Spring Revolution Local News – Mar 09 (Evening)

Summary of News

1. U Aung Kyi Nyunt, Chairman of the CRPH, and Derek Chollet, Counselor of the United States Department of State, met to discuss on the implementation of the Burma Act

Derek Chollet, Counselor of the United States Department of State, wrote on Twitter on March 9 regarding the recent meeting with the Chairman U Aung Kyi Nyunt of the Committee Representing Pyidaungsu Hluttaw (CRPH).

“Productive meeting with Burma’s Committee Representing Pyidaungsu Hluttaw Chair Aung Kyi Nyunt to discuss the United States’ support for the pro-democracy movement and implementation of the BURMA Act,” he wrote.

In the last month, United States Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman also had another meeting with NUG’s Foreign Minister Daw Zin Mar Aung to discuss the US’s support for the democracy movement in Myanmar.

2. Union Minister Dr. Sasa says that everyone has the responsibility to prosecute terrorist dictators through international legal channels, with no crime left unpunished

In his statement on International Women’s Day, on March 8, Union Minister of International Cooperation Dr. Sasa included the following:

“The international governments and organisations, and we all, have the responsibility to be able to prosecute terrorist dictators through international legal channels until the people of Myanmar get justice, with no crime left unpunished.”

“In the past 24 months, the terrorist dictators have used hunger, rape, and arson as weapons, leading to the displacement of 1.6 million people, mostly women and children. More than 50,000 buildings have been set ablaze, and more than 17 million people in Myanmar are affected by famine, again with women and children bearing the brunt of the burden,” Union Minister Dr. Sasa said in his statement.

3. CRPH’s delegates attended the Annual Forum of the ASEAN Parliamentarians for Human Rights (APHR) held in Jakarta, Indonesia

With the invitation of Chairperson Mecry Chriesty Barends and Co-Chairperson Charles Santiago of the ASEAN Parliamentarians for Human Rights (APHR), two representatives and one advisor of the Committee Representing Pyidaungsu Hluttaw (CRPH) attended the ASEAN Parliamentarians for Human Rights (APHR) held in Jakarta, Indonesia, from 3 to 5 March 2023.

According to the press release by the CRPH, at the “MPs at Risk” session of the forum, MP U Nay Myo Htet, Secretary of the CRPH Financial Affairs Committee, made a presentation titled “The Challenges of Elected MPs in Myanmar.” The presentation covered the human rights violations of the military junta against the elected MPs after the coup attempts, including the situations of arrests and killings by the military junta, and called for the international community to support and cooperate with the democratic forces in Myanmar to eliminate the military dictatorship and establish a federal democratic state.

4. Ambassador U Kyaw Moe Tun reminds the international community not to be deceived by the military junta’s unfounded promises

Ambassador Kyaw Moe Tun, Permanent Representative of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar to the United Nations, included the following in his statement at the Open Debate of the UNSC on Women, Peace and Security: Towards the 25th Anniversary of Resolution 1325:

  • It is imperative to remind the international community that it should not be deceived by the military junta’s unfounded promises.
  • The military is committing international crimes, creating violence, burning houses and villages, engaging in arbitrary arrests, and killing people.
  • The aspirations and determination of the people of Myanmar are crystal clear.
  • The resistance will continue until the end of the military dictatorship, the restoration of democracy, and the building of a federal democratic union.

Ambassador U Kyaw Moe Tun also appealed to the Security Council to use all tools at its disposal to take decisive actions to meet the Myanmar people’s aspiration, which will help create a civic space conducive to the meaningful participation and contribution of women in peace and security sectors in Myanmar.

5. A 78-year-old elderly woman was killed when the junta’s 317th Artillery Regiment opened fire at Aung Thar Yar village in Ye Township

According to the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (AAPP) briefing on March 8, a 78-year-old elderly woman was killed when the junta’s 317th Artillery Regiment opened fire at Aung Thar Yar village in Ye Township.

It states, “On March 5, the junta’s No. 317 Artillery fired heavy weaponry at Aung Thar Yar Village in Ye Township, Mon State, and one of the artillery shrapnel injured 78-year-old local Tu Moo in her stomach. She was transported to Mawlamyine Hospital for treatment. She died on March 6 at around 3 p.m.”

A total of 3,113 civilians, including pro-democracy activists, have been killed in Myanmar since the military seized power on February 1, 2021, according to the AAPP.

6. During the month of February 2023, 302 houses from 6 villages in Kanbalu District were burned down as a result of arson attacks by terrorist military troops and military-backed Pyu Saw Htee militia groups

The Kyunhla-Kanbalu Activist Group (Kanbalu District) reported on March 9 regarding the atrocities committed by terrorist military troops and members of military-backed Pyu Saw Htee militia groups in Kanbalu District during the month of February.

According to the report, during the month of February, 267 houses from 5 villages in Kanbalu Township and 35 houses from a village in Kyun Hla Township, totalling 302 houses from 6 villages in Kanbalu District, were burned to ashes as a result of murderous and arson acts by the terrorist military council troops.

The report further stated that 50 shops in market row near the train station and 371 units of 6′ x 6′ business rooms were destroyed by fire as Pyu Saw Htee and military council forces opened fire on the Koe Taung Bo village market in Kanbalu Township.

In addition to this, a combined military column of the junta’s Light Infantry Battalion 368 (LIB-368) and Pyu Saw Htee brutally burned two IDPs fleeing from Kine Yoe village to death. Nine civilians—seven civilians from Htan Kone, Thin Paung Kyin, and Nyaung Zin Lay villages and a couple of greengrocers from Gwae Kone village—were injured when they stepped on mines planted by the military council troops and Pyu Saw Htee members; among them, a 15-year-old child from Thin Paung Kyin village died, the report said.

7. So far, all EOD projects have sold for a total of $90 million

The End of Dictatorship (EOD) initiative of the National Unity Government’s Ministry of Planning, Finance, and Investment (MOPFI) announced at the end of February 2023, while revealing its outstanding projects, that all its projects have so far sold for a total of $90 million.

It said, “EOD projects began with the sale of shares in terrorist leader Min Aung Hlaing’s 14/Inya mansion. Realising the special importance of the treasury fund in the revolution, the people of the revolution overwhelmingly followed and supported the project. Min Aung Hlaing’s another mansion at 6.5 Miles in Yangon which he acquired illegally was sold as additional shares and the lands illegally acquired by the terrorist military in Yangon and Mandalay were sold as real estate, commercial plots, condominiums rooms, and affordable apartments. So far, the projects have raised a total of 90 million dollars.”

According to the EOD, there are still projects for sale, and the EOD has encouraged the people to put all their efforts into marching and supporting until the goal of the spring revolution is reached.

#Credit : Radio NUG

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