Spring Revolution Local News – May 21 (Evening)

Summary of News

1. Union Prime Minister Mahn Winn Khine Thann urges the government to appreciate the strengths already in place, such as the participation of the general public, CDMers, and alliance relations with EROs

Union Prime Minister Mahn Winn Khine Thann included the following in his address at the Cabinet Meeting (19/2023) of the National Unity Government held on May 16:

“During more than two years of revolution, we have come a long way since we have been moving forward with the participation of people mentally and physically, the selfless courage of the PDF members and their brave standing in front of the people, and the strong stance of the CDMers to make the military council administration system sway and fall, as well as the collaboration of the alliance EROs. Therefore, it is very important for us to value our existing strengths as well.”

The National Unity Government is collaborating with the Ethnic Resistance Organisations in military and political aspects.

2. NUG’s Union Minister Dr. Sasa expresses appreciation for the UK’s humanitarian support for Cyclone Mocha victims in Myanmar 

On May 20, Dr. Sasa, Union Minister for International Cooperation of the National Unity Government, issued a statement expressing appreciation for King Charles III’s Condolence Message and the UK’s humanitarian support for Cyclone Mocha victims in Myanmar.

Union Minister Dr. Sasa expressed his appreciation for King Charles III’s condolence message to those affected by Cyclone Mocha and thanked the UK’s commitment to providing humanitarian support to the 175,000 people affected by Cyclone Mocha in northwest Myanmar.

“The announcement of new funding amounting to 2.5 million USD demonstrates the UK’s unwavering dedication to alleviating the suffering and ensuring the well-being of those affected,” Dr. Sasa stated.

He continued, “This generous funding will play a critical role in supplying clean water, shelter, and essential resources to the vulnerable communities in northwest Myanmar through local and international organisations.”

3. The National Unity Government is collaborating with revolutionary organisations in Rakhine State to address the need for humanitarian aid in the aftermath of Cyclone Mocha

Union Minister Dr. Win Myat Aye said the following in an interview with PVTV in May about providing humanitarian assistance to the victims of Cyclone Mocha in Rakhine State: “We establish direct connections with revolutionary groups that are closely associated with the public in Rakhine State. Then we connect with the social organisations they recommend and collaborate to carry out rescue and rehabilitation work.”

According to the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management, as of May 19, the National Unity Government has provided a total of 84,857,000 MMK worth of emergency humanitarian aid for Cyclone Mocha victims in Rakhine State, Chin State, Cox’s Bazar Rohingya refugee camp in Bangladesh, Sagaing Division, Magway Division, and Yangon Division, which includes 35,157,000 MMK worth of support for Sagaing and Magway Divisions.

4. NUG’s Union Minister for Human Rights U Aung Myo Min meets and discusses with representatives of the New Zealand government

On May 19, the NUG Representative Office (Australia) released a press statement on the Union Minister for Human Rights’ meetings with New Zealand government officials.

According to the statement, in the afternoon of May 17, Union Minister U Aung Myo Min, who was arriving in New Zealand, had a meeting with the New Zealand Government Attorney-General, and in the evening, the Union Minister had a dinner with the New Zealand Minister of Immigration and a cordial discussion on the issue of Myanmar.

On the morning of May 18, the Union Minister met with New Zealand’s Chief Human Rights Commissioner and discussed the human rights violations committed by the military in Myanmar. The Union Minister flew to Auckland later that evening and was warmly greeted by Myanmar people in Auckland upon his arrival at the airport.

On the morning of May 19, Union Minister U Aung Myo Min attended the scheduled meetings, had a community meeting with Myanmar people living in Auckland in the evening, and explained the work being carried out by the NUG and the MOHR.

5. Ambassador U Kyaw Moe Tun states at the United Nations that a follow-up measure to Resolution 2669 is urgently needed

Ambassador U Kyaw Moe Tun, Representative of Myanmar to the United Nations, addressed the following at the UN Security Council Arria-formula Meeting on the Humanitarian Situation in Myanmar held on May 19, 2023:

“Several massacres have been repeated by the junta’s forces even after adoption of UNSC Resolution 2669 in December 2022. The latest was the military’s April 11 aerial attacks on a civilian gathering in Pazigyi village that killed nearly 200 civilians. Time and time again, the junta has demonstrated its contempt for international humanitarian law as well as the UNSC Resolution. So far with total impunity! It is crystal clear that ‘military won’t stop killing unless there is action from the international community’. We are strongly of the view that a follow-up measure to the resolution 2669 is seriously and urgently needed.”

Meanwhile, the Ambassador urged the Security Council to “take meaningful actions under Chapter VII of the UN Charter, including instituting a global arms embargo against the military and referring this inhumane military leadership to the International Criminal Court.”

6. The terrorist military council commits violent activities targeting the healthcare facilities by violating the Geneva Conventions and UN Security Council resolutions

On May 20, the NUG Ministry of Health issued Announcement No. 6/2023 regarding the violent acts targeting healthcare facilities committed by the terrorist military council (SAC).

The statement said that the terrorist military council has been repeatedly and intentionally committing acts of violence targeting the health facilities and health system by breaking the Geneva Conventions, the UN Security Council’s Resolutions, and International Humanitarian and Human Rights laws.

According to the statement, on May 17, 2023, at around 4:00 a.m., the terrorist military launched aerial bombardment against Saw Lon village in Bawlakae Township, Karenni (Kayah) State, without any conflict happening, resulting in a bomb landing near a rural health centre (RHC), killing a 17-year-old girl, namely, Ma Khin Shwe, and injuring four elderly people, including the father of Ma Khin Shwe. In addition, the attack destroyed the RHC, staff housing, six civilian houses, one monastery, the village’s drinking water well, and caused the deaths of many cattle.

There was also another incident on April 9, 2023, when the terrorist military violently raided the People’s Healthcare Network (Kalay)’s Hospital (North) in Kale township, Sagaing Division, and destroyed medicines, a warehouse, and an outpatient clinic. All the healthcare providers, patients, and 20,000 civilians reportedly managed to run away in time.

The Ministry of Health vowed to put forth its ultimate effort to continue providing public service together with heroic healthcare professionals, community-based organisations, and all ethnic people despite many difficulties and challenges.

7. Cyclone Mocha caused the destruction of 301 houses and 10 schools in the Paletwa district of Chin State

On May 21, the Paletwa Autonomous District Council (PADC) issued a statement on damages caused by Cyclone Mocha as follows:

“Cyclonic storm Mocha hit Chin State on May 14, 2023, resulting in landslides, broken water pipelines, and damage to houses, churches, schools, farms, and lampposts in Paletwa District. Paletwa District is an area with difficult phone line communication, so it is difficult to report in a timely manner, but according to the list received as of May 21, 301 houses, 7 churches, 10 schools, 5 barns, and 7 water pipelines have been damaged, and villages that have yet to be reached are still being contacted.”

The PADC had called for humanitarian aid for the victims of Cyclone Mocha in Paletwa District.

#Credit : Radio NUG

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