Summary of News

1. NUG Delegation Holds Talks with Czech Minister of Foreign Affairs on Myanmar Affairs

A delegation from the National Unity Government (NUG), including Foreign Affairs Minister Daw Zin Mar Aung and Human Rights Minister U Aung Myo Min, engaged in discussions with Mr. Jan Lipavsky, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic, during the Forum 2000 Conference in Prague on October 16, as reported by the Ministry of Human Rights. The NUG Union Ministers had traveled to the Czech Republic to participate in the 27th Forum 2000 Conference, which ran from October 15 to October 17 and focused on the theme “For a Democratic World Order.”

In their meeting with Mr. Jan Lipavsky, the NUG delegation conveyed their appreciation for the Czech Republic’s support in Myanmar’s democratic struggles. They encouraged the Czech Republic to continue its support for promoting human rights and democracy in Myanmar, whether acting individually or in collaboration with other European Union member states. Mr. Jan Lipavsky also emphasized the Czech Republic’s consistent support of Myanmar’s democracy and human rights. He reaffirmed the Czech Republic’s commitment to collaborating with and advocating for democracy and human rights activists, as reported in the Ministry of Human Rights’ press statement.

2. NUG’s Ministry of Women, Youths and Children Affairs Supports Internally Displaced People in Shwebo and Wetlet Townships

The National Unity Government’s Ministry of Women, Youths and Children Affairs (MOWYCA) extended support to internally displaced individuals in Shwebo and Wetlet Townships of Sagaing Region.

The assistance, as described in the MOWYCA’s statement, including 700,000 kyats for various essential needs and an additional 300,000 kyats for food, were provided through regional MOWYCA representatives and people’s administrative organizations (PAO/Pa-Ah-Fa), along with words of encouragement for the affected individuals.

3. Interim Local Administrative Central Committee (ILACC) Holds Discussions with Township People’s Administrative Organizations (PAOs) from Yangon Region

The 20th meeting between the National Unity Government’s (NUG) Interim Local Administrative Central Committee (ILACC) and the Township People’s Administrative Organizations (PAOs) in Yangon Region was conducted online on October 17 in the afternoon. The meeting commenced with opening remarks delivered by U Aung Myo Min, Union Minister of the Ministry of Human Rights and central committee member of the ILACC. U Chit Tun, Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Federal Union Affairs, also extended greetings.

Subsequently, officials from relevant ministries presented information regarding the functions of their respective departments, while PAO representatives raised queries concerning policies, guidelines, and challenges faced on the ground. These concerns were addressed and deliberated upon by the ministries.

The meeting was chaired by Union Minister U Aung Myo Min in the presence of deputy ministers, permanent secretaries, associate permanent secretaries, officials from various ministries, and members of PAOs in Yangon Region.

4. People’s Police of the Ministry of Home Affairs holds meeting with People’s Security Organizations (PSOs) from Sagaing and Magway Divisions

People’s Police under the Ministry of Home Affairs and Immigration of the National Unity Government conducted its 41/2023 meeting with people’s security organizations (PSOs/Pa-La-Fa) from Sagaing and Magway Divisions through an online platform on the morning of October 14. At the meeting, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Home Affairs and Immigration delivered an opening address and provided an overview of the ministry’s activities. The Associate Secretary and People’s Police Chief also extended their greetings.

Afterward, leaders of the PSOs participating in the meeting provided reports on their law enforcement initiatives, sought advice on legal matters, and raised issues they were facing in their operational regions. The Permanent Secretary, Associate Secretary, and officials from the People’s Police responded to their queries and addressed the issues raised.

Permanent Secretary, Associate Secretary, Director General of the People’s Administration Department, senior officials from the People’s Police, and leaders representing the PSOs in Sagaing and Magway Divisions attended the meeting.

5. APHR stated they don’t believe in the junta’s peace talks on the NCA eighth anniversary

ASEAN Parliamentarians for Human Rights (APHR) have stated that they do not believe in the peace talks on the eighth anniversary of the signing of the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement (NCA) by the military junta.

On October 17, APHR released a statement expressing their strong doubts regarding the Myanmar Junta’s recent celebration of the NCA, citing repeated violations and continuous attacks on civilians.

This statement was made in response to the eighth-anniversary celebration of the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement (NCA) organized by the Military Council in Naypyidaw on October 15.

Just days prior to this ceremony, the military junta carried out an airstrike on an IDP camp in Kachin State. APHR cautioned the international community against being misled into believing that the military junta genuinely seeks peace merely based on such a superficial event.

 In their statement, APHR also expressed their deep disappointment that the Thai deputy foreign minister attended the military junta’s NCA event.

Diplomats from North Korea, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Saudi Arabia, and Bangladesh, as well as Chinese Special Envoy for Asian Affairs Deng Xijun, Indian Deputy National Security Adviser Vikram Misri, and Thailand Deputy Foreign Minister Sihasak Phuangketkeow, attended the junta-celebrating 8th anniversary of the signing of the National Ceasefire Agreement (NCA).

