Burma’s existing Constitution, approved in a May 2008 referendum, is controversial since it was prearranged by means of subjective legal principles. It says the military commander-in-charge can take sovereign power if the country is in a dangerous situation. In late July last year, a three-day Ethnic Conference organized by the United Nationalities Federal Council (UNFC)...
Peace talks between Burmese officials and Kachin Independence Organization, facilitated by the Chinese government, were held in Shweli, China Monday. According to the state-run New Light of Myanmar newspaper, both sides issued a five-point joint statement (dated 4 February, 2013) at the meeting. The following is the English version of the joint-statement translated by the...
Burma’s war against ethnic rebels is ongoing. Although peace talks are taking place, there seems to be no end in site in the war against the Kachin Independence Organization (KIO). Moreover, even though the government’s peacemaking team has reached a truce with the Shan State Army (SSA), the Burma Army is reluctant to accept the...
The Burmese government led by President Thein Sein seems to be neglecting its own promises – good governance, national reconciliation, poverty alleviation etc. – made during the presidential inaugural ceremony. The regime is dragging its feet to honor ethnic people’s equal rights and self-determination. How much time does Burma need to bring about national reunion,...
The historic Panglong Agreement has been ignored by the successive Burmese military rulers for decades. The agreement has been overlooked by the generals as they rule the country dictatorially. The Panglong Agreement was signed on Feb. 12, 1947, between General Aung San and leaders of the Chin, Kachin and Shan ethnic groups. According to several...
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