Following the recent resignation of the KIO and other members, the UNFC now consists of just five groups: the NMSP, SSPP, KNPP, LDU and ANC.
US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson plans to remove Iraq and Burma from a US list of the world’s worst offenders in the use of child soldiers.
Snr-Gen Min Aung Hlaing stresses a need for a modernised military capable of waging modern warfare in the technological world of the 21st century.
Locals say Mangpang Militia has threatened to murder residents and forced them to consent to a gold mining operation.
A human rights group in Karen State is calling for the demilitarisation of former conflict areas to ensure that Burma’s ongoing peace process is “stable and long lasting”.
The Panglong Conference must be as inclusive as possible if it is to succeed in remaking Burma, says UN special rapporteur on human rights Yanghee Lee.