Politics

UNFC calls for Union Day pact

The United Nationalities Federal Council (UNFC) has called for an agreement to be signed on Union Day, February 12, to establish a federal union where states have the right to democracy, national equality and autonomy, in accordance with the desire of President Thein Sein’s administration. 

Agree to six-party talks or break law: Speaker

Refusing the proposal for six-party talks would be unlawful, Thura Shwe Mann, Union Parliament Speaker told the press in Nay Pyi Taw.

"Since the idea of six-party talks was approved by the Union Parliament. We should all pay attention to the results of the talks," he said.

The talks will probably be arranged during this parliamentary session.  

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.