after an Indian newspaper reported the claims.

U Khine Thukha, spokesperson for AA’s western chapter, said allegations in The New Indian Express, which quoted a senior Assam Rifles officer who reportedly spoke to the refugees, were “based on groundless accusations.”

24 May 2017 description
report The Irrawaddy

By Lawi Weng

RANGOON — Burma’s bloc of ethnic armed organizations the United Nationalities Federal Council (UNFC) will not attend Wednesday’s Union Peace Conference as its members were only invited as “special guests,” which the bloc viewed as the status of observers.

“Based on the Panglong Spirit, all of us should have equal rights to self-determination and autonomy,” a UNFC statement released Tuesday read. “The UNFC will only support political talks based on genuine federal and democratic principles,” it added.