HART Weekly News Round-up 8/1/2016

January 8th, 2016

HART Weekly News Round-up 8/1/2016

News from HART:

Burma

  • On 5th January 126 Civil Society Organisations issued a joint statement denouncing the framework for political dialogue adopted on 16th December 2015 and the Union Peace Convention to be held on 12th January 2016 as ‘an act of negligence and disregard of the ongoing armed conflicts occurring in Northern Shan State and Kachin State.
  • The Tatmadaw has reportedly pledged to “eliminate” the Arakan Army following nearly two weeks of fighting in Rakhine State. Hundreds of villagers have fled to escape fighting in Arakan State and at least 4 people have been killed.
  • Locals have gathered in protest against the ongoing clashes.
  • Farmers in Dakkinathiri Township, Nay Pyi Taw staged a protest ‘against the companies fencing their fields without giving them adequate compensation’.

Sudan

South Sudan

  • South Sudan’s president Salva Kiir made a Christmas Eve decree dissolving the nation’s 10 states and creating 28 new ones in their place, a move which critics say threatens the peace deal signed in August to end the country’s two-year civil war.
  • Kiir has also made a rare apology to the people of the world’s youngest nation for dragging them into 21 months of war from 15th December 2013.

    South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir prepares to give his speech during the India Africa Forum Summit in New Delhi, India, Thursday, Oct. 29, 2015 (Photo AP/Bernat Armangue)

    South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir prepares to give his speech during the India Africa Forum Summit in New Delhi, India, Thursday, Oct. 29, 2015 (Photo AP/Bernat Armangue)

  • He has also appointed 50 rebel-nominated members to the transitional national legislative assembly. The government, rebels, former detainees and other political parties have also divided up the ministries for the country’s power sharing government.
  • Thousands of soldiers of the would-be joint integrated forces from the armed opposition faction may deploy to Juba by mid-January, says a spokesman for the opposition.
  • Doctors Without Borders say that this year the malaria epidemic in South Sudan is shaping up to be the most severe it has seen, while the United Nations has described it as “unprecedented”.
  • Over 2000 civilians have fled their homes after attacks by SPLA near Wau.

Uganda

Nigeria

India

  • Attacks on the Indian Pathankot Air Force base threatened rapprochement efforts between India and Pakistan as an Indian government official said India was now considering whether to go ahead with talks scheduled for 15th January, and that a final decision will be taken once the operations to secure the Pathankot Air Force base in Punjab state are over. Zee News reported that the ‘combing effort’ of the area surrounding the base has now ended.

Nagorno-Karabakh

  • US congress held a closed-door briefing following calls from US House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce to speed up the implementation of Royce-Engel proposals for peace.
  • A new mining complex has been inaugurated in Karabakh employing more than 1,400 people.

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