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Arrests of activists, journalists continue in Myanmar as military tribunals impose harsh sentences

In recent months, activists were arrested, faced fabricated charges - including of terrorism - and given harsh sentences including the death penalty, by secret military tribunals. According to reports, many activists had unfair trials and were tortured or ill-treated. Myanmar’s press freedom rankings dropped further according to Reporters Without Borders (RSF) and journalists continued to be criminalised on charges of “incitement, sedition and ‘terrorism’”. At least 26 writers were jailed in 2021. The junta also arrested dozens of activists for supporting the ‘silent strike’ around the one year anniversary of the coup. Read more

Arrests of activists, journalists continue in Myanmar as military tribunals impose harsh sentences

Arrests and attacks on activists persist in Myanmar as civil society slams Hun Sen’s rogue diplomacy

In recent months, activists have continued to be arrested, charged or convicted by the junta while some have been killed, including two Save the Children staff members. Political prisoners have also been tortured or ill-treated. The junta is also blocking aid and imposing restrictions on humanitarian workers. Journalists have been criminalised, attacked or killed, while attacks on protests continue. Read more

Arrests and attacks on activists persist in Myanmar as civil society slams Hun Sen’s rogue diplomacy

Repression of activists and journalists persists in Myanmar despite ASEAN rebuke

In the last two months, activists and journalists have continued to be targeted and criminalised and there are reports of torture of political prisoners. The internet has also been shut down in some regions. Some activists and journalists were released in a mass amnesty in October but some have been re-arrested. Read more

Repression of activists and journalists persists in Myanmar despite ASEAN rebuke

More than a thousand killed in Myanmar as repression of activists continues unabated

Over the last month, concerns have been raised by the UN around the situation of human rights defenders as arrests and attacks on activists continue. A new report shows the systematic targeting of healthcare workers. The crackdown on the media has continued with arrests and sentencing of journalists. Civil society groups criticise the exit of Norwegian telco, Telenor. Protests continued, including in prisons by political prisoners. Read more

More than a thousand killed in Myanmar as repression of activists continues unabated

Protests persist across Myanmar despite ongoing arrests, torture and killings by junta

Over the last month, the junta has targeted artists, medical workers, lawyers, journalists, LGBTIQ activists and their families, youths and others. Some have been sentenced for ‘incitement’ (Section 505a) and ‘unlawful assembly’ (Section 145) and murder, while others have been tortured or killed by the junta with impunity. An investigation by the rights group Global Witness found that Facebook is promoting content that incites violence against Myanmar’s coup protesters and amplifies junta misinformation. Read more

Protests persist across Myanmar despite ongoing arrests, torture and killings by junta

Political prisoners tortured by Myanmar junta while activists criminalised and killed

Over the last month there have been reports of torture or other ill-treatment of political prisoners by the military junta as well as activists being attacked and killed. Activists also continue to face trumped up charges by the junta such as treason. Journalists continue to be targeted for their reporting while the junta is seeking to further limit the internet. Read more

Political prisoners tortured by Myanmar junta while activists criminalised and killed

Crackdown on activists, protesters continue in Myanmar despite ASEAN summit and global calls

Over the last month, the deadly crackdown on protests has continued. The Myanmar junta added a ban on satellite television while journalists continue to be targeted. Protest leaders have been targeted by the junta with arrests and fabricated charges while a leading human rights monitoring group has been accused of operating illegally. Read more

Crackdown on activists, protesters continue in Myanmar despite ASEAN summit and global calls

Arrests, deadly attacks on protest movement escalate despite condemnation, sanctions on Myanmar

Two months since the Myanmar military seized power in a coup it has launched a brutal crackdown against a protest movement across the country. There have been reports of attacks on compounds of striking public-sector workers and targeting the general population in cities unleashing night-time terror by beating, arresting and even murdering people apparently at random, while destroying or looting private property.
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Arrests, deadly attacks on protest movement escalate despite condemnation, sanctions on Myanmar

Deadly violence against protesters by security forces as crackdown escalates in Myanmar

Over the last month, protesters demanding an end to the military's rule were met with live ammunition, rubber bullets, tear gas and water cannon by security forces as they attempted to disperse protests. Laws have been amended by the military to restrict civic space and there have been ongoing arrests of political leaders, government officials, civil servants, activists, student leaders and doctors, as well as anti-coup protesters. Read more

Deadly violence against protesters by security forces as crackdown escalates in Myanmar

Civil disobedience movement mobilises against Myanmar coup despite net shutdown, arrests

On 1st February 2021, the Myanmar military regime seized power in a coup, arrested the civilian leaders of the national and state governments and announced a one-year “state of emergency.” Since then the military regime has blocked access to the internet as well as Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Journalists have reported credible threats and some local journalists had reportedly gone into hiding. There have also been arrests of civil society activists following the coup. Pro-democracy activists have launched a civil disobedience movement in response Read more

Civil disobedience movement mobilises against Myanmar coup despite net shutdown, arrests