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Tuesday, October 12, 2021

EU Parliament Voices Support for Myanmar’s Opposition Government

THE I DIPLOMAT
By Sebastian Strangio
October 11, 2021

Despite the motion, Western support for the National Unity Government is likely to remain informal and unofficial.

The European Parliament has voted to support Myanmar’s shadow National Unity Government (NUG) and its parliamentary committee as the legitimate representatives of crisis-hit Myanmar.

In a resolution adopted late last week, the European Parliament expressed its “support for the people of Myanmar in their struggle for democracy, freedom, and human rights.” It said that it “supports the CRPH [Committee Representing Pyidaungsu Hluttaw] and the NUG as the only legitimate representatives of the democratic wishes of the people of Myanmar” and called on the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and other foreign governments “to include and involve them in genuine and inclusive political dialogue and efforts aimed at the peaceful resolution of the crisis.”

Myanmar has been in a state of severe crisis since the coup, which immediately prompted a nationwide movement of protests and work stoppages, which have been complemented in recent months by growing armed resistance.

Sunday, October 3, 2021

“The working class in Myanmar stood before the military regime, and they showed us the way.”

Sagebrush Rider
Obadiah Silva 
October 3, 2021

Eight months after the bloody military coup, we interviewed Tincher Sunley, a Burmese grassroots activist who described the situation in his country today. Myanmar is a country in Southeast Asia, a former British colony with decades of political instability and strategic emphasis on China’s natural resources and its access to the Indian Ocean, which will give further economic impetus to its southern region. In the Biden era, the United States aimed at its strategic rival, the Asian Company, with the cynical discourse of “democracy” aimed at restoring the value of international institutions. President Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy is the party that won the November 2020 election, which was overthrown by a coup, but in previous years it ruled alongside the military and was previously complicit in crimes against ethnic minorities. He is now part of the military junta, the opposition front of the “National Unity Government” (NUG), and they rely on this controversy of central powers, which is being transformed into imperialism in the form of “diplomacy”: ONU. The real opposition to the coup arose as young people fighting in the streets against military tanks, their workers in factories and textile workshops went on strike.

Saturday, September 25, 2021

႐ိုဟင္ဂ်ာအေရး ႏိုင္ငံတကာ ကူညီေျဖရွင္းဖို႔ ဘဂၤလားေဒ့ရွ္ ၀န္ႀကီးခ်ဳပ္ ကုလမိန္႔ခြန္းမွာတိုက္တြန္း

VOA

႐ိုဟင္ဂ်ာ ဒုကၡသည္ ျပႆနာဟာ ၅ ႏွစ္ၾကာ ရွိလာေပမဲ့ အခုအခ်ိန္အထိ မေျဖရွင္းႏိုင္ေသးတာေၾကာင့္၊ ႏိုင္ ငံတကာ အသိုင္းအ၀န္းက ဝိုင္း၀န္းကူညီၾကဖို႔ ဘဂၤလားေဒ့ရွ္ ၀န္ႀကီးခ်ဳပ္ Sheikh Hasina က ကုလသ မဂၢမွာ ေျပာဆိုလိုက္ပါတယ္။

လက္ရွိျမန္မာႏိုင္ငံရဲ႕ ႏိုင္ငံေရးအေျခအေနေၾကာင့္ ႐ိုဟင္ဂ်ာအေရး မေရမရာ ျဖစ္ေနေပမဲ့လည္း ေရရွည္ေျပ လည္ မယ့္ နည္းလမ္းေတြကို ႏိုင္ငံတကာ အသိုင္းအဝိုင္းက အာ႐ုံစိုက္ၿပီး တက္တက္ႂကြႂကြ ဝိုင္း၀န္းကူညီ ေျဖရွင္းၾကဖို႔ ေမွ်ာ္လင့္ေၾကာင္း ေသာၾကာေန႔ ကုလသမဂၢ အေထြေထြညီလာခံ မိန္႔ခြန္းမွာ ထည့္သြင္းေျပာ ဆိုလိုက္တာပါ။ ႐ိုဟင္ဂ်ာ ဒုကၡသည္ေတြ ေနရပ္ျပန္ႏိုင္တဲ့ အေျခအေနေတြကို ျမန္မာႏိုင္ငံဖက္က ဖန္တီးဖို႔ လည္း တိုက္တြန္းခဲ့တာပါ။

