Summary of News

1. Union Minister Daw Zin Mar Aung clarifies that certain statements attributed to her in the interview article featured in Nikkei Asia regarding dialogue with the military regime do not accurately represent her words

Daw Zin Mar Aung, the Union Minister of Foreign Affairs for the National Unity Government, provided clarification on the evening of November 30, expressing that certain statements attributed to her in the interview article featured in the Editor’s Pick of Nikkei Asia regarding dialogue with the military regime do not accurately represent her words.

On November 29, Nikkei Asia published an article based on an interview with Union Minister Daw Zin Mar Aung. 

Union Minister emphasized that terms like “parallel government is preparing for face-to-face dialogue with the military regime” and “We have already sent our ground rules for dialogue to the junta,” as presented in the Nikkei Asia article, were not her precise statements. She clarified that her responses were in line with what she responded to ASEAN and diplomats, and there has not been any engagement or communication with the military junta.

Union Minister Daw Zin Mar Aung, therefore, provided a clarification to the general public and revolutionaries, asserting that the news article, which is a blend of facts and editorial interpretation, does not accurately convey her words or political positions.

2. NUG’s Alliance Relations Committee (ARC) convenes meeting with Kachin Political Interim Coordination Team (KPICT)

A meeting between the National Unity Government’s Alliance Relations Committee (ARC) and the Kachin Political Interim Coordination Team (KPICT) was held on November 30, 2023, at 10:00 a.m. via online.

Lt. Gen. Sumlut Gun Maw, Chairman Mr. Tu Xian, and other members of the KPICT attended the meeting. From the National Unity Government, union ministers, deputy ministers, advisors, and secretaries who are the members of the ARC attended the meeting.

During the meeting, discussions centered on current and future collaborative efforts across various sectors, including military affairs, politics, and foreign affairs, and decisions were made to enhance and strengthen future collaborations.

3. Minister of Human Rights states that even after 75 years since adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, people of Myanmar are still in situation where they need to continue fighting for their rights

On December 1, Human Rights Minister U Aung Myo Min of the National Unity Government stated that even after 75 years since the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the people of Myanmar are still in a situation where they need to continue fighting for their rights.

He said, “The 75th anniversary of International Human Rights Day is coming up on December 10. Countries all over the world are gearing up to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), which declares that all human beings possess inherent dignity and equal human rights, and it underscores the responsibility of all governments to respect and protect these fundamental rights. Myanmar was the first country to vote in favor of this declaration. However, even after 75 years since the UDHR was adopted, the people of Myanmar still have the need to continue to fight for their rights. At present, the entire public is united in their efforts to combat the inhumane violations of human rights and international crimes perpetrated by the terrorist military.”

The theme for Human Rights Day 2023 is “Freedom, Equality, and Justice for All.”

4. Junta’s hilltop outpost launches artillery attacks on Laiza area and the base of the Arakan Army (AA) in Laiza

The Three Brotherhood Alliance reported that during the midnight hours of November 30, a junta outpost on Kaya hill near Laiza initiated artillery attacks on the Laiza area and the base of the Arakan Army (AA) in Laiza, situated near Mung Lai Hkyet village.

The statement from the Three Brotherhood Alliance asserted that the military junta’s assault was intentionally directed at Sweet December, a significant day for Christians.

A similar incident took place on Christmas Eve in 2017, specifically on December 24 at 9:00 p.m., when the military carried out an artillery attack on Laiza Town, resulting in the injury of a school teacher residing in the Wai Kyaing ward of Laiza Town.

5. Nearly 100 civilians in Rakhine arrested by military junta over alleged connections with the Arakan Army (AA) since the start of Operation 1027

The Three Brotherhood Alliance reported that in Rakhine State, civilians in Rakhine have been arrested on a daily basis on allegations that they are related to the Arakan Army (AA) since the beginning of Operation 1027. The total number of civilians arrested has reached nearly 100.

Furthermore, on the evening of November 29, around 7:00 p.m., the military base situated within the No. 9 Central Military Training School in Minbya Township, Rakhine State, deliberately launched artillery strikes on surrounding villages, leading to a shell explosion in Oe Pon Taung village, causing injuries to four civilians, including a 2-year-old child.

6. After-coup Death Toll Surpasses 4,000; Sagaing, Mandalay, and Magway bear heaviest brunt

As of November 20, 2023, data compiled by the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (AAPP) reveals that since the coup on February 1, 2021, a total of 4,209 individuals, including pro-democracy activists and other civilians, across the country have lost their lives at the hands of the military junta and its affiliates. The highest number of fatalities occurred in Sagaing, which was followed by Mandalay and Magway. The AAPP further notes that there are an additional 500 reported deaths that still need verification.

Among the victims, 679 were women, constituting 16.1% of the total fatalities. Additionally, the toll on children is 486, making up 11.6% of the overall number of people killed. The death toll includes individuals who were killed after being detained, reaching a staggering 1,537, which accounts for 36.5% of the total lives lost.

7. CDM Employee Strikes Luck: Wins 10 million kyats special prize in Spring Lottery Draw 25

In the latest draw of the NUG Spring Lottery (Draw 25), CDM employees from the Ministry of Education (MOE) won the 10 million kyat special prize and a 1.5 million kyat prize, respectively. In addition, other 80 CDM employees from the Ministry of Health (MOH), the Ministry of Women, Youths, and Children’s Affairs (MOWYCA), and the Ministry of Planning, Finance, and Investment (MOPFI) also won other prizes, such as 100,000 kyat prizes.

Similarly, in the previous draw (Draw 24), 82 CDM employees from various ministries took home 82 out of 114 lottery prizes. In Draw 24,  a CDM employee from MOE won the 10 million kyat special prize, a CDM employee from MOH won a 1.5 million kyat prize, CDM employees from MOE and MOH won eight 500,000 kyat prizes, and others won 100,000 kyat prizes, respectively.

The “Support One Spring Lottery Ticket for One CDM Employee” campaign, organized by the NUG’s CDM Success Committee and budgeted by the NUG Finance Commission, has been regularly providing CDM employees from various ministries with lottery tickets based on the allocated quota. The campaign is open to everyone who wants to support the CDM employees, and the CDM Success Committee will issue postcards in return as gifts for those who purchase and donate 10 lottery tickets or more.

#Credit : Radio NUG

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