Summary of News

1. NUG’s Deputy Minister U Maw Htun Aung says that the amendment of the Political Party Registration Law is a power-hungry military system

On January 27, U Maw Htun Aung, Deputy Minister of Electricity and Energy, said about the junta’s amending of the Political Parties Registration Law that it is a power-hungry military system. The deputy minister said:

“In the new Political Parties Registration Law enacted by the terrorist military council, any political party contesting at the Union level must secure at least 100,000 members within 90 days of registration being granted, and any party that will contest within a State or Division must secure 1,000 members within 90 days. Moreover, the parties contesting at the Union level must submit evidence of depositing 100 million MMK with the state-owned Myanmar Economic Bank. Therefore, at present, only the Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP), which is composed mainly of former generals, will qualify for the law”

2. Union Prime Minister Mahn Winn Khaing Thann claims that the NUG has the military capability to attack the enemy throughout the country.

On January 28, the Ministry of Human Rights under the National Unity Government released the Statement on International Jurisdiction, welcoming the growing number of complaints and cases against crimes committed by the Myanmar military, under the exercise of universal jurisdiction.

In the statement, the National Unity Government urges the German authorities to act on the recent request by a group of an ethnically diverse group of survivors and witnesses across Myanmar with the support of Fortify Rights and launch an investigation into military atrocity crimes in Myanmar, including genocide against Rohingya as well as subsequent crimes committed by the junta since its failed coup.

The statement also mentions a series of complaints made by various organisations under the universal jurisdiction against the Myanmar military, including a criminal file in Turkey by the Myanmar Accountability Project (MAP); MAP’s legal proceedings in Indonesia aimed at opening the possibility of trials at the Indonesia’s Human Rights Court under the universal jurisdiction; MAP’s efforts to take legal action against the illegal junta in the Philippines that will be announced soon; and the criminal complaint filed by the Burmese Rohingya Organisation UK (BROUK) in Argentina.

The statement extends the National Unity Government’s appreciation to all associated national authorities and rights organizations for their commitment to justice and accountability in Myanmar and calls for the United Nations member states to extend support to accountability efforts that exercise universal jurisdiction.

3. Ambassador U Kyaw Moe Tun stated at the United Nations that Myanmar military dictators are willing to continue harming the people for their own interests without hesitating

Ambassador U Kyaw Moe Tun, Permanent Representative of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar to the United Nations, delivered a statement at the Open Debate of the UNSC on “Peace-building and Sustaining Peace: Investment in People to Enhance Resilience against Complex Challenges,” held on January 26.

“Under a military dictatorship defined by illegitimacy, brutality and disregard for the rule of law, there is not and will never be any investment in people for their socio-economic development, human rights and human security. The military dictatorship is willing to continue to harm the people for the sake of their ambitions.” — Ambassador U Kyaw Moe Tun, Permanent Representative of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar to the UN

The ambassador also added that the damage caused to the country’s institutions by the illegal military junta is very high, not only within Myanmar but also to regional countries and beyond.

4. Calling on people to participate in the silent strike under the theme “One Voice, One Fight”

On January 28, the campaign leaders urged people to participate in the silent strike under the theme “One Voice, One Fight” on the 2nd anniversary of the Spring Revolution. The General Strike Coordination Body (GSCB) that is organising and leading the campaign explains about the campaign as:

“Coming February 1 marks the 2nd anniversary of the People’s Spring Revolution; in other words, it’s been two years since the military coup. At this kind of time, when the revolution reaches its second anniversary, we need to continue to let the world know that our blood does not cool off, that we are not timid, and that we are not adapting to military rule. Especially on that day, the world will be watching the Myanmar affair with more interest because the State of Emergency by the terrorist military junta will end on January 31.

Therefore, we are calling for a Silent Strike on the 2nd anniversary of the People’s Spring Revolution, on February 1, 2023, in which all people can participate. This time, we also have another profound meaning for the Silent Strike public mass movement. Now everyone knows that the terrorist military junta is preparing to forcefully hold an illegal sham election as their way out, a political trick. This silent strike movement is revealing and proving that the public does not accept and oppose the illegal election.”

The GSCB also urges:

“Therefore, on February 1, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., all of us will not go out (at all). We will stay where we are, such as at our home, our workplace, our shop, our office, etc. The public spaces above the streets must be deserted and quiet on that day and at that time. This 2023 has been designated as the decisive year for the final battle, so we must exert ourselves and go into battle. Therefore, as a whole community, let’s march towards the final battle with One Voice and One Fight.”

5. India authorities arrests 80 Myanmar refugees who fled junta attacks, and 71 of them are sent to the central jail in Imphal, while 9 teenagers are sent to a juvenile detention center

Of the 80 Myanmar refugees who were arrested and detained yesterday by a combined team of Tengnoupal Police commandos and Special Commandos after fleeing attacks by junta forces a year ago, 71 were sent to the central jail in Imphal, while 9 teenagers were sent to a juvenile detention center.

On January 28, Salai Isaac Khen, executive member of the ICNCC, said:”It was learned that among Myanmar refugees who were arrested yesterday morning in Moreh, 71 adults were sentenced the same day and sent to the central jail in Imphal, and 9 children under the age of 18 were sent to a juvenile detention centre in Imphal.”

On January 27, around 7:00 a.m., 80 Myanmar refugees (Chin and Bamar people) who were taking refuge in Lhangcham village, 4 kilometres away from Moreh in Tengnoupal district of Manipur State, were arrested by the combined team of Tengnoupal Police commandos and Special Commandos.

“This handling of Myanmar refugees sheltering in the border towns along the India-Myanmar border is not a correct one,” said Salai Isaac Khen.

#Credit : Radio NUG

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