Sunday, September 19, 2021

ျမန္မာက စစ္ရာဇဝတ္မႈေတြအတြက္ တရားေရးလမ္း ေၾကာင္း ျဖစ္လာဖို႔ရွိ

RFA
လြတ္လပ္တဲ့အာရအသံ
ေမာင္သစ္ဆင္း (ဝါရွင္တန္ ဒီစီ)
2021-09-18

ဘဂၤလားေဒ့ရွ္ နိုင္ငံကို ထြက္ေျပးေနတဲ့ ရိုဟင္ဂ်ာေတြကို ၂၀၁၇၊ ေအာက္တိုဘာ ၁၆ ရက္ေန႔က ေတြ႕ရစဥ္
Photo: MUNIR UZ ZAMAN / AFP

အမ်ိဳးသားညီညြတ္ေရးအစိုးရ (NUG) ရဲ့ အခုလတ္တေလာ ဆုံးျဖတ္ခ်က္ဟာ၊ ျမန္မာနိုင္ငံမွာ စစ္ရာဇဝတ္မႈ၊ လူသားအျဖစ္ကို ဆန႔္က်င္တဲ့ ရာဇဝတ္မႈ၊ လူမ်ိဳးတုံး သတ္ျဖတ္မႈေတြ က်ဴးလြန္ခံခဲ့ၾကရသူေတြအတြက္ တရား ေရး လမ္းေၾကာင္းတစ္ခု ျဖစ္လာဖြယ္ရွိပါတယ္။ ေဖေဖာ္ဝါရီလ စစ္တပ္ အာဏာသိမ္းအၿပီး ေရြးေကာက္ခံ လႊတ္ေတာ္ကိုယ္စားလွယ္ေတြ၊ အမတ္ေတြနဲ႔ ဖြဲ႕စည္းထားတဲ့ NUG အမ်ိဳးသားညီညြတ္ေရး အစိုးရ က ျမန္မာ နိုင္ငံမွာ ၂၀၀၂ ခုႏွစ္ကစၿပီး ေပၚေပါက္ခဲ့တဲ့ နိုင္ငံတကာ ရာဇဝတ္မႈအားလုံးကို စစ္ေဆးဖို႔ လက္ခံလိုက္တာရဲ့ မူဝါဒ အေျပာင္းအလဲအေၾကာင္း ဩဂုတ္လ ၂၀ ရက္ေန႔က ေၾကညာခဲ့ပါတယ္။

Friday, August 27, 2021

Four Years After Massacres and Purge, Sympathy for the Rohingya Grows in Myanmar

Radio Free Asia
2021-08-25

Many now see the Myanmar military, which has killed over a thousand protesters and other civilians since the Feb. 1 coup, as a common enemy.

Rohingya refugees walk along a path at Kutupalong refugee camp in Ukhia, Bangladesh, Aug. 25, 2021.
AFP

Four years after the Myanmar military attacked ethnic Rohingya communities in the country’s western Rakhine state, burning villages, killing residents, and driving hundreds of thousands as refugees across the border with Bangladesh, sympathy has grown for the Muslim minority, sources in the country say.

The military’s 2017 scorched earth campaign launched in response to attacks by Muslim insurgents against police posts in Rakhine, has since been described by international rights groups and foreign governments as constituting acts of “genocide” and “crimes against humanity.”

Thursday, August 26, 2021

႐ိုဟင္ဂ်ာနဲ႔ လူနည္းစုအေရး NUG ရပ္တည္ခ်က္ အေမရိ ကန္ ႀကိဳဆို

VOA

Monday, August 23, 2021

Myanmar’s Anti-Junta Resistance Inflicting Rising Casualties: Report

THE I DIPLOMAT
Nearly seven months since the coup, the armed resistance to the military junta continues to grow and expand.

A civilian militia group in Myanmar claims that it killed around 50 soldiers and injured a number more in a series of landmine attacks in Magwe Region last week, the latest sign of rising resistance to the military junta that seized power in February.

According to a report in The Irrawaddy, which cited a representative from the People’s Defense Force (PDF) in Gangaw township, the casualties stemmed from two incidents. The first took place on August 19, when a vehicle carrying junta soldiers, one of a convoy of six, triggered a landmine planted by the civilian resistance on the Gangaw-Kale Highway. At least 20 soldiers were killed in the explosion and many others were injured, according to The Irrawaddy.

