Insofar as the Union government’s agenda for ethnic reconciliation is concerned, there is little doubt that the north, where the most powerful rebel armies operate, holds the key to a permanent negotiated settlement.
It’s difficult to read the accounts of alleged human rights violations by the Burmese military against Rohingya Muslims of Arakan State, but those who fled to Bangladesh are describing what has happened because they want help. They want the world to act.
Ethnic communities across Burma are raising their voices to strongly oppose plans by the Burma government and the global hydropower industry to build large dams that threaten to destroy their lives and livelihoods.
The ongoing Strategic Environmental Assessment of the hydropower sector in Myanmar does not determine the fate of planned or future hydropower projects and rather is a tool for decision-makers to be better informed of countrywide environmental and social risks.
US President-elect Donald Trump has not made any public statements on what his administration’s policy toward Burma will be, but he is unlikely to take a strong personal interest in the country as his predecessor has.
In August, Burma’s newly elected government overhauled the senior figures heading the administrative framework for governing Special Economic Zones (SEZs). Union Vice-President Henry Van Thio replaces former president Thein Sein[…]
It is little wonder that local humanitarian organisations and CSOs are such a central part of Burma’s social fabric given the country’s unparalleled culture of compassion and generosity in the face of suffering.