Jail bullying video goes viral

A video of jail bullying has spread on social media.

The video, called Ma Naw Maye, apparently shows three long-term prisoners in Hpakant police station ordering three newcomers to squat with their hands in the air.

When they collapsed they were beaten.

Deputy Superintendent Naing Win said: “It isn’t Hpakant Police Station. We don’t know which police station it was. They aren’t our cells. Nothing like that happens at our station.”

Tatmadaw seizes KIA brigade HQ

The northern military command has occupied the headquarters of No.8 Brigade of the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) as clashes between the Tatmadaw and the KIA occurred in the mountains southeast of Mohnyin, Kachin State, from November 15 to 19.

The 15th infantry regiment clashed with the KIA about five miles southeast of Mohnyin, with airstrikes in support and artillery.

The clashes left three dead, including a captain, the operational commander said.

Hunger strikers denied water and beaten

Students held in Myingyan prison say they were beaten and denied water when they went on hunger strike on November 15 to call for the release of all political prisoners in Myanmar.

They told the media on their way to another hearing at Myingyan Township Court on November 19 that Monywa Technology University’s Soe Hlaing and Myingyan College student Sithu Myat were beaten and denied water but refused food in support for student leader Aung Hmaing Hsan, who was on hunger strike in Thayarwady jail.

Suu Kyi foundation helps Shan refugees

A volunteer group from the Daw Khin Kyi Foundation has visited two of the areas most affected by fighting between the military and the Shan State Progressive Party (SSPP).

The volunteers, led by Zwe Nanda from Aung San Suu Kyi’s foundation, donated blankets, kettles, rice, medicine and fermented beans to 700 refugees from the Mong Hsu camp and more than 1,000 refugees from Haipa camp.

Dr Ohm Mar from the foundation said the donations fitted in with the active relief work carried out by the NGO after natural disasters.

SNLD demands end to Shan killing

Continued clashes in Shan and Kachin states reflect badly on the government as it draws to the end of its term, according to Sai Laik, spokesperson of the Shan Nationalities League for Democracy (SNLD).

Government troops have been engaging the Shan State Progressive Party since early October, with both sides suffering heavy casualties and more than 10,000 civilians fleeing their homes.

No casualties in Mong Hsu blast

No casualties were reported in a bomb blast in Mong Hsu, Shan State, yesterday.

Two more editors in charge from Eleven Media allowed going abroad, despite travel ban on CEO

Two more editors in charge from the Eleven Media Group (EMG), Kyaw Zaw Lin and Nay Htun Naing, were allowed to go abroad yesterday. 
Kyaw Zaw Lin, editor in charge of the Weekly Eleven News Journal being published by EMG, left for Thailand by air yesterday morning to attend the One Young World Summit.  

SSPP spokesperson asks President to end wars in Shan State

Col Sai La, the spokesperson of the Shan State Progressive Party and Shan State Army (SSPP/SSA), asked President Thein Sein on November 16 to stop the war between the Tatmadaw and SSPP/SSA currently being waged in Shan State.

Although the government-backed Union Peacemaking Working Committee (UPWC) was instructed to negotiate an end to the clashes that began in early October, negotiations have not yet yielded any results.

Tatmadaw and KIA clash near Mohnyin for two consecutive days

Myanmar Defence Services troops and the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) clashed on November 15 and 16 near Mohnyin, Kachin State, residents reported. Clashes between the Tatmadaw and the KIA occurred along the mountains about five miles away southeast of Mohnyin, they said.

Squatter huts in Shwe Linban Industrial Zone demolished without warning

YANGON—A group of 30 people, including the local ward administrator, the assistant administrator of the Township Development Affairs Committee, police officers and members of fire brigade demolished 10 roadside huts in the Shwe Linban Industrial Zone, Hlaingthaya Township, at around 2:30pm on November 18.

“They destroyed the squatters’ huts with knives and saws. They took some roofs and bamboo poles with them,” said a squatter whose hut was destroyed.