Tuesday, August 17, 2021

The Coup And The Crisis In Myanmar

OWP
The Organisation for World Peace
Evelyn Elliott

August 14, 2021

Myanmar, a nation whose young democracy began only a decade ago, is currently facing a threat it may not recover from. On February 1st of 2021, the military of Myanmar staged a coup d’état in the Southeast Asian country, overthrowing the democratic government and issuing a year-long state of emergency. Orchestrated under the idea that the nation’s November election was fraudulent, a claim that lacks any substantial evidence, the armed forces took control and arrested senior members of the elected National League for Democracy (NLD) party. The situation was exacerbated by the detention of Aung San Suu Kyi, a pro-democracy activist and Nobel Prize winner, who led the NLD. The country’s state of emergency has been extended for another two years under the direction of Min Aung Hlaing, a leading army general who declared himself to be the nation’s prime minister at the beginning of August. Now, after months of violence and oppression, Myanmar is confronted with the same military regime that it suffered under previously.

Wednesday, August 11, 2021

Asean too late for Myanmar?

Bangkok Post
EDITORIAL
BANGKOK POST EDITORIAL COLUMN

The appointment of Brunei's Second Foreign Minister Erywan Yusof as Asean special envoy to Myanmar last week is better late than never.

The special envoy's appointment is part of a five-point consensus that was agreed upon by Asean leaders during an April 24 meeting searching for a solution to the Myanmar crisis following the Feb 1 coup that ousted the elected civilian government under Aung San Suu Kyi who has been detained together with other civilian officials.

The delay in the envoy's appointment is described by the international media as due to internal wrangling within the group; with Indonesia and Malaysia, Singapore and the Philippines opting for a proactive approach; while the rest, including Thailand, preferring quiet diplomacy which is almost synonymous with sitting on the problem while violence is being committed.

Thursday, August 5, 2021

ASEAN’s humanitarian aid to Myanmar must not legitimise military junta: Progressive Voice & FORUM-ASIA

TOC
The Online Citizen
Asia, Civil Society
04/08/2021

“ASEAN and the international community must recognize and engage with the NUG, and disengage with the junta in provision of humanitarian assistance to prevent them from weaponizing humanitarian aid."
 Protesters hold a banner supporting the National Unity Government (NUG) during a demonstration against the military coup in Yangon on 11 July 2021 (Source: AFP)

The Association of the Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the rest of the international community must provide humanitarian assistance through the COVID-19 Task Force set up by the Ministry of Health under interim government of Myanmar – the National Unity Government (NUG) – and Ethnic Health Organisations, as well as through cross-border channels, local humanitarian networks, ethnic service providers, and community-based organisations, said Progressive Voice and the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) in a joint statement on Wednesday (4 Aug).

Sunday, August 1, 2021

အာဏာသိမ္းေပမယ့္ အာဏာမထိန္းနိုင္ေသးပါ

ဧရာဝတီ
ေအာင္မ်ိဳးမင္း
31 July 2021 

ဦးေအာင္မ်ိဳးမင္းသည္ အမ်ိဳးသားညီညြတ္ေရးအစိုးရ၏ လူ႔အခြင့္အေရးဆိုင္ရာ ဝန္ႀကီး ျဖစ္သည္ / ဧရာဝတီ

ေရြးေကာက္ပြဲအတြင္း မဲသမာမႈမ်ားရွိသည္ဆိုသည့္အေၾကာင္းျပခ်က္ျဖင့္ အာဏာသိမ္းယူခဲ့ေသာ စစ္ေကာင္စီ ၏ မတရားအာဏာသိမ္းယူမႈသည္ ၾသဂုတ္လ ၁ ရက္ေန႔တြင္ ေျခာက္လျပည့္ၿပီျဖစ္သည္။

မတရား အာဏာလုယူခဲ့သည့္ေနာက္ပိုင္း နိုင္ငံ‌ရးေခါင္းေဆာင္မ်ားအား ဥပေဒမဲ့ဖမ္းဆီးျခင္းမွအစ ဆန္႔က်င္ ေတာ္ လွန္သူမ်ားကို တရားမဲ့ႏွိမ္ႏွင္းသတ္ျဖတ္မႈမ်ားအလယ္ ၿမိဳ႕ရြာတခုလုံးကို ပစ္ခတ္တိုက္ခိုက္ၿပီး ‌ေဒသ ခံျပည္သူမ်ားကို ေနရပ္မွ အတင္းအၾကပ္ေမာင္းထုတ္ျခင္းမ်ားအဆုံး နိုင္ငံတကာရာဇဝတ္မႈမ်ားကို က်ဴးလြန္   ေနလ်က္ရွိသည္။

