Summary of News

1. Union Prime Minister Mahn Winn Khine Thann advises cutting back on some meetings to emphasise practical actions

At the meeting of the Interim Local Administration Central Committee (ILACC) held on February 23, Union Prime Minister Mahn Winn Khine Thann advised cutting back on some meetings to emphasise practical actions, as follows:

“It will be necessary to organise effective meetings at this time, as the revolution is gaining momentum, so that more ground operations can be carried out. During a period when practical actions must be carried out, those in charge must make arrangements so that more effective meetings can be held by cutting back on some meetings.”

Furthermore, the Union Prime Minister directed the committee to develop preparations to provide farmers with the necessary protection and address land issues.

2. The 4th session of the Myanmar Global Town Hall Meeting, which will feature the NUG’s diplomacy, international relations, and collaboration, will be held on February 26

The Myanmar Global Town Hall Meeting (Session 4): Diplomacy, International Relations and Collaboration is announced to be held on February 26.

The Chairman of the Committee Representing Pyidaungsu Hluttaw (CRPH), U Aung Kyi Nyunt, will give the meeting’s opening address, while Union Minister of Foreign Affairs Daw Zin Mar Aung, Union Minister of International Cooperation Dr. Sasa, Union Minister of Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation Dr. Tu Hkawng, and Union Minister of Human Rights U Aung Myo Min will each give a briefing.

There will also be a public Q&A session, and the ministers present will answer.

3. NUG’s Minister of Education says that, after the revolution, CDM students who were not enrolled in the military council-run schools will be assigned to age-appropriate classes

At the Q&A session of a public meeting held in February, Union Minister of Education Dr. Zaw Wai Soe said that those CDM students who were not enrolled in the military council-run schools would be assigned to age-appropriate classes.

“After the revolution, assessments will be conducted, and [CDM students] will be assigned classes according to their ages,” said the Union Minister.

The National Unity Government is implementing and offering interim education programs in the governed territories and ethnic areas.

4. The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and the NUG’s Minister for Human Rights met and had a discussion

U Aung Myo Min, Union Minister of Human Rights of the National Unity Government, said on February 23 that he had a meeting with the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.

“I met with Mr. Türk, the new UN High Commissioner, and presented the human rights situation in Myanmar, as well as requested technical assistance from the UN High Commissioner’s Office,” the Union Minister said. 

The Union Minister also said that he believes that more effective efforts can be made together, as High Commissioner Türk is someone who has a firm attitude towards human rights.

In addition, at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum/US Permanent Mission discussion on the Rohingya’s human rights situation, held in Geneva, Switzerland, on February 22, Union Minister U Aung Myo Min also spoke about creating a new Citizenship Act as follows:

“Consistent with the NUG’s Policy Position on the Rohingya in Rakhine State issued in June 2020, the NUG is working with the National Unity Consultative Council (NUCC) and the Committee Representing Pyidaungsu Hluttaw (CRPH) to develop a new Citizenship Act that bases citizenship on birth in Myanmar or birth anywhere as a child of Myanmar citizens, and to repeal the Race and Religion Protection Laws of 2015.”

5. The NUG introduces Mogok blocks of its Early Partnership Program (EPP)

On February 19, the Early Partnership Program (EPP) initiative of the National Unity Government launched bookings (expressions of interest) for 45 exclusive rights for Mogok gem mining with the right tenure of 10 years from the start date of the project, after the revolution. Among these 45 rights, upon signing, the lowest investment size for mining rights is set at US$235,000 and the highest investment size is set at US$2.8 million. 

The 10-year-tenure gem mines will be operated as public-private partnerships, with a 51 percent stake for the government and a 49 percent stake for the private partner.

According to the EPP, Block No. 17 (location: Kinn 2) among the 45 exclusive rights was sold on the first day of bookings on February 19.

For detailed information on the 45 exclusive mining rights, refer to www.earlypartnership.org/mogok

6. With the help of drone strikes from the Federal Wings and allied forces, the headquarters of a KNLA battalion that had been seized the day before was able to be retaken

On February 24, the Federal Wings reported the recapture of the headquarters of a KNLA battalion as follows: 

“The headquarters of the Karen National Liberation Army (KNLA) Battalion 103, located in the east of Daw Na (the southern part of Myawaddy) in Kawkarate Township in the territory of the Karen National Union (KNU) 6th Brigade, was seized and burned down on February 21 by a military column of about 50 troops marching via Waw Lay strategy hill. The battalion headquarters was able to be recaptured at around 12:00 p.m. on February 22 after conducting continuous drone attacks by a combined force of the 8th Security Battalion and Special Commando Battalion of the Karen National Defense Organization (KNDO), and the Federal Wings.”

In order to take control of Karen State, the military council is conducting air and land attacks with excessive forces.

7. The project “Warazein” met its first target of US$ 100,000 within its first week

The “Project Warazein” fundraising campaign, led by 88th generation student Ma Nilar Thein, the wife of Ko Jimmy, a prominent 88th generation student leader who was unjustly executed by the military dictator, was able to reach its first target of US$ 100,000 in less than a week. 

The Project Warazein campaign, whose theme is “The Thunder that will Control the Ground,” aims to provide support for the Shar Htoo Waw drone technology force, which provides technical assistance to the ground revolutionary drone forces that battle against the junta, and was started in February.

#Credit : Radio NUG

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