Politics

Report to detail 1,000 political prisoners’ suffering

The Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (AAPP) is going to finish research about the lives of 1,000 political prisoners currently in custody, said Aung Myo Kyaw from the organisation. 
The AAPP started preparing the list of political prisoners in 2014 together with the Former Political Prisoners Society. Currently, the AAPP has collected about 3,000 political prisoners’ data. On February 23, the AAPP released an initial report about the 1,000 political prisoners’ lives. 

NLD denies news report saying it demands to give citizenship to Bengalis

Opposition party National League for Democracy (NLD) denied that their party didn’t ask the government to give citizenship rights to Bengalis refugees adrift on the sea as reported in UK-based The Independent, said NLD’s spokesperson Nyan Win to the Daily Eleven on May 21.
The Independent newspaper featured a story on May 19 titled “Burma’s opposition demands government gives citizenship to Rohingya refugees adrift on the Andaman Sea”.

NLD fails in bid to scrap notorious law

Lower House National League for Democracy (NLD) MP Win Myint has failed in his bid to have a notorious clause, which was used to arrest politicians and activists under the junta, removed from the 1950 Emergency Provisions Act.

The proposal to scrap Section 5(J) was supported by 50 MPs but opposed by 265.

Military chief above ‘party politics’

Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, commander-in-chief of the Defence Services, and Chen Fengxiang, vice-minister of the international department of the Central Committee of China’s Community Party, met in Nay Pyi Taw on May 19, the military-owned Myawady Daily reported yesterday.   

The Chinese vice-minister said his visit was aimed at promoting mutual trust between the countries and studying the condition of the military, government and other organisations before the election.

Ethnic armed groups may initiate political dialogue before election

If the nationwide ceasefire draft is ratified at the ethnic armed groups’ summit in June, political dialogue may begin before the election, according to KNU secretary general Pado Saw Kwe Htoo Win.

The KNU signed a pledge of peace and national reconciliation on Union Day (February 12). Under that pledge, preliminary political dialogues to begin before the 2015 General Election.

Next six-party talk expected in late May

The second six-party talk is likely to take place in late May, as Upper House speaker Khin Aung Myint, is paying goodwill visits to Belarus and Poland starting on May 20, according to sources.

Khin Aung Myint, who is included in the six-way talks, will return to Myanmar on May 28.

Parliament receives bill to finalise disenfranchisement of white card holders

A bill that would finalise the decision by the Constitutional Tribunal to prohibit white card holders from votingin the referendum to amend the 2008 constitution was submitted to the Lower House of parliament on May 20 by the Union Election Commission (UEC).

UECmember Win Ko said: “The commission received noticeFebruary 26, 2015,to submit a bill to parliament to solidify the constitutional illegality of white card holders voting, as agreed by the tribunal. This is the submission of that bill.”

NLD fails in bid to scrap notorious law

Lower House National League for Democracy (NLD) MP Win Myint has failed in his bid to have a notorious clause, which was used to arrest politicians and activists under the junta, removed from the 1950 Emergency Provisions Act. 
 
The proposal to scrap Section 5(J) was supported by 50 MPs but opposed by 265.
 

Thein Sein: Everyone is responsible for upcoming election

President Thein Sein on May 18 urged all political parties to participate in the upcoming 2015 general election and said everyone is responsible for the success of the election.
 
The president told political parties during the meeting that the aim of the government is to continue talk on the peace process, to successfully hold the 2015 general election and to discuss successful democratic transformation based on the election results.

Suu Kyi: No active commitment for six-party-talk is seen

Aung San Suu Kyi, chairperson of the National League for Democracy (NLD), told journalists during the meeting on May 19 that there is no high commitment to hold the next six-party talk and the government needs to solve the Bengali issue.
 
When the journalists asked about the boatpeople which the international media are highlighting, Suu Kyi said, “That is the issue which has to be solved by the government. It’s better to ask the government.”

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