More than 40 civic and social organizations (CSOs) based in border areas on July 25 and them urging the State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi participation of nation-building tasks and transition to Myanmar federalism, yesterday said Myanmar Affairs Initiative Group.
The CSOs are now carrying out the ethnic affairs, human rights, women and environmental affairs as well as they help the Mae Tao Clinic in in Mae Sot, said Thai-Myanmar border.
The upcoming 21st Century Panglong Conference should be a political forum capable of seeking resolutions to ending Myanmar’s civil wars and establishing a federal Union by building on the political commitment made between General Aung San and ethnic minority leaders, said General N'Ban La, vice chairman of the Kachin Independence Organisation (KIO) while recounting his previous discussion with State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi.
The Maijayan Summit of ethnic armed groups kicked off on July 26 in Maijayan, Kachin State. Out of 21 ethnic armed groups, the United Wa State Army (Wa Army), Ta’ang National Liberation Army, Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army (Kokang Army) and National Socialist Council of Nagaland-Khaplang (Naga Army) did not attend the summit.
The Lower House gave the green light to a bill to amend the 2013 Anti-corruption Law in accordance with amendments inserted by the Upper House on July 26.
The Lower House’s Public Affairs Management Committee submitted its proposal to the Lower House during its first regular session.
Lower House MPs discussed a proposal to urge the Union government to expand the public health department in order to provide the public with effective healthcare services. MPs seconded the proposal at the parliamentary meeting of the Lower House on July 26.
Khine Myo Tun, the deputy information officer of the Arakan Liberation Party (ALP), was arrested for issuing announcements about clashes that broke out in Rakhine State. He was charged under sections 505(b) and 505(c).
Lower House Speaker Win Myint reminded MPs to stick to parliamentary laws and by-laws on Monday during the opening of the second regular session of parliament in Nay Pyi Taw.
The peace commission made a statement concerning the ethnic armed forces’ meeting in Maijaryan.
The statement stated that successful cooperation to be made for all ethnic armed forces in the meeting, based on the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement (NCA), and bring good results for the 21st Century Panglon Summit.
A meeting of ethnic armed forces who have signed NCA and haven’t signed NCA will be held in Maijaryan from July 26 to 29.
Ethnic militia leaders have suggested that amending the constitution and building a federal Union should be based on the Panglong agreements for the sake of Myanmar’s development and peace.
Lowe House MP Pu Chin Sian Thang, who is also the chairperson of the Zomi Congress for Democracy, said the upcoming 21st Century Panglong Conference should be based on the original Panglong agreements of 1947. A federal Union should be built systematically by structuring the state-level and Union-level authorities.