Myanmar

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

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