Politics

New Committee for Prisoners of Conscience Affairs established

Myanmar has reconstituted the Committee for Scrutinising the Remaining Prisoners of Conscience under the name “Committee for Prisoners of Conscience Affairs.”

The reconstitution of the committee was carried out on January 5 following a request from the president. Since the name of the previous contained the word ‘remaining’, it was unable to deal with the affairs of political prisoners arrested after its founding date in May 2013.

Political parties discuss over participation of public in ceasefire talks

A total of 53 political parties discussed over the participation of the public in ceasefire talks on Monday in Nay Pyi Taw.

MP Dr Aye Maung, chairperson of Arakan National Party, said: “I was informed about this meeting a week ago. It was titled ‘Conference for finding ways for inclusion of public in nationwide ceasefire talks’ and led by United Democratic Party. Altogether 53 parties attended.”

UEC permits early canvassing for 2015 elections

The Union Election Commission has permitted political to begin canvassing early for the 2015 general elections, said Thaung Hlaing, director of the UEC’s office, to The Daily Eleven on January 6. The UEC agreed with the political parties canvassing should begin after they have nominated their candidates to be fielded in the 2015 general elections. The canvassing period will be a two months long. Political parties wishing to carry out canvassing campaigns at their headquarters and branch offices are to report their canvassing venues to a sub-commission office.

President meets ethnic armed groups

President Thein Sein held a formal meeting with representatives of ethnic armed groups on January 5 in Nay Pyi Taw, the official capital of Myanmar.

Leaders and representatives from 12 armed ethnic groups exchanged their views during the meeting.

2015 will determine the country's future, Suu Kyi says

Decisions made this year will affect the country's future and determine what challenges will be overcome, Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi wrote in D-Wave, the official journal of the National League for Democracy (NLD), on January 5.

"The world knows that the year 2015 will be a very important year for our country. The most important thing is that the people make right decisions this year, I told a reporter recently. The decisions made this year will not be affect this year alone; they will affect the country's entire future," she wrote.

Commander-in-Chief meets armed ethnic groups

Representatives from ethnic armed groups demanded quicker progress in achieving a nation-wide ceasefire when they met with Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, Commander-in-Chief of the Myanmar Armed Forces, in Nay Pyi Taw on January 5.Senior General Min Aung Hlaing received leaders and representatives of 12 armed ethnic groups."We talked specifically for the sake of hastening the nation-wide ceasefire process. For that, the military plays an important role. That's why we all asked for it.

People not happy with current political affairs says Suu Kyi

Very few people are satisfied with current political affairs and there is much to be done to achieve development, says Aung San Suu Kyi in her speech to mark the country’s 67th Independence Day anniversary on January 4 at Tawwin Hninse Restaurant. “Our country gained independence 67 years ago today. From my standpoint, there will be very few people satisfied with current political affairs. It’s reasonable because if we settled so easily, there would be no more further development.

Democratic progress must be evaluated by all, says Suu Kyi

All facets of Myanmar society must objectively review the country’s progression toward democracy as of the 67th Independence Day, said Aung San Suu Kyi, the chairperson of the National League for Democracy (NLD), at an Independence Day ceremony at Royal Rose restaurant in Yangon on January 4.

“We all need to objectively review our journey toward democracy. I want something different. We must view events as they actually are. If progress exists only in our imaginations, it will be useless to us,” Aung San Suu Kyi said.

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.