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The Union Election Building. Photo: UEC
The Union Election Building. Photo: UEC

Several foreign embassies in Myanmar have voiced support for the upcoming general elections set for November and have been providing technical, training and donor support to the Union Election Commission, according to a joint press release on March 3.

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NLD central executive committee members U Nyan Win, U Tun Tun Hein and U Han Tha Myint met for an hour and a half with six members of the 88-Generation Peace and Open Society including Ko Ko Gyi, Ko Jimmy, Ko Mya Aye and Ko Pyone Cho at the NLD headquarters in Yangon on February 1. Photo: The 88 Generation Peace and Open Society
NLD central executive committee members U Nyan Win, U Tun Tun Hein and U Han Tha Myint met with six members of the 88-Generation Peace and Open Society including Ko Ko Gyi, Ko Jimmy, Ko Mya Aye and Ko Pyone Cho at the NLD headquarters in Yangon on February 1. Photo: The 88 Generation Peace and Open Society

Though the 88 Generation Peace and Open Society group will continue to cooperate with the National League for Democracy to promote peace, political dialogue and seek amendments to the 2008 Constitution, no decision has been made on any co-operation during the 2015 election campaign, said Ko Jimmy, a prominent member of the 88 Generation.

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Myanmar President U Thein Sein (L) shakes hand with opposition leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi (R) before a high-level meeting at the President's residential office in the capital Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar, October 31, 2014. Photo: Lynn Bo Bo/EPA

Daw Aung San Suu Kyi has taken issue with a statement by President U Thein Sein that appears to lack clarity over the proposal to hold six-party talks on the contentious issue of changing the 2008 Constitution.

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The US Human Rights delegation in Yangon meeting with local human rights activists about democratic reforms on January 13, 2015. Photo: U.S. Embassy Rangoon
US Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor Mr Tom Malinowski, fourth from left, talks with local human rights activists in Yangon about democratic reforms on January 13, 2015 during his recent visit to Myanmar. Photo: U.S. Embassy Rangoon

A commentator with America’s influential Council on Foreign Relations has written a column that expresses concern over opinion that the coming national elections could be “waylaid.”

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 The gathering of 48 political leaders at the Presidential Palace in Nay Pyi Taw on the morning of January 12, 2015. Photo: Mizzima

President U Thein Sein’s choice to gather 47 people for a meeting on January 12 has been defended by Minister of Information and presidential spokesperson U Ye Htut, saying the talks were held because the government needed to brainstorm ideas.

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The Assistance Association of Political Prisoners has relaunched its "hands campaign" highlighting the number and names of political prisoners who remain incarcerated in Myanmar. Photo collage: AAPP
The Assistance Association of Political Prisoners has relaunched its "hands campaign" highlighting the number and names of political prisoners who remain incarcerated in Myanmar. Photo collage: AAPP

The hands are back. That is the message from the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners and Former Political Prisoners Society who are joining hands to use photos of people with prisoner names on outstretched palms as a reminder that well over 150 prisoners of conscience remain in jail in Myanmar.