Half of the new Burmese NLD party ‘founders’ are women

The following is a list of the 21 people named to organize the National League for Democracy (asterisks denote a candidate who won in the 1990 election):

1.  Tin Oo
2.  Aung San Suu Kyi
3.  Win Tin
4.  Nyan Win
5.  Han Thar Myint
6.  Dr. May Win Myint
7.  Dashi La Sai (Kachin)
8.  Nan Khin Htway Myint (Karen)
9.  Zo Pwe (Chin)
10. Khin San Hlaing (Sagaing)
11. Ohn Kyi (Mandalay)
12. Khin Saw Htay (Magway)
13. Khin Htay Kywe (Mon)
14. Dr. Than Ngwe (Shan)
15. Khin Moe Moe (Shan)
16. Kyaw Khin (Arakan)
17. Hla Hla Moe (Pegu)
18. Khin Aye Mu (Tanintharyi)
19. Myo Nyunt (Youth Work Committee)
20. Khin Zaw Lin (Irrawaddy)
21. Soe Win (Rangoon)


Chiang Mai (Mizzima) – Eleven of the 21 people who are applying to register the National League for Democracy (NLD) party with the Burmese Election Commission are women representing all states and regions except Karenni State.

The Political Party Registration law stipulates that a party seeking to register must submit a list of at least 15 people who plan to organize a political party. On Friday, the NLD submitted 21 names: 11 women and 10 men.

The list includes former winning political candidates in the failed 1990 election, and also includes young and middle-aged people and a wide spectrum of ethnic representatives, said party sources.

Three original NLD founders head the list: Tin Oo, Aung San Suu Kyi and Win Tin; followed by central executive committee members Nyan Win, Han Thar Myint and Dr. May Win Myint; and representatives from 13 states and regions. In Karenni State, aka Kayah State, there is no NLD office.

“There is no Karreni representative so we have chosen two Shan representatives. For Rangoon Region, we chose Soe Win from our ‘brother party,’”  said an NLD member. Soe Win was a member of the now-defunct National Democracy Party (NDP).

On Thursday, NLD representatives Nyan Win and Win Myint travelled from Rangoon to Naypyitaw to obtain a permit to register as a political party.

After permission is granted, the NLD must elect one leader and one deputy leader from the 21 people who applied for registration. After paying a 300,000 kyat fee (about US $381), the party can register with the Election Commission. It must submit a name, a party flag, an emblem, a description of its political ideology, its regulations and an organizational structure. A biography of the 21 applicants and an acknowledgement that they respect and obey the 2008 Constitution is also required.

When the Election Commission approves the registration, the NLD must sign up at least 1,000 members within 90 days.

A senior party official said the NLD would reorganize its central executive committee and central committee.

NLD leaders said this week that Suu Kyi will contest a seat for Parliament. Forty-eight seats are open at various levels of the national, state and regional government.

Mon Youth Foundation helps the Kachin war refugees

On 20th November, Mon Youth Foundation (MYF) made a decision at the online meeting to give supports for the Kachin war refugees. Assistances will be depending on the needs of Kachin refugee, a member of MYF said.

“We are trying to contact Kachin organization. We are waiting for their reply what they need. For example, they may need warm clothing because cold weather is starting in the area. We will provide like that. Like Kachin people, we have suffered a lot affected by civil war. We understand how they face difficulties. That’s why we decide to help them,” a committee member, Mi Aei Sone said.

The Kachin Independence Organization (KIO) and Burmese government broke the ceasefire agreement in 2011 and have fought each other since June. As a result, thousands of Kachin people fled to Chinese border and Laiza, the headquarters of the KIO.

Burmese Government prevented NGOs inside Myanmar giving assistances to those refugees. In October, Kachin social organizations in Malaysia made fundraising for Kachin war refugees and helped them, however, assistances still need. Similarly, MYF are going to give assistances to Kachin war refugees as well as for Mon war refugees.


(Photo – Internet)

Mon Youth Foundation (MYF) was formed with overseas Mon youths in 2008. They provided assistances to over 600 Mon refugees when the NMSP and Burmese military regime had highly tension on 23rd April 2010.

Maj. Kyaw Bi refused the news that his group joins with the KNU

DkbA_thumb_medium200_234A commander from Maj. Kyaw Bi’s group said the news that the Kaloo Htoo Lar strategic commander Maj. Kyaw Bi group separated from the DKBA and joined with the KNU hasn’t been confirmed yet. It’s because the DKBA and the KNU forces has had joint military operation after Maj. Kyaw Bi separated from the border guard force (BGF) until now.

“I’m a commander of Maj. Kyaw Bi’s group. I always have connection with Maj. Kyaw Bi by phone. I heard the news from BBC that the Maj. Kyaw Bi group joins with the KNU. It is just misunderstanding. Maj. Kyaw Bi is still an operation commander of Kaloo Htoo Lar under Kaloo Htoo Baw strategic command. Our forces join with the KNU when we have military operation. We are not a part of the KNU. We are going with our command,” the commander of Maj. Kyaw Bi’s group explained.

