NLD celebrates 28th anniversary in Yangon

The ruling National League for Democracy celebrated it’s the 28th anniversary of its founding at its headquarters in Yangon yesterday.

NLD patron Thura Tin Oo delivered an opening speech at the event, which was also attended by Yangon Region Chief Minister Phyo Min Thein and members of the Yangon Region parliament. Dr Myo Nyunt, an auxiliary member of the NLD central executive committee, read out the party’s statement issued in commemoration of the occasion.

Change depends on national reconciliation: Tin Oo

The ruling National League for Democracy (NLD) celebrated the 28th anniversary of its founding at its headquarters in Yangon on September 27 with an address by Thura Tin Oo, the co-founder of the NLD, who is also the patron of the panel of chairmen.

“If we do not achieve success in the search for national reconciliation, other changes will not be successful,” Thura Tin Oo said in his speech.

Mandalay ceremony marks 9th anniversary of Saffron Revolution

A ceremony to mark the 9th anniversary of the Saffron Revolution was at the Dhamma Thala Hall in Mandalay Region on Monday.

The Saffron Revolution was a series of protests against the Myanmar government in August, September and October in 2007. Between 13 and 31 people are thought to have been killed during the protests, and hundreds more were arrested.

Attendees at the Mandalay ceremony recited prayers on behalf of the people killed during the demonstration at the ceremony. The monks who organised the event urged the government to work for the welfare of the public.

Lower House approves motion to dismiss human rights commissioners

The Lower House of parliament approved an urgent proposal on September 26 to take actions against several members of the Myanmar National Human Rights Commission (MNHRC) over their incompetent handling of the Ava Tailor Shop child slavery case.

MP Htay Win Aung (aka Pyone Cho) from Dawpon Township submitted the proposal, which was vocally supported by 16 MPs, including a military lawmaker. The proposal calls for the dismissal of three commissioners and the reorganisation of the commission.

Former political prisoners demand prison law reform

The Assistance Association for Political Prisoners issued a six-chapter report on reforming prison laws on Sunday.
The association described its version of the law as a complement to the home affairs ministry’s six-chapter proposal for a new prison law, which is currently being debated in parliament.
Bo Kyi, the joint-secretary of the association, said: “We’d like feedback from different organisations and individuals on our version so we can come up with a better one.”

Suu Kyi gets public welcome upon return from US, UK

State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi returned to a lively public welcome at Yangon International Airport in on September 25 following her visits to the US and the UK.
Suu Kyi led the Myanmar delegation to the 71st General Assembly of the United Nations in New York. Before arriving in the US, she spent three days in the UK.
During her stay in the UK, Suu Kyi met 16 ambassadors representing Myanmar in Europe, the Middle East and Africa at the Myanmar embassy in London. She also met UK Prime Minister Theresa May and Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson.

Federalism is more than just decentralisation: PNLO

Decentralisation can be practiced before the results of political dialogue emerge, but in the long term, the nation must be established only through a federal Union system, said Khun Myint Tun, the chairman of the Pa-O National Liberation Organisation (PNLO).
The Former Political Prisoners Society (FPPS) organised a seminar titled ‘Will our country be a democratic federal Union or just reducing centralisation?’ at the Taw Win Hninsi (Royal Rose) restaurant in Yangon September 24.

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.