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Activities of National League for Democracy
July 2010 News Bulletin
No. ( 3 )
1 July Organizational Trip to Sagaing and Kachin U Han Thar Myint, a Central Executive member together with Monywar Aung Shin, Vice Chair of Sagaing Organizing committee met with NLD members in Myitkyenar, Kachin State as a part of organizational trip to Sagaing Division, Kachin State and Chin State. They came to Myitkyenar from Shwebo Township after meeting with NLD members and NLD youth members from township level and ward/village level.
2 July Organizational Trip to Sagaing and Kachin
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News Bulletin Activities of National League for Democracy U Han Thar Myint and team met with members from Monyin, Kachin State and some townships around at the house of U Pe Sein, executive member of NLD Kachin State. The team explained NLD’s positions regarding current situation and elections and listened to their difficulties and significant issues. The team then went to Mandalay, Monywar, Chaung-U, Ayadaw, Butalin townships in Sagaing Division. They planned to continue to Chin State. Daw Suu bestowed honorary individual membership of CALD The Council of Asian Liberals and Democrats (CALD) bestowed Daw Aung San Suu Kyi an honorary individual membership title in its Executive Committee meeting held on June 27 to July 1 in Makati City, Philippines. Home visit to Political Prisoners As a part of visit to families of political prisoners program, a team led by U Tin Oo, Vice Chair and U Win Tin, Central Executive member including women wing leader Daw May Win Myint and youth members visited families of Zarganzar, a well-known comedian and Ko Pyone Cho, 88 generation student leader. NLD team met with Nannyuntswe, who recently passed away and Daw Tin Tin Win, mother of Ko Ant Bwe Kyaw, 88 generation student leader at Zarganzar’s house. At Ko Pyone Cho’s house, the NLD team also met with family members of Ma Mee Mee and Ma Hanni Oo who are also 88 generation student leaders. The team encouraged family members and enquired about situation of prisons and political prisoners.
Political prisoner of NLD in bad health Ma Sandar in Insein Prison was suffering from heart disease due to malnutrition and indigestion. She also has liver problem and rheumatism. The family could not have prescription from a prison physician so the family could not supply any medicine for her. 5 July Assistance to Political Prisoners NLD also supported 607 political prisoners who are most in need of assistance with 5000 kyat (about 5 US dollar) costing NLD 2.55 million kyats (about 2500 US Dollar) as a monthly political prisoner assistance program. The rest of the money donated was distributed to 300 National League for Democracy (Liberated Area) Information Department Page 2
News Bulletin Activities of National League for Democracy political prisoners through township level organizational committee in Rangoon Division. The program to assist families of political prisoners in need started since 1996. 6 July Home visit to Political Prisoners A team led by U Tin Oo, Vice Chair and U Win Tin, Central Executive member including women wing leader Daw May Win Myint and youth members visited Ko Min Zeya’s house and met with his family members together with family members of Ko Thet Zaw and Ko Thaw Zin Oo, 88 generation student leaders. They also went to Ma Lay Lay Mon’ house and met family members with Ko Nyan Linn’s family members. 12 July Meeting with diplomat from British embassy Mr. Ruth Bradley Jones, first secretary from British embassy in Rangoon came to the U Tin Oo’s residence and met with him. During the meeting, they discussed about the positions and activities of NLD and current situation. 13 July Complaint against restriction on Daw Suu U Kyi win and U Nyan Win, lawyers of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi as well as central executive committee member of NLD was allowed to meet her at her residence. Daw Suu ordered her lawyer to draft a letter to file a complaint against restriction on her discussion with lawyer. Police’s Special Branch instructed U Nyan Win not to talk with her about things that are not related to legal cases with Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and now the lawyers need to have a concession letter from Daw Suu together with permission letter from local special branch. Political prisoners’ assistance program As a political prisoners’ assistance program, NLD team led by U Tin Oo and U Win Tin visited family of Ko Pandate Tun, a member of 88 generation student group. At Ko Pandate Tun’s house, the NLD team also met with family members of Kyi Tha Tun, Aye Thida, Tun Tun Naing, Maung Maung Myint, U Thein Lwin Oo and U Ye Myint in North Okkalapa Township. The team also visited family of Dr. Ne Win and met with family members of Dr. Ne Win, Phyo Phyo Aung, Zaw Zaw Aung, Di Nyein Lynn, Ye Myat Hein and Tun Tun Naing. They exchanged experience and encouraged one another. 15 July An NLD member’s prison sentence extended Ko Than Myint Aung from Thuwunna NLD was extended his sentence at the Western District Court under section 33 (a) of the Electronic Act. He has already been sentenced 5 years under Immigration Act. He is a member of National League for Democracy (Liberated Area) Malaysia branch and went back to Burma from Malaysia.
