Mandalay government will hold a forum on children’s rights in May and it aims to help children living in squatter communities according to local social welfare group. At the meeting in Mandalay, U Aung Thu, director of Flag Youth, highlighted the rights of children living in squatter communities and Child rights activists, MPs and members of the Myanmar Police also discussed about it on 2nd April. U Aung Thu is the one who helps squatter children to get access to education and currently he is trying to warn that squatter children are losing their rights, but people are not willing to accept it. The main problem is squatters face the scarcity of jobs and low incomes and the children suffer most said U Aung Thu. The children of squatters in Mandalay are covered under the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Estimated numbers of squatter children in Mandalay are about hundreds of thousands. Squatters can be seen in many places in Mandalay, mostly in Chan Mya Tharsi, Pyigyitagun townships and along the river. In 2015, the city development committee carried out a campaign against squatters in six townships and removed more than 700 squatter homes on the river bank. More than 1500 apartments were built and people are allowed to live there for 30,000 Kyats per month if they could show household lists and NRCs. But some people rented the apartments to other and returned to their original places.
Reference - myanmartimes