As violence erupted in Arakan state of Sandoway town, the ongoing persecution of Kaman Muslims has made the news yet again. Unfortunately, this is becoming an all too familiar tale. This time the Buddhist majority demonstrated their wrath after news circulated that a Muslim shopkeeper had verbally abused a Buddhist taxi driver that parked in front of his shop.
Pon Nya Mon – The amendment of Burma’s Constitution recently has become a hot issue yet again. The lower house of Burma’s parliament has approved the formation of a committee that will review the 2008 Constitution to make necessary amendments. The opposition groups have pointed out that changes are needed in the Constitution in order to form a genuine federalist union to resolve long-standing ethnic and political conflicts in the country.
The Karenni National Progressive Party (KNPP) held a public consultation meeting attended by thousands from Thai Ban Mae Surin and Ban Nai Soi refugee camps. The purpose of the meetings was to gather opinions about how the KNPP should move forward with ceasefire negotiations. The Karenni armed group is due to meet with the government’s peace team by month’s end. They have several contentious issues related to actions by both the government and the Burma military they hope can be addressed.
After conducting public consultations in nine townships in Chin state, the Chin National Front (CNF) is seeking the opinions of those of the Chin ethnicity that reside out of state. The consultations are part of the ceasefire group's community outreach strategy.
Members of the media, diplomatic community and civil society groups are cordially invited to the press launch of a new report “Economics of Peace and Conflict” at the Myanmar Media Library on Monday 28 October at 2pm.
Page 2 of 166