Ethnic armed groups propose venues for meeting with govt delegation

The Ta’ang National Liberation Army (TNLA), Arakan Army (AA) and Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Force (MNDAA) proposed to meet with the Preparation Committee for the 21st Century Panglong Conference at Shweli, Hpansan or Mongla, said Lt-Col Tar Hpone Kyaw, the general secretary of the TNLA on June 21.

The committee is left to meet with TNLA, AA, MNDAA and the Nationalist Socialist Council of Nagaland to persuade them to attend the Union Peace Conference.

Suu Kyi meets UN special rapporteur

Foreign Minister Aung San Suu Kyi received UN Special Rapporteur on Myanmar Yanghee Lee on June 20 in Nay Pyi Taw.

They discussed the country’s human rights affairs, Rakhine State issues, the peace process, freedom of assembly and association, humanitarian aid and laws related to human rights, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

“Ms Yanghee Lee makes recommendations every time she visits. There are lots of recommendations. She also asked for a meeting with Daw Aung San Suu Kyi,” said Kyaw Zeya, the director general of the ministry.

PNLO vows to work with all Myanmar people in peace process

The Pa-O National Liberation Organisation (PNLO), an ethnic armed group that has signed the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement (NCA), issued a statement on Saturday saying it would continue to work together with all national brethren, including Pa-O people, for the preparation of the 21st Century Panglong Conference and for the success of Myanmar's peace process.

The statement came after the tenth central committee meeting during PNLO conference, which was held in Shan State from June 15 to 17.

Myanmar celebrates State Counsellor’s 71st birthday

To mark State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s 71st birthday, which fell on June 19, meal offerings, blood donations and tree planting ceremonies were held across the country.

In Nay Pyi Taw, a meal offering ceremony was held at the Home for the Aged in Pyinmana Township in the early morning of June 19, and people donated meals to senior citizens living there.

Likewise, people from Pyinmana Township planted the trees to mark the occasion.

UN human rights envoy announces visit

Yanghee Lee, UN Special Rapporteur on human rights, is planning to visit Myanmar this month, according to High Commissioner for Human Rights’ office.

“Important steps have already been taken to further democratic transition, national reconciliation, sustainable development and peace. She intends to make a comprehensive and objective assessment of the human rights situation taking these elements into account,” the office said.

Rebel armies call for Shan ceasefire

The United Nationalities Federation Council (UNFC) associate secretary Tun Zaw has urged the Restoration Council of Shan State (RCSS) and Ta’ang National Liberation Army (TNLA) to agree a peace deal.

The UNFC is made up of nine armed groups, including the TNLA, which have not signed last October’s nationwide ceasefire agreement.

The TNLA and RCSS have been fighting since May and the arrangements for negotiations have fallen through.

President meets French foreign minister

President Htin Kyaw has met a French delegation led by Jean-Marc Ayrault, minister of foreign affairs and international development, at the Presidential Palace in Nay Pyi Taw.

They discussed ways to promote the bilateral relationship, socio-economic development, educational and cultural cooperation, democratisation and human rights, the many civil wars and instability in Rakhine State.

MPs probe around 500 judicial complaints

The Lower House Committee for Judiciary and Legal Affairs is investigating approximately 500 complaints about judges, administrators and the police, according to the committee secretary MP Aung Tin Lin. 

Some of the complaints were sent to the Lower House Rule of Law Committee formed by the former government. 

“There are hundreds of letters complaining about judges, administrators and the police. There may be more than 500 complaints,” said Aung Tin Lin.