Spring Revolution Local News – Mar 31 (Evening)

Summary of News

1. Acting President Duwa Lashi La and Union Prime Minister Mahn Winn Khaing Thann give speeches during the live broadcast programme commemorating the 2nd anniversary of the Federal Democracy Charter

Acting President Duwa Lashi La remarked the following in his speech during the live broadcast programme commemorating the 2nd anniversary of the Federal Democracy Charter held on March 31:

“In leading the mass movement of the Spring Revolution, I would like to especially urge that we all exercise leadership centered on the principles of the Federal Democracy Charter. In addition, we are waging a revolutionary struggle based on principles to eradicate the military dictatorship, so we will have to use the Federal Democracy Charter as a sacred Buddhist text to cast out demons for the revolution against the military dictatorship.”

Union Prime Minister Mahn Winn Khaing Thann said the following during his speech:

“From here, I would like to urge everyone to build a new future federal union based on standard values rather than interests. I also want to stress that we, the National Unity Government, have been authorized as a revolutionary government through the FDC, and we are moving forwards according to the clear and precise national road maps and basic principles of the FDC.”

The Federal Democracy Charter was adopted on March 31, 2021, by the Committee Representing Pyidaungsu Hluttaw (CRPH). After that, it was reviewed and prepared by the National Unity Consultative Council (NUCC) and ratified by the First People’s Assembly, which was convened on January 27–29, 2022. The ratified charter was then announced to the public on March 27, 2022.

The Federal Democracy Charter is divided into two parts: Part I, “Declaration of the Federal Democratic Union,” and Part II, “Interim Constitutional Arrangements.”

2. The MOD-NUG releases a statement on the follow-up situation related to Project DragonFly

The Ministry of Defence (MOD) of the National Unity Government released a statement on the follow-up situation related to Project DragonFly on March 31 as follows:

The Ministry of Defence respects and recognises each and every individual who is contributing to fundraising programmes of the National Unity Government with their skills, knowledge, and finances.

The Ministry of Defence of the National Unity Government had received exactly US$2.2 million for Project DragonFly through international fundraisers, with US$1.4 million of the received funds allocated and used for air defence and US$0.8 million for counter-air attacks.

The Ministry of Defence of the National Unity Government has been managing the funds raised through fundraising projects in collaboration with foreign fundraisers with full responsibility and accountability.

We hereby inform the public that, for security reasons, operational achievements achieved with Project DragonFly funds will be released at appropriate times.

Ministry of Defence

National Unity Government

3. The Interim Chin National Consultative Council (ICNCC) condemns the killing of civilians by the air strikes of the terrorist military council on Khuafo village in Chin State’s Thantlang Township

The Interim Chin National Consultative Council (ICNCC) issued a statement on March 31 condemning the killing of civilians in Khuafo village, Chin State’s Thantlang Township, as follows:

According to the statement, on March 30, 2023, at around 9:30 a.m., the terrorist military council launched airstrikes on Khuafo village, Thantlang Township, Chin State, killing 8 civilians (females 5 and males 3), including two children aged 6 and 9, and injuring at least 20 civilians, including two children aged 9 and 10.

The ICNCC expressed its deep grief for those killed and injured in the statement, condemned the junta’s inhumane behavior committed against innocent civilians, including ethnic people, and called for the entire Chin ethnic people to continue to fight against the terrorist junta unanimously.

4. CRPH, NUCC, and NUG met and discussed the formation of the Interim Federal Education Council as soon as possible

On March 30, the NUCC Affairs Committee of the Committee Representing Pyidaungsu Hluttaw (CRPH), the Joint Coordination Committee on Federal Democracy Education (JCC-Education), and the Ministry of Education of the National Unity Government had a meeting through video conferencing regarding the formation of the Interim Federal Education Council as soon as possible.

At the meeting, U Nay Myo, Chairman of the NUCC Affairs Committee, gave an opening speech, and Dr. Zaw Wai Soe, Union Minister of Education, explained the status of the formation of the Interim Federal Education Council and steps to be taken.

Later, Daw Ja Htoi Pan and Dr. Sai Khaing Myo Tun, Deputy Ministers of Education, explained the steps taken to form the Interim Federal Education Council and future work.

The committee members present then exchanged views, and the meeting decided on the procedures needed to form the Interim Federal Education Council as quickly as possible.

5. Members monks of the International Peace Sanga Network (IPSN) perform pattanikkujjana (a Buddhist monks’ boycott) in Pauk Township, Pakokku District, Magway Division

The International Peace Sanga Network (IPSN) announced the following on March 31 regarding doing pattanikkujjana:

“Sangha members of the International Peace Sangha Network (IPSN) held a pattanikkujjana in Pauk Township, Pakokku District. The Pakokku District 12th PDF Battalion also donated alms to the sanghas who did pattanikkujjana.”

On the evening of March 27, Buddhist monks at home and abroad performed pattanikkujjana (a Buddhist monks’ boycott involves refusing morning alms from those said to have violated religious principles) against terrorist military leader Min Aung Hlaing and those related to him, and it was a great success.

6. The US Secretary of State states that the regime’s deeply flawed elections will not represent the will of voters in Myanmar

The United States Secretary of State made a statement on March 30 on the dissolution of political parties in Burma.

Antony J. Blinken, US Secretary of State, said that the United States has strongly condemned the regime’s decision to abolish 40 political parties, including the National League for Democracy (NLD), stating that it shows the regime’s continued contempt for the popular will of Myanmar’s people and multi-party democracy.

Secretary Antony J. Blinken said in the statement that the people voted overwhelmingly to re-elect the NLD and other parties in the November 2020 national elections.

“The military’s ongoing efforts to stifle political dissent and eradicate civic space are designed to further entrench its own power and interests. This action further demonstrates that the regime’s plans for deeply flawed elections, if held, will not represent the will of Burma’s voters,” he said.

The international community has called for a cessation of violence and the release of all political prisoners including Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, dialogue with all parties concerned to help solve the Myanmar crisis peacefully and the restoration of democracy in Myanmar.

Secretary Blinken said the United States called on the military regime to reverse course, end the use of violence against the people of Burma, free those it has unjustly detained, and respect its obligations under international law.

#Credit : Radio NUG

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