State Counsellor’s Office criticised for narrow definition of ‘political prisoner’

The minister for the State Counsellor’s Office Minister said this week that only detainees who are prosecuted legally for their involvement in demonstrations will be recognised as political prisoners. Groups working to protect the rights of political prisoners have strongly condemned the minister’s statement.

UNA to meet ethnic armed groups


The United Nationalities Alliance (UNA), which includes 12 ethnic political parties, has made a plan to meet with ethnic armed groups upholding the political landscape, said Sai Kyaw Nyunt, joint secretary-2 of the Shan Nationalities League for Democracy (SNLD).

Union Peace Conference scheduled for August


State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi and the leaders of the Peace Process Steering Team (eight ethnic armed groups that signed the NCA) held a meeting at the Horizon Lake View Hotel in Nay Pyi Taw on June 28 and decided to hold the Union Peace Conference (also know as the 21st Century Panglong Conference) by August.

It was the first official meeting between the PPST and the government.

Saffron Revolution leader faces additional charges

U Gambira (aka Nyi Nyi Lwin), a Buddhist monk— who led the 2007 Saffron Revolution, was sent to Insein prison in Yangon’s from Obo Prison in Mandalay on June 29, according to police.

Daw Yay, mother of Nyi Nyi Lwin, said: “He was moved to Insein prison by car. His younger sister went to Yangon to meet him. His imprisonment is connected with the charges opened in 2012.”  

He has been charged under sections 427, 447 and 448 at Bahan township police station. He arrived at 11:30 am on 27 June in Yangon, his family confirmed.

Kachin students demand justice for murdered Gum Seng Aung

Students from Myitkyina and the All Burma Federation of Student Unions (Upper Myanmar) staged a protest on June 27 in Mandalay City, demanding justice for the death of Gum Seng Aung, a freshman and student at Myitkyina’s Computer University.

The protestors also demanded that the government investigate the student’s death.

JCMC-U meeting commences

The Union Joint Ceasefire Monitoring Committee (JCMC-U) began its two-day meeting at the National Reconciliation and Peace Centre (NRPC) in Yangon yesterday.  

According to the agenda, the meeting will discuss the formation of a task force to draw a three-year budget plan, the procedures for ceasefire monitoring, financial procedures, and plans for the formation of more JCMCs at region and state levels.   

Govt ends dam construction

The government has suspended the construction of dams and mainly focused on the maintenance and the effective use of the existing ones, the state-owned newspapers quoted Dr Tun Win, deputy minister for livestock, agriculture and irrigation.

Suu Kyi meets Thai junta boss

State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi met Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha to discuss border policy and signed three memorandums of understanding on labour affairs.

She also met foreign minister Don Pramudwinai.

Later she gave a talk on “Myanmar, Asean and the World: The Way Forward” to students from various universities.

The media representatives were positioned too far from Suu Kyi and could not hear the content of her speech.