Amended assembly law still undemocratic, says activist

Dr Nyo Nyo Thin said Section 18 of the amended peaceful assembly law is a danger to democracy. 
She continues to oppose the amended law as submitted to the Upper House by Dr Myat Nyana Soe on February 19. 
“People have the right to peacefully assemble and demonstrate in every country. I want the people [of Myanmar] to have more democratic rights than before we had this democratic government.”
The law takes the same approach as the previous government, Nyo Nyo Thin said.

Merger of three Kachin parties tentatively named Kachin National Congress Party

A new political party formed after merging three Kachin political parties has tentatively been named Kachin National Congress Party (KNCP), and public approval will be sought for confirmation, according to sources.

As ethnic Kachin people are willing to see a merger of the Kachin political parties, Kachin Democratic Party (KDP), Kachin State Democracy Party (KSDP) and Kachin National Congress (KNC) have decided to stand as a single party.

US Ambassador Scott Marciel meets with KNPP reps


The US’s Ambassador for Myanmar Scott Marciel visits Kayah State and meets with representatives of the Karenni National Progressive Party (KNPP) to discuss their relations with the Tatmadaw.

A meeting was held on February 21 with the KNPP in Loikaw and according to KNPP’s Central Committee Secretary Shwe Myo Thant, details regarding KNPP’s journey to sign on to the National Ceasefire Act (NCA) was discussed.

State Counselor meets with CEO group


State Counselor and Union Minister of Foreign Affairs Aung San Suu Kyi alongside several other ministers meet with a representative group from the Chief Executives Organisation (CEO) on February 20.

Rakhine receives funds from energy projects for education and infrastructure

Rakhine State has received over Ks760 million from the Shwe gas project and over US$0.8 million from the Southeast Asian oil and natural gas project for its education and basic infrastructure sectors, according to a report of a committee on implementing recommendations on Rakhine State.

Govt in talks with KIA over damaged Myitkyina-Sumprabum-Putao road section

The government is negotiating with Kachin Independence Army (KIA) about the damaged Myitkyina-Sumprabum-Putao road section, say local sources.

A member of a peace negotiator group based in Myitkyina, Kachin State, said Kachin Independence Organisation, the political wing of KIA, called for reduction in offensive but, the northern military command has not replied yet.

Myawaddy holds two-day workshop on nationwide ceasefire

MYAWADDY- A two-day workshop kicked off in Myawaddy Township on Tuesday as various ethnic organisations met with the members of the Joint Monitoring Committee (JMC) and 50 observers to discuss a nationwide ceasefire.
Participants included the Kayin National Union (KNU), Karen National Liberation Army-KNLA, Democratic Karen Buddhist Army-DKBA, and the All Burma Student Democratic Front-ADSDF. The manager of JMC made the opening remarks.

Suu Kyi meets with officials from China, India and UN

State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi met separately on February 13 with officials from China, India and a United Nations body at the Myanmar International Convention Center -2 in Nay Pyi Taw.

Meeting with Sun Guoxiang, special envoy for Asian affairs for China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the State Counsellor discussed future plans for Myanmar’s national reconciliation and peace efforts, along with China’s plans for continued support to Myanmar.

All ethnic armed organizations ought to newly start with establishment of federal Union at peace table: Daw Aung San Suu Kyi

State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi, Chairperson of National Reconciliation and Peace Centre (NRPC)  urged all ethnic armed organizations to newly start with an establishment of federal Union by having a heart-to-heart talk at the peace table forgetting weapons for a while.

The remarks of the State Counsellor came from her speech to mark the NCA signing ceremony of New Mon State Party and Lahu Democratic Union in Nay Pyi Taw on February 13.

Third round of Panglong Conference scheduled when NCA signatories held political talks

NAYPYITAW- Third round of 21st Century Panglong Conference can be held after holding of National Level Political talks being organised by New Mon State Party (NMSP) and Restoration Council of Shan State/Shan State Army (RCSS/SSA), says Zaw Htay, Director General of State Counsellor’s Office.