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News Bulletin Activities of National League for Democracy 15 July U Win Htein released U Win Htein, a personal assistant to Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and member of her secretariat was released after serving 14 years and two months in jail from Kathar Prison at Sagaing Division. During his imprisonment, he stayed at different prisons such as Insein, Myin Gyan, Meikhtila, Mandalay and Kathar prisons.
16 July Political prisoners’ assistance program NLD team led by U Tin Oo and U Win Tin visited 10 political prisoners’ families of 88 generation students namely Ko Jimmy, Ma Ni Lar Thein, Ma Mar Mar Oo, Ko Aung Naing, Ko Nay Phone Latt, Ko Si Thu Maung, U Peter, Ko Hla Myo Naung, Ma Noble Aye and U Than Tin. They also met with daughter of Ko Jimmy and Ma Ni Lar Thein both of who are now in prison. They discussed about hardship of prison life and medical problems happened to political prisoners.
17 July Planting in honor of Martyrs on Martyr day Members of NLD from Meikhtilar Township plants trees in remembrance of 63rd anniversary of Martyrs’ Day. They planted tress at seven different places in Meikhtilar Town. 18 July Support families of political prisoners on the eve of Martyrs’ Day At the house of Daw Nan Khin Yi, an NLD member at Hlaingtharyar Township, a brief ceremony for supporting political prisoners was held under supervision of Dr. Myo Aung, U Hla Thein, U Maung Maung Gyi, U Kyaw Myint and Daw Aye Aye Mar from NLD’s social aid committee. They provided 5,000 kyat for each of 26 families with some stationery.
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19 July Martyrs’ Day march Youth and women groups such as Burma Development Committee, Burma Development Youth Group, Tuesday Prayer Group, Burma Trade Union and Housewives’ Group, including some NLD youth members went to the Martyrs’ Mausoleum with some flower wreaths. They started their marching near Shwegondaing bus stop and reached to the mausoleum to pay respect to martyrs.
But they were blocked on the way and forced to turn back to go there from the entrance of eastern stairway of Shwedagon pagoda. They were blocked again at Yetashay road but allowed to enter eventually. They saluted the martyrs line by line with five people in each line. After paying respect, they went to Bogyoke Aung San museum being followed by about 50 intelligent. Martyrs’ Day ceremony Martyrs’ Day ceremonies were held by NLD members at Pegu, Taung Goo, Yaytashay, Zegone in Pegu Division, Yenanchaung in Magwe Division, Tavoy, Yephyu, Thayetchaung, Kaw Thaung and Laung Lone townships in Tanintharyi Division, Mandalay in Mandalay Division, Sagaing in Sagaing Division and Bogalay in Irrawaddy Division. Martyrs’ Day ceremony at U Tin Oo’s residence Martyrs’ Day ceremony was held at U Tin Oo, NLD’s vice chair’s house at about 9 a.m. Thakhin National League for Democracy (Liberated Area) Information Department Page 5
News Bulletin Activities of National League for Democracy Chan Tun, U Tin Oo, U Win Tin and U Than Tun talked about their own experience in the ceremony. About 500 NLD members attended the ceremony.