ထိုသို႔ က်ဴးလြန္ေနေသာ္လည္း တခ်ိန္တည္းမွာပင္ စစ္အာဏာရွင္စနစ္ကို တြန္းလွန္ေနၾကေသာ မ်ိဳးဆက္  ေပါင္းစုံ၏ ေသြးမေအးေၾကာင္း ဆႏၵထုတ္ေဖာ္ပြဲမ်ား၊ စစ္ေကာင္စီႏွင့္ ပူးေပါင္းျခင္းမျပဳဘဲ လုပ္ေဆာင္ေနေသာ လႈပ္ရွားမႈမ်ားအျပင္ သံတမန္အခင္းအက်င္းမ်ားျဖင့္ ဖိအားေပးမႈမ်ားကိုလည္း ဘက္ေပါင္းစုံက ရင္ဆိုင္ေနရ လ်က္ရွိ၏။

စစ္အာဏာရွင္တိုင္းသည္ လက္နက္ကို ခြန္အားအျဖစ္ သတ္မွတ္ေလ့ရွိၾကသည္။ ထိုသို႔သတ္မွတ္သည့္အ တိုင္း မိမိတို႔၏အာဏာကို ထိပါးလာသူမွန္သမၽွကီု လက္နက္အင္အားႏွင့္ စစ္အင္အားသုံး၍ ၿဖိဳခြင္းေလ့ရွိ ၾက သည္။

Sunday, July 18, 2021

Why the West won’t recognize Myanmar’s NUG

ASIA TIME
by David Hutt
July 16, 2021


While Western governments universally reject the military coup, they're also wary of the anti-junta National Unity Government's credibility

Protesters hold posters in support of the National Unity Government (NUG) during a demonstration against the military coup on "Global Myanmar Spring Revolution Day" in Taunggyi, Shan state on May 2, 2021. Photo: AFP / Stringer


“Defending Burmese democracy is no longer a progressive, sexy cause.”

That may be at the heart of why Western governments still have not recognized Myanmar’s government-in-opposition that formed months after February’s military coup, according to David Frederic Camroux, an honorary senior research fellow at the Center for International Studies at Sciences Po in Paris.

Tuesday, July 13, 2021

႐ိုဟင္ဂ်ာအေရးသေဘာထားေျပာင္းလာၾကေပမယ့္ ဒုကၡ သည္ေတြကေတာ့သံသယရွိဆဲ

VOA
ဗီြအိုေအၿမန္မာပိုင္း
ကိုုေဇာ္၀င္းလႈိင္
12 ဇူလိုင္၊ 2021 

အာခေ်း ပင္လယ္ထဲေမ်ာပါေနတဲ ့ ႐ိုဟင္ဂ်ာမ်ားကို အင္ဒိုငါးဖမ္းေလွမ်ားက ကယ္ဆယ္စဥ္ (ဓာတ္ပံု - AP)

 ျမန္မာႏိုင္ငံ အေနာက္ဖက္ျခမ္းက လူနည္းစု မြတ္ဆလင္ေတြျဖစ္တဲ့ ႐ိုဟင္ဂ်ာေတြကို သူတို႔ေခၚဆိုတဲ့ ႐ိုဟင္ ဂ်ာအမည္အတိုင္း တရား၀င္သုံးႏႈန္းၿပီး သူတို႔နဲ႔ လက္တြဲ လုပ္ေဆာင္ဖို႔ အတိုက္အခံ လႊတ္ေတာ္အမတ္ေတြ ဖြဲ႔စည္းထားတဲ့ NUG အမ်ဳိးသား ညီၫြတ္ေရး အစိုးရက ဖိတ္ေခၚထားပါတယ္။ ဒါေပမယ့္ အၾကမ္းဖက္မႈေတြ ၾကံဳေတြ႕ခဲ့ရတာအျပင္ ဖိႏွိပ္ခံဘ၀အျဖစ္နဲ႔ ဆယ္စုႏွစ္ေပါင္းမ်ားစြာ ေနထိုင္ခဲ့ရတဲ့ ႐ိုဟင္ဂ်ာဒုကၡသည္ေတြကေ တာ့ NUG ဘက္က အခုလို ေျပာင္းလဲ အသိအမွတ္ျပဳလာတဲ့အေပၚ အျပည့္အ၀ မယုံၾကည္ႏိုင္ၾကေသးပါဘူး။ လက္ရွိ ႏိုင္ငံေရးအေျပာင္းအလဲေတြ အေပၚ ႐ိုဟင္ဂ်ာဒုကၡသည္ေတြရဲ႕အျမင္သေဘာထားေတြအေၾကာင္း AFP ရဲ႕ သတင္းေဆာင္းပါးကို ကိုေဇာ္၀င္းလႈိင္က တင္ျပေပးပါမယ္။

