Thousands of civilians in central Shan State have had their lives uprooted by ongoing conflict between the Burma Army and the Shan State Army-North.

Clashes Cease in Wan Hai, but for How Long?

Officers of the Shan State Army-North do not believe the current lull in the Burma Army’s two-month offensive is likely to last more than a few days.

Amid ongoing hostilities between the Burma Army and the Shan State Army-North, the ethnic armed group says it won’t relinquish its Wan Hai headquarters.

RANGOON — In the wake of Sunday’s landslide victory for the National League for Democracy (NLD), outspoken firebrand monk U Wirathu has expressed doubt over the party’s ability to govern, and warned that he will work to protect the recently enacted ‘race and religion’ legislative package from any attempts at repeal. By 3pm on Thursday, the NLD […]

The day after Burma’s historic election, the Shan State Army-North (SSA-N) says the military have used aerial forces and artillery in an attack on its Wan Hai village headquarters.

A high-ranking member of the powerful United Wa State Army said the group may seek the support of Beijing to help halt hostilities in northern Burma.

Karen Leader: ‘If They Keep Attacking Us, There Will Be No Peace’

The Irrawaddy speaks with the KNDO’s David Thakapaw about the peace deal recently signed by other factions within the Karen political leadership.

A new ethnic armed group alliance could for the first time involve two of Burma’s largest non-state armies, including the powerful United Wa State Army.

PANGHSANG, Wa Special Region — The first day of an ethnic summit in Panghsang, the capital of the semi-autonomous Wa Special Region in northeast Shan State, began on Sunday with the host rebel group calling on the next Burmese government to prioritize the rights of ethnic nationalities and resolve conflict through political means. A spokesperson […]

Ethnic armed groups’ leaders converge on Panghsang, where the United Wa State Army has invited 12 ethnic armed groups to discuss their shared ceasefire abstention.


In Rangoon’s Kawhmu Township, where thousands gathered on Saturday to greet wildly popular opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, not everyone is planning on heading to their local polling station on Nov. 8. Several locals who spoke to The Irrawaddy during an earlier campaign rally held by Suu Kyi in the township’s Ma Zwe Seik […]

Two Buddhist novices and a 12-year-old girl are among four people injured when a roadside bomb goes off in Mong Hsu Township, Shan State.

Ethnic leaders say they doubt the government’s commitment to political dialogue with insurgent groups, despite participating in last week’s ceasefire accord.

Another 1,200 people have fled their homes as clashes between the military and the Shan State Army-North resumed over the weekend.

Fighting broke out between the military and the Ta’ang National Liberation Army in five separate locations on Monday, according to sources from the ethnic armed group.

The Burma Army continues attacks on positions held by the Shan State Army-North, firing artillery rounds on the rebel group’s headquarters and a nearby base.

A long-awaited ceasefire will soon be signed, though the pact will not be the “inclusive” agreement many of Burma’s ethnic armed groups had hoped for.

A spokesperson for the Buddhist nationalist group said Friday that foreign media did not understand Burmese culture and dismissed links to the ruling party.

Govt Peace Broker Urges Mon Rebels to Sign Ceasefire

Minister Aung Min delivers a strong message that the Mon will be limited to observer status during political discussions if it doesn’t sign a ceasefire.

Over 100 more villagers in Mansi Township were displaced Sunday after clashes continued between government troops and the Kachin Independence Army.

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