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

Censorship, discrimination raises questions about fairness of Myanmar elections

Ahead of the elections, human rights groups have continued to document restrictions to civic and political freedoms and called the polls “fundamentally flawed”. The violations documented include censorship of opposition parties, the serious impact on the ability of voters in areas where there has been an internet shutdown and restrictions on journalists due to the pandemic. Further, the discriminatory 1982 Citizenship Law and the Election Law have been used to disenfranchise Rohingya and other opposition candidates to prevent them from running for office, while voting has been cancelled in various regions. Read more

Censorship, discrimination raises questions about fairness of Myanmar elections

Myanmar activists protesting internet ban criminalised while attacks against Rohingya continue

In recent months, activists and students have been charged or convicted for protesting against the year-long internet ban in the Rakhine and Chin states. A news editor has been jailed for two years for an error in reporting on the coronavirus (COVID-19). The pandemic is also being used as a pretext to harass Rohingyas as attacks against them persist. Read more

Myanmar activists protesting internet ban criminalised while attacks against Rohingya continue

Myanmar authorities prosecuting activists and critics despite the COVID-19 pandemic

In recent months the assault on civic freedoms has persisted. A Karen environmental activist has been charged for raising concerns about a cement factory, while students and activists have been charged under the Peaceful Assembly and Peaceful Procession Law for protesting. Further, three activists are facing prison terms for calling for constitutional reforms, two journalists were detained and ill-treated at the Myawady border and street artists have been arrested for a mural on the coronavirus (COVID-19). There has also been a fourth conviction against satirical performance group the Peacock Generation while there continues to be low COVID-19 awareness in Rakhine due to an internet blackout. Read more

Myanmar authorities prosecuting activists and critics despite the COVID-19 pandemic

Despite serious crimes probe, Myanmar continues to silence critics and block the internet

Over the last few months, the authorities convicted film maker Min Htin Ko Ko Gyi and the Peacock generation poetry troupe for criticism of the military, while a Kachin activist was jailed for insulting a judge. The internet shutdown in Rakhine state remains. Rohingya campaigners outside the country faced threats while protesters continue to be arrested and convicted. Read more

Despite serious crimes probe, Myanmar continues to silence critics and block the internet

Sustained attack on civic freedoms in Myanmar with ongoing prosecutions and internet blackout

In recent months there has been a sustained attack on civic freedoms including an internet blackout in Rakhine and Chin State while military critics, journalists and peaceful protesters continue to be arrested or charged. Read more

Sustained attack on civic freedoms in Myanmar with ongoing prosecutions and internet blackout

Protesters in Myanmar face arbitrary arrest, prosecution and excessive force

In the last few months, protesters have been arrested and prosecuted under the Penal Code and the Peaceful Assembly and Peaceful Procession Law for their activism. Some also faced excessive use of force by the police. Human rights groups also report the ongoing persecution of critics while the two Reuters journalists who were investigating the military crackdown of the Rohingya in 2017 have spent a year in jail. Read more

Protesters in Myanmar face arbitrary arrest, prosecution and excessive force

Activists say freedom of expression worsening as Suu Kyi is stripped of award

According to a new report by civil society group Athan, released on 18 October 2018, freedom of expression under the National League for Democracy-led government is worsening despite initial hopes of improvement. On 12th November 2018, Amnesty International announced that it has withdrawn its highest honour, the Ambassador of Conscience Award, from Aung San Suu Kyi, Read more

Activists say freedom of expression worsening as Suu Kyi is stripped of award

UN fact-finding mission finds serious crimes fuelled by the silencing of critical voices

In August 2018, a fact-finding mission report on Myanmar found that violence and human rights violations, including in Kachin, Rakhine, and Shan states, “are fuelled by the silencing of critical voices by the Myanmar authorities”. Read more

UN fact-finding mission finds serious crimes fuelled by the silencing of critical voices