The latest iteration of the “21st Century Panglong Conference” concluded on Monday with participants signing 14 points of agreement as the high-level peace confab came to a close in the capital Naypyidaw.
The 14 points — in sectors related to politics, economics, social matters, and land/environmental issues — will be added onto the Union Accord first inked at the last round of Panglong negotiations, bringing to 51 the number of points agreed in a document that is intended to help bring an end to the world’s longest-running civil war.
Flash flooding continues to wreak havoc across Burma this week claiming three lives and leaving a path of destruction.
Three people have been killed in the floods in Magwe Division, central Burma and an estimated 8000 people across the country have lost their homes or experienced damages, said Phyu Le Le Tun, director of the Disaster Risk Management Department.
By NANG MYA NADI / DVB
More than 500 villagers have fled their homes in northern Shan State’s Namtu Township in recent days after armed clashes broke out between two of the major ethnic armies in the region – the Shan State Progressive Party (SSPP) and the Ta’ang National Liberation Army (TNLA).
Sai Seng Thein, the administrator of Wein Nang village in Namtu, said hostilities began on 4 May when the SSPP and TNLA forces clashed, causing two civilian injuries due to artillery fire.
By Ye Mon
TANAI TOWNSHIP, Kachin State — Although the Burmese military does not want camps established for internal displaced persons (IDPs) who recently fled their homes due to clashes between government troops and the Kachin Independence Army, a cabinet official for the National League for Democracy-led government has insisted that camps should be set up if necessary.
By YE MON
Some 5,000 Kachin villagers, who abandoned their homes one month ago due to the proximity of armed clashes between Burmese government forces and the Kachin Independence army (KIA), are still sheltering in churches and makeshift camps as monsoon season rapidly approaches.
Speaking to DVB on Tuesday, Father Steven Sut Awng from the Catholic church in Tanhpre village, Myitkyina Township, said that some 1,100 displaced persons (IDPs) from Injangyang have been sheltering in his church since 26 April, while many others are camped out at the nearby Baptist church.
By YE MON
More than 5,000 Kachin civilians have abandoned their homes in recent weeks and are now sheltering in makeshift shelters in the jungle around Tanai, Hpakant and Injangyang townships as military clashes intensify between Burmese government forces and the Kachin Independence Army (KIA), according to a local relief committee.
By NAW NOREEN / DVB
Clashes between government troops and the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) around a village in Mogaung Township, Kachin State, have sent more than 800 people fleeing to the nearby town of Namti, in the latest bout of fighting to affect the region.
The village in question, Kasung, is located about 13 miles from Namti town.
Dr. Samson Khalam, the general-secretary of the Kachin Baptist Convention (KBC), told _DVB_ that local villagers from Kasung fled to Namti town as their village was hit with artillery fire.
By ANDREW D. KASPAR
Joining a rising chorus of voices objecting to the encroachment of Burma Army troops into territory in Karen State, hundreds of villagers in the state’s Hpapun Township staged a protest on Monday, calling on the military to withdraw its forces.
Earlier this month, the Burma Army engaged in clashes with soldiers from the Karen National Liberation Army — the armed wing of the Karen National Union (KNU) — in Hpapun. The fighting has resulted in some of the most significant displacement of civilians in Karen State in years.
By NANG MYA NADI
Fighting between the Restoration Council of Shan State (RCSS) and the Ta’ang National Liberation Army (TNLA) flared once again this week in Kyaukme Township, Shan State, with a shelling from the clashes landing in Tawt Pe village and killing two civilians.
By MAGGI QUADRINI
As ongoing violence in Burma continues to forcibly displace thousands of people, women are too often being represented as victims within the narrative of conflict.
The Karen National Union (KNU) and New Mon State Party (NMSP) may be close to reconciliation after both sides sat for talks in the Mon border town of Three Pagodas Pass on Tuesday.
The talks were called following two armed clashes between the ethnic armies recently: first in Ye Township, Mon State, on 24 February; then in Ye Phyu Township, Tanintharyi Region, on 3 March.
The NMSP delegation was led by Nai Nyan Tun, the chairman of its chapter in Dawei, while the KNU team was headed by Dooplaya district chairperson Padoh Saw Shwe Maung.
A member of the government’s Peace Commission has said the United Wa State Army (UWSA) and the National Democratic Alliance Army (NDAA), the latter also known as the “Mongla group,” accept the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement, an accord that the two influential ethnic armed groups had previously spurned.
By YE MON 13 February 2018
The New Mon State Party and Lahu Democratic Union signed the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement (NCA) on Tuesday, fulfilling a pledge that the two ethnic armed groups made last month to accede to an accord initially inked by eight non-state armies more than two years ago.
The New Mon State Party and Lahu Democratic Union will sign the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement, marking the first time that ethnic armed organisations have acceded to the accord since eight initial non-state signatories joined the previous government and military in formally agreeing to its terms over two years ago.
By YE MON
A disagreement over simple terminology is grinding peace talks to a standstill, according to Tun Zaw, a central executive member of the ethnic bloc United Nationalities Federal Council (UNFC).
The Myanmar Earthquake Committee has warned that the risk exists of a high-intensity earthquake on the **Sagaing Fault** which could trigger a tsunami along the Burmese coastline, and has recommended that preparations be undertaken.
By LIBBY HOGAN / DVB, 3 November 2017
Cer Lui had to make a split decision — to either drive herself to the hospital more than six hours away by motorbike, or stay in her home with her seven children — and deliver her baby.
When her husband found her, she had bled to death due to post-delivery bleeding.
She’s just one of 2,800 women in Burma who die every year from preventable causes related to pregnancy and childbirth.
By YE MON
Ahead of a ceremony on 15 October to mark the second anniversary of the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement (NCA), a leading member of the negotiating team for the eight signatories to the accord has called for the Burmese government to do more to move the peace process along.
By Libby Hogan
“At the age of 10, I got my tattoos,” says Ma Lha Sen.
Tracing with her finger the spiderweb-like design covering her face, she retells the story of the two-day, painful process. “It started here,” says the 70-year-old, gesturing at her forehead.
When I ask about the origins of the tattoo tradition she shrugs. “My parents made me get the tattoos. Everyone in the Laytu tribe had to get it.”
By PAING SOE / DVB
Internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Kachin State’s Tanai Township will face a shortage of rations by the end of this month, aid workers say.
To date, the IDPs have been relying on food supplies donated by a handful of political parties and well-wishers, in the aftermath of the displaced population’s flight from gold and amber mines in Tanai Township to the eponymous town to the southeast, in June.