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Showing posts with label Myanmar. Show all posts
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Sunday, June 13, 2021

Myanmar's anti-junta movement shows viral support for Rohingya

Yangon (AFP)
Myanmar has been rocked by mass protest since the military ousted civilian leader Aung Sang Suu Kyi in February STR AFP

Anti-junta protesters flooded Myanmar's social media with pictures of themselves wearing black Sunday in a show of solidarity for the Rohingya, a minority group that is among the most persecuted in the country.

Since the military ousted civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi from power in a February 1 coup, an anti-junta movement demanding a return to democracy has grown to include fighting for ethnic minority rights.

Myanmar dispatches: ‘we need humanitarian aid in Min Dat right NOW’

JUNE 11, 2021

JURIST EXCLUSIVE – One of our Myanmar law students reporting for JURIST calls on the international community to help thousands of Myanmar people displaced from their homes in Min Dat, Chin State, by recent junta military action. She also comments on a disquieting surge in COVID-19 in Kalay State, near the border with India.

The military junta is putting enormous pressure on Min Dat. They mainly target unarmed villagers. They use unarmed civilians as human shields and pressure PDF [People’s Defence Force] and CDF [Chin Defence Force] soldiers to retreat. People’s defense forces have no choice but at the verge of threats against lives, they have to retreat.

‘A catastrophe’: UN warns of intensifying violence in Myanmar

11 Jun 2021

UN human rights chief Michelle Bachelet says military government is ‘singularly responsible’ for violence and ‘must be held to account’.
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet said that multiple reports indicate that armed conflict is continuing, including in Kayah State, Chin State and Kachin State [File: Denis Balibouse/Reuters]

The United Nations human rights chief has warned that violence is intensifying across Myanmar, slamming the country’s military government for being “singularly responsible” for a “human rights catastrophe”.

Friday, June 11, 2021

Why the National Unity Government’s Statement on Myanmar’s Rohingya Is Important

Angshuman Choudhury
June 09, 2021

The shadow government’s formal pledges to offer a persecuted minority justice and rights could help shape Myanmar’s future.

On June 3, Myanmar’s National Unity Government (NUG) – a shadow government formed by civilian lawmakers deposed by the military in its 1 February coup – released a historic position paper on the country’s Rohingya community. The three-page document formally lays down a set of pledges and positions that mark a clear break from the past in the relationship between the Myanmar state and the stateless Rohingya Muslim community.

Welcomed by many as a progressive declaration, it sets out with the premise that “everyone in the Union has full enjoyment of fundamental human rights” and that the NUG will “not tolerate any form of discrimination.” It asserts that “all ethnic groups who are native to the Union have full enjoyment of individual rights held by individual people and collective rights held by ethnic groups.”

Thursday, June 10, 2021

The Arakan Army, Myanmar Military Coup and Politics of Arakan

Authors: Kyaw Lynn
Programmes:Myanmar in Focus

A Myanmar Commentary by Kyaw Lynn

In the aftermath of the November general election the intense fighting between the national armed forces (Tatmadaw) and the Arakan Army came to an unexpected halt. Since the February coup of the State Administration Council, the situation has remained delicately poised. Political sentiment is very high. But Rakhine nationalism is presently on a different cycle to political movements in other parts of the country. In this commentary Kyaw Lynn outlines why the coming months will remain a time of high tension and uncertainty in Arakan politics.

When political analysts in Myanmar and beyond discuss the role of ethnic armed organisations (EAOs) in the struggle against the military coup in February, the Arakan Army (AA) becomes one of the key political forces in shaping their dialogue and perceptions. The AA, the military wing of the United League of Army (ULA), is the only armed group that can challenge the power of the national armed forces (Tatmadaw) on Myanmar’s western frontiers. This became especially evident during the 2018-20 period when the ULA-AA demonstrated its sharp resistance against the power of the centralised Myanmar state. Behind the ULA rise, there were three key features: popular support among the Rakhine population, well-trained soldiers, and a younger leadership that read the evolving mood and political situation in the country perceptively well.

Myanmar people’s army aims wishfully at Tatmadaw


National Unity Government will be hard-pressed to form a force that can credibly challenge the 350,000-strong Tatmadaw

A screen grab from a video provided to AFPTV from an anonymous source and taken on May 23 shows a People’s Defense Force fighter shooting during clashes in Moebyel in Shan state, in which dozens of Myanmar security force members were killed and a police station seized, according to rebel fighters. Photo: Handout via AFP

If Myanmar’s security landscape was devilishly complicated before the February coup d’etat, the growing national-level armed resistance to the military-formed State Administration Council (SAC) junta has rendered it almost incomprehensible.

