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11:00 AM, 05 February 2021 News Briefing

  • Daw Thet Thet Khine, the chair of The People’s Pioneer Party (PPP) has been appointed by the State Administrative Council as the Union Minister for Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement, according to a statement issued by 8 pm on February 4. In the 2020 general election, Daw Thet Thet Khine had lost a seat in the Pyithu Hluttaw representing PPP’s Mayangone township in Yangon. She is a former NLD party candidate and in the 2015 general election,  won in Yangon’s Dagon township constituency as an NLD candidate and then in 2019 founded the PPP  after leaving the NLD.
  • On Thursday, the UN Security Council issued a joint statement expressing “deep concern” at events in Myanmar and called for the  immediate release of  all detainees by the military, and encouraged “the pursuance of dialogue and reconciliation in accordance with the will and interests of the people of Myanmar”. The council also expressed concern about the restrictions on civil society, journalists and media. The statement was issued two days after the council held an emergency meeting.
  • As of 8 PM, 4 Feb, a total of 13,846 samples were tested and found more 177 new cases and 3 deaths. MoHS has reported 141,104 of total confirmed cases including 126,869  discharged, and 3,163 deaths.
  • President Joe Biden urged the Myanmar Military to release all detainees and  expressed “to  relinquish the power they have seized, lift the restrictions on telecommunications, and refrain from violence against civilians”, he also added that the United States is working with its allies and partners to address the military’s takeover, said in his first foreign policy speech as a president on Feb 4,  according to a Reuters report.
  • Japanese MPs have condemned the military’s coup and called for the immediate release of all detainees including State Counselor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, sanctions will be imposed under the Japanese-style Magnitsky Act in line with Japan’s human right diplomacy standards. 
  • Facebook has temporarily identified Myanmar as a high-risk country after the military coup, saying it will remove any calls for armaments and protect posts criticizing the military, Asia-Pacific policy director Rafael Frankel summed up the coup response in a message to employees.
  • Four representatives of the ASEAN Human Rights Commission; Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, and Thailand urges Myanmar to observe and respect the principles enshrined in the ASEAN Charter and the ASEAN Human Rights Declaration, all parties to resolve any disputes through lawful mechanisms and peaceful dialogue, according to the statement on the developments in the Republic of the Union of Myanmar by individual representatives to the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on the Human Rights on Feb 5.
  • Teachers from the National Management Degree College (NMDC) and Yangon University of Education (YUOE)  launched the Civil Disobedience Movement by suspending their duties. 
  • The 80-years-old U Win Htein, chairman of the National League for Democracy (NLD), was arrested at the Ottarathiri Township Police Station in Naypyidaw, according to NLD Central Committee member U Kyi Toe.
  • 88 generation leaders called on the people to boycott the military-owned businesses as of the statement to the public on Feb 5. The statement adds “boycotting Military-run businesses such as beer, cigarettes,  SIM cards, TV channels is also effective for slowing down the military administration and making it unstable”.

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