Summary of News

1. Union Minister Dr. Zaw Wai Soe encourages public participation in the Federal Net Campaign

The Ministry of Communications, Information, and Technology initiated the Federal Net Campaign with the objective of expanding internet coverage in the controlled territories where the internet connectivity was shut down by the military junta.

Dr. Zaw Wai Soe, Union Minister for Education and Health of the National Unity Government, encouraged the public to join efforts in the Federal Net Campaign, saying “Let us participate in the Federal Net Campaign to enhance our efforts in transforming Myanmar into a Federal Democratic Union, facilitating the delivery processes for education, healthcare, humanitarian assistance, and ensuring easier provision of protection and care for the public.”

The campaign’s initial phase, scheduled until January 15, aims to raise $0.25 million to enhance the federal network in five townships where control is firmly established. Contributions can be made directly to the campaign using NUGPay or through fundraising agents located in various countries.

2. NUG’s Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister and Deputy Human Rights Minister hold talks with US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State

U Moe Zaw Oo, Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and U Aung Kyaw Moe, Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Human Rights, met with Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Ms. Allison Laura Peters on December 15 at the office of the US Department of State, as announced in a release from the NUG Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA). 

Ms. Allison Laura Peters currently serves as the Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor at the U.S. Department of State, where she oversees the Bureau’s Office of Multilateral and Global Affairs, which includes its work on technology and human rights, as well as the Bureau’s Office of Policy Planning and Public Diplomacy.

The meeting was also attended by officials from the Office of Assistance for East, South, and Central Asia of the Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration, the Office of Global Criminal Justice, the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, and the Office of Mainland Southeast Asia, Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs.

During the meeting, discussions centered on the current situation in Myanmar as well as matters related to extending assistance to displaced individuals, Rohingya refugees who had to escape via boats to other nations, and the existing conditions faced by the Rohingya population, according to the MOFA’s statement.

Deputy Minister U Aung Kyaw Moe also shared on social media that the meeting dived into discussions about the progress and challenges encountered in Myanmar’s efforts to build an inclusive democratic future. He said that topics discussed covered the human rights situation in Myanmar, humanitarian assistance requirements, and the issue of Rohingya refugees, including providing assistance to Rohingya refugees who sought refuge in Indonesia.

3. Non-CDM civil servants in Taze Township working under the military junta are notified to enter the legal fold under the NUG government by January 16

The Taze Township People’s Administrative Body issued a notice on December 16, urging non-CDM civil servants employed under the military junta in Taze Township to align themselves with the legal framework of the National Unity Government. Non-CDM civil servants are instructed to cease their ongoing office work and transition to the National Unity Government along with their departmental documents and public assets by January 16. They are also instructed to make necessary preparations for the proper handover of any storage materials, equipment, or other items owned, assigned to, or intended for use by government departments or local authorities to the Township Administrative Body.

The notification indicated that non-CDM employees who choose to defect the military junta and align with the National Unity Government can apply for positions at the Township Administrative Body. To be eligible, they must provide compelling evidence of their significant contributions to the revolution or assistance to CDM employees. After verification in accordance with the Civil Disobedience Movement civil servant policy, successful applicants will be appointed under a short-term contract.

4. Junta’s Border Guard Force in Maungdaw, Rakhine State, fires artillery to intimidate villagers and forcibly evict them

On December 15, at 2:00 p.m., Division 5 of the Border Guard Force (BGF), based in Maungdaw, Rakhine State, fired artillery to intimidate residents in several villages within Maungdaw Township and forcibly expelled them, according to a statement from the Three Brotherhood Alliance.

The statement also mentioned that at 11:00 a.m. on the same day, military junta troops forcibly arrested three individuals in Sittwe City. Additionally, at 4:20 p.m., a group of around 12 military junta troops forcibly arrested three employees working in the Office of Cooperative and Rural Development in Maungdaw.

5. Reports Indicate Military Junta’s Use of Chemical Weapons in Airstrike on Tigyaing Town, Sagaing Region

On December 16, the All Burma Students’ Democratic Front (ABSDF) reported that the military junta had employed chemical weapons in the airstrikes targeting Tigyaing Town in the Sagaing Region.

According to the ABSDF, on December 15, two fighter jets originating from Myitkyina released 500-pound bombs in the vicinity of Tigyaing Town and engaged in machine gun fire. The report indicated that although there were no reported injuries to civilians or revolutionary comrades during the aerial bombardment, those comrades who inhaled the bomb fumes experienced dizziness and vomiting later in the afternoon.

In Tigyaing Township, the ongoing conflict between military junta forces and revolutionary forces has intensified, with the military junta conducting daily aerial bombing attacks.

6. Monywa District PDF Battalion 5 (Aung San Force) opens recruitment for female comrades enthusiastic to serve

On December 16, Monywa District’s Battalion 5 (Aung San Force) of the People’s Defence Force (PDF) issued an announcement, seeking dedicated female comrades interested in serving. The statement outlines the recruitment of female comrades for various roles, including positions in the battalion’s headquarters, combat unit, medical unit, support unit, and public mobilization unit. Applicants must have strong enthusiasm, commit to serving in the battalion for a minimum of one year, and have their guardian personally endorse their enlistment.

Additionally, applicants must secure recommendations from their local People’s Administrative Team (Pa-A-Fa), People’s Defence Team (Pa-Ka-Fa), or community elders. Educational prerequisites include successful completion of secondary education, and candidates must be capable of participating in basic military training.

7. Spring Lottery (NUG Lottery) can be purchased through agents in various countries

The Spring Lottery (NUG Lottery) is accessible for purchase 24/7 through the official Facebook page’s messenger chatbot using NUGPay or via agents in different countries.

In the November draw (Draw 25) of the Spring Lottery, a total of 114 prizes, amounting to 29,500,000 kyats, were drawn and successfully distributed to the lucky winners.

#Credit : Radio NUG

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