Human rights unchanged under NLD: UN envoy

The National League for Democracy government is crushing human rights activists and journalists like the previous administration, Yanghee Lee, UN special rapporteur on human rights in Myanmar, told a press conference at the Chatrium Hotel, Yangon.

She had just completed her sixth official tour of Myanmar. 

"I have to say I am disappointed to see the tactics applied by the previous government still being used," she said. 

President returns Special Goods Tax Law

According to Speaker of Union Assembly Mann Win Khaing Than, President Htin Kyaw returned the bill amending the Special Goods Tax Law with comments. 

On July 11, MPs discussed the amending bill. 

The amending bill prescribes that tax shall be paid as soon as goods land and retailers have at least 10 days to pay tax on manufactured goods. 

The amendment says the tax shall be allocated to the governments of states and regions.

President and First Lady offer meals to Buddhist monks to commemorate fallen martyrs

President Htin Kyaw and First Lady Su Su Lwin offered meals to members of Sangha to commemorate fallen martyrs who sacrificed their lives for the country, and shared merits with them on the 70th Martyrs’ Day on July 19.

The merits sharing ceremony was held in Nay Pyi Taw on July 19. The President and First Lady, Vice Senior General Soe Win, Deputy Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services and ministers were present.

Arakan League for Democracy re-registered

The Union Election Commission

Suu Kyi receives US Ambassador Joseph Yun in Nay Pyi Taw

State Counsellor and Foreign Affairs Minister Aung San Suu Kyi received US Ambassador Joseph Y. Yun on the morning of July 17 in Nay Pyi Taw, the capital of Myanmar.

During the meeting, the two discussed boosting bilateral relations and cooperation between the two countries, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Joseph Yun is also the Special Representative for North Korea Policy and Deputy Assistant Secretary for Korea and Japan in the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs.

Military chief meets Modi

Myanmar’s military chief Senior General Min Aung Hlaing held talks with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi on increased military cooperation in security and defence.
Min Aung Hlaing said: “There is ongoing trust between Myanmar and India. Tasks are being carried out to stabilise the border area. The leaders and military heads closely cooperate and have good relations. Myanmar feels sorry for the deaths of innocent people in the terrorist attacks that recently occurred in Jammu and Kashmir.

MPs approve Paris climate agreement

Parliament has approved the government’s plan to sign the Paris Agreement on climate change as a member on July 14.
MPs also approved the proposal for Myanmar to become a member of the Doha Amendment which is the second pledge of the Kyoto Protocol on Climate Change.

e-lottery bill sent to Parliament

The Ministry of Planning and Finance submitted the State-Owned Aungbarlay Lottery Bill, introducing the e-lottery, to Parliament on July 14.
The bill still needs presidential approval to enact the online lottery.
The bill said that lottery tickets must only be sold with the permission of the ministry.

Vice president encourages digital economy

Vice President Henry Van Thio, also the patron of Digital Economy Development Committee, said that Myanmar must become one of Asean’s digital hubs with a robust 21st-century economy.

Rebel armies talk peace in Chiang Mai

The Peace Process Working Team formed by eight signatories of the 2015 national ceasefire agreement and the nine armed groups in the United Nationalities Federal Council, which did not sign the deal, have met in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

Khu Oo Rel of the council of non-signatories said: “It is the third meeting between the two groups. We discussed security, defence and a federal army. We discussed defence and security principles.

“There are the matters both of us accepted and agreed. It is of great importance. Therefore this meeting is aimed at seeking solutions.