by Diana Quick
A shared statement by peacebuilding organizations
International Day of Peace, 21 September 2018
INTRODUCTION AND SUMMARY OF FINDINGS
The last year has seen significant global challenges, including an unprecedented level of humanitarian need, rising inequality and exclusion, growing climate change impacts, and increasing threats to our shared security. Nevertheless, the international community has taken important steps in addressing these challenges by implementing the recent bold commitments to foster sustainable peace.
Author: Soth Plai Ngarm
Published by: CPCS
Publication Date: March 2017
INTRODUCTION AND SUMMARY OF FINDINGS
For over sixty years, Myanmar has been the site of violent conflict between the central government armed forces, called the Tatmadaw, and multiple conflict actors. Since the Myanmar government initiated the peace process in 2011, bilateral ceasefire agreements with fifteen ethnic armed groups have been signed. These agreements carried the great hope that Myanmar would finally see the end to the violent conflict that has affected most parts of the country.
Sarah L. Clarke
Myanmar in Transition
Researcher and Author: Dr. Laurens J. Visser
Kachin State is Myanmar’s northernmost and second largest state after Shan State, and it is the only state to share a border with both India and China. Given the size and strategic importance of Kachin State, renewed and ongoing conflict represents the risks and consequences of violent conflict elsewhere in Myanmar.
Some stories can’t be left out. They need to be told; and they need to be listened to. Many, if not all, among the millions of Bangsamoro men and women have storiesto tell abouttheir experiences of injustice, exploitation, human rights violations and discrimination during the Mindanao conflict.
And they need mechanisms to address these grievances.
The following is an extract from the CPCS Learning Paper – Building Infrastructures for Peace: The Role of Liaison Offices in Myanmar’s Peace Process.
In the past decade, the peace infrastructure framework has emerged as a key aspect of conflict transformation.
On June 16, 2015 a Ceremonial Turnover of Weapons and Decommissioning of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) combatants was held at the old Capitol Building in Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao. On that day, 145 Bangsamoro Islamic Armed Forces (BIAF) combatants were registered and processed to formally commence their return to full civilian lives. In late July 2015, the Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies (CPCS) was invited by the MILF to interview 10 of these men. This publication is the result of those conversations.
In light of ongoing unity-building measures in Myanmar, this paper examine’s the Karen history of conflict, seeking to analyse the push for greater unity amongst the Karen. It highlights Karen opinions and experiences of unity-building, derived from conversations with Karen individuals from various communities, civil society organisations (CSOs), armed groups, political parties and government offices.
Conversations with over 100 people from all walks of life across Karen (Kayin) State in Myanmar took place to better understand different views on the peace process and the current needs of their communities. Employing listening methodology as the primary research method, analysis pulled out common and reoccurring themes in the minds of those who participated. This publication raises their voices and draws upon the insight and wisdom of people directly affected by ongoing conflict and the Myanmar peace process.
This publication serves to elevate voices from communities in Kayin State, also known as Karen State, in Myanmar. It provides an opportunity for the voices of participants to be heard in Myanmar’s peace process and to participate in events that will ultimately affect their futures. Using listening methodology, conversations were held with one hundred and eleven individuals from a cross-section of communities in Kayin State. Key themes and commonalities have been identified and are further detailed in the publication.
Background on the Listening Project
CDA Collaborative Learning Projects (CDA), with a number of colleagues in international and local non-governmental organizations (NGOs), donors and other humanitarian and development agencies, has established the Listening Project to undertake a comprehensive and systematic exploration of the ideas and insights of people who live in societies that have been on the recipient side of international assistance efforts.
Cyclone Nargis is believed to be the worst recorded natural disaster in Myanmar's history. It swept through the South Eastern region of Myanmar in early May 2008. It caused widespread destruction and devastation. This book contains a collection of narratives obtained through interviews with key actors involved in the cyclone relief effort.
We primarily interviewed members of local organisations but have also included a number of alternate perspectives from external actors who work closely with the Myanmar context.