In recent weeks, veteran ethnic armed organizations (EAOs) such as the Karen National Union (KNU) and Kachin Independence Organization (KIO) have ramped up attacks on the military, or Tatmadaw. Peasant revolts using flintlock rifles and muskets in the hills of Chin state have likewise seen locally raised defense forces inflict major casualties on army units.

Journalists Who Fled Myanmar Find Third-Country Refuge

By Associated Press
June 08, 2021
This handout photo from Thailand's San Sai District Administrative Office taken May 9, 2021, and released June 2, 2021, shows five Myanmar nationals, including three Democratic Voice of Burma journalists during their arrest at a residence in Chiang Mai.

BANGKOK - Three journalists from military-ruled Myanmar who were convicted of illegal entry after they fled to Thailand have been sent to a third country where they are safe, their employer said Monday.

The three staff members of the Democratic Voice of Burma, better known as DVB, were arrested on May 9 in the northern Thai province of Chiang Mai along with two other people from Myanmar described as activists. On May 28, they each were fined $128 (4,000 baht) and sentenced to seven months' imprisonment, suspended for a year.

Escape from Myanmar: How reporter Mratt Kyaw Thu fled to safety in Spain

Jun 08, 2021,
File photo of Myanmar journalist Mratt Kyaw Thu

It was only when he boarded the plane that would fly him to Europe that Mratt Kyaw Thu finally felt safe for the first time since Myanmar's military coup on February 1.

It had been an arduous few months for the journalist who quickly found himself on the military junta's wanted list for his reporting of its deadly crackdown on anti-coup protesters.

Wednesday, June 9, 2021

ASEAN meets with China as progress on Myanmar consensus stalls

Nikkei staff writer
June 8, 2021 

Bloc wants commitment from junta that its envoys have access to 'all parties' 

Indonesian President Joko Widodo (center) delivers a statement, flanked by his ministers following an ASEAN Leaders' Meeting in April in Jakarta where a five-point consensus over Myanmar was reached. © AP 

JAKARTA -- ASEAN "will appreciate" China's help in carrying out its five-point consensus to resolve the crisis in Myanmar, Indonesia's foreign minister said on Monday as the regional bloc looks to spur slow progress on the outcome of its emergency meeting in April.

Foreign ministers from the 10 Association of Southeast Asian Nations members met with their Chinese counterpart Wang Yi in Chongqing on Monday to discuss regional issues, including the ongoing turmoil in Myanmar.

Myanmar: The mysterious deaths of the NLD party officials

By Jonathan Head
South East Asia correspondent
07th June 2021

Khin Maung Latt (L) and Zaw Myat Lynn (R) both died earlier in MarcI MAGE COPYRIGHT COLLAGE

The violence used by Myanmar's armed forces against unarmed opponents since the coup in February has shocked the world; more than 800 people have been killed, most by military gunfire. But the deaths in custody of two officials from the National League of Democracy - the party led by Aung San Suu Kyi - have cast an even grimmer light on the military's actions.

On Saturday, 6 March, cities across Myanmar were on edge.

Monday, June 7, 2021

Myanmar: ASEAN’s Empty Diplomacy Is Costing Lives

Monday, 7 June 2021
This photo shows military training conducted by the Karenni National Progressive Party (KNPP) ethnic rebel group in Kayah State. (AFP Photo)

The regional bloc must support the growing calls for a global arms embargo on Myanmar. Words alone have failed to persuade the Myanmar military to stop killing and jailing its civilian opponents.

Both the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) have called on the Myanmar military to cease its use of violence. The military defies these calls, and the killing spree and arbitrary detentions continue.

ASIA/MYANMAR - The Burmese Government of National Unity recognizes the rights of the Rohingya

agenzia fides
Saturday, 5 June 2021

New York (Agenzia Fides) - The Burmese Government of National Unity (Nug), the "shadow executive" created abroad last April to counter the February 1 coup, has formalized a new policy towards the Rohingya, the Muslim minority expelled, between 2016 and 2017, from the Burmese state of Rakhine across the border, in Bangladesh. The new government policy, which continue sto recognize Aung San Suu Kyi as its leader, was made official yesterday, June 4, and bears the name of "Policy Position on the Rohingya in Rakhine State". The new position, which overturns the attitude of all previous governments, was explained to the international press by Deputy Foreign Minister U Moe Zaw Oo and NUG spokesman, Salai Maung Taing known as "dr. Sasa".

Saturday, June 5, 2021

ASEAN diplomacy in Myanmar intensifies as EU eyes more sanctions

4 Jun 2021

Analyst says ASEAN diplomacy ‘dead on arrival’ while shadow opposition government seeks recognition of ethnic Rohingya as citizens.

