172 STORIES TAGGED ‘CEASEFIRE’

Karen Groups Voice Opposition to Development Projects that Plunder Ceasefire Areas

November 10, 2017  •  Author: Saw Shar

Karen organizations are accusing the government of abusing the ceasefire process to take advantage of investment opportunities with little regard for potential consequences to the environment or the local population. The latest iteration of the long-standing complaint was lo... Read more ►

KNU Chair Highlights Weaknesses in the NCA During Anniversary Celebrations

October 16, 2017  •  Author: Saw Tun Lin

Amid anniversary celebrations of the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement, the chairperson of the Karen National Union (KNU) bemoaned the lack of progress and lingering weaknesses in the peace process. Speaking at the October 15 commemoration of the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement... Read more ►

Bago JMC Slammed for Lacking Transparency after Dropping Q&A from Public Meet

September 15, 2017  •  Author: Saw Tun Lin

What was supposed to be a public forum on the peace process in Bago Region this week turned into more of a lecture when the question and answer portion of the event was cut. The Joint Ceasefire Monitoring Committee of Bago Region’s September 12 meeting in Kyaukkyi township... Read more ►

Karen State CSOs Skeptical About Local Ceasefire Monitoring Body

September 14, 2017  •  Author: Karen News

Civil society groups in Karen State last week discussed concerns that the official ceasefire monitoring body may restrict their peace-related activities. At a meeting held by the Kayin Women’s Empowerment Group (KWEG) and Belgium-based Nonviolent Peace Force in Hpa-an on S... Read more ►

Karen State Opens First Local-level JMC Office in Hpapun

September 4, 2017  •  Author: Karen News

Supporting the nuts and bolts of implementing the peace process, a local-level committee was formed with an office in Hpapun township, Karen State officially opened on August 30. This is the first local-level Joint Ceasefire Monitoring Committee to get to work. The eight-mem... Read more ►

NCA Signatories Send Liaison Officers to Attend Peace Leadership Training in Cambodia

July 14, 2017  •  Author: Saw Shar

Representatives from eight ethnic armed groups took part in a training program offered by the Cambodia-based Centre for Peace and Conflict Study from July 7-11. The officials – all of whom represent groups that have signed the nationwide ceasefire agreement – are taking ... Read more ►

Steering Team to Review Peace Process

July 9, 2017  •  Author: Saw Shar

With peace still looking elusive and negotiations as fractured as ever, a steering committee established by the ceasefire signatories has agreed to conduct a broad review of the peace process. The Peace Process Steering Team (PPST) announced on July 2 that it would undertake... Read more ►

KNU Support Displaced Villagers Demand for the Closure and Redeployment of 17 Burma Army Camps and Soldiers

June 1, 2017  •  Author: Sa Isue/Karen News

The Karen National Union’s Mutraw District office released a statement supporting the demands of the displaced villagers living on the banks of the Salween River. The KNU statement said that its standing committee supported the displaced villagers “we view their demands ... Read more ►

RCSS to refrain from signing any agreements at 21st-Century Panglong Conference

May 25, 2017  •  Author: Sa Isue

Amid much speculation about what can be achieved at the second round of the Union Peace Conference, scheduled to start on May 24, even the ceasefire signatory groups seem baffled. The Restoration Council of Shan State announced that while it will attend the meeting, it will ... Read more ►

KNU Official Carrying Arms in Mixed Control Areas Gets Complaint from Govt State Border Affair

May 21, 2017  •  Author: Karen News

A member of the Karen State government has objected to a Karen National Union official totting guns in an area of “dual administration”. The KNU signed the nationwide ceasefire agreement (NCA) in 2015, which as they were recently reminded, restricts them from carrying gu... Read more ►

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