Summary of News

1. The CRPH Education Committee holds talks on federal education with Australian Parliament Member and University of Melbourne Professor

According to a press statement from the Committee Representing Pyidaungsu Hluttaw (CRPH), the CRPH Education Committee conducted a video conference meeting on September 18 with Ms. Janelle Saffin, MP from the Australian Labor Party, and Professor Joseph Lo Bianco, an expert in Language and Literacy Education at the Melbourne Graduate School of Education. The aim of this discussion is to acquire knowledge about the fundamental approaches to implementing a federal education system using the native language in a diverse, multi-ethnic nation.

During the meeting, Daw Phyu Phyu Thin, Secretary of the CRPH, and Australian MP Ms. Janelle Saffin delivered their opening remarks. Subsequently, Professor Joseph Lo Bianco discussed several key topics, including the significance of the mother tongue in the development of the federal education system, the responsibilities and tasks that need to be carried out at the local level, the successful implementation of federal education systems in various countries worldwide, potential improvements in the education sector through the adoption of a federal education system, its associated benefits, and key areas for future national projects.

Professor Joseph Lo Bianco was selected by UNICEF in 2012 as part of its Peace Building and Education international project to lead a research and intervention initiative focused on language, social cohesion, and peacebuilding in Thailand, Myanmar, and Malaysia.

Afterward, the participants exchanged their inquiries and collectively decided to schedule another meeting, which would focus on specific topics concerning future educational work.

The meeting was attended by Daw Phyu Phyu Thin, the Secretary of the CRPH, U Robert Nyal Yal, Chairman of the CRPH Education Committee, along with his team, as well as Members of Parliament (MPs) from Sagaing Region, Magway Region, Mandalay Region, Tanintharyi Region, and Yangon Region, who are members of the Education Committee.

2. Business owners in Myanmar shift savings from military council-controlled banks to invest in NUG bonds

During a session of the revolutionary talks “Nway Oo Hman Gu Gwat Myar” in September, U Nay Phone Latt, the Spokesperson of the Prime Minister’s Office, disclosed that there have been cases where certain business owners withdrew their savings from banks under the military council’s control to invest elsewhere, and some have covertly purchased NUG bonds.

The terrorist military frequently detains business owners and seizes their assets under various pretexts. One prominent example is the arrest of U Khin Shwe, a notorious crony in Myanmar and the chairman of the Zaykabar construction conglomerate.

3. Deputy Defence Secretary asserts that only when the military dictatorship can be eradicated will everyone be freed from the life of military slavery

On September 18, in a Facebook post, U Maung Maung Swe, Deputy Secretary of the NUG’s Ministry of Defence, stated: “The military dictators initially enslaved their military and its soldiers in their pocket. Then, again, they deployed those soldiers to enslave the general public. Therefore, only when the military dictatorship can be eradicated will everyone be freed from the life of military slavery.”

The People’s Defensive War was declared on September 7, 2021, and so far, more than 30,000 military council soldiers have been eliminated. Moreover, the year 2023 has been announced as the decisive year for the end of the revolution.

4. Military junta forces burn 23 houses and lay numerous anti-personnel blast mines in Mone Township

According to the press release of the Karen National Union (KNU) News and Information Department dated September 19th, the terrorist military council forces invaded villages in Mone (Mu) Township of Bago’s Nyaunglebin (Kher Lwee Htoo) District, burning down 23 houses in Nga Htway Soke village and laid a large number of blast mines before they left.

On September 14, 2023, military junta troops invaded Nga Htway Soke village in Mone (Mu) Township of the administrative territory of the KNU Brigade 3 Nyaunglebin (Kher Lwee Htoo) District and arrested three residents. On September 17, after the troops released three arrested residents and retreated from the village, the Karen National Liberation Army (KNLA), the armed wing of the KNU, and its revolutionary allies carried out area clearance activities in the village. During this operation, it was found that 23 houses, 3 barns, and 1 cow shed in the villages were burned down. In addition, according to the KNLA, numerous M-14 anti-personnel blast mines were laid in the village, and a cow was killed by those mines.

The KNU stated that the KNLA and its allies have been conducting demining operations in the village to ensure the safe return of the residents and have successfully removed 12 mines at the time.

5. DMO LPDF releases family members of military council members captured during Mese Police Station capture battle

On September 19, the Demoso Local People’s Defence Force (DMO-LPDF) announced the release of one family of a military council soldier and two families of military council police who were detained while attempting to flee during the capture battle of Mese Police Station in Mese Township, Karenni State.

According to the announcement, a total of 9 family members of a military council soldier and police were taken as prisoners of war on June 16, 2023, before the launch of the capture battle against Mese Police Station, while they were trying to escape the police station during a DMO-LPDF patrol.

Throughout their detention, the DMO-LPDF asserted that they were treated fairly and humanely, with no threats, beatings, or torture. They were afforded the same rights as DMO-LPDF members, including provisions of food, clothing, utilities, and healthcare.

The DMO-LPDF reported that the detainees expressed their desire to return to their hometowns. Therefore, the DMO-LPDF provided them with an escort to a safe location and offered them 50,000 kyats to cover their travel expenses.

6. “Revolutionary Lipstick” revolutionary fundraising campaign launched its second phase

On September 19, the “Revolutionary Lipstick” revolutionary fundraising campaign unveiled Project II, aimed at providing financial assistance to five revolutionary forces for the purchase of ammunition (referred to as “lipsticks”) and grenades. These five forces consist of:

1. The Royal Peacock Column, located in Kawthoolei, is a PDF unit under the Southern Military Region. They fully adhere to the Chain of Command (COC) of NUG’s Ministry of Defence and collaborate with ethnic EROs under their command and leadership.

2. The Depeyin Local Mobile Team (DLMT) Guerrilla Force, situated in Depeyin, serving as a Local People’s Defence Force (LPDF).

3. The Central Myanmar Division of the 96 Soldier-PDF.

4. ALPHA Special Force (ASF), based in Salingyi Township in Sagaing Region, operating as a People’s Defence Organisation (PDO/Pa-Ka-Fa) with approximately 100 members.

5. The Student Armed Force, comprised of students and CDM soldiers, actively engaging in the Sagaing and Magway Regions.

This project will run for one month, starting from September 16 to October 15, and will include a raffle featuring 10 gifts, including jewellery, contributed by supporters of the revolutionary cause.

The first phase of the “Revolutionary Lipstick” fundraising campaign, Project I, was conducted from June 16 to July 16, achieving ticket sales equivalent to 80.8 percent of the expected target.

7. Death toll in Spring Revolution reaches 4,089, including pro-democracy activists

According to the September 18 report from the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (AAPP), a total of 4,809 people, including pro-democracy activists and other civilians, have been killed by the military junta and its affiliates during the Spring Revolution since the military coup on February 1, 2021. Additionally, AAPP has stated that there are still 400 deceased individuals whose names require verification.

As of September 18, 2023, AAPP reports that there are 107 individuals detained in prisons who have been sentenced to death, along with 43 individuals who have been sentenced to death in absentia.

#Credit : Radio NUG

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