The 14 Rakhine nationals arrested in China are now in need of help, according to Kachin State Border Affairs Minister.
Those trafficked persons composed of 10 males and 4 females were taken to China by a Chinese female broker in Kanpaiti town saying they would earn K 250,000 per month.
It is learnt that Chinese police detained those trafficked persons that Chinese female made wait in Kuming promising she would seek other jobs for them because they had received no wages in spite of working for three months at a green tea plantation in Kuming.
The trafficked are U Htay Maung, Ma Bu Ma, Ma Htay Htay Khine, U San Maung, Ma Cho Cho San, U Than Maung, U Tun Wei, Ma Aung Saw, U Than Aung, U Win Oo, U Khin Maung Win, U Soe Min Aung, U Kyaw Khine Lin and Wei Than Maung, all of whom are residents from Minbyar, Kyauktaw and Yathaedaung.
“Having been detained by the Chinese police at present, they are in need of help and the Chinese authorities concerned informed Colonel Than Aung, Minister for State Border Affairs in Myitkyina about this matter,” said a Myitkyina dweller.
Rakhine Literature and Culture Association has also been informed about that matter, he said.
Overseas employment agencies face heightened scrutiny and those that fall short of their contractual obligations or the law will be penalised, Deputy Minister Myint Thein warned the Federation of Overseas Employment Agencies on Sunday.
His sharp words followed a recent visit by ministry staff to Thailand’s northern city of Chiang Mai to investigate working and living conditions of Myanmar migrant workers there. They found that many did not have passports or work identification cards and that some did not even have copies of the documents.
“Employment agencies will have to face the consequences of their absence of accountability,” Myint Thein told the federation. He also urged its members to show greater caution when sending workers to Thailand and Malaysia.
The ministry has been working to ensure that workers from Myanmar in Thailand receive the documents they need to work in that country legally. It has approved documents for 1.23 million workers, while another 1.2 million remain undocumented.
There are an estimated 2.5 million migrant workers from Myanmar in Thailand, about half of them illegal. Myanmar has 159 registered overseas employment agencies
Last week’s clashes between government and Shan State Army troops will not affectpeace talks with the Shan State Progressive Party, President’s Office Minister Aung Minsaid.
The clashes were the result of a misunderstanding between low-level troops, the minister, who is also vice-chairman of the government’s Union Peace Working Committee, told reporters at the Myanmar Peace Centre on Saturday.
Aung Min admitted that clashes took place on February 19 and 20. “It happened because of a misunderstanding between lower level troops. No fighting occurred yesterday or today. Similar incidents might happen in other countries. This will not disrupt the peace talks,” he said.
Reliable reports said that during the last weeks of February, thirty Burmese government troops were killed in action in its clashes with the Shan State Progressive Party/Shan State Army (SSPP/SSA).
“Fighting on the 22 February was quite fierce and the Burma Army came to collect its deaths and wounded the following day. The casualty of the government troops was not less than thirty”, according to a militia leader, who don’t want to be named.
On 24 February, unexploded 60mm ammunition fired by the Burma Army exploded, due to the villagers’ routine bushfire in preparation for land cultivation, during the night. The villagers said that the panic-ridden government troops responded by firing their weapons all night long.
“A ceasefire is a firm foundation for peace, but we have much to discuss after ceasefires. It is difficult to hold talks while carrying weapons. Such an incident might happen between low-level troops because they are carrying weapons. This is a further issue to discuss. We are holding talks alternatively with armed ethnic groups,” Aung Min said.
Although the fighting between the government army and Shan troops was not the focus of February 20 talks in Chiang Mai, Thailand between the Union Peace Working Committee and ethnic alliance the United Nationalities Federal Council, Aung Min said the talks could reduce fighting.
The Shan State Progressive Party and its armed wing, the Shan State Army, are members of the ethnic alliance that reached a ceasefire agreement with the government in January last year.
About 50 clashes between the Shan State Army and government troops have been reported since the ceasefire was signed
Invitation to the MMN Press Conference “Migrants from the Mekong Neighbourhood Contemplate Living Together”
MEKONG MIGRATION NETWORK
CORDIALLY INVITE YOU TO OUR PRESS CONFERENCE, FOLLOWED BY A COCKTAIL RECEPTION BY THE RIVER SIDE
“Migrants from the Mekong Neighbourhood Contemplate Living Together”
At the press conference on February 28th, The MEKONG MIGRATION NETWORK (MMN) will present recommendations agreed upon at the “Mekong Symposium on Migration: Migrants from the Mekong Neighbourhood Living Together” (Feb 26th – 28th).
The Symposium is a venue where policy makers, migrants’ rights advocates, migrant representatives, representatives of inter-governmental organisations, and academia can share perspectives and have dialogue on what it means for nationals and migrants to live together in social harmony. Participants at the symposium include representative from Workers Solidarity Association, Mr Jai Sak (migrant worker), H.E. Ms. Chou Bun Eng, Secretary of State, Ministry of Interior, Royal government of Cambodia and H.E. U Myint Thein, Deputy Minister for Labour of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar.
The committee to examine the case of remainingpoliticalprisoners in Myanmar hasdiscussed to review systematically the numbers of politicalprisoners in detained places, the 88’s Generation Student leader Ko Ko Gyi told the Eleven Media Group, during the committee’s first meeting held in Myanmar Peace Center, Yangon on February 13.
The committee was formed under the leadership of the minister for the President’s Office Soe Thein including representatives of government ministries, civil societies and political parties.
“We have conferred to get the zero number of politicalprisoners in the jails. Since I was thepolitical prisoner, I could give my opinions to the meeting,” said Ko Ko Gyi.
Releasing politicalprisoners depends on the administrators. The ex-politicalprisoners, however, welcomed the term “politicalprisoners” recently regarded by the government body as an official one.
The committee plans to assess how many politicalprisoners are still remained in the jails. Then, the assessed list will be reported to the officials. The committee chairperson has urged the committee members to make sure the confirmation of statistics of remainingpoliticalprisoners as soon as possible.
According to Ko Ko Gyi, the revealed figures of remaining conscience prisoners controversially vary in different organizations. When the remaining numbers will be officially assessed has not been considered yet. The politicalprisoners issue plays an important role in building up the developed and tranquil state with no fire and peace with the ethnic groups.
Nyan Win from National League for Democracy (NLD), Khon Tun Oo from Shan Nationalities Democratic Party (SNLD), Ko Ko Gyi from the 88 generation students group attended as the committee members.
Assistance Association for PoliticalPrisoners (AAPP), the group of politicalprisoners, Federation of PoliticalPrisoners, and officials from Correction Department, Bureaus of Special Investigations and Myanmar Police Force are also included.
We would like to welcome Desmond Tutu on his forthcoming visit to Burma. At the same time, we would like to kindly request you not to repeat what non-Burmese so-called Burma Campaign groups have been asking you to say demanding to reform Burma’s 1982 Citizenship law. We see that kind of action as the infringement of Burma’s sovereignty and very offending. We wish you have the nicest stay in Burma.
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