Summary of News

1. NUG pledges to establish conditions for voluntarily and dignifiedly returning the Rohingya and other displaced communities, expressing deep sorrow on the sixth anniversary of the 2017 mass atrocities against the Rohingya people

The National Unity Government (NUG) issued a statement on August 25 to commemorate the sixth anniversary of the atrocities committed against the Rohingya people in 2017.

In the statement, the National Unity Government stated, “Acting on our ‘Policy Position on the Rohingya in Rakhine State’, the National Unity Government is committed to creating the conditions needed to bring the Rohingya and other displaced communities home in voluntary, safe, dignified, and sustainable ways.”

In 2017, the terrorist army’s barbaric atrocities resulted in the deaths of thousands of Rohingya, and more than one million Rohingya have fled to Bangladesh and are currently struggling to survive in the world’s largest and most densely populated refugee camps.

2. NUG supports the U.S. government’s expansion of sanctions against Myanmar to include foreign individuals and entities involved in military jet fuel procurement and distribution

On August 24, Dr. Sasa, Union Minister for International Affairs of the National Unity Government, issued a statement welcoming the U.S. government’s expansion of sanctions against Myanmar to include foreign individuals and entities operating in the jet fuel sector of the Myanmar’s economy.

“In the past 30 months, the genocidal military junta in Myanmar has conducted brutal airstrikes against civilian populations,” the Union Minister stated, and he added, “As of May 31, 2023, more than 760 brutal airstrikes against civilian targets have been reported. Over 4,400 civilians have been killed since the attempted coup on February 1, 2021.”

The U.S. government’s August 23 announcement on sanctions on Myanmar also included the additional sanctions targeting Daw Khin Phyu Win and three Singapore-based companies linked to her, PEIA PTE. LTD., and P.E.I Energy PTE. LTD., as well as U Zaw Min Tun, who is the owner of 11 companies of Asia Sun Group, which was previously designated for operating in the defence sector of Myanmar’s economy.

3. Junta’s 33rd Infantry Division abducts 100 people from Namya village in Myitkyina as porters and human shields

On August 25, Union Minister Dr. Tu Hkawng stated that the junta’s 33rd Infantry Division selected and abducted 100 young and middle-aged males in good physical condition from Namya village in Myitkyina, including villages, travellers, and internally displaced persons (IDPs), to use as porters or human shields.

“The travellers were taken away after being made to abandon their stuff on the road,” the Union Minister stated.

In rural areas, the terrorist military has been abducting civilians and using them as human shields.

4. U.K. pledges to continue supporting international efforts to provide accountability and justice, advocating for Rohingya’s protection and inclusion in Myanmar’s future

Mr. Ken O’Flaherty, Head of Mission, British Embassy Yangon, issued a statement on August 25 to mark six years since the Myanmar military committed atrocities against Rohingya in Rakhine.

Mr. Ken also emphasised in his statement that the United Kingdom would keep promoting the Rohingya’s protection and their right to be a part of Myanmar’s future while also supporting international efforts to bring about accountability and justice for them.

5. NUG issued a total of 1,694 certificates of honour to the people who donated to the PDF battalions and columns

In June, the Ministry of Defence of the National Unity Government (NUG) distributed US$ 675,883.34 donated by the public to the battalions and columns and the ministry issued 1,694 certificates of honour to the donors, according to a statement released by the ministry on August 25.

The Ministry of Defence asked those who donated to verify the authenticity of the certificates by scanning the QR code at the ministry’s Official Certificate Verification System.

6. People’s defence forces arrest 14 members of the military-backed Pyu Saw Htee militia on their way to serve at the Letpadaung copper mine in Salingyi Township, Sagaing Region

The people’s defence forces arrested 14 members of the military-backed Pyu Saw Htee militia who were on their way to serve at the Letpadaung copper mine, which is a joint venture between the China-owned Wanbao Mining Company Ltd. and the Myanmar military-owned Myanma Economic Holdings Ltd. in Salingyi Township, Sagaing Region, on August 24 at about 11:00 a.m.

The comrades of the two companies of the Alpha Column of the Union Liberation Front (ULF)—Company No. 1 Alpha Special Force and Company No. 3 Chindwin Galone Yarzar Guerrilla Defence Force—carried out the arrest and handed over them to the Salingyi Township People’s Security Organisation (Pa-La-Fa) for further legal actions to be taken.

The Pyu Saw Htee militia members reportedly recently completed military training provided by the junta’s Southwest Military Command in Thabaung Township, Ayeyarwady Region, and were tasked with serving as guards at the Letpadaung copper mining.

7. People’s defence forces ambush a vehicle of the military-backed Pyu Saw Htee militia travelling between Gway Cho village and Sin Chaung village in Yesagyo Township

According to the release of the Yesagyo Township People’s Defence Organisation (Pa-Ka-Fa) on August 25, the PDF and Pa-Ka-Fa allied forces ambushed a vehicle of the military-backed Pyu Saw Htee militia from Gway Cho village that was travelling to Sin Chaung village in Yesagyo Township, resulting in the deaths of six Pyu Saw Htee militia and the seizure of five carbines, eight box magazines, and 106 rounds of ammo.

The operation was carried out by the Yesagyo Township People’s Defence Organisation (Pa-Ka-Fa) and the Pakokku District PDF Battalion No. 9 at about 6:00 a.m. on August 25.

8. PDF troops ambush military council troops scouting in the Bago Range

According to a press release from the People’s Defence Force (PDF) Bago Military Region of the National Unity Government, at about 3:00 p.m. on August 23, a group of PDF members from Company No. 1 of the Taungoo District PDF Battalion No. 3501 ambushed five terrorist military troops who were travelling in three motorcycles from Kyoet Pin Seik village, Tangoo District, Bago Region, to conduct reconnaissance inside the Bago Range.

The attack resulted in the deaths of four military council troops, while one with an MA-4 rifle managed to escape. The PDF members also destroyed three motorcycles.

9. NUGPay has launched an in-app message feature for Android phones

On August 25, NUGPay announced that an in-app message feature is now available on Android phones.

“When designing NUGPay’s processes, unlike traditional mobile wallets, we have to plan to incorporate new technologies that would directly benefit our revolutionary public. An idea came to us as NUGPay gained more public support and users, making it a platform for the flow of funds for the revolutionary forces—that is, to bring the hearts of revolutionaries closer. The revolutionaries will communicate with one another via the new in-app communication feature of NUGPay,” the NUGPay stated.

Additionally, it was stated that the NUGPay app would provide users with information on active fundraising campaigns and would make it possible for revolutionaries to donate conveniently through the NUGPay app.

#Credit : Radio NUG

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