Out of the National Ceasefire Agreement (NCA) signatories, only seven Ethnic Armed Organizations (EAOs) participated in the ceremony. Three NCA signatories, the Karen National Union (KNU), the Chin National Front (CNF), and the All Burma Students’ Democratic Front (ABSDF), did not attend.

6. Over 7,000 Acres of Farmlands Submerged, More than 5,000 People in Urgent Need of Assistance Due to Flooding in Kyaukkyi

According to a statement from the Karen National Union’s (KNU) Department of Organization and Information, flooding in Kyaukkyi Township within Nyaunglebin District has resulted in over 7,000 acres of farmlands being submerged, and more than 5,000 people are in need of humanitarian assistance. The continued flooding since August has resulted in the submersion of the majority of villages and farmlands in Kyaukkyi Township. Consequently, the paddy fields cultivated by the public have suffered extensive destruction.

According to the details outlined in the KNU statement, the flooding has resulted in 4,788 individuals from 849 households across 18 villages requiring humanitarian assistance. Furthermore, 2,957.78 acres out of 7,177.49 acres of submerged farmlands have been destroyed. The flooding has also led to transportation challenges, making it difficult for local residents to meet their daily needs and access healthcare services.

7. Village Charity Clinic’s Medicines Destroyed by Military Junta Troops in Yay Lel Kyun, Magway Region

According to local residents, a military column advancing in Yay Lel Kyun village area, Yesagyo Township, Magway Region, burned down medicines of Nway Oo Gan Gaw village charity clinic.

The clinic in charge, who is currently fleeing to safety, said that the incident occurred on October 15, 2023. He added, “Although the exact amount lost is unknown, the cost of medication has skyrocketed. In a time when acquiring medicine is already limited, this destruction of medicines adds significantly to our losses.”

Nay Oo Gan Gaw clinic has vowed to persevere despite the destruction of medicines, pledging to stand unwaveringly for the people without succumbing to despair.

Since October 12, a terrorist military column has been rampaging through the Yay Lel Kyun village area, burning down houses in many villages and killing a resident woman.

8. 500 Acres of Paddy Fields and 100 Fish Farming Ponds Destroyed by Massive Water Discharge from Mobye Dam

Mobye PDF claimed that the military junta forces stationed in Mobye, Kayah (Karenni) State, discharged massive water from Mobye dam on the Baluchaung river, destroying approximately 500 acres of paddy fields just about to harvest as well as approximately 100 acres of fish farming ponds.

The discharge of dam water on October 15 led to the submersion of residences belonging to approximately 500 internally displaced people, along with the paddy fields they had cultivated.

Mobye PDF also reported that the terrorist military junta troops, without any ongoing clashes with the people’s defense forces and without any transparent reason, set fire to four civilian houses in Si Karr-3 ward and Done Du Htan ward in Mobye Town on the evening of October 15. In addition, in a similar manner, they had also set fire to houses in Nyaung Waing ward on October 12.

Mobye PDF has pledged to combat and eliminate the terrorist military, which not only instills anxiety in the public but also creates various troubles. They encourage people to prioritize their safety, especially residents returning from travel and those coming home after being displaced.

9. Revolutionary allies Ambush Military Junta Vessels Laden with Weapons and Supplies Along Chindwin River

Revolutionary allies launched an ambush on military vessels transporting weapons, ammunition, and supplies as they entered the Chindwin River at around 12:30 p.m. on October 17 from the Irrawaddy River. The Brave Heart Army reported that they successfully ambushed four military vessels at two locations. The extent of damage to the military vessels is currently under investigation, and all members of the revolutionary groups involved in the ambush are reportedly safe.

The operation was a collaborative effort, led by Squadron No. 2 (Chindwin Fighter Group) of Monywa District People’s Defence Force (PDF) Battalion No. 10, with cooperation from the Brave Heart Army.

10. Six junta troops were killed in a mine attack in Nattalin, Bago

PDF forces executed a mine attack on advancing Junta troops in Nattalin Township, Bago, killing a total of six junta troops.

On October 17, at around 8:30 a.m., members of Thayarwaddy District PDF Battalion No. 3801, including its Squadron No. 2 (Phoenix DF), launched a mine attack on a military column in Nattalin Township, Bago Region. The assault resulted in the deaths of two junta troops and injuries to others. In consequence, the military column being affected took elephants and individuals away to use them as human shields to cross the mine field, said the Phoenix DF.

As the military forces reached Nyan Lel Bo Te Kone around noon after crossing the mine field by using elephants and people, PDF forces attacked them once more by using a sniper, claiming the life of one additional junta troop. Subsequently, near Sam Gyi village, another mine ambush by PDF forces resulted in the deaths of three junta troops and injuries to several others. It was reported that the elephants and individuals taken hostage by the junta troops as well as members of PDF forces participated in the attack were unharmed.

Phoenix PDF issued a cautionary advisory, urging residents to avoid engaging with military junta troops, maintain distance, and refrain from traveling alongside them, as fighting is to be escalated in the Bago Hill Range area.

#Credit : Radio NUG

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