Politics

UNFC ready for ceasefire if govt makes changes

The United Nationalities Federal Council (UNFC) will sign the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement 

MPs to vote on privacy bill

MPs will vote on the bill to protect citizens’ privacy and security.

The debates concerning the bill started in September where the Lower House passed it with an aim to protect individual privacy and citizens’ human rights and dignity.

However, the two houses could not reach agreement on seven items in the bill, according to a Lower House bill committee report submitted to Parliament.

USDP urges gov't to take tougher stance on outside interference in Myanmar's internal affairs

The Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) has urged the government to take a tougher stand on any investigation made by other countries and international organisations that may interfere with Myanmar's internal affairs. 
The February 14 statement pointed to an incident on October 9 last year where members of a terrorist group, funded by organisations in foreign countries, attacked three border guard police outposts in the northern part of Rakhine State killing 10 policemen and making off with guns and ammunition. 

Rebel groups reject ‘terrorist’ label

Two ethnic armed groups, the Karen National Union (KNU) and Kachin Independence Organisation (KIO), released a joint statement on February 16 to say that all ethnic armed groups should be regarded as peace partners and not as terrorist groups, adding that the peace process should be accomplished in cooperation with them.

Pa-O nationality forum starts

Under the supervision of the Union Peace Dialogue Joint Committee, the Pa-O national organisations will hold their forum from today (February 16) in Hopong Township in the Pa-O self-administered zone in Shan State.

The forum is expected to take five days and gather representatives from the government’s peace commission, Shan State's chief minister, parliamentary Speaker, political parties, armed groups and some 700 Pa-O representatives, according to the Pa-O National Liberation Organisation (PNLO).

Chinese land grabs will be challenged, says general

If Chinese farmers are found illegally working on farmland across the border, they will be prosecuted under the 1947 Immigration Act, according to Major General Aung Soe, the military-appointed deputy minister for home affairs. 

Wheelchair users and blind march on capital

A campaign led by wheelchair users started their procession to demand peac

Panglong postponed until March

 

Vice president visits Buthidaung prison

Vice president and chairman of Rakhine State investigation commission, Myint Swe, visited Buthidaung prison and met with prisoners, according to Ministry of Information.

The commission members went to Sittwe on February 14 to collect data concerning the report of UN Human Rights Commissioner’s office released on February 3.

More than 60 political organisations held peace talks to mark the 70th Anniversary of Union Day

More than 60 political organisations held talks on Monday to discuss Myanmar's ongoing peace process and to commemorate the 70th Anniversary of Union Day, including the Panglong Agreement pledges.

The discussions were led by Kachin National Congress (KNC) chairman Dr M Korn La, Chit Hsaung Oo from Thakhin Kodawhmine Peace Network and Kaung Htet Kyaw from All Burma Federation of Student Unions.