Founded: 2004, 2010
Headquarters: DKBA Brigade-5, Kayin State
Active Region: Karen State
Size: Over 350
Commander-in-Chief: Col. Min Tun (aka) Min Zan Wai
General Secretary: U Tun Zaw
Arakan National Council/Arakan Army (ANC/AA)
The ANC/AA emerged from the All Arakan Students and Youths Congress (AASYC), the National United Front of Arakan (NUFA), and the Arakan Liberation Army (ALA). It is affiliated with the Democratic Karen Buddhist Army (DKBA).
The ANC was not allowed to sign the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement (NCA) even though it participated in the peace talks as a member of the United Nationalities Federal Council (UNFC) during the U Thein Sein administration.
The ANC strongly condemned the government’s blocking of internet access in townships of northern Rakhine State, saying it was an attempt by the military to cover up its war crimes and crimes against humanity.
Following the February 2021 military coup, the ANC/AA allied itself with the KNU’s Brigade-5 to resist the military junta forces, according to the group’s commander-in-chief. It announced that it had captured and set fire to a military junta forces camp in Hpapun and seized several pieces of artillery ammunition.
The group’s chief said it welcomed the formation of the National Unity Government (NUG) and that it was ready to work with any organisation to establish a federal democratic union and to form a federal army.
12 Aug 2018 – Arakan Army/ ANC message for 68th Karen Martyrs’ Day
26 Jun 2018 – Arakan Army/ ANC: analysis of Myanmar peace process
27 Apr 2014 – Araken Army message for Araken National Convention
2014 / 1 / Statement Description within 2014: Progress
Araken National Convention
2015 / 5 / Statement Description within 2015: Progress
NCA, Condolence Message, Natural Disasters, Ma Htay Htay San’s Death, Myanmar Two Migrant Workers
2016 / 7 / Statement Description within 2016: Progress
Union Peace Conference, 67th Karen Revolution Day, Integration Of Arakan Liberation Party and Arakan Army, Letters of Congratulations, 77th death anniversary of Sayadaw U Ottama, Border Guard Police, Maungdaw Violence
2017/5/ Statement Description within 2017: Progress
Assassination of U Ko Ni, Condolence message, Security for residents in Rakhine, Page hacking
2018/13 Statement Description within 2018: Progress
NCA, Arbitrary Arrest and Detention of Mr.Naing Soe, Condolence Message, National Stakeholder Consultation Meeting, Myanmar peace process, 68th Karen Martyrs’ Day, Crackdown protest in Mrauk-U, Integration of Arakan League For Democracy (ALD) and Arakan Patriotic Party (APP), 30th anniversary Pearl Jubilee of SNLD
The Arakan Army (AA) was founded to protect the Rakhine people, establish peace, justice, freedom and promote development. In the past, the AA worked alongside the DKBA. As an observer, AA representatives attended the second conference of EAOs held in Law Khee Ler in Karen state on 20-25 Jan 2014.
* U Tawn Zaw is serving UNFC secretary 1.
*AA is a member of Arakan National Council
- To gain self-determination for multi-ethnic Rakhine
- To safeguard national identity and cultural heritage
- To promote national dignity and related interests
# of clashes
2011 – Unknown
2012 – Unknown
2013 – Unknown
2014 – Unknown
2014 – Unknown
Ceasefire & Peace Process: Discussion (upon into situation)
Official delegation team
Tawn Zaw and team
Liaison offices: NONE
Alliances: ANC member
Official delegation team
Spoke person: Tawn Zaw
Liaison offices: None
Email: [email protected], [email protected]
Phone: +66 (0) 911 371 736
The party that emerged from the All Arakan Students and Youths Congress (AASYC), the National United Front of Arakan (NUFA), and the Arakan Liberation Army (ALA) is also affiliated with the Democratic Karen Buddhist Army (DKBA). The ANC was not allowed to sign the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement (NCA) although it participated in peace talks as a member of the United Nationalities Federal Council (UNFC) under U Thein Sein administration.
The ANC/AA’s ambitions are to allow all Rakhine people the right to shape their own destiny, preserve their national identity and cultural heritage, and liberate every ethnic group in Myanmar from dictatorship.
The ANC strongly condemned the government’s blocking of internet access in townships in northern Rakhine State, saying it is nothing but an attempt by the military to cover up war crimes and crimes against humanity.