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Myanmar Institute for Political and Civic Engagement
Institute for Political and Civil Commitment (iPACE) is working with Myanmar's aspiring leadership to foster basic democracy and the citizenship that is essential for good and good government. The American Center in Yangon and the Jefferson Center in Mandalay combine for intense civil educational activity such as themed classes, portable hospitals, as well as social network and advocacy sessions.
Up to now about 2,000 people from various public groups and civic organisations have been educated by iPACE: Non-government organisations | Community-based organisations (CBOs) | Trade-union | Prisoners' associations | Peace initiatives | Women's empowering groups | Disability groups | Student associations. Activity is a good thing, but to actually take part in the policy making arena, you have to go one stage further and get equipped. iPACE did that for me.
The syllabus is designed by leading global and regional professionals. Topics include: transition politics, democracy, politics, federalism, openness, peacemaking, leadership for transformation, organisational growth, citizenship and much more. AN EXPANDING NETWORK OF LEADERS: TO BE A PARTICIPANT: Support from the United States Embassy in Yangon, Myanmar, has made the programme possible.
This meeting was an occasion for senior officials of Myanmar's civic community, governments, academics, donor and other interested parties to ask and explore the key issues facing Myanmar's civilian community in order to foster our reflections on how we can engage in and help shape the Myanmar sector's continuing process of democratically and economically changing.
REUTER' s reporters are not pleading culpable to official Secrets Act fees in Myanmar Tribunal
Myanmar tribunal has accused two detained Reuters investigators who received classified state records and brought an important case of media freedoms into the trials phase after a six-month pretrial investigation. Ye Lwin, county magistrate, accused reporter Wa Lone, 32, and Kyaw Soe Oo, 28, of violating the clandestine law of the colony, which provides for a 14-year jail sentence.
On Monday, the magistrate said that the tribunal had brought an action against both journalists under section 3. Acts of Investigation of the Public Prosecutor's Office's claims that it has gathered and obtained confidential documentation about the police with the intent of harming domestic safety. The case now enters the litigation stage, in which defenders call testimonies before the judges who, according to the opinion of law professionals, will then give a judgment.
Earlier today, defenders asked the court to dismiss the case because the public prosecutors had not provided enough proof to back the indictment. During the same hearings on July 2, Public Attorney Kyaw Min Aung asked the court to prosecute the reporter. Said that when they were detained, papers they had in their possession depicted in detail the movement of the police, while other papers found on their cell phone range from classified to top-disclosed.
The Myanmar government spokesperson, Zaw Htay, has refused to speak throughout the trial as Myanmar's tribunals are sovereign and the case would be brought under the Act. It did not respond immediately to phone requests for comments following Monday's verdict. When they were arrested in December, the journalists had been working on an inquiry into the murder of 10 Muslim Rohingya men and young men in a small town in the West Burmese state of Rakhine.
These murders took place during a bombing raid, which UN organizations say more than 700,000 Rohingya fled to neighboring Bangladesh. Reporter reports have said that they were almost immediately apprehended after being curled up in a Yangon restaurants by two police officers they had not known.
Moe Yan Naing was condemned to one year in prison after appearing in the courtroom for talking to Wa Lone, and his wife and daughter were expelled by the cops. Authors, the media and defenders of fundamental freedoms around the globe have gathered on account of the detained journalists, with the United Nations and several West European nations demanding their free.