Efforts to tackle illegal activities – including insurgency and drug trafficking – along Myanmar’s border with India will be stepped up, Deputy Minister for Home Affairs Brigadier General Kyaw Zan Myint said last week.
The Unlawful Association Act is harming public participation in the peace process because people are too scared to interact with ethnic armed groups, say ethnic leaders and activists who are calling for it to be repealed.
The Myanmar branch of the Women of Faith Network was launched last week, bringing together Buddhist, Christian, Hindu and Muslim women who want to promote religious cooperation, build peace and end poverty.
Daw Aung San Suu Kyi says she is hopeful for a “good result” from proposed six-way talks between national political leaders, despite a government spokesperson declaring such a meeting “impractical”.
Unregistered ancestral lands and those under shifting cultivation will be registered and protected from confiscation under under a draft land use policy, a change land rights groups say would be a major step forward for tenure security.
Norway's foreign minister pledged further support for Myanmar’s peace process in a meeting with government and ethnic armed group leaders last week despite recent violence in Kachin State that has threatened to derail ceasefire negotiations.