Summary of News

1. Additional notice for students to participate in the “Basic Education Completion Assessment”

On December 5, the National Unity Government’s Ministry of Education published an update on the Basic Education Completion Assessment (BECA) for the students under 17 years old who have passed the 9th grade of the old system examination.

According to the statement, within one month of December 5, students under the age of 17 who passed the 9th grade examination under the old system can register for the BECA program by filling out the forms available at the link provided. The ministry clarified that the eligible age for enrollment for students in the old system in the 9th grade has been relaxed to December 31, 2015, according to requests and discussions.

The required documentation for eligible students to register is a self-commitment form and evidence that they passed the 9th grade under the old system (up to three attachments may be uploaded). Student identification cards, township board education endorsements, or temporary school endorsements are all acceptable forms of evidence. Those who do not have a testify for their evidence might upload a printed or handwritten copy of their self-commitment form, according to the statement of the ministry.

According to the ministry, inquiries can be made through the Facebook Page Messenger of the Myanmar Basic Education Home (MBEH).

2. A CDM teacher was sentenced to hard labor and imprisonment for 10 years by the military council

On December 2, members of the military group used the unjust Sections to sentence a CDM teacher from Khayan Township, Yangon Division, to hard labor.

A spokesperson from the Khayan Township’s Basic Education Workers Union expressed his objection to the imposition of 10 years in prison with hard labor as, “It was learned that he was charged under the Counter-Terrorism Law Section 50(j). He is just an ordinary CDMer [who can’t possibly breach such laws]. He simply resides with his family at his home.”

U Htet Myat Aung, who was convicted under an arbitrary section, was a primary school teacher in Kan Kaung (old) Village, Khayan Township, and after the military coup, he participated in the Civil Disobedience Movement (CDM).

U Htet Myat Aung was unjustly arrested at his home on February 23, 2022, and then he was sentenced to 10 years in prison with hard labor on December 2, despite having committed no crime, said the spokesperson.

The Khayan Township’s Basic Education Workers Union has issued a statement saying, “We are particularly concerned about the security of those who have been accused and charged in recent months. We strongly condemn the CDMers being unjustly accused and charged, as well as human rights violations against our CDMers.”

3. The Kawthoung District Battalion 1 of the People’s Defense Force reports that the December 4 battle resulted in many casualties on the enemy’s side

According to the announcement of the Kawthoung District Battalion 1 of the People’s Defense Force, on December 3, 2022, at around 11:20 p.m., the KNLA Battalion 203, Kawthoung District Battalion 1 of the People’s Defense Force, Myeik District Battalion 2 of the People’s Defense Force, and the Flying Star Force (Bokepyin PaKaHpa) attacked the border hill camp of the military junta in the Yadanarbon area of Bokepyin Township. The battle resulted in the deaths of three and the injuries of eight members of the military junta. The resistance forces seized an RPG, an MA-1 rifle, and related equipment from the junta troops and were able to retreat without any damage at 1:15 p.m., and the battle was said to have lasted for 1 hour and 55 minutes.

According to Kawthoung District Battalion 1, the attack was carried out jointly by the KNLA Battalion 203, Kawthoung District Battalion 1 of the People’s Defense Force, Myeik District Battalion 2 of the People’s Defense Force, and the Flying Star Force (Bokepyin PaKaHpa).

4. The military junta unlawfully killed a young man suspected of exploding the bomb during interrogation

Bhone Myat Ko, who was accused of being the perpetrator of the bomb explosion in Lewe Town of Nay Pyi Taw, was killed on the morning of December 4 while being interrogated by the military, according to persons close to his family members.

The People’s Defense Force-Nay Pyi Taw (PaKaHpa) and People’s Defense Force-Pyinmana (PaKaHpa) claimed that they had detonated at a traffic police outpost near the General Aung San bronze statue in Lewe at about 7:30 a.m. on December 1 to lure military junta lackeys to follow and mine them on the way, but only the stun grenade was exploded.

