Rebel groups reject ‘terrorist’ label

Two ethnic armed groups, the Karen National Union (KNU) and Kachin Independence Organisation (KIO), released a joint statement on February 16 to say that all ethnic armed groups should be regarded as peace partners and not as terrorist groups, adding that the peace process should be accomplished in cooperation with them.

Pa-O nationality forum starts

Under the supervision of the Union Peace Dialogue Joint Committee, the Pa-O national organisations will hold their forum from today (February 16) in Hopong Township in the Pa-O self-administered zone in Shan State.

The forum is expected to take five days and gather representatives from the government’s peace commission, Shan State's chief minister, parliamentary Speaker, political parties, armed groups and some 700 Pa-O representatives, according to the Pa-O National Liberation Organisation (PNLO).

Chinese land grabs will be challenged, says general

If Chinese farmers are found illegally working on farmland across the border, they will be prosecuted under the 1947 Immigration Act, according to Major General Aung Soe, the military-appointed deputy minister for home affairs. 

Wheelchair users and blind march on capital

A campaign led by wheelchair users started their procession to demand peac

Panglong postponed until March


Vice president visits Buthidaung prison

Vice president and chairman of Rakhine State investigation commission, Myint Swe, visited Buthidaung prison and met with prisoners, according to Ministry of Information.

The commission members went to Sittwe on February 14 to collect data concerning the report of UN Human Rights Commissioner’s office released on February 3.

More than 60 political organisations held peace talks to mark the 70th Anniversary of Union Day

More than 60 political organisations held talks on Monday to discuss Myanmar's ongoing peace process and to commemorate the 70th Anniversary of Union Day, including the Panglong Agreement pledges.

The discussions were led by Kachin National Congress (KNC) chairman Dr M Korn La, Chit Hsaung Oo from Thakhin Kodawhmine Peace Network and Kaung Htet Kyaw from All Burma Federation of Student Unions.

Philippines ratifies Asean agreement vs human trafficking

MANILA (Philippine Daily Inquirer/ANN) - The Philippines became the sixth member state to ratify the Asean agreement against human trafficking. 

The Philippines has ratified The Convention against Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children (ACTIP).

State Counsellor attends ceremony for milestone Union Day

State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi attended a ceremony marking the 70th Union Day in Panglong,  southern  Shan State, on Sunday.

It was the first time that Suu Kyi had visited the Panglong Monument, commemorating the national agreement seven decades ago that ushered in the first Union Day.

National reconciliation plays vital role for relations between ethnic groups

National reconciliation plays a crucial role not only between the government and the country’s ethnic armed groups but also among the ethnic groups themselves, President Htin Kyaw said on Union Day.

A ceremony to mark the 70th national day was held amid many festivities in Maha Bandoola Park on Sunday. Phyo Min Thein, Yangon’s Chief Minister, read out the President’s comments in a message for the occasion.