Politics

HRW report highlights Myanmar’s slowing reforms

The reform process in Myanmar experienced significant slowdowns, said Human Rights Watch (HRW) in its World Report 2015, which reviewed the country’s situations in 2014.

The report published on January 29 featured Myanmar’s situation on six pages and highlighted the reasons for declining reforms. It points out in some cases reversals of basic freedoms and democratic progress in 2014.

Suu Kyi renews push for six-party talk

The government should hold a six-party talk before discussing constitutional amendment, said Aung San Suu Kyi, chairperson of National League for Democracy (NLD) during a press briefing before the parliamentary session on January 29 in Nay Pyi Taw. 

Military MPs suggest including more minorities in political dialogues

Military representatives in parliament have suggested that more MPs representing ethnic minorities and minority political parties should be involved in political dialogues, according to sources present at today’s parliamentary session.

The MPs sent their suggestions to the Speaker of the House of Nationalities.

MPs: Unreliable construction firms should be blacklisted

The Upper House MPs called on the government on Wednesday (January 28) to blacklist construction companies which are not reliable and non-standardised and impose financial penalty during the parliament session.

MP Hla Swe said, “Although the cabinet suggested putting unreliable construction companies in the blacklist, we don’t know it is in practice. There are many companies which should be blacklisted.”

Govt accepts students’ call for four-party talk

The government has accepted students’ call for a four-party talk between delegates from the government, parliament, the National Network for Education Reform (NNER) and students, according to a joint statement.

This agreement was reached shortly after a meeting between a delegation led by Aung Min, a minister in the President's Office, and student leaders from the Action Committee for Democratic Education (ACDE) in Nay Pyi Taw.

Former political prisoners’ football team demands release of all political prisoners

A football team comprised of former political prisoners has organised a tournament to mark centenary of the late General Aung San’s birth at Aung San Stadium in Yangon. At the event, the team demanded the release of all remaining political prisoners.

A petition against poll commission

People are being urged to sign a petition against Union Election Commission (UEC), said Myat Kyaw, a member of people movement network.

The network held a campaign which accuses the UEC of being biased.

 “In 2010, the military leaders out of their uniforms formed a government. The UEC was founded in 2012. The chairperson of UEC is one of top leaders of the Union Solidarity and 

Rights group pushes for freedom of information law

The Open Myanmar Initiative (OMI) will hold talks on a possible freedom of information law, it says.

Representatives from civil society organisations, NGOs, lawmakers and the public would participate in the talks, the group announced.

MPs discuss religious conversion bill in Upper House

The religious conversion bill came before the Upper House with two MPs backing the motion while another opposed it, saying it was too early to enact it.

The bill is aimed at preventing forced conversions to another religion. Anyone wishing to convert to another religion would need to apply for permission to a committee under the proposed law.

Only right leader will choose a right path for the country, Suu Kyi says

Opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi said the people of Myanmar will only support a leader who is righteous, and a leader cannot guide the country along the right path if he or she is righteous. She spoke at a concert in honour of General Aung San’s 100th birthday, which falls on February 13.

"I think the people are right to adore a righteous leader. A non-righteous leader will never speak the truth. I believe our people will only follow a righteous leader," she said.

She urged her audience to work together for the sake of the country if they love it.