British Firm Applies to Search for Minerals in Burmese Jade Areas

The British mining firm Aurasian Minerals Plc (AuM) announced in an update to shareholders in January that this past December it had delivered "three applications for mineral exploration licenses to the Myanmar Mining Authorities." Though the firm did not say where in Burma these applications were made it did reveal that the applications were made in areas that according to the company there exists "jade and gem mining concessions".  

BGB Return 514 Rohingya to Burma in March

Teknaf, Bangladesh:  Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) returned 514 Rohingyas including 319 men, 129 women and 68 children to Burma in the month of March, 2015, according to Abu Rasel Siddique the second-in-command of BGB Battalion No.42 based in Teknaf, Bangladesh.

Government Reinforces Forces in Northern Shan State

Despite the government and ethnic armed organisations (EAOs) signing the final draft of the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement (NCA) on 31 March, the Burma Army is still dispatching military convoys, tanks and armoured cars to Northern Shan State.

Army Searches Church Compound

According to pastors from the Sai Toung Baptist Church in Hpakant Township, Kachin State the Burma Army searched their church compound saying that they were looking for bombs on 31 March.

UNFC Decries Recent Wave of Fighting

In a statement released over the weekend the United Nationalities Federal Council (UNFC), an alliance of Burma's armed ethnic groups, expressed the group's concern regarding the recent wave of fighting that has taken place in Shan and Kachin states.

UPWC and NCCT Leaders Talk about NCA Final Draft

The Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement (NCA) final draft drawn up between the government’s Union-level Peace Work Committee (UPWC) and the ethnic Nationwide Ceasefire Coordination Team (NCCT) was signed at the Myanmar Peace Centre in Rangoon on 31 March.

Authorities Sell Land without Informing Owners

The authorities in Taunggyi City, Shan State have started selling over 300 acres of farmland as plots in a new industrial zone without telling the more than 60 farmers who own the land.

UPWC and NCCT sign NCA Final Draft

The Union Peace-making Work Committee (UPWC) and Nationwide Ceasefire Coordination Team (NCCT) signed the final draft agreement of the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement (NCA) on the eighth day of their seventh meeting at Myanmar Peace Center (MPC) in Yangon.

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