Sunday, July 4, 2021

ရခုိင္တို႔အတြက္ AA လား၊ နစကလား၊ NUG လား

ဖက္ဒရယ္ဂ်ာနယ္
20ဇြန္လ 2021
ၿပီးခဲ့သည့္ ေဖေဖာ္ဝါရီလ ၁ ရက္ေန႔တြင္ တပ္မေတာ္က NLD အစိုးရထံမွ အာဏာသိမ္းယူအၿပီး ျမန္မာႏိုင္ငံ ကို ႏိုင္ငံေတာ္စီမံအုပ္ခ်ဳပ္ေရးေကာင္စီ (နစက)အစိုးရအျဖစ္ျဖင့္ အုပ္ခ်ဳပ္လ်က္ရွိေနသည္။ယင္းသို႔အုပ္ခ်ဳပ္ေန သည္မွာ ၂ လခဲြၾကာျမင့္လာၿပီးေနာက္ နစကအစိုးရႏွင့္ စင္ၿပိဳင္အစိုးရတစ္ရပ္ ျမန္မာႏိုင္ငံတြင္ ေပၚေပါက္ လာခဲ့သည္။

အမ်ဳိးသားညီၫြတ္ေရးအစိုးရ National Unity Government of Myanmar (NUG)အမည္ရွိ အစိုးရတစ္ရပ္ ကို ၿပီးခဲ့သည့္ဧၿပီလ ၁၆ ရက္ေန႔တြင္ ျပည္ေထာင္စုလႊတ္ေတာ္ကိုယ္စားျပဳေကာ္မတီ(CRPH)က အဖဲြ႕ဝင္ ၁၅ ဦးျဖင့္ ဖဲြ႕စည္းလိုက္ျခင္းျဖစ္သည္။ NUG ၏သမၼတသည္ ဖမ္းဆီးအမႈဖြင့္ခံထားရသည့္ ဦးဝင္းျမင့္ျဖစ္ၿပီး ဒုတိ ယ သမၼတမွာ ဒူဝါလရွီးလျဖစ္သည္။ ႏိုင္ငံေတာ္အတိုင္ပင္ခံပုဂၢိဳလ္ကေတာ့ ဖမ္းဆီးအမႈဖြင့္ခံထားရသည့္ ေဒၚ ေအာင္ဆန္းစုၾကည္ပင္ျဖစ္သည္။ က်န္သည့္ဝန္ႀကီးဌာနအသီးသီးတြင္လည္း NLD ေခါင္းေဆာင္မ်ားအပါ အ ဝင္ အျခား ျပင္ပမွ ႏိုင္ငံေရးသမားမ်ား၊ တတ္သိပညာရွင္မ်ား ပါဝင္သည္ကိုေတြ႕ရသည္။

Myanmar: Roads to a Federal Army Are Twisted

modern diplomacy
M.D. Amin
July 2, 2021

The idea of a Federal Army for Myanmar is as old as the country’s struggle for democracy. The vision is a part of the larger picture of decentralization and democratization of the multiethnic nation of 54 million and was first seriously floated in 1988 as a counterweight to Tatmadaw and to rally the support of ethnic armed organizations (EAOs) during 8888 Uprising. The idea has recently received unprecedented momentum following the ousting of NLD-led civilian government on February 1, 2021. The formation of an EAO-supported People’s Defense Force (PDF) that amalgamates the Bamar youth with anti-junta ethnic rebels has sparked new optimism in this regard. Spontaneous attacks from civilian resistance fighters and other similar groups, such as Taze People’s Comrades, Kalay Civil Army and Chinland Defence Force have also contributed significantly to this growing interest.

