Politics

Muslim leader urges Suu Kyi to protect minority

State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi has met Iyad bin Amin Madani, the secretary general of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), in New York on September 21, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
They discussed Suu Kyi's democratic reforms and ethnic conflict.
Madnani reportedly said he appreciated the government’s efforts but expressed the OIC’s demand for the protection of fundamental human rights, including the need for Rohingya-Muslims to be become citizens.

MPs approve protest bill

Parliament voted the Bill of Peaceful Assembly into law on September 23.
Section 10 of the new law prohibits trying to bribe a demonstrator and any attempt to block a protest.
Section 20 says demonstrators must obey an official order to terminate an event if pre-arranged rules have been breached.
Any legal action against anyone breaching the rules must be filed within 15 days.
Section 10 says protests must not intentionally block vehicles.
Demonstrators must also inform the authorities if a protest has been cancelled.

40% of state-owned businesses privatised

Of 115 state-owned enterprises and factories, the government has sold more than 40 per cent to the private sector, according to the 20-year National Comprehensive Development Plan.
The government has formed a privatisation commission led by Vice President Myint Swe, who was appointed by military MPs, and Kyaw Win, minister for planning and finance, is secretary. The formation of the commission aims to reduce the number of the state-owned entities and carry out privatisation systematically, sometimes with pubic-private partnerships and other joint ventures.

MPs call for commission to be charged

The Lower House MP Pyone Cho, also known as Htay Win Aung, tabled an urgent proposal on September 22 to prosecute the Myanmar National Human Rights Commission (MNHRC) for its apparent failure to protect the child maids abused by Ava Tailoring.

The MP for Dawbon in Yangon said: “Those who neglect the rights of our citizens are the ones who set back the transition process."

MPs demand migrant protection

Lower House MPs have passed a motion calling for the government to protect abused and exploited migrant workers in cooperation with the host countries.

MP Kyaw Aung Lwin for Setotaya put forward the motion saying that more than 95 per cent of those going overseas do so to support their families.

Political talks expected in early November

Myanmar Peace Commission plans to hold national-level political talks in early November, its chair Dr Tin Myo Win told a ceremony to mark International Day of Peace at the National Reconciliation and Peace Centre in Yangon.

“We hope to hold national-level political talks in early November. We need to seek the best possible solution to internal conflicts. Like a doctor, we must find a diagnosis before we can treat the disease,” he added.

The framework for political dialogue under last October's nationwide ceasefire agreement is under review.

Lower House passes privacy protection law

The Lower House of parliament passed the Bill to Protect Citizens’ Privacy and Security on Tuesday. The bill guarantees individual privacy and the protection of citizens’ human rights and dignity.

Under the new law, authorities cannot enter or search the premises of an individual; seize or destroy the property rightfully owned by a citizen; arrest anyone without a warrant or detain a person for more than 24 hours without permission in line with the law, according to the bill.

Methawaw clashes end: BGF

War refugees will soon be able to return home in Methawaw, Kayin State, as the Myanmar Border Guard Forces (BGF) and the Tatmadaw have taken complete control of the region, where clashes came to an end on September 19, said Major Khin Maung Win from the BGF.

“We took over a key base of the Democratic Karen Buddhist Army (DKBA) at Yeikhagon. There was shooting in the morning of September 18 near the base. Today, there is no more fighting in the region. Refugees can even return today,” the major said.

Parliament to weigh in on new police bill

The Deputy Minister of Home Affairs General Aung Soe said that in order to protect the security and interests of the public, the ministry is trying to submit the Myanmar Police Force Bill, which will combine the existing Police Acts, to the parliament.

The deputy minister spoke in response to a question from Lower House MP Khin Zaw during the parliament session held on September 19.

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