Summary of News

1. Union Minister Dr. Zaw Wai Soe says that not all non-CDMers will be taken legal action in accordance with the law, but just those who should be

At a public Q&A program held in February, Union Minister Dr. Zaw Wai Soe said the following about the CDM policy:

“It is the law to take action against those non-CDM staff to whom it should be. The right action must be taken against the right person. Please carefully read the policy’s points. It does not mention that all non-CDM staff will face legal action. Analyze the policy attentively to understand what positions will be assigned to them with what types of commitments in the future. This policy will be made into law. We will not do it unfairly. We are waging a justice-seeking revolution to build a country with a just society. We will never do injustice, and we will never accept injustice.”

There are non-CDM staff who continue to work under the military council but serve as public informants for the National Unity Government.

2. The practice of denying punishment to those who committed atrocities against the Rohingya must end

On February 22, Union Minister U Aung Myo Min attended the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum/US Permanent Mission discussion on the Rohingya’s human rights situation, held in Geneva, Switzerland, and discussed the issue of Rohingya.

“To truly recognise the extent and scale of the atrocities against the Rohingya, we must end the history of denial. Truth-telling and accountability are an essential part of this.” — U Aung Myo Min, Union Minister of Human Rights

Due to the terrorist military’s killings, the majority of Rohingya people have fled to Bangladesh and sought refuge there.

3. The BPLA and allied forces captured a joint military camp of the junta and BGF in the KNU 5th Brigade territory this morning

On February 25, the Bamar People’s Liberation Army (BPLA) made the following military announcement regarding the capture of a joint military camp of the junta and BGF:

“The coalition, consisting of the Karen National Liberation Army (KNLA), the Bamar People’s Liberation Army (BPLA), the People’s Defence Force (PDF), and the Force for Federal Democracy (FFD), launched a joint offensive attack at the military camp jointly stationed by the military council and BGF troops in the KNU 5th Brigade territory at about 6:00 a.m. this morning.”

“During the contact battle, the enemy fled the camp in fear after just firing for a few minutes, and after about half an hour, the camp was captured, seizing a dead body, 2 weapons, and accessories,” the BPLA stated.

It was reported that no members of the revolutionary coalition were injured during the operation.

4. Some armed men collecting money from travellers on the Monywa-Mandalay highway under the guise of the CHUPDF

On February 24, the Chaung-U People Defence Force (CHUPDF) publicised the collection of money by some armed men under the guise of the CHUPDF, as follows:

“We have heard many times that some armed men, under the guise of the CHUPDF, are taking up a collection for money on the Monywa-Mandalay highway in Chaung-U Township. The CHUPDF and its affiliated groups are solely funded by the public and support organisations, as well as from works to raise force funds, and we hereby declare that we do not go to the highways and collect money at all.”

In addition, the CHUPDF also warned those armed groups, advising them to refrain from misusing the CHUPDF name and instead use their real names when requesting donations or money on the roads.

5. PDF and allied forces ambushed a military column from the Infantry Battalion 50 (IB 50) that was returning from Myittha Dam in Gangaw Township, killing four

The PDF (Gangaw-South) made the following military report on February 25:

“On February 24, between 2:25 and 2:40 p.m., the PDF and allied forces ambushed an 89-soldier military column from the Infantry Battalion 50 (IB 50) travelling back from the side of Myittha Dam in Gangaw Township as they came in the south of Min Ywa village, resulting in 4 deaths and 5 injuries from the enemy side.”

The members of the PDF and allied forces were said to have retreated unharmed, and it is reported that the military column is looting public properties in Minywa village. Therefore, the PDF (Gangaw-South) requested people refrain from using the Gangaw-Minywa Road for the moment as clashes may occur at any time.

6. Villagers selling wheat in Chaung-U were detained by Junta police after they allegedly claimed it as the wheat of the PDF and seized the money earned from the sale of the wheat

According to the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (AAPP), on February 16, the police from the Chaung-U police station arrived at the Naga Ni Broker Sales Center in Chaung-U when the five villagers of Htu Ni village in Sagaing’s Chaung-U Township, namely Ko Kyauk Khae, Ko Myat Phyo Shwe, Ko Arr Noe, Ko Hla Toe, and Ko Kyaw Zin Htun, were selling wheat and arrested them after allegedly claiming it as the wheat of the People’s Defence Force. The police also seized more than 10 million kyats, which the villagers earned from the sale of the wheat, and two tractors, according to the AAPP.

According to the AAPP data, a total of 16,005 people have been arrested since the coup on February 1, 2021, until February 24, 2023, and 4,560 of them have been sentenced to prison terms.

#Credit : Radio NUG

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