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Burma army soldiers in Kachin State. Pic: AP.

Burma says 22 dead in Kachin fighting this month

By Mon, Apr 21, 2014 11:36AM UTC Comments Off Burma army soldiers in Kachin State. Pic: AP.

YANGON, Burma (AP) — Burma says fighting between government troops and ethnic rebels in the northeastern, strife-torn state of Kachin has left at least 22 people dead this month. The clashes in Kachin come despite efforts by President Thein Sein's government to forge a nationwide cease-fire agreement with all armed ethnic groups — a deadline that has repeatedly been pushed back because of ongoing clashes....

Burma talks with Kachin rebels show progress

By Fri, Oct 11, 2013 12:24PM UTC Comments Off Burma talks with Kachin rebels show progress

YANGON, Burma (AP) — Representatives of Burma’s government and Kachin ethnic rebels said Thursday they made significant progress in their latest peace talks and that a comprehensive cease-fire agreement including all armed ethnic groups might be in sight. Burma for decades has faced rebellions from minority groups seeking autonomy. The Kachin are the only major...

Can Burma’s President complete his peace plan?

By Mon, Sep 16, 2013 6:57PM UTC Comments Off President U Thein Sein delivered a speech on 14 August 2013, at the ceremony to take heed of the address and make affirmation at the hall of the Presidential Palace, Nay-Pyi-Taw.(President Office Website)

A peacemaking meeting was held between the United Nationalities Federation Council (UNFC) and a government peacemaking team led by President’s Office Minister U Aung Min on 8 September in Chiang Mai, Thailand. U Aung Min’s true intention was selling the Burmese government plan to ethnic armed groups to join in October’s nationwide ceasefire signing ceremony,...

The irony of Burma trying an activist for ‘negligent homicide’

By Mon, Jul 22, 2013 2:04PM UTC Comments Off Campaigners protest Burma President Thein Sein's UK visit outside the Houses of Parliament in London, Monday, July 15. Pic: AP.

In the same week that President Thein Sein told an audience in London that all political prisoners would be freed by the end of the year, several more were added. First was Brang Shawng, a Kachin farmer taken by police a year ago from a displacement camp in Burma’s north for alleged links to the...

Will Burma’s soldiers return to barracks?

By Mon, Jun 24, 2013 7:31AM UTC Comments Off Myanmar soldiers march during ceremonies Saturday, March 27, 2010, marking the 65th anniversary Armed Forces Day in Naypitaw, Myanmar. The day remembers Myanmar's struggle against occupying Japanese Army during World War II. (AP Photo/Khin Maung Win)

Civil-military relations and constitutional reform in a changing society writes Melissa Crouch, East Asia Forum for Asia Sentinel The rule of law and the constitution matter. This is evident in Burma/Myanmar, where current steps towards constitutional amendment have the potential to determine the future direction of the country’s transition process. A key issue is whether...

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