Action against political dissidents harms democratization efforts

Two associations working on political prisoners’ rights in Myanmar have issued a statement saying the government’s actions against political dissidents and protesters pose a threat to democratisation and national reconciliation efforts.The statement was issued on Saturday by the Former Political Prisoners Society and the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners.The statement also said even by Myanmar’s 67th Independence Day, the Myanmar people still do not enjoy basic human rights or the fruits of independence.Moreover, the Myanmar government continues to violate the

Our country won’t be independent if people continued being oppressed: Aung San Suu Kyi

Despite regaining independence, if the people live under oppression, it cannot be said that our country is a sovereign state, Aung San Suu Kyi, the chairperson of the opposition National League for Democracy (NLD), said.

Bago observed the mass meeting to make centenary celebrations of Bogyoke’s birthday on January 3, attended by Aung San Suu Kyi.

“Myanmar already regained her independence, but the people are living under oppression, this is why, our country is not a sovereign state,” Aung San Suu Kyi said.

UPWC and NCCT likely to hold meeting on nationwide ceasefire negotiation mid-January

The government-backed Union Peacemaking Work Committee (UPWC) and the Nationwide Ceasefire Coordination Team (NCCT) will be likely to hold a meeting on nationwide ceasefire negotiation as scheduled if there are no significant events in the middle of this month, Phado Saw Kwe Htoo Win, the second leader-1 of the NCCT, said on January 3.

Around 3,000 Shan people pray for people killed, captured by KIA

Around 3,000 people participated in the meal offering and praying ceremony for the people killed and captured by the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) in the Kachin State.

Led by the Myitkyina-based Shan Affairs group, the people marched one-mile from Wuntho monastery to Sutaungpyae Pagoda at 7 am yesterday. 

MP suggests safe ways to increase salary without inflation

Parliamentarians suggested expanding taxation reach and cutting the expense of government's unpractical projects to increase the salaries of civil servants without inflation as a by-product.

Win Myint, the secretary of Lower House Banks and Financial Development Committee said: "For welfare of civil servants, it's necessary to boost their incomes. Firstly, we have to expand the reach of taxation. I didn't mean to increase tax rate; just to tighten grip over tax-dodgers. Cutting unnecessary expenses of the government's unpractical projects is the second way."

MP from NLD pushes govt to give explanation over death of local

Khin San Hlaing, a parliamentarian from National League for Democracy said she will push the government to release explanation over the death of a local in Letpadaungtaung incident by January 4.

She is also a member of the inspection commission for Letpadaungtaung conflict organised directly under the President.

Anti-Corruption Commission achieves little

After taking office in 2011, President Thein Sein and his cabinet promised to be clean in their governance. However, public opinion holds that this promise has gone unfulfilled.

The Anti-Corruption Law took effect in September 2013, and the Anti-Corruption Commission was formed in February 2014. The committee is composed of fifteen members, eight of whom are former military officials. Chairperson Mya Win is a former general who has been criticised for committing briberies while serving in the military. 

Judicial system faces wide public distrust

The year 2014 saw several notable conflicts between the Myanmar people and the country’s judicial system.

Many journalists, farmers and activists were imprisoned in 2014. 

Eleven Media reporter Ma Khine was imprisoned for three months last January for defamation, trespass and use of abusive language while researching an alleged illegal video piracy case in Loikaw.