Following the bomb explosion on December 1 at 6:00 p.m., Bhone Myat Ko was arrested by the military council, stating that he had been captured on CCTV. Bhone Myat Ko, who had been unjustly detained, was killed on December 4 while being interrogated by terrorist military forces. His family was contacted to arrange for cremation, and the military did so right away. Closed acquaintances of Bhone Myat Ko said, “Bhone Myat Ko was arrested at 6:00 p.m. on December 1, and he was killed on December 4. Cremation was performed at Kwingyi Cemetery once his family was contacted for cremation. Bhone Myat Ko’s face was swollen from being punched at the time of the cremation, and his chest had also been cut. A military officer, two police officers, and a police car attended his funeral. He was accused of carrying out the attack at the traffic light where the bomb detonated, where the CCTV camera can rotate for a 360-degree view; as a result, he was detained, interrogated, and killed under suspicion. The deceased, Bhone Myat Ko, was a young man who had not even reached the age of 18, and he was sent to an interrogation center before being killed.”

5. Dramatic troupe’s leading actor Phoe Chit and lyricist Shan Tun detained

Phoe Chit, one of the country’s famous dramatic troupe’s young actor, and the prominent lyricist and singer, Shan Tun (Myanmar Literature), have reportedly been detained by the military junta.

The news spread that the two of them had been arrested since November 30, and on December 5, information from people close to them confirmed those claims.

According to BBC News, Phoe Chit was arrested together with his pupil at his house, and Shan Tun and his elder sister were detained on the way to Bagan.

At present, it is not clear why they were arrested, and the families believe that they were taken because of an inquest.

Actor Phoe Chit and lyricist Shan Tun were arrested after the military lobbies Telegram channels incited by writings accusing them of supporting the People’s Defense Forces.

6. Protest movements against the imposition of the death penalty are carried out

A movement to show solidarity with the students who were sentenced to death because of their beliefs was initiated by the Dagon University Students’ Union, and a variety of activities sprouted on social media.

It was seen that arbitrary executions after the military coup detained the young revolutionaries had increased recently.

For unconditionally opposing the action of the military council and showing that they stand in solidarity with the students who were sentenced to death, the protesters are doing a profile photo campaign with texts such as “Stop Executing Our Students,” “Stop Executing Our Friends,” “Dagon University Students,” “Failed Law,” “Myanmar Under Death Penalty,” and “We Are Under Death Penalty” and posting photos of their palms with writings of those texts.

President of Dagon University Students’ Union Ko Min Han Htet wrote on social media, “We stand with the students who have been sentenced to death for democracy, including 7 Dagon University students, and we strongly condemn the military council’s unjustified imposition of the death penalty.” He also urged people to speed up the revolution in order to root out the military dictatorship, which is the main culprit of these murders in prisons.

The military council is imposing prison terms under various sections on the democratic activists who opposed the military coup, and the imposition of the death penalty—the harshest punishment—is rising daily.

Dagon University students were sentenced to death on November 30.  According to the figure released by the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (AAPP), the total number of people who were sentenced to death has reached at least 130.

7. Demonstrations were made in New York City as part of 16 days of activism to end violence against women and children

With the leadership of the Ministry of Women, Youth and Children Affairs of the National Unity Government, Helping Hands for Burma (H2B) held demonstrations in New York, United States, on December 4 as part of 16 days of activism to end violence against women and children.

The demonstrations were carried out at Washington Square Park, New York, from 11:00 to 12:30 and at Union Square Park, New York, from 13:00 to 14:30.

The campaigners said that the campaign aims to raise international awareness of the brutality of the terrorist military against women and children since the military coup in Myanmar. The campaign consists of a quiet protest movement and exhibiting photos of atrocities committed by the terrorist junta.

8. The Spring Tea Party, put together by Myanmar nationals living in the United States, was able to donate more than 100,000 USD to support the Myanmar spring revolution within a year of its founding

In December, the Myanmar Spring Revolution family in the San Francisco Bay area announced that the Spring Tea Party was able to donate more than 10,000 USD of revolutionary funds to support the revolution in Myanmar within a year.

“This month marks the Spring Tea Party’s one year anniversary,” said a member of the Myanmar Spring Revolution family in the San Francisco Bay area.

((((((Myanmar Spring Revolution family member))))))

For December, the Spring Tea Party has raised 12,648 USD for the revolution fund, and during the first year of its founding, the Spring Tea Party was able to support the revolution fund with a total of 172,822 USD by selling various handmade foods made by volunteers.

The news that has been published here are based on the ministries and trustworthy sources, and it was sent by Independent Nway Oo, a radio news reporter.

#Credit : Radio NUG


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