About 200 members went to the Mausoleum after the ceremony but those wearing T shirt with Bogyoke Aung San’s portrait were not allowed to the mausoleum. When they went to the Bogyoke Aung San museum, those wearing General Aung San T shirt were not allowed. Therefore, about 200 NLD youth members went to Bogyoke Aung San’s statue located at Kandawgyi lake and paid respect to the statue.
20 July NLD will cooperate with ILO about workers’ rights and forced labor cases. ILO communicates with NLD leaders about some cases that the NLD made complaints to ILO. 22 July Burma FM said Daw Suu will be allowed to participate in elections U Nyan Win, Burma’s Foreign Minister said that Daw Aung San Suu Kyi would be allowed to participate in the elections after she has been released when he met with Japanese Foreign Minister Mr. Katsuya Okada. He also said that the constitution does not bar her from contesting in the elections. Pegu NLD met U Nyan Win, central executive member met with NLD Pegu division members at a house in National League for Democracy (Liberated Area) Information Department Page 6
News Bulletin Activities of National League for Democracy Sanchaung Township. About 20 leaders from 20 townships in Pegu Division attended the meeting and discussed about current situation and activities in their respective townships. 23 July NLD leaders attend Hmaing’s anniversary 46th anniversary of the demise of Thakin Kodaw Hmaing, a great poet of independence struggle, was held at his residence at Kyun Daw monastery in Sanchaung Township, Rangoon. U Tin Oo, vice chair, U Win Tin, central executive member and veteran politicians together with NLD leaders, youth members, 88 generation students leaders and those who admired Hmaing.
Rangoon NLD assisted political prisoner A team led by U Tin Oo and U Win Tin visited U Tin Mya’s house at Thingangyun and provided assistance to his family.
Pensioners made their vow for meditation for Daw Suu’s release 25 pensioners started making their solemn vow for meditation with intent for release of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi. They made their vow at different pagodas in Rangoon. 24 July An NLD member beaten in prison Htet Htet Oo Wai, an NLD member from Shwepyithar Township, who was sentenced 5 years in
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News Bulletin Activities of National League for Democracy Puta-O prison was beaten by prison warder. Putao prison is located in the northernmost city of Burma. She interfered when prison warders beat some criminal prison mates in front of her. 25 July Round table book review resumed Youth Round table book review which used to be held fortnightly was resumed after four months break. The round table was held at the house of Daw May Hnin Kyi, an MP elect from Mogoke Township. Youth members from 30 townships from Rangoon Division attended the book review. 27 July Daw Suu met her lawyers U Kyi Win and U Nyan Win went to Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s house to discuss about special appeal and continuation of her house repair work at the end of this month. Daw Suu also said that elections to be held in late 2010 is absolutely unlikely to be free and fair because there will be no enough time for political parties to campaign and the date for elections has not been set. 29 July ILO will work with NLD NLD leaders such as U Tin Oo, U Win Tin, U Than Tun, U Nyunt Wai and U Nyan Win met with officials from ILO at ILO office for two hours. Mr. Steve Marshall said that ILO will work with NLD regarding the cases of forced labors, child soldiers, human trafficking and forced relocation and forced confiscation of land. They also discuss about proper rights of the soldiers in the military that they deserve. NLD has made about 40 complaints to ILO. 30 July NLD leaders met Township leaders in Pegu U Nyunt Lwin, U Soe Win and U Nyan Win, leaders from NLD headquarters went to Pegu city and met with Township level leaders and organizers from NLD at the house of U Myat Hla, MP elect of Pegu. Leaders explained positions and policies of NLD and found out issues and problems facing NLD townships in Pegu Division. Leaders from Pegu, Thanappin, Kawa, Waw, Nyaunglaybin and Kyauktagar Townships attended the meeting. The team will continue their trip to other Townships in Pegu Division.
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