Summary of News

1. Foreign Minister Daw Zin Mar Aung to address a panel discussion on Myanmar’s transition to a federal democracy at Goethe University in Germany

Daw Zin Mar Aung, Union Minister of Foreign Affairs for the National Unity Government (NUG), will participate in a panel discussion on Myanmar’s transition to a federal democracy on February 20. Joining her will be two German experts: Dr. Pascal Abb, a sinologist and coordinator of the ‘Regime Competition’ research group at the Peace Research Institute Frankfurt (PRIF), and Dr. Johannes Müller, head of Goethe University Frankfurt’s Global Office. Also participating are Ma Thida, a surgeon, writer, and chair of Pen International’s Writers-in-Prison Committee, and Ko Nay San Lwin, a human rights activist and co-founder of the Free Rohingya Coalition. Dr. Ulrich Kuch will moderate the discussion. He heads the Department of Tropical Medicine and Global Health at Goethe University’s Institute of Occupational, Social, and Environmental Medicine and serves as coordinator of Frankfurt’s hospital and university partnerships with Myanmar.

The event is jointly organised by the Global Office, Goethe University’s Institute of Occupational, Social, and Environmental Medicine, and PRIF.

Following the discussion, Union Minister Daw Zin Mar Aung will meet with Myanmar families residing in Germany, where typical local snacks will be served by Myanmar caterers.

2. Foreign Minister Daw Zin Mar Aung and Ambassador U Kyaw Moe Tun to participate in seminar on Myanmar hosted by Thai MP

According to a report in the Bangkok Post, NUG Foreign Minister Daw Zin Mar Aung and incumbent UN Ambassador U Kyaw Moe Tun have been invited to participate in a seminar organised by Thai MP Rangsiman Rome, scheduled for March. Rangsiman Rome, a member of Thailand’s House of Representatives representing the Move Forward Party (MFP), an opposition party despite its victory in last year’s elections, also serves as the head of the National Assembly’s Committee on State Security, Border Activities, National Strategies and Country’s Reform. The seminar’s objective is to assess the ongoing crisis in Myanmar, which has persisted for three years.

Ambassador U Kyaw Moe Tun, who serves as Myanmar’s Permanent Representative to the UN, told Radio NUG that he plans to join the seminar remotely, stating, “I plan to attend the Thai Parliament’s seminar online.”

The event will also feature the participation of Professor Sean Turnell, former economic advisor to Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, and representatives from ethnic armed organisations.

3. Renowned political activist Ma Novel Aye shot to death by military junta

Ma Nobel Aye, a renowned political activist and former political prisoner, was shot dead by the military junta.

Ma Nobel Aye was arrested by junta soldiers at a checkpoint in Waw Township, Bago Region, on January 29th of this year for allegedly possessing military arms, along with a young man.

They were shot dead on the way back from court while appearing at a court appearance in Waw Township on February 8 for allegedly attempting to escape, according to a Bago Region MP.

Ma Noble Aye, a 1996 generation student activist, has already been sentenced to 42 years in prison for participating in the 1996 student movement. After being released in amnesty, she was arrested again in 2007 before being released again in 2012.

4. Myanmar diaspora in Japan sends a letter of request to UN Secretary General António Guterres seeking assistance for the plight of Myanmar’s people

The Myanmar diaspora in Japan staged a demonstration outside the UN office in Tokyo on February 15, urging international action, including from the United Nations, to address the atrocities committed by the military junta in Myanmar.

As part of the demonstration, members of the Myanmar diaspora submitted a letter of request to UN Secretary General António Guterres.

5. AA successfully seizes control of Myebon Town; fighting fierce in Rathedaung, Maungdaw and Ramree Towns

The Arakan Army (AA) has announced its successful capture of all military junta bases in Myebon Town, while fierce fighting continues in Rathedaung, Maungdaw, and Ramree Towns.

According to the AA, their three-month Operation 1027 has resulted in the capture of all military and police positions in Chin State’s Paletwa and Rakhine State’s Pauktaw, Kyauktaw, Minbya, Mrauk-U, and Myebon Towns.

AA captured Paletwa Town on January 14, Pauktaw, Minbya, Mrauk-U, and Kyauktaw Towns in the first week of February, and Myebon Town in the second week of February, seizing control over a total of six townships.

It was also reported that since the military junta is vigorously defending its bases in Ramree (Yanbye) and Rathedaung and Maungdaw Towns with coordinated attacks and employing ground, air, and naval forces, fighting has been escalating. Ramree Town has been the primary target of junta attacks, followed by Rathedaung.

AA disclosed that it launched an offensive against a military outpost, about 200 metres away from Baw Di Kone village in Maungdaw Township, starting on February 15 and has been accelerating its offensive to conclude the capture. The AA reiterated its commitment to targeting military junta bases in Rakhine State in line with their military objective: “Leave none of the military junta’s military and police positions in Rakhine.

6. Attacks on a military vessel traveling along Chindwin River resulted in injuries to many junta troops, including an officer

The Lightning Squadron of Monywa District Battalion 12 (Royal Tiger Force) under the People’s Defence Force reported that an attack was launched on a military junta vessel travelling along the Chindwin River that carried rations, resulting in the injuries of many junta troops, including an officer. The operation was conducted on February 15 when the vessel arrived near Kan Gyi Kone village, which was controlled by the Pyu Saw Htee militia.

They attacked the vessel again when it was on the way to return to Monywa after delivering rations in Kan Gyi Kone village.

7. Military junta troops burn down civilian houses in Su Paung Kyun village in Madaya Township, Mandalay Region

Wetlet Information Network reported that the military junta troops arriving in Su Paung Kyun village, Madaya Township, Mandalay Region, burned down houses in the villages today.

The terrorist military has been torching religious buildings and civilian properties in rural areas without any apparent reason.

8. Guerrilla attack targets military junta’s bunkers in Salingyi Town

The Bandula Squadron of Monywa District Battalion 15, operating under the People’s Defence Force (PDF), declared that they carried out a guerrilla attack on military junta bunkers located near the market in Salingyi Town on February 11. The skirmish involving gunfire persisted for approximately an hour, and there are indications that the military junta forces may have incurred casualties. The people’s defence force utilised 40mm grenades, small arms, and drones during the operation.

Following the attack, the PDF members successfully withdrew without sustaining any injuries.

#Credit : Radio NUG

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