Protesters make the three-finger salute during a demonstration against the military coup in Yangon on Thursday [Stringer/AFP]

Diplomats from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) are set for talks with Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, as Myanmar enters its fifth month of crippling unrest since the military seized power on February 1 amid the increasing prospect of new sanctions from the European Union.

‘A dangerous time’ in Myanmar: Burmese in California struggle for answers, attention

Los Angeles Times 

JUNE 3, 2021 5
Members of the Burmese American community hold a demonstration April 24 outside the Office of the Consulate General of Myanmar in Los Angeles, denouncing the military coup against the elected government of Myanmar.
(Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)

Banny Hong sighed as he sat at his Burmese restaurant on a recent weekday, recounting the violence that has swept through his homeland since a military coup four months ago.

Two portraits of Myanmar’s civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi decorated the wall before him, flanking a photograph of Yangon, the nation’s largest city.

“It’s a dangerous time there,” he said as two masked employees cleaned tables and swept the floors before his Stanton eatery, Irrawaddy Taste Of Burma, opened for the day. “A lot of untold stories. Missing bodies. It’s a devastating moment. I am very desperate.”

Ousted Myanmar politicians call for Rohingya to join fight against junta

the Gurdian
Fri 4 Jun 2021 

NUG says it will scrap law denying citizenship, in ‘notable step forward’ for rights of Rohingya people

A demonstration against the military coup in Monywa, Sagaing region, in April. The NUG statement said: ‘The solidarity of the entire people is now at its best.’ Photograph: Facebook/AFP/Getty Images

Myanmar’s parallel government has urged Rohingya to join with them in fighting the military junta, promising to offer justice and citizenship to the persecuted minority.

The statement has been welcomed by rights experts as “an important and notable step forward” in the movement for full rights for the Rohingya, who have faced decades of discrimination and violence in Myanmar.

Friday, June 4, 2021

Indonesia urges ASEAN to quickly appoint envoy for Myanmar

June 2, 2021

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia’s foreign minister on Wednesday urged the Association of Southeast Asia Nations to immediately appoint a special envoy on Myanmar in response to its military coup, and reiterated a call for the safety of civilians as the ruling junta cracks down on opposition.

After holding talks with EU foreign affairs chief Josep Borrell in Jakarta, Retno Marsudi said Indonesia is continuing to communicate with the ASEAN chair and other member countries following their demand for an immediate end to killings and the release of political detainees in Myanmar.

Thursday, June 3, 2021

Young Women and Men from Myanmar Cities Head to the Jungle

Unquiet flows the Irrawady
2 JUNE, 2021

Htar Htet Htet, who represented the nation at the first Miss Grand International beauty pageant in Thailand in 2013, now is sporting an assault rifle in her hand.

To top it, she just quoted the Latin American revolutionary Che Guevara’s famous words on her Twitter handle: “The revolution is not an apple that falls when it is ripe. You have to make it fall.”

After this quote, she gave her punch line: “We Must Win”.

The photograph and quote have been reported widely around the globe. There is hardly a newspaper that did not publish her photograph holding a rifle in her hand and wearing battle fatigues.

Wednesday, June 2, 2021

Myanmar carries out air strikes after militia attacks - witnesses

May 31, 2021

Myanmar's military used artillery and helicopters on Monday against anti-junta militias in the country's east, witnesses and rebels said, forcing residents to flee and join thousands of others displaced by recent fighting in the region.

Residents of Kayah state bordering Thailand said the military was firing artillery from positions inside the state capital Loikaw into Demoso, about 14.5 km (9 miles) away, where a People's Defence Force said it had attacked troops and was coming under heavy fire.

Fully cooperating with ICJ to “ensure justice” for Rohingyas: NUG

MAY 31, 2021
Myanmar's National Unity Government (NUG) has said they are fully cooperating with the International Court of Justice (ICJ) to “make sure that justice is delivered to Rohingya brothers and sisters” and to all from every ethnicity who have suffered so much for so long under the brutal military generals’ reign of terror in Myanmar.

Tuesday, June 1, 2021

Myanmar pro-democracy artists vow: 'We will win'

Jackie Fox
Sunday, 30 May 2021
The Hunger Games' three-fingered salute has become one of the major symbols for the pro-democracy movement since the coup

On 1 June, it will be four months since a military coup overthrew Myanmar's elected government.

Tens years of democratic reforms have been upended and bloody attempts to silence opposition have shocked the world.

Those on the front line attempting to stand up to the regime are trying to delicately navigate through a new life of protest and safety.