Summary of News

1. Acting President Denounces Military’s Move to Celebrate NCA Signing Anniversary as Brazen and Dishonorable

In the “Acting President Duwa Lashi La Monthly Address to the Public,” delivered on October 14, the Acting President made the following statement:

“The military council’s plan to celebrate the anniversary of [signing of] the NCA (Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement), despite their non-compliance with, lack of respect for, and violation of its basic principles, is a very brazen and dishonorable act.”

Furthermore, the Acting President went on to say that the NCA became null and void when the military attempted to forcibly seize control of the state on February 1, 2021.

Signatories of the NCA, including the Karen National Union (KNU), the All Burma Students’ Democratic Front (ABSDF), and the Chin National Front (CNF), issued a joint statement denouncing the military junta’s planned celebration of the NCA’s 8th anniversary. They emphasized that the military’s attacks on civilians, involving its Army, Air Force, and Navy, violate International Humanitarian Law and render the NCA invalid, demonstrating the military’s abandonment of peaceful conflict resolution.

2. Union Minister Dr. Zaw Wai Soe Holds Meeting with Myanmar Medical Diaspora in Melbourne, Australia

Dr. Zaw Wai Soe, the Union Minister for Health and Education of the National Unity Government, met with the Myanmar medical diaspora in Melbourne, Australia, on October 2. Accompanied by U Tun Aung Shwe, the Representative of the NUG in Australia, the meeting primarily centered around discussions related to the ongoing revolution in Myanmar.

The Myanmar diaspora members who participated in the event generously contributed over AUD 75,000, to be used in the healthcare and education initiatives within the revolution.

3. Ambassador U Kyaw Moe Tun Addresses UN Assembly, Calls for International Assistance to Help Alleviate Myanmar People’s Suffering under the Military Junta

In a statement delivered during the 78th Session of the United Nations General Assembly’s Second Committee, held under Agenda Item 21: Eradication of poverty and other development issues and Agenda Item 23: Agriculture development, food security, and nutrition on October 11, 2023, Ambassador U Kyaw Moe Tun, Myanmar’s Permanent Representative to the UN, urged the international community to extend assistance to alleviate the suffering of the people of Myanmar under the military junta.

During his address, Ambassador U Kyaw Moe Tun said, “Clearly, we need help, we need assistance from the international community to alleviate the people of Myanmar from such unspeakable sufferings caused by the military junta. The military dictatorship is a root cause of the crisis in Myanmar.” Subsequently, he called upon the international community to extend “strong and effective support” to aid the people of Myanmar in their endeavors to end the military dictatorship, restore democracy, and establish a federal democratic union.

Furthermore, the Ambassador emphasized that the military junta is imposing arbitrary rules and laws that are making the livelihoods of the people even more difficult. As an example, he pointed to the military’s enforcement of the “Myanmar Registration Law,” which effectively barred the country’s largest microfinance provider, PGMF (Pact Global Microfinance Fund), from offering financial assistance to the population. PGMF had been instrumental in serving nearly 15,000 villages and had made significant contributions to poverty reduction in Myanmar. Tragically, it was compelled to cease its operations in the country after the military demanded the handover of assets and profit-sharing, which further worsened rural poverty in the country.

4. NUGPay Calls for Donations to Aid Bago Flooding-Affected Individuals Through Its Disaster Relief Fund

On October 14, NUGPay, the mobile wallet platform of the National Unity Government’s Ministry of Planning, Finance, and Investment, introduced the Disaster Relief Fund with the aim of providing assistance to disaster-affected people in Myanmar. Currently, donations are being accepted in order to provide assistance to those impacted by the recent flooding in Bago Region. NUGPay has issued a call for contributions and expressed appreciation for the proactive donations received even before the official launch of the fund.

While water levels have receded in Bago City, there remains a pressing need for essential supplies such as food, clean drinking water, and other necessities.

5. Battalion No. 14 of the Karenni Nationalities Defence Force (KNDF) Marks Second Anniversary of Establishment

The Battalion No. 14 of the Karenni Nationalities Defence Force (KNDF B-14) celebrated its second anniversary of establishment successfully on October 12, 2023. The event was attended by officials, captains, and commanders of the KNDF, as well as local authorities and captains and commanders of the Karenni Army (KA), who delivered encouraging speeches to the comrades. The KNDF B-14 also presented reports on their movement activities over the past year and their financial statements.

The comrades of the KNDF B-14 reiterated their unwavering commitment to stand with the general public and continue their fight until the military dictatorship is completely eradicated.

6. IDP Camp Near Mobye Town Flooded Due To Heavy Rain: 100 out of 300 Tents Submerged

An internally displaced persons (IDP) camp near Mobye Town, located on the border between Southern Shan State and Karenni (Kayah) State along the Balu Chaung River, has been flooded due to heavy rainfall. A report from the Karenni Generation Youth on October 14 revealed that 100 out of the 300 tents in the camp were already submerged, and the remaining tents are at risk as the rain continues to fall.

The Karenni State IDP Support Network has called on people to provide assistance to the IDPs in Karenni State, similar to their support in other areas.

Furthermore, the heavy rain that caused the Balu Chaung River to overflow resulted in flooding and the destruction of farmlands in several villages along the banks of the Balu Chaung River in Loikaw Township, Karenni State, including Law Pi Ta, Maik Kan, So La Sal, and Law Ka Htu villages.

7. Burmese Protest in Front of Myanmar Military Attaché’s Residence in Maryland, USA, Denouncing Military Dictatorship and Airstrikes on Civilians

Spring Victory (Nway Oo Aung Naing Yay) reported on its Facebook page on October 14 that a protest against the military dictatorship was staged in front of the residence of the terrorist junta’s military attaché in Bethesda, Maryland, United States of America.

Approximately 20 members of the Burmese community in the USA gathered in front of the residence of the military attaché, Colonel Aung Thu Rein, to protest against the military dictatorship and the airstrikes and bombings carried out by the junta against civilians.

Protesters noted that Colonel Aung Thu Rein ran away from the area in a car while the protest was taking place.

#Credit : Radio NUG

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