Although the DKBA worked together with Burmese government for about 15 years, it could not make any benefit for Karen people. It’s not a good reason that Maj. Kyaw Bi joined with the Gen. Saw Lah Bwe because they didn’t want ceasefire and peace. He split away from the DKBA and joined with Gen. Saw Lah Bwe is to set up an independent group. Continue reading “Maj. Kyaw Bi refused the news that his group joins with the KNU”

NMSP resigned from NDF

The New Mon State Party (NMSP) resigned from the National Democratic Front (NDF), according to a leader of the NMSP said. The NDF accepted the resignation of the NMSF after it held a meeting in Maesot, the border town of Thailand, on November 14 to 16. Nai Shwe Thein, an executive committee member of the NMSP, attended the meeting.

“We are right to resign from the alliance group. We don’t have specific reasons to leave from the group. Our party gets involved in many alliance groups. So, we have lack to human resources to take all responsibilities in all alliance groups. That’s why we resigned. Even though we resigned from the NDF but some of our members will take full duty in other alliance groups,” he explained.

Similarly, Chin National Front (CNF) also resigned from the NDF. Therefore, the NMSP and the CNF automatically resigned from the umbrella group of the National Council of the Union of Burma (NCUB).

“We are now going to concentrate more on the United Nationalities Federal Council (UNFC). At present, we are still grasping the UNFC’s policy when we discuss with Burmese Government for ceasefire agreement. No member group of the NDF can reach ceasefire agreement with Burmese government. Some groups want to make ceasefire if Burmese government grants for political dialogue with ethnic armed groups. This issue is very important for ethnic people. We will focus on it as a priority issue,” he added.


(Photo – Internet)

The National Democratic Front (NDF) was established in 1976. The NMSP became a member of the NDF in 1982. The NDF had 11 armed member groups. The NDF only accepted armed groups as its members, which must have an organized party, armed force and controlled area.

Mon Women Network (MWN) accepts the refugee women and children in Safe house Three Pagoda Pass sub-township


“The Mon Women Network (MWN) made a decision in its meeting to help women and children, who arrived to Safe House which has been operating by WCRP. The safe house locates in Japan Yay-twin village in Three Pagoda Pass sub-township in Kyar Inn Seik Gyi township, Karen State. Those women and children are the victims of human rights abuses and civil wars”, Mi Thu Ta Zaw, one of the leaders in WCRP, said.

They will take care of those people, who arrived to Safe House, for a particular period. The WCRP will train them for promoting their knowledge and skills, according to Mi Thu Ta Zaw.

“Our safe house is going to help women and children until their lives are safe and secure. We will provide food and accommodation for them. We will accept the number of women from 5-10 and children from 10- 20 per month in our Safe House. We will permit them to stay at least 6 months in our safe house. During the time, we will give training for developing of their skills and knowledge,” Mi Aei Sone, the leader of MWN, said. Continue reading “Mon Women Network (MWN) accepts the refugee women and children in Safe house Three Pagoda Pass sub-township”

Security Stepped Up in Sittwe to ward off any further demonstrations demanding 24-hour electricity.

24.11.2011 narinjara Sittwe: The authorities in western Burma’s Arakan State have stepped up security with the deployment of extra police forces in all main places and streets in the Capital Sittwe in order to ward off any further demonstrations demanding 24-hour electricity.

“Police forces in full-uniform with batons are now being deployed at every junction of the main streets and main places in our town”, said a resident from Sittwe.

The resident said the police forces have tightened security, especially around the Arakan State Parliament Building (the former City Hall), at U Oattama Memorial Park, Lawkanandar Pagoda and at every junction on the Main Road, Munbargree Road and Konetan Road in Sittwe.

An activist for 24-hour electricity also said that not only are there more police forces but also plain-clothed personnel of military intelligence who are closely watching the movement for 24-hour electricity after arresting some of the activists on the 20th of November, 2011 in Sittwe.

“The police forces as well as plain-clothed military intelligence have now stepped up their security deployment in the town and are closely watching our campaign after arresting some of our activists. They are now also looking for to arrest leaders of the campaign”, said theactivist.

The activist said they had to suspend the demonstration scheduled to be held on the 21st of November 2011 because of the security situation in the town, but would continue their movement after security eased.

The movement for demanding 24-hour electricity in Arakan State is gaining wider support not only from the general public but also from members of political parties such as the Rakhine Nationalities Development Party and the Union Solidarity and Development Party as well as government officials in the state.

WAR: Over 30 Burmese soldiers killed in clashes with KIA in this morning

24.November 2011 KNG

nov24-kaihtikDespite its numerical superiority, over 30 Burmese Army soldiers were killed in this morning’s clashes with the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) in three places on the Muse-Nam Hkam-Manmaw (Bhamo) route in the country’s northern Kachin State, said locals.
At least 10 government soldiers were killed in a landmine explosion targeted at five military trucks by the KIA’s Battalion 1 soldiers. The Burmese Army convoy had started moving to Manwin from Nam Hkam, said residents of Nam Hkam.

At about 1 a.m. the KIA’s Battalion 1 troops ambushed a Burmese military column near the Burmese Army’s Kai Htik post enroute after the column left the post, killing over 20 government soldiers, said KIA officers of Battalion 1.

Skirmishes continue in areas between Shweli River Bridge and Nam Hkam, and downtown Nam Hkam and Manwin, said people in the two towns.

Casualties figure on the Burmese Army side in the fighting downtown but the exact figure could not be ascertained.

In the three places mentioned, clashes took place between hundreds of government troops from the Meiktila-based Light Infantry Division (LID) No. 99 and Bago-based LID No. 77 and dozens of KIA soldiers from Battalion 1 and 27. Continue reading “WAR: Over 30 Burmese soldiers killed in clashes with KIA in this morning”