Sunday, June 27, 2021

Myanmar’s Democratic Vision Depends on Including Rohingya, Other Ethnic Minorities “We will never be free until all of us are free.”

THE I DIPLOMAT
Wai Wai Nu
June 25, 2021


“We will never be free until all of us are free.”

Since the February 1 coup in Myanmar, the military has unfurled a brutal nationwide crackdown targeting protesters and civilians who oppose their unlawful rule. Indeed, last week’s stinging rebuke of the military coup by the United Nations General Assembly — only the fourth such resolution since the end of the Cold War — offers a stark reminder of what’s at stake.

Wednesday, June 16, 2021

NUG ရဲ႕ ႐ိုဟင္ဂ်ာဆိုင္ရာမူဝါဒအေပၚ ရခိုင္ေဒသခံေတြ သေဘာမတူ

RFA
စမ္းစမ္းတင္ (ဝါရွင္တန္ ဒီစီ)
2021-06-10

အမ်ိဳးသားညီၫြတ္ေရးအစိုးရ NUG က ရခိုင္ျပည္နယ္အတြင္းက ႐ိုဟင္ဂ်ာျပည္သူမ်ားဆိုင္ရာမူဝါဒ သေဘာ ထားတစ္ရပ္ကို ဇြန္လ ၃ ရက္ေန႔က ထုတ္ျပန္ခဲ့ၿပီး အဲဒီမူဝါဒကို ရခိုင္ေဒသခံေတြက ကန႔္ကြက္ေျပာဆိုေနၾက တာပါ။

အဲဒီမူဝါဒထုတ္ျပန္ခ်က္မွာ ႐ိုဟင္ဂ်ာဆိုတဲ့ အသုံးအႏႈန္းကို တရားဝင္လက္ခံေဖာ္ျပထားၿပီး ၁၉၈၂ ႏိုင္ငံသား ဥပေဒအပါအဝင္ တျခားဖိႏွိပ္တဲ့ဥပေဒေတြကို ဖ်က္သိမ္းတာ၊ ျပင္ဆင္တာ၊ အသစ္ျပဌာန္းတာေတြနဲ႔ ႏိုင္ငံသားစိစစ္ေရးကတ္ေတြ ျပဌာန္းလုပ္ေဆာင္တဲ့ လုပ္ငန္းစဥ္ေတြကို ပယ္ဖ်က္တာေတြ လုပ္ေဆာင္သြား မယ္လို႔ ေဖာ္ျပထားပါတယ္။

Saturday, June 12, 2021

Are formal interactions with China helping legitimise Myanmar’s junta in the eyes of the world?

SCMP
Pei-Hua Yu
10 Jun, 2021

  • A recent Chinese embassy statement referring to coup architect Min Aung Hlaing as the ‘leader of Myanmar’ is among the exchanges decried by the shadow National Unity Government
  • But analysts say while there are concerns over Beijing’s actions, they should not be over-interpreted – and Asean’s next moves could play a significant role in how the regime is perceived
China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi (right) bumps elbows with junta representative Wunna Maung Lwin at a June 8 meeting marking the 30th anniversary of formal relations between China and Asean. Photo: Xinhua

Recent formal interactions between Myanmar’s junta and officials from China have raised questions about whether the generals who staged February’s coup are garnering international recognition as the Southeast Asian nation’s legitimate executive authority.

Friday, June 11, 2021

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

THE I DIPLOMAT
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

New friends, old enemies: Politics of Ethnic Armed Organisations after the Myanmar Coup

new mandala 
SALAI SAMUEL HMUNG
10 JUN, 2021

CADETS OF THE KACHIN INDEPENDENCE ARMY (KIA) PREPARING FOR MILITARY DRILLS AT THE GROUP'S HEADQUARTERS IN LAIZA, KACHIN STATE, MYANMAR. PHOTO CREDIT: PAUL VRIEZE AT VOA (PUBLIC DOMAIN)

Myanmar is still in turmoil with more than eight hundred civilian deaths and five thousand imprisoned since the military (Tatmadaw) overthrew a democratically elected government on 1 February. After the evaporation of dialogue and political solutions, the role of groups with armed forces became more prominent. The post-coup stances of Myanmar’s nearly two dozen ethnic armed organizations (EAOs) that have fought against the military regime will be a determinant in the country’s future.
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