Armed ethnic groups declaring they intend to sign the nationwide ceasefire agreement on October 15 will be taken off the government’s blacklist of unlawful organisations in advance, according to an adviser to the Myanmar Peace Center.
Despite having their election candidacy shunted by the National League for Democracy, members of the 88 Generation Peace and Open Society have not quit campaigning for the largest opposition party. Veteran members of 88 Generation joined NLD patron U Tin Oo yesterday to rally mainly Muslim voters in Pabedan township in downtown Yangon.
Long-running civil war, the exploitation of natural resources and the looming shadow of China were among many tough issues Daw Aung San Suu Kyi had to tackle in a campaign rally in Kachin State’s trading centre of Bhamo yesterday.
Police are preparing a comprehensive security blanket in advance of the November 8 election. Training is about to begin for more than 40,000 special police officers drafted nationwide to supplement the regular force during elections, while there is also a provision for calling the military to be prepared if need be.
Despite lacking an invitation, soldiers from an armed ethnic group in Shan State lurked at the back of an election kick-off rally this weekend, leaving voters with an eerie reminder of the security forces in past elections.
Kayin civil society organisations in Myanmar and abroad have slammed leaders of the Karen National Union as undemocratic and lacking transparency by agreeing to sign the nationwide ceasefire agreement with the government later this month.
Both the president and vice president promised to bolster the education system on World Teachers’ Day yesterday, adding that freedom of education is of utmost importance. Student activists have fiercely protested the government’s overhaul of the education system, mainly on the grounds that it curtails academic freedom. More than 70 students and activists remain in jail, on trial after protests and marches that erupted in response to the National Education Law.
The delicate lotus-robe weaving, leg-rowing races and ecology of Inle Lake in Shan State could soon receive global recognition, with officials indicating they plan to nominate it for inclusion on UNESCO’s list of Intangible Cultural Heritage.