Spring Revolution Local News – Mar 08 (Evening)

Summary of News

1. The Union Prime Minister says that the National Unity Government has full responsibility to protect the people who are suffering and being tortured by the fascist military

Union Prime Minister Mahn Winn Khine Thann addressed the following during the March 7 cabinet meeting:

“Hearing the voices of the locals who are suffering is extremely distressing. Our National Unity Government has full responsibility to protect the people who are suffering and being tortured by the fascist military from all sides to its utmost.”

At present, the National Unity Government is increasing the formation of the PDF battalions.

2. Union Ministers and Deputy Ministers of the National Unity Government take part in the International Women’s Day photo campaign

March 8th mark the International Women Day, and every year, activities are held throughout the world to promote women’s and gender rights and equality and Union Ministers and Deputy Ministers of the National Unity Government took part in this year’s photo campaign.

Members of the National Unity Government took part in the photo campaign for International Women’s Day with #EmbraceEquity poses.

The campaign theme for International Women’s Day 2023 (IWD 2023) is “Embrace Equity” with the aim of getting the world talking about Why equal opportunities aren’t enough and Why equal isn’t always fair and making a call to action for accelerating gender parity and women’s equality and rights.

3. NUG’s Union Minister Naw Susanna Hla Hla Soe says that women’s rights have been violated in Myanmar since the military dictators tried to control the country

At the live broadcast of the International Women’s Day event held on March 8, Naw Susanna Hla Hla Soe, Union Minister of Women, Youths and Children Affairs, said that since the military dictators tried to control the country, they had violated women’s rights, as follows:

“Ever since these military dictators tried to control the country, our women have been experiencing various kinds of harassment and human rights violations.”

On March 8, the Joint Coordination Committee on Gender Policy (JCC-Gender Policy) of the National Unity Consultative Council (NUCC) and the Ministry of Women, Youths and Children Affairs (MOWYCA) of the National Unity Government (NUG) released a joint statement on International Women’s Day.

According to the statement, to date, 483 women have died due to the violence of the military council troops; a total of 3,125 women are being unjustly detained in prisons; and 11 have been sentenced to death during the spring revolution. In addition, there are 15 women who were sentenced to life imprisonment and 122 women were sexually assaulted by the military council members.

In accordance with this year’s International Women’s Day theme, “Embrace Equality,” the JCC-Gender Policy and the MOWYCA stated in their joint statement that they will work to prevent, punish, and raise awareness of discrimination against women in collaboration with ethnic people, civil society organisations, and international organisations.

4. NUG’s Minister of Human Rights welcomes the interactive dialogue on Myanmar delivered by the High Commissioner for Human Rights at the 52nd Session of the Human Rights Council and OHCHR’s corresponding report on the “Situation of human rights in Myanmar since 1 February 2022”

On March 8, U Aung Myo Min, NUG Union Minister for Human Rights, said the following regarding the statement delivered by the High Commissioner for Human Rights at the 52nd Session of the Human Rights Council on March 6 and the corresponding report by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR):

“In the report presented by the High Commissioner for Human Rights [to the 52nd session of the Human Rights Council], he said that the situation of human rights in Myanmar has reached a very bad state. In addition, the High Commissioner said that airstrikes by the military against civilian locations increased by 141%, and artillery shelling of communities, including hospitals, schools, and places of worship, increased by over 100%. He also said that such activities are indeed widespread and systematic violations and atrocities. They are the truth, so I welcome them.”

In his statement to the Human Rights Council, the High Commissioner for Human Rights said that the military council troops had taken civilians, including children, as hostages and also burned civilians to death.

The Ministry of Human Rights of the National Unity Government released a statement dated March 7 welcoming the interactive dialogue with the High Commissioner for Human Rights on Myanmar as well as OHCHR’s corresponding report on the ‘Situation of human rights in Myanmar since 1 February 2022.’

5. Ambassador U Kyaw Moe Tun states at the United Nations that it is difficult to track the atrocities committed constantly by the military

Ambassador Kyaw Moe Tun, Permanent Representative of Myanmar to the United Nations, said the following at the 67th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW67) held on March 6:

  • In Myanmar, it is difficult to track the atrocities committed systematically and widely by the military junta due to the shortage of electricity and lack of digital access;
  • It is very disappointing to learn that the members of the fascist military are checking the mobile phones of the civilians randomly and in an unjustifiable manner;
  • As a result, people do not dare carry telephones when they go out, which is unacceptable and shows how the people of Myanmar are living in fear every day.

Furthermore, the ambassador U Kyaw Moe Tun went on to say that it is important to highlight that the current people’s revolution, which is fighting against the inhumane military junta, has been mainly led by the young generations through various peaceful methods, particularly the digital platform.

6. An anti-dictatorship protest in Pakokku District was organised to mark International Women’s Day

On the morning of March 8, to commemorate International Women’s Day, the Pakokku People’s Revolution Committee and the Basic Education General Strike Committee (BEGSC) held an anti-dictatorship protest in Pakokku District, and local people participated in the protest.

The Pakokku People’s Revolution Committee said: “In honour of International Women’s Day, we, the Pakokku People’s Revolution Committee and the Basic Education General Strike Committee (BEGSC), led a protest in Pakokku District, which was joined by local residents of nearby villages, holding and chanting banners with slogans such as ‘Embrace Equality, Emphasis on Women’s Participation in Equal Federalism,’ ‘We own our Anya (the central dry zone of Myanmar), 2023: End of Dictators,’ and ‘To emerge a federal democratic union… our cause’.”

#Credit : Radio NUG

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