Amyotha Hluttaw member takes exception to international body’s reference to “race which never existed in Rakhine”

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The Amyotha Hluttaw’s Women and Child Rights Committee presented its report about the United Nations’ Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women and a letter from the the Secretary General of the Inter-Parliamentary Union regarding Myanmar’s human rights situation. Daw Htu May of constituency
No 11, Rakhine State criticized the Inter-Parliamentary Union for including “an invented term of a national ethnic race which never existed in Rakhine State.”
“That situation harmed the rights of actual national ethnic women in Rakhine State, so I hereby urge the Amyotha Hluttaw Women and Child Rights Committee, for the respective authorities who are to attend the matter to emphatically discuss the matter,” she said.
“In addition, the situation of women and children in conflict areas should also be included in future reports as a special issues.”
Dr Mya Thaung of constituency 7, Bago Region presented a motion to approve the report of the committee and the Hluttaw approved it. Deputy Minister for Transport and Communications U Kyaw Myo described a 27-acre residential project for airport staff at the New Pakokku Airport in Magway Region. Another 20 acres at the airport will be used for a hospital and government offices. Deputy Minister for Construction U Kyaw Lin described a survey project between Paletwa Town to Mizoram State India to determine various stakeholders and compensation claims for landowners along a new road.
The deputy minister said that Chin State officials and Hluttaw representatives would be consulted on the public works project.Rakhine State constituency No. 3 Hluttaw member U Khin Maung Latt made a motion to increase counterterrorism efforts in Maungtaw, Buthidaung and Yathedaung townships in Rakhine and to provide more assistance to displaced people.
The motion was seconded by Daw Htu May and tabled for a future session. The Amyotha Hluttaw will be in session again today.

 

Thura Zaw, Mei Mei Phyoe
(Myanmar News Agency)

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