The 28th of October marked the second anniversary of the abduction of Sumlut Roi Ja, an ethnic Kachin woman, by members of Burma’s Army.
Saw Blacktown-Grave concerns over government plans to build six hydroelectric dams on the Salween River. The dam projects would be used to sell hydropower to Burma’s neighbors, China and Thailand. The planned dams lie in ethnic conflict zones where the critical issue of control over natural resources remains unresolved.
As the Laiza summit (30 October-1 November) that has invited top leaders of Burma's multi-resistance movements, draws near, two different approaches toward Naypyitaw's offer for Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement became quite clear among these groups that have fought for so long against Burmese domination:
By Sai Wansai -While the government proposed nationwide ceasefire is still pending for further deliberation, full of euphoric optimism for the successful forthcoming outcome abound, from the part of the Thein Sein regime, the next phase of constitutional rewriting and amendment debate has already begun in earnest. The cacophony of voices generated by this pressing issue is now impossible to be overheard.
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 human rights situation in Burma is moving too slowly, says Fortify Rights a non-profit human rights organization based in Southeast Asia, with positive political progress being undermined by a festering civil war in the country’s north.
The Myanmar government and the rebel Kachin Independent Organization (KIO) have agreed to work together towards nationwide ceasefire and lay foundation for political dialogue.
As reported by Democratic Voice of Burma, the Shan-Kayah-Mon Trustbuilding for Peace forum was attended by a total of 331 individuals and representatives from 21 political parties, 17 armed groups (3 of which were Burma Army-run People’s Militia Forces) and 3 civic groups.
The Karen National Union (KNU), a leading ethnic armed and political organizations currently in peace talks with the Burma government, has been giving out mixed signals about a nationwide ceasefire that is being pushed by the government Minister U Aung Min.
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