Lower House receives bill to revoke State Protection Law

A bill was put forward to the Lower of House of Parliament yesterday calling for the revocation of the Law to Safeguard the State against the Dangers of Those Desiring to Cause Subversive Acts, also known as the State Protection Law.

The bill was tabled by Lower House MP Kyaw Soe Lin, a member of Lower House Bill Committee.

Committee chairman Tun Tun Hein read out a report on the findings carried out by his committee, including the reasoning for revoking the law.

Three-party meeting slated for MVPPL labour dispute

Protest leader Khine Min says a three-party meeting is scheduled for May 3 between protesting workers from the Myanmar Veneer and Plywood Private Co Ltd (MVPPL) factory, officials from the Ministry of Labour, officials from the Sagaing Region government and the employer in order to settle the dispute.

The MVPPL workers began a protest march from Sagaing to Nay Pyi Taw on April 29, demanding labour rights and the re-employment of 161 terminated workers.

ANP to submit urgent proposal for Rakhine war refugees

The Arakan National Party (ANP) will submit an urgent proposal to urge the government to initiate a peace process and give assistance to war refugees in Rakhine State, announced MP Khin Saw Wai of Yathetaung Constituency, who is also a member of the ANP, on April 30.

She continued that there are about 1,500 people who have become refugees due to the battles in Rakhine State between The Myanmar Defence Services (Tatmadaw) and the Arakan Army (AA).

The ANP said peace is needed immediately as schools will reopen in about one month.

Cabinet prepares 40 bills

The cabinet is due to send 40 bills, including the prison bill which could not be approved by the former government, to Parliament, says Dr Myat Nyana Soe, secretary of the Upper House Bill Committee.

“The Prison Bill, which was drafted by the former administration, has been amended with human rights added," said Myat Nyana Soe.

“The bill committee from both houses will analyse the peaceful demonstration law and ward administration law."


Rebel groups meet in Thailand

Leaders of the Karen National Union (KNU) and Restoration Council for Shan State (RCSS) met in Chiang Mai on April 30 for peace negotiations, according to Major-General Zaw Izzat Foe of the KNU.

KNU’s delegation was led by its chairman General Saw Mutu Say Poe and RCSS’s delegation was led by its chairman, Lieutenant-General Yawd Serk.

Zaw Izzat Foe said: “We held a workshop on federal issues and discussed peace.”

The RCSS was unavailable for comment.

USDP rebels demand conference

Union Solidarity and Development Party’s central executive committee (CEC) members have asked party chairman Thein Sein to order an emergency party conference.

A total of 136 members said the party must hold at least one central committee meeting, according to its basic principles, suggesting it be held next month.

Wa rebels meet NLD in Panghsan

A United Wa State Army (UWSA) leader has confirmed that the group met National League for Democracy (NLD) representatives in Panghsan, northern Shan State, on April 28.

Xiao Ming Liang, vice-chairman of the UWSA in Panghsan, led the Wa delegation but the group refused to give further details. Win Htein, a central executive member of the NLD, said no one had been sent to meet the Wa but added that the party had many members.