Burma’s peace process still fragile

Leading NGO warns Burma’s peace process still fragile, despite signs of change
26 August 2012
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Positive political changes in Burma – including the release of 1,500 political prisoners – have unfolded rapidly since a flawed election saw ex-general Thein Sein come into power in 2011. But reform is “still at a tentative and early stage”.

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Positive political changes in Burma – including the release of 1,500 political prisoners – have unfolded rapidly since a flawed election saw ex-general Thein Sein come into power in 2011. But reform is “still at a tentative and early stage” according to a leading NGO of activist scholars, the Transnational Institute (TNI).

The entry of the NLD into parliament, the spread of ethnic ceasefires and growing engagement from the West, have encouraged hopes for progressive change in Burma. But TNI has pointed to Burma’s political history and stressed caution; under the Thein Sein government, “Burma has entered its fourth era of political transition since independence from the British in 1948,” and that periods of state transition in the past (1948, 1966, 1982), failed to lead to lasting democratic reforms.

In July, TNI hosted a two-day conference, involving a diversity of ethnic groups from different areas of Burma, with the theme ‘prospects for ethnic peace and political participation.’ Those taking part in the two-day conference included 30 representatives from civil society, parliament, and armed opposition groups.

Read the full article here.

Read the TNI report "Prospects for Ethnic Peace and Political Participation in Burma/Myanmar" here.

 

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