Loi Taileng — Nippon Foundation, the Japanese organization that has been active in Burma’s peace process since early last year, has warned the Thai-border based Restoration Council of Shan State / Shan State Army (RCSS/SSA) that further aid to the group would be reviewed if it refuses to participate in the activities of the United Nationalities Federal Council (UNFC), according to insider sources from the RCSS/SSA.
A rights report on 22 April by the Shan Human Rights Foundation (SHRF) claims that the ongoing clashes between ethnic armed groups and Burma army are due to a flaw in the 2008 constitution that grants an authoritative power to the armed forces over the presidency, in which the former may abuse its power by passing the presidential authority.
Loi Taileng — The Shan State Army (SSA) South held an ad hoc meeting on Tuesday, 23 April, at its Loi Taileng base, opposite Maehongson’s Pang Mapha district, to discuss preparations for political dialogue with Naypyitaw.
Various civic groups, activists and academics in Myanmar have spoken out against Tuesday’s report about the Rohingya crisis by US-based Human Rights Watch (HRW), with many voicing particular objection at the use of the term “ethnic cleansing” in the report.
This week’s decision by European Union (EU) member states to lift all sanctions on Burma [Myanmar] except the arms embargo has received widespread criticism. It was, however, just one of the Conclusions published by the EU Foreign Affairs Council on April 22.
Although 40 political prisoners from one particular Shan armed group were released under the amnesty on Tuesday in Myanmar, none of the 50 or so prisoners affiliated with the Shan State Army North was released, said Major Sai Lao Hseng, the spokesman of its lead group, the RCSS/SSA.
Kyodo News Agency opened its first branch in Yangon on Tuesday after signing a memorandum of understanding with the News and Periodicals Enterprise of Myanmar’s Ministry of Information, state media reported on Wednesday.
International rights groups, including Human Rights Watch and Burma Campaign UK, have criticised the EU for lifting its sanctions on Burma, saying that the move “undercuts” the impoverished country’s human rights progress.
The United Nationalities Federal Council (UNFC) warned the European Union that it was too early to lift sanctions on Burma. The UNFC hit out at the EU after foreign ministers from 27 European countries met in Luxembourg on April 22 and decided to lift all sanctions on Burma, except its embargo on arms.
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