Summary of News

1. Union Minister Daw Zin Mar Aung says that the military junta has not been allowed to represent the country till now

Foreign Minister Daw Zin Mar Aung spoke at the Live Talk of the KNDF’s fundraising project to raise funds for 100 automatic guns held on August 19:

“It has been two and a half to three years since the military’s unsuccessful coup. The international governments as well as organisations tell us every time, we meet with them that they have never recognised the military coup. Also in the region, the ASEAN Five-Point Consensus includes an end to military dictatorship, and the military council has been barred from representing the country at ASEAN; even the level of Foreign Minister is not allowed.”

The military council can only engage with countries like China and Russia, and it is facing pressure from most ASEAN countries in the region.

2. Union Minister Dr. Lian Hmung Sakhong spoke with MPs from Magway Region

An online discussion between the National Unity Government’s Ministry of Federal Union Affairs, and MPs from Magway Region was held on August 19.

Dr. Lian Hmung Sakhong, Union Minister of the Ministry of Federal Union Affairs, gave opening remarks, and then an MP from Magway Region explained the work of the Regional Hluttaw, and the discussion followed.

The Union Minister, Deputy Minister, and officials from the Ministry of Federal Union Affairs, as well as MPs from Magway Region Hluttaw, attended the discussion.

3. Union Minister Dr. Win Myat Aye asserts that the terrorist military junta is the primary cause of the severe humanitarian crisis in Myanmar on World Humanitarian Day

On August 20, World Humanitarian Day, Union Minister Dr. Win Myat Aye of the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management posted on Facebook that the arrogant military junta is the main reason for the catastrophic humanitarian situation the population of Myanmar is currently experiencing. The Union Minister called on the international community for heightened cooperation to ensure the delivery of humanitarian aid to those who truly require it, guarantee the safety of aid providers, accomplish the objectives of donor nations, and improve overall assistance efforts.

The Union Minister noted that the military junta “disregards fundamental humanitarian principles, impedes and limits access for displaced individuals to receive necessary assistance, and manipulates humanitarian aid for its own agenda” and said that it even arrested and killed aid workers capable of providing effective help.

According to the latest figures from the United Nations as of July 24, 2023, more than 1.9 million people have been displaced across the country, including almost 1.6 million people displaced by conflict and insecurity since February 1, 2021.

Union Minister Dr. Win Myat Aye highlighted that while international organisations, including the United Nations, are aware of the situation in Myanmar, if they do not come up with creative ways to navigate around the military junta to provide aid to those in need, the situation is likely to worsen, putting both the vulnerable population and aid providers in an even more precarious position.

4. The NUG is set to probe the landmine explosion in Sagaing that resulted in the death of Dr. Zaw Htoi Aung

The Ministry of Health of the National Unity Government issued a letter of condolence on the death of 34-year-old doctor, Dr. Zaw Htoi Aung, who was a major member of the Chindwin Medical Network (CMN) and who actively participated in the civil disobedience movement. He was killed on August 15, 2023, when a convoy of prison transport vehicles transporting political prisoners from Monywa prison to Mandalay prison was hit by a landmine explosion.

He had been providing mobile medical services to the conflict-affected people in the Sagaing Region and had been unjustly arrested by the military junta in September 2021 while travelling to Monywa, Sagaing Region, to receive treatment for his broken wrist bone. Then he was subjected to torture before receiving an 11-year prison term by the military junta.

Five political prisoners reportedly suffered critical injuries, and more than 30 others suffered less severe ones, in the incident that resulted in Dr. Zaw Htoi Aung’s death.

The National Unity Government (NUG) Ministry of Health stated in the condolence letter that it was saddened by the death of Dr. Zaw Htoi and others who received injuries and expressed condolences to their families. The ministry honoured Dr. Zaw Htoi Aung as a martyred hero and said in the August 19 condolence letter that a probe will continue into the landmine attack in which he was killed.

5. Summer Musical Night fundraiser concert held in New York drew 400 members of Myanmar’s multiethnic diaspora

On August 19, a musical fundraiser concert, “Summer Musical Night”, was held at the Queens Theatre in New York City, United States, to raise funds donate to places in urgent need in Myanmar.

In the concert, Yan Yan Chan from the first generation of hip-hop group “Acid”, DJ Wine, musical artist Kyaw Thiha (Melody World), musical artist Nin Zi May (Myanmar Idol), model actress Myat Noe Aye, movie star Thiha, and musical artist Mi Mi Win Pe performed alongside the New York-based Spring Revo Music Band.

About 400 members of Myanmar’s multiethnic diaspora brought tickets in advance and attended the musical concert co-organised by the New York City Burmese Community (NYCBC) and the Spring Revo Music Band (SRB) from 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. local time on August 19.

It was stated that all the profits received from the fundraiser concert will be donated to places in urgent need in Myanmar.

#Credit : Radio NUG

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