The European Union (EU) on Monday announced sanctions on 10 Myanmar junta officials and two conglomerates linked to the military over the coup and bloody crackdown on protesters in their country.The military has ramped up its attempts to crush dissent following mass demonstrations against its ousting of civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi, with at least 737 civilians killed and the press increasingly under attack.International pressure has been steadily building on the junta, although it has so
Anti-coup protesters in Myanmar sloshed red paint in the streets on Wednesday to symbolise the blood spilled and more than 700 lives lost in a brutal military crackdown.The country is barely functioning and the economy has stalled since the military seized power from civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi on 1 February.The junta has sought to quell mass protests with lethal force and a local monitoring group has verified at least 714 civilian deaths but warns the toll is likely to be even higher.Th
The United Nations (UN) rights chief warned Tuesday that Myanmar could be spiralling towards a "full-blown" Syrian-style conflict, after a two-month crackdown that a local monitoring group says has already claimed more than 700 lives.Myanmar is in chaos and its economy has been paralysed since the military seized power from civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi on 1 February.Warning of possible crimes against humanity, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet on Tuesda
Myanmar's ousted civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi was hit with a fresh criminal charge on Monday, as the junta's tough crackdown on dissent rolls on.The 75-year-old Nobel laureate has not been seen in public since being detained in the early hours of 1 February as the military deposed her government and seized power.The generals have used increasingly brutal methods to try to quell a growing protest movement against their rule, while Suu Kyi faces a raft of criminal charges that cou
Since 1 February, when the Myanmar military carried out a coup against the country’s civilian government, protests, strikes and other forms of civil disobedience have been taking place across the country.
Myanmar youth are fighting the junta's internet shutdown and information suppression with an explosive underground printed newsletter they are secretly distributing across communities.For 56 days straight there have been internet outages in coup-hit Myanmar, according to monitoring group NetBlocks.The country has been in turmoil since democratically-elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi was ousted in a 1 February coup, triggering a mass uprising that has resulted in a brutal security crackdown
Half of Myanmar’s population is under the age of 30, and many of these young people have benefited from their country’s fragile, imperfect democratic transition over the past decade. They know the military’s return to power could reverse hard-won gains in human development and fundamental freedoms. Their future is at stake.
"This is not a coup," said Major General Zaw Min Tun from a gilded hall in Myanmar's purpose-built capital Naypyidaw, the city where his comrades recently ousted an elected government, detained the country's leadership, and installed a military junta.During an hour-long conversation with CNN, the military spokesperson was steadfast in upholding the junta's official narrative: that the generals are merely "safeguarding" the country while they investigate a &q
A leading Myanmar actor, singer and model who has backed the country’s anti-coup protests was arrested on Thursday, reports said, as the junta hunts more than 100 celebrities for supporting the movement.The country has been rocked by daily protests since the military seized power on 1 February, and the authorities have launched a bloody crackdown on dissent, with hundreds killed and more than 2,500 arrested.Paing Takhon, 24 – a star in both, Myanmar and neighbouring Thailand – has be
Myanmar's ambassador to Britain accused a Yangon military-linked figure of occupying the embassy Wednesday and barring him access, in an extraordinary diplomatic stand-off a month after the envoy called for the junta to release ousted civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi.Protesters gathered outside the building in London's Mayfair neighbourhood with the ambassador, Kyaw Zwar Minn, as reports emerged he had been locked out.
At first glance, one can see similar motives for the 2006 and 2014 coups in Thailand as well as the 2021 Myanmar coup.In all three cases, coup-plotters faced popular civilian governments seeking more control over the military.In 2006, General Sonthi Boonyaratglin confronted Thailand’s populist Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra.
The Karen National Union (KNU) is one of the ethnic armed organisations that has attacked Myanmar’s military since its February coup.KNU Brigade 5 seized two military outposts in Papun District in Karen State and blocked food deliveries to military troops based in Papun, prompting the military to carry out airstrikes, which killed several people and forced thousands to flee their homes.Besides military action, the KNU is negotiating with the Committee Representing the Pyidaungsu Hlut