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.
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.
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.
MP Wai Sein Aung from Rakhine State Constituency-1 submitted an urgent proposal to the Upper House on May 2 calling for an immediate end to fighting in Rakhine State between the Myanmar Defence Services (Tatmadaw) and the Arakan Army (AA).
The MP suggested that the AA should also be invited to political talks.
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.
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."
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.
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.
To establish the rule of law, everyone must be subject to the same laws, said chairman of parliamentary Legal Affairs and Special Cases Assessment Commission Thura Shwe Mann on April 29.
He said for security and democracy to flourish, laws must be just and followed by everyone. Unfair laws must be abolished or amended to truly protect the people, the former general said.
A United Wa State Army (UWSA) leader has confirmed that the group met National League for Democracy (NLD) representatives in Panghsan, northern Shan State, on April 28.
Xiao Ming Liang, vice-chairman of the UWSA in Panghsan, led the Wa delegation but the group refused to give further details. Win Htein, a central executive member of the NLD, said no one had been sent to meet the Wa but added that the party had many members.