Opinion

Student protestors’ trial and challenges to justice

The trial of the student protestors at the Thayawady Township Court scheduled on September 1 is the15th time in the series. It is approaching six months since the protest column was dispersed brutally onMarch 10.

The proceeding is stuck at testifying the plaintiff Police Major Phone Myint, his 40-plus witnesses are leftto be summoned. The trial could span about three years at the current rate and it is yet to issue the indictment on the defenders.

Struggle to earn ethnic rebels' trust

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President Thein Sein invited 15 ethnic armed groups to sign the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement (NCA) on August 11.

Ruling party reshuffle, provisions of constitution and other existing laws

The shift in the leadership of the ruling Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) happened sooner than political analysts had expected.

It was forecast that the USDP would call an inter-party convention in the early 2016 where the top positions – including the central executive committee members – would be reshuffled.

Aung Thaung, the party’s central consultant, passed away on July 23. The party’s leadership has been reshuffled 20 days after his death.

Asean Forum where dictators showed off

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said at the Asean Foreign Ministers Meeting on August 4 that the Asean should not be hesitant to integrate into the world.

He delivered the impressive speech to the Asean foreign ministers amid the growing financial scandal within the Malaysian government.

The Asean has its own status in the world: The third strongest in Asia after China and India; it is also expected to become the fourth strongest after the United States, the European Union and China by 2030, according to Najib Razak.

Ceasefire dream uncertain ahead of election

The Union Peacemaking Work Committee (UPWC) and the ethnic group's Senior Delegation met from July 22 to 24, talking about the ceasefire deal but the meeting finished inconclusive.

Both sides said generally that the meeting was successful. But it was just a diplomatic answer and there left some important points to talk on and that is why the deal is still unsigned.     

Even if the July meeting is opening one door for the nationwide ceasefire agreement (NCA), there are still many doors left closed, sealed with bigger bolts.

Keep a watchful eye on Kayah State

 

The Union Election Commission (UEC) officially allows the government officers to start election campaign on July 8.

It looks like the members of the executive body made the most of the chance to begin campaigns two months prior to other political parties. They held campaigns both directly and indirectly.

The right to election campaign and seeking the upper hand

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The Union Election Commission (UEC) released three statements on July 8. The statements announce the upcoming election would take place on November 8, set the dates of registration and scrutinising candidates, and state that it had allowed the government officials to launch election campaign.

All of the contents of the announcement contain interesting factors, especially allowing the government officials to canvass for votes 60 days earlier than other political parties.

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For the sake of the 51 million people

Military MPs discuss constitutional amendment during the Union Parliament session held on July 2 (Photo – EMG)

The effort towards constitutional amendment is still unsuccessful in the Parliament.

The people understand that the 2008 Constitution cannot be modified as easily as expected. But some are hopeful that there might be a chance to escape from the existing political dilemma.

Charter change, the army’s stance and bleak prospect for peace

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Unelected military representatives turned down the bill to amend the Constitution on June 25 and then on July 1 they unanimously said the controversial Section 436(b) should remain unchanged. The failure to change sections 261, 262 and 264 is a particular blow to ethnic communities.

Section 261, in particular, is glued to centralisation, and these sections are seen as key to blocking the development of a federal union.

Words of those who attended the EMG’s briefing on the lawsuit against 17 editors filed by information ministry

Words of those who attended the EMG’s briefing on the lawsuit against 17 editors filed by information ministry.

Phoe Thauk Kyar, a veteran journalist