Spring Revolution Local News – May 13 (Evening)

Summary of News

1. The National Unity Government establishes a US$1 million Cyclone Mocha emergency response fund

The meeting of the NUG’s Commission for Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Response held on May 13 at 8:30 a.m. ratified the formation of the Emergency Operations Coordination Committee (EOCC) and decided to set up a US$1 million Cyclone Mocha emergency response fund.

Following opening remarks by the Commission Chairman Acting President Duwa Lashi La and Commission Deputy Chairman Union Prime Minister Mahn Winn Khaing Thann, Dr. Win Myat Aye, Union Minister for Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management, explained the preparations being made for emergency response related to the storm, collaborations with organisations in potential affected states and regions, collaborations with international organisations, and providing storm news and warnings to the public in a timely manner, etc.

The formation of the Emergency Operations Coordination Committee (EOCC) was ratified at the meeting, and it was decided to begin operations according to respective task forces, set up a US$1 million Cyclone Mocha emergency response fund, use 10% of tax revenue collected in the Sagaing and Magway Regions for storm response, and verify storm-related information and weather news before making them available to the public in a timely manner.

2. Union Minister Dr. Sasa states that the terrorist military needs to be held accountable for the crimes against humanity it has committed

Dr. Sasa said in the statement on May 12 condemning the brutal massacre of innocent civilians in Bago’s Nyaung Pin Thar village that the terrorist military needs to be held accountable for the crimes against humanity it has committed.

Union Minister Dr. Sasa stated, “On one side, a very terrible Cyclone Mocha is approaching our people, and on the other side, horrific genocidal attacks are being carried out against the people by the brutal genocidal military junta in Myanmar,” and noted, “This brutal act of violence, perpetrated by the genocidal Burmese Army junta, resulted in the deaths of 18 innocent people, including six children under the age of 18,” while pointing out, “The deliberate targeting and killing of civilians, particularly young children, is an unspeakable act of violence that demands immediate international attention and condemnation.”

Dr. Sasa called for actions by the international community, particularly ASEAN and the United Nations, while asserting, “It is imperative that the responsible individuals and entities be held accountable for their acts of crimes against humanity and that justice is served for the victims and their families.”

The mass killing committed by the terrorist military on May 10, 2023, in Nyaung Pin Thar village, Bago Division, included 18 innocent civilians, including 6 children under the age of 18, and they were burned to death.

3. NUG’s Human Rights Minister U Aung Myo Min will have a community meeting with Burmese people in Porirua, New Zealand, on May 15

U Aung Myo Min, Union Minister for Human Rights of the National Unity Government, who is on his work trip to Australia and having a series of community meetings with Burmese communities in Australia during the trip, will have a community meeting in Porirua, New Zealand, on May 15, according to the Ministry of Human Rights.

The Union Minister will give a speech on the political climate and human rights violations occurring in Myanmar at the community meeting, which is scheduled to take place on May 15 at 6:00 p.m. in Porirua, New Zealand. The community meeting is open to everyone who is interested.

4. Dr. Thein Lwin says that the military council’s recently passed Private Education Law covers a very outdated educational concept

On May 13, Dr. Thein Lwin (Thinking Classroom Foundation) evaluated the recently enacted Private Education Law as a very outdated educational concept.

He stated, “The military council published the Private Education Law on May 12, 2023. It covers a very outdated concept of education. International standards and principles related to private education can be studied at the Abidjan Principles. In addition, I would like everyone to study it in comparison with Section 9: Private Education of the NUG’s Federal Democracy Education Policy, approved by the NUCC on May 8.”

The Private Education Law included strict handling of private schools and imposed many restrictions, while the Federal Democracy Education Policy published by the NUCC recognises the freedom of private education and migrant schools, including those opened in neighbouring countries for Myanmar refugees.

5. A USAID delegation led by Assistant Administrator Michael Schiffer met with the Advisor to the NUG Ministry of Human Rights

U Aung Kyaw Moe, the advisor to the Ministry of Human Rights, stated on May 13 that he had met with the USAID delegation, which was led by Assistant Administrator Michael Schiffer.

He said, “I had a great meeting today with a USAD team led by Assistant Administrator Michael Schiffer and discussed how USAID can lead to ensure appropriate steps are taken amidst ration cuts in Rohingya camps, and I urged the US government to provide Myanmar’s democracy efforts with more effective humanitarian and development aid.”

U Aung Kyaw Moe also had an informal discussion with Ambassador Beth Van Schaack, United States Ambassador-at-Large for Global Criminal Justice, on the Myanmar issue at the Eid Gala hosted by the United States Secretary of State on May 10.

6. The Yaw Defence Force (YDF) proudly celebrates its second anniversary in full dress and with full armaments

The Yaw Defence Force (YDF) celebrated its second anniversary at its headquarters on May 12, 2023, and its leader Ko Myat Thu delivered a speech at the ceremony.

The ceremony was opened by hundreds of members of the YDF, who gathered at the headquarters, by saluting the YDF flag, saluting the martyrs of the YDF, reciting the five oaths of the YDF, and marching in five columns to salute the leader.

Leaders of the YDF’s alliance forces also attended the ceremony, along with representatives of the YDF.

When Ko Myat Thu, the leader of the YDF, delivered his speech, he urged his comrades “to be full of fighting spirit, well-disciplined, good revolutionary comrades who can fulfil their responsibilities, and to fight the military dictatorship together until destroying it completely and equal rights for all ethnic groups are served,” and clarified the group’s revolutionary goals and achievements.

7. The NUG-MOPFI’s Spring Yangon and Spring Mandalay Housing Investment Projects have so far raised a total of US$46.21 million in revolutionary funds

On May 13, the End of Dictatorship (EOD) initiative of the Ministry of Planning and Finance of the National Unity Government (NUG-MOPFI) announced the status of the sale of land plots in its Spring Yangon and Spring Mandalay Housing Investment Projects: “Spring Yangon and Spring Mandalay Investment Projects sold about US$46.21 million, creating a significant movement for the revolution.”

The EOD announced the remaining land plots for sale while urging, “Please encourage those who firmly believe in the Spring Revolution, want to take part in it to the fullest extent possible, and want to leave the best legacy for the future and new generations after the revolution to invest in the remaining Spring Investment plots.”

The remaining land plots include those of Spring Victory @SouthDagon from Spring Yangon Investment Phase II, Spring Aurora @YeDagunTaung, and Spring Oasis @MandalayHill from Spring Mandalay Investment.

#Credit : Radio NUG

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