The world is tired of ethnic killing, a former US president told a Myanmar audience last week. Bill Clinton, the 42nd president of the United States, was speaking at the Myanmar Peace Center on November 14.
Credible, transparent and inclusive elections in 2015 and a review of the 2008 constitution will be key milestones in Myanmar’s transition to democracy, said a joint statement released at the conclusion of the first plenary session of the European Union-Myanmar Task Force in Nay Pyi Taw on November 15.
President U Thein Sein last week released 69 political prisoners, but 60 more are still languishing in jail, said U Ye Aung, a member of the Committee for Scrutinising Remaining Prisoners of Conscience.
On November 1, the town of Laiza in Kachin State was the site of talks between various armed ethnic groups, whose representatives had gathered to discuss approaches to drafting a nationwide ceasefire agreement.
Twenty civil society organisations will come together in Yangon this week to mark the UN’s Universal Children’s Day, celebrated annually worldwide on November 20 but being marked for only the second time in Myanmar.
The improvement of the education sector is a high priority for Myanmar, with the government-backed Educational Promotion Work Committee now cooperating with a parliamentary working group on education reform to draft a National Education Policy, an official from the Department of Higher Education (Lower Myanmar) said last week.
Kachin organisations in Australia say they will not attend any events related to Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s visit to the country later this month in protest over her “silence” over the conflict in Kachin State.