FPPS collects data on 8888 uprising casualties

The Former Political Prisoners Society is collecting the number of deceased persons during the 8888 uprising, in which Myanmar citizens protested en masse against the military dictatorship in August 1988, in order to preserve Myanmar’s history, according to Tin Maung Oo, a member of the FPPS initiative committee.

Tin Maung Oo said: “We want a historical record of those who died or were hurt in the revolution because we think the figure of deceased or lost persons should not be estimated.”

NLD MP dismissed from peace committee after unsanctioned meeting with UWSA

Soe Htay, an MP for Kawkareik Constituency in Kayin State and a member of the National League for Democracy, was dismissed from the Lower House Committee on Ethnic Affairs and Internal Peace for holding peace negotiations in the Wa Self-Administered Zone (SAZ), where he met members of the United Wa State Army, without the approval of the committee. He was also stripped of other important duties by the NLD.

President Htin Kyaw holds talks with Japanese FM

President Htin Kyaw received Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida and his delegation at the Presidential Palace in Nay Pyi Taw on May 3. At the meeting, the Japanese chief diplomat outlined his county’s plans for the continued assistance in Myanmar’s democratic reform process under the new government and the promotion of bilateral relations between the two countries, according to a report from the President’s Office.

Lower House receives bill to revoke State Protection Law

A bill was put forward to the Lower of House of Parliament yesterday calling for the revocation of the Law to Safeguard the State against the Dangers of Those Desiring to Cause Subversive Acts, also known as the State Protection Law.

The bill was tabled by Lower House MP Kyaw Soe Lin, a member of Lower House Bill Committee.

Committee chairman Tun Tun Hein read out a report on the findings carried out by his committee, including the reasoning for revoking the law.

Three-party meeting slated for MVPPL labour dispute

Protest leader Khine Min says a three-party meeting is scheduled for May 3 between protesting workers from the Myanmar Veneer and Plywood Private Co Ltd (MVPPL) factory, officials from the Ministry of Labour, officials from the Sagaing Region government and the employer in order to settle the dispute.

The MVPPL workers began a protest march from Sagaing to Nay Pyi Taw on April 29, demanding labour rights and the re-employment of 161 terminated workers.

ANP to submit urgent proposal for Rakhine war refugees

The Arakan National Party (ANP) will submit an urgent proposal to urge the government to initiate a peace process and give assistance to war refugees in Rakhine State, announced MP Khin Saw Wai of Yathetaung Constituency, who is also a member of the ANP, on April 30.

She continued that there are about 1,500 people who have become refugees due to the battles in Rakhine State between The Myanmar Defence Services (Tatmadaw) and the Arakan Army (AA).

The ANP said peace is needed immediately as schools will reopen in about one month.

Cabinet prepares 40 bills

The cabinet is due to send 40 bills, including the prison bill which could not be approved by the former government, to Parliament, says Dr Myat Nyana Soe, secretary of the Upper House Bill Committee.

“The Prison Bill, which was drafted by the former administration, has been amended with human rights added," said Myat Nyana Soe.

“The bill committee from both houses will analyse the peaceful demonstration law and ward administration law."


Rebel groups meet in Thailand

Leaders of the Karen National Union (KNU) and Restoration Council for Shan State (RCSS) met in Chiang Mai on April 30 for peace negotiations, according to Major-General Zaw Izzat Foe of the KNU.

KNU’s delegation was led by its chairman General Saw Mutu Say Poe and RCSS’s delegation was led by its chairman, Lieutenant-General Yawd Serk.

Zaw Izzat Foe said: “We held a workshop on federal issues and discussed peace.”

The RCSS was unavailable for comment.

USDP rebels demand conference

Union Solidarity and Development Party’s central executive committee (CEC) members have asked party chairman Thein Sein to order an emergency party conference.

A total of 136 members said the party must hold at least one central committee meeting, according to its basic principles, suggesting it be held next month.