Suu Kyi opens Asean conference

State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi delivered a speech at the opening ceremony of the three-day 37th General Assembly of the Asean Inter-Parliamentary Assembly in Nay Pyi Taw on September 30, predicting a peaceful and prosperous future for Myanmar.
“We have many ethnic minorities and, due to decades of mistrust, there is no doubt that our future is very complicated and challenging. But through political dialogue based on cooperation, I believe that the common aim of building a peaceful and prosperous nation can be achieved,” said the state counsellor.

Activists demand judicial reform

Around 20 activists from the Movement for Democracy Current Force (MDCF) led by activist Htin Kyaw yesterday staged a protest in front of Yangon Region high court, calling for the rule of law, a fair judicial system and amendment to the 2008 Constitution.
The protesters marched holding banners saying “Take legal action against corrupt and biased judges” and “No one is above the law”. And they chanted “Fight corruption and amend the 2008 Constitution.”

ANP demands equality

The Arakan National Party (ANP) will mainly focus on equality and autonomy in November's round of national-level political talks, according to its general secretary, Tun Aung Kyaw.
He said: “Chairman Dr Aye Maung made our stance clear at the 21st-century Panglong conference. We will mainly call for a federal union, equality for all ethnic groups and to get benefits from our natural resources.”
He continued that the ANP would report on Rakhine security affairs.

NLD celebrates 28th anniversary in Yangon

The ruling National League for Democracy celebrated it’s the 28th anniversary of its founding at its headquarters in Yangon yesterday.

NLD patron Thura Tin Oo delivered an opening speech at the event, which was also attended by Yangon Region Chief Minister Phyo Min Thein and members of the Yangon Region parliament. Dr Myo Nyunt, an auxiliary member of the NLD central executive committee, read out the party’s statement issued in commemoration of the occasion.

Change depends on national reconciliation: Tin Oo

The ruling National League for Democracy (NLD) celebrated the 28th anniversary of its founding at its headquarters in Yangon on September 27 with an address by Thura Tin Oo, the co-founder of the NLD, who is also the patron of the panel of chairmen.

“If we do not achieve success in the search for national reconciliation, other changes will not be successful,” Thura Tin Oo said in his speech.

Mandalay ceremony marks 9th anniversary of Saffron Revolution

A ceremony to mark the 9th anniversary of the Saffron Revolution was at the Dhamma Thala Hall in Mandalay Region on Monday.

The Saffron Revolution was a series of protests against the Myanmar government in August, September and October in 2007. Between 13 and 31 people are thought to have been killed during the protests, and hundreds more were arrested.

Attendees at the Mandalay ceremony recited prayers on behalf of the people killed during the demonstration at the ceremony. The monks who organised the event urged the government to work for the welfare of the public.

Lower House approves motion to dismiss human rights commissioners

The Lower House of parliament approved an urgent proposal on September 26 to take actions against several members of the Myanmar National Human Rights Commission (MNHRC) over their incompetent handling of the Ava Tailor Shop child slavery case.

MP Htay Win Aung (aka Pyone Cho) from Dawpon Township submitted the proposal, which was vocally supported by 16 MPs, including a military lawmaker. The proposal calls for the dismissal of three commissioners and the reorganisation of the commission.

Former political prisoners demand prison law reform

The Assistance Association for Political Prisoners issued a six-chapter report on reforming prison laws on Sunday.
The association described its version of the law as a complement to the home affairs ministry’s six-chapter proposal for a new prison law, which is currently being debated in parliament.
Bo Kyi, the joint-secretary of the association, said: “We’d like feedback from different organisations and individuals on our version so we can come up with a better one.”

Suu Kyi gets public welcome upon return from US, UK

State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi returned to a lively public welcome at Yangon International Airport in on September 25 following her visits to the US and the UK.
Suu Kyi led the Myanmar delegation to the 71st General Assembly of the United Nations in New York. Before arriving in the US, she spent three days in the UK.
During her stay in the UK, Suu Kyi met 16 ambassadors representing Myanmar in Europe, the Middle East and Africa at the Myanmar embassy in London. She also met UK Prime Minister Theresa May and Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson.