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  • Capital: Naypyidaw
  • Major Languages: Burmese
  • Currency: Kyat
  • Timezone: GMT +6:30

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Following decades of international isolation, Myanmar had recently undertaken a series of political reforms, showing signs that democracy was slowly starting to emerge in the country. This was signified by the release of the notable opposition politician Aung San Suu Kyi in November 2010. Suu Kyi had been held under house arrest for 15 of the previous 21 years following her controversial arrest in 1990 at the hands of the ruling military junta. In April 2012, she was elected to parliament in landmark elections and assumed the role of Leader of the Opposition in May. In November 2015, Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD) won 80 percent of the vote. Her ally, Htin Kyaw, was later nominated by the NLD to become the country’s first civilian president since the end of the dictatorship. In March 2018, another of Suu Kyi's allies, Win Myint, assumed the role of president following Kyaw's resignation amid speculation over his declining health. On 1 February 2021, the military overthrew the government in a controversial coup, detaining Suu Kyi and accusing her party of electoral fraud following the November 2020 election, which was won in a landslide. Ongoing nationwide unrest has broken out in response to the military coup. A military crackdown on dissent has led to violent clashes as anti-coup protesters continue to call for Suu Kyi's release and the reinstatement of her government. Dozens of protester fatalities have been reported and hundreds more have been arrested, including journalists.

Another sign of progress came in January 2012, when the government signed a landmark peace deal with the country’s largest rebel group, the Karen National Union (KNU). The group’s military wing, the Karen National Liberation Army (KNLA), had been fighting for more than 60 years for the self-determination of the Karen people. However; a number of other ethnic and guerrilla groups continue to fight against the Myanmar army, including the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) and the Ta'ang National Liberation Army (TNLA). Clashes between the TNLA and the Myanmar military have been reported in the north-eastern state of Shan throughout 2016 and 2017, forcing thousands of civilians to flee the country. Human rights groups have accused the military of carrying out numerous human rights abuses against the country’s indigenous people, and foreign journalists and aid workers are generally banned from entering the affected regions. In April 2016, two German tourists were wounded by a landmine while trekking in Shan state. Ethnic tensions remain high and can flare-up in violent confrontations from time to time. Most recently, in January 2019, more than 300 civilians were forced to flee their homes in the Namtu area after the combined forces of the Shan State Progressive Party/Shan State Army North(SSPP/SSAN) and the Ta'ang Nationalities Liberation Army (TNLA) clashed with the Restoration Council of Shan State/Shan State Army South (RCSS/SSAS).

Ethnic tensions have traditionally been a major source of conflict in Myanmar. Deep-rooted communal tensions exist between Burmese Buddhist and Rohingya Muslim groups, particularly in Rakhine State. In June 2012, a state of emergency was declared after fighting erupted between members of the two communities. Around 90 people were killed in the clashes and a further 90,000 were displaced. Fighting between the two groups erupted again in October 2012, leaving more than 84 people dead. More recently, hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims were forced to flee the Rakhine State after an insurgent attack in October 2016 sparked a military crackdown in the area, lasting for several months. The Army of Myanmar launched another violent crackdown in August 2017, after another series of insurgent attacks were reported in Maungdaw. Figures released by the UN in November 2017, suggest around 625,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled to neighbouring Bangladesh and thousands more have been killed during the latest spate of military violence in the Rakhine State. Reports of fresh fighting in the Rakhine state started surfacing again in early 2019. In February, it was claimed scores had fled to Bangladesh due to clashes between the military and the Arakan Army insurgents broke out in response to an insurgent attack which killed 13 police officers in January 2019. It’s feared another military crackdown remains ongoing in the state, despite efforts to repatriate Rohingya refugees seeking asylum in Bangladesh from previous crackdowns.

Myanmar can be affected by tropical weather systems, with the cyclone season typically running between April and October. In November 2015, landslides killed more than 100 people at a mine in the Kachin state, while - just a month later - dozens more were killed in a similar landslide at a jade mine in the same area. In May 2008, Cyclone Nargis caused the worst natural disaster in Myanmar’s recorded history, wreaking widespread devastation and leaving at least 138,000 people dead. Heavy monsoon season rains typical affect the country between May and August. In July 2018, more than 135,000 people were displaced by severe monsoon-related flooding in the southern and eastern states of Myanmar. A month later, 10 people also died after floods caused a dam to burst in the Bago region, inundating the town of Swar and the surrounding villages with flood water. The country is also vulnerable to earthquakes, with Myanmar located at the intersection between the Eurasian and Indian subcontinent plates.

Myanmar is among a number of countries worldwide which have been hit by the global outbreak of the Covid-19 coronavirus. The latest case figures can be viewed here.

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Myanmar army kills journalist

Myanmar's army shot dead a journalist who was detained while covering clashes between the army and ethnic rebels at the rugged border, saying he reached for a soldier's gun during an attempted escape, the press council said Friday.

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Ousted leader hit with five new charges

Detained former leader Aung San Suu Kyi has reportedly been hit with five new criminal charges. Suu Kyi was ousted by a military coup last year and controversially detained under house arrest. Over the course of the last 12 months she has faced multiple trials for charges which her supporters claim are arbitrary and politically-motivated. The five additional charges of corruption each carry a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison.

Thousands flee artillery fire in Depayin

Thousands of civilians and residents have allegedly been forced to flee areas of Depayin, Sagaing, where military regime forces have reportedly been firing on villages. Local, unconfirmed reports claim that around 10,000 villagers have fled parts surrounding Depayin after military helicopters began firing on villages throughout the area on Friday. No details concerning casualties have been reported so far and the military has not commented on the allegations.

Civilian killed in Mandalay incident

A civilian has allegedly been killed by junta troops after they opened fire during an incident in Mandalay. According to local reports, the incident happened on Thursday morning at around 07:00 local time in the Nyaung Kwe Ward of Mandalay's Aungmyaythazan area. It's believed the security forces opened fire following a suspected bomb explosion - further details about which have yet to be confirmed.

Clashes reported in Kachin

Clashes have been reported between the military and local people's defence forces (PDF) in Kachin state. According to reports the fighting has taken place in the Sumprabum area of Kachin, where junta troops clashed with suspected members of the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) and members of a joint local PDF anti-junta rebel alliance. No details surrounding casualties have been confirmed so far but are thought likely.

Three civilians killed in Sagaing raids

Three civilians have reportedly been killed amid military raids in the Ye-U area of Sagaing. The raids were apparently carried out on Monday in the village of Chan Tha. A local people's defence force (PDF) has reported details of the raid; however, the deaths have yet to be independently confirmed and the military has not commented on the allegations of civilian deaths or reports of the military raid.

Civilian shot dead in Kale

A civilian has allegedly been shot dead in the Kale area of Sagaing on Tuesday. The incident apparently occurred in the morning, at around 09:00 local time in the village of Thar Si - just outside of Kale. It's claimed the victim was shot dead by a member of the security forces. Another civilian was reportedly also wounded during the incident - further details of which have yet to be confirmed.

UN calls for halt on attacks on Loikaw

A UN human rights envoy has called for a halt in attacks on the town of Loikaw as local residents report becoming trapped by escalating violence. UN rights investigators have urged the country's military regime to stop attacks and lift a blockade on those trying to flee the town, which has become the centre of intense fighting between junta troops and rebel groups. Reports of increasing air strikes and artillery fire in the town have allegedly forced several thousand residents to flee.

Eleven killed in Kayah clashes

Eleven fatalities have allegedly been reported amid recent clashes in Kayah state. The fighting apparently broke out in the Demoso area on Sunday between junta troops and members of a local People's Defence Force (PDF). It's been reported that 10 junta personnel and one PDF member have been confirmed dead following the clashes, while another three PDF members were also injured.

Ousted leader jailed for another four years

Ousted former leader Aung San Suu Kyi has been sentenced to another four years in jail after being convicted for the illegal possession and import of walkie talkies and violating pandemic rules. Suu Kyi has been detained since the military coup last February and face a dozen charges, all of which she has denied and have been widely condemned as politically motivated. The latest sentencing brings her total convicted jail time so far up to six years.

Cambodian PM visit sparks unrest

A visit to Myanmar by Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen has reportedly sparked incidents of unrest and protests from coup opponents. The visit has been arranged with Cambodia for high-level talks with coup leaders and has subsequently triggered demonstrations by anti-junta protesters who fear the visit will legitimise the military regime. In Depayin, north of the capital, protesters reportedly burned a poster of the Cambodian PM, calling him a dictator. Protests were also reported in Mandalay, Tanintharyi, and Monywa.

Anti-junta protest held in Mandalay

A demonstration against the military regime has been staged in Mandalay. The protest has reportedly been held in the city on Tuesday, and comes as the latest instalment of anti-junta protests following a controversial coup which ousted the civilian government last year. According to recent reports, no arrests have been reported and there have been no outbreaks of violence amid the demonstration.

Two charity workers killed in military attack

International charity, Save the Children, has allegedly confirmed the deaths of two of workers in Myanmar, claiming they were killed in an attack it blames on the military. More than 35 bodies, including those of women and children, were found in the eastern Kayah state. The charity alleges junta troops forced people from their cars, arresting some of them and killing others before burning their bodies. The Myanmar military has denied the claims.

Charity staff missing after army attack

Two workers for the international charity, Save the Children, have reportedly gone missing in Myanmar following reports of a deadly 'army attack' where they were working in the eastern Kayah state. Troops allegedly forced people from their cars, arresting some and killing others, before burning their bodies. The military claims to have killed a number of suspected armed terrorists during an operation in the area.

Dozens killed in Kayah state, according to activists

At least 30 people have been killed, including women and children, in the south-eastern state of Kayah. The Karenni Human Rights Group said the bodies of internally displaced people were found near the town of Hpruso on Saturday. “We strongly denounce the inhumane and brutal killing which violates human rights,” the group said in a statement. The military said it had killed a number of "terrorists with weapons" who refused to stop at a checkpoint. Earlier, the military carried out airstrikes and used heavy artillery against rebel-held areas along the border with Thailand. The Karen National Union (KNU) said several strikes hit the town of Lay Kay Kaw.

Dozens missing in jade mine landslide

At least one person has died and dozens others remain missing following a landslide at a jade mine in the Hpakant area of Kachin state. The landslide occurred at around 04:00 local time on Wednesday and around 70 people are still unaccounted for as rescue operations get underway. Most of  the victims are believed to be illegal jade miners. The landslide is believed to have been caused by an overflow of rubble discarded from lorries to the open-pit mines.

Military mass killings uncovered

Mass killings thought to have been carried out by junta forces have reportedly been uncovered in Myanmar. The military is suspected to have carried out a series of mass killings of civilians last July, resulting in the deaths of at least 40 men. Video footage has emerged seemingly showing soldiers torturing civilians and burying their corpses in shallow graves. The killings took place in several villages in Kani Township, Sagaing. Junta officials have not responded to allegations so far.

Junta seize civilian justice minister's home

The house of civilian justice minister U Thein Oo has reportedly been seized by junta troops on Wednesday. U Thein Oo is a member of the exiled civilian National Unity Government (NUG) which represents a collection of former legislators from the ousted National League for Democracy (NLD) government. The house raid allegedly took place in the Sein Pann ward of Maha Aung Myay, Mandalay. The junta has reportedly started systematically seizing the properties of political activists and those linked to the NLD and NUG.

Rebel leaders detained in Yangon

Local rebel leaders have apparently been arrested by junta forces in the suburbs of Yangon. Nine arrests were reportedly made in Hlaingtharyar, when a contingent of around 100 junta troops raided their hideout after a list of rebel members was leaked. It's also been claimed that a number of casualties were inflicted; however, no numbers or precise details have been confirmed.

Junta troops torch 100 homes Sagaing

Myanmar government troops have allegedly torched around 100 homes in the Sagaing region. According to reports, residents of Kebar village fled ahead of the attack. Residents reportedly claimed said that members of the No 10 Military Basic Training Troops, also known as the East Troops, and military supporters were among the forces who entered the village on Monday. Further details have yet to be confirmed.

Junta leader accused of crimes against humanity

The International Criminal Court (ICC) has accused Myanmar's junta leader, General Min Aung Hlaing, of crimes against humanity. The general is accused of the crimes for overseeing a deadly crackdown on anti-coup protesters and activists following a controversial coup in Myanmar, earlier this year. The accusations from the ICC come after a UN Rapporteur called the military regime's approach to dissent a "brute force terror campaign".

Protesters launch silent strike

Protesters have launched a silent strike against the military regime in Myanmar. The nationwide strike has got underway on Friday and has seen businesses shut down, while streets have emptied. Protest leaders have called on people to observe the silent strike between the hours of 10:00 to 16:00 local time. 

Junta accused of burning 11 civilians alive

The military regime in Myanmar has been accused of burning 11 unarmed civilians alive in a brutal massacre in Sagaing. The burnt bodies were reportedly discovered after junta troops raided the village of Done Taw near the town of Salingyi. Many of the victims are believed to have been tortured and burned alive. Local sources claim that five of the victims were under the age of 18, while one was paraplegic - the only victim not identified as a member of the local people's defence force.

Military accused of shooting, burning 13 villagers

Junta troops have been accused of killing 13 villagers and burning their bodies. The victims' bodies were allegedly discovered near the city of Monywa on Tuesday. It's claimed the attack by soldiers is thought to have been carried out in retaliation for local anti-junta militias bombing two military convoys. Local reports claim the soldiers swept through nearby villages, rounding up men and teenagers who were then shot dead.

Junta foreign minister holds talks in Cambodia

Myanmar's junta-appointed foreign minister has visited Cambodia for talks. The trip comes after the recent sentencing of ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi by a court on charges brought against her by the military regime which ousted her civilian government earlier this year. The sentencing drew international condemnation, including from global organisations such as the UN. It's ties with Cambodia are significant, as Cambodia will chair the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) next year, a bloc that has led divisions over member Myanmar since Suu Kyi's government was overthrown. Myanmar was recently shunned at the latest ASEAN summit, hosted by Brunei.

Blast reported outside Kachin high court

A suspected bomb explosion has been reported in Kachin. According to reports, the blast occurred outside the High Court building in Myitkyina on Monday. It's believed an explosive device detonated in front of the court building at around 11:00 local time on Monday morning in the Ayeyar Ward. While no casualties have been reported following the incident, at least three vehicles have been damaged in the blast. Authorities reportedly suspect anti-junta resistance members of local rebels may have been behind the incident, although no immediate such claim of responsibility has been made.

Former leader sentenced to jail

Former leader Aung San Suu Kyi has been sentenced to prison by a military court in Myanmar. Suu Kyi led the civilian government and was deposed in February earlier this year in a controversial coup. The junta has brought a range of charges against her, which activists claim are politically motivated. The ousted leader has been sentenced to four years in jail on Monday after being found guilty of inciting dissent and violating Covid-19 rules under a natural disasters law. She faces 11 charges in total.

Army truck hits protestors in Yangon

An army truck has collided with anti-government protestors in Yangon, leaving at least five people dead. The truck reportedly collided with the protestors from behind and then soldiers emerged chasing the fleeing protestors. Local witnesses said troops also opened fire as the protesters fled the scene. The military said 11 protesters had been arrested.

Two soldiers killed in Sagaing landmine blast

Two junta security personnel have allegedly been killed and another two have also been injured in a landmine explosion which allegedly occurred in Sagaing on Thursday. According to reports, junta troops were targeted by the mine whilst travelling in convoy along the highway between Mandalay and Monywa. The incident occurred at around 11:00 local time between the villages of Min Ywa and Mye Nae. No immediate claim of responsibility has been made for the deadly blast so far.

Three soldiers killed in Shan clashes

Three junta soldiers have reportedly been killed amid recent clashes in the Shan state. According to reports, the fighting broke out on Thursday 2 December and took place at a military training camp in the Theinni area. It's believed the soldiers clashed with members of a local People's Defence Force (PDF).

Five civilians killed in Magway military raids

At least five civilian deaths have been reported amid military raids in Magway over the last 72 hours. According to local sources, the military conducted raids in the Gangaw area of Magway over the weekend. The five fatalities are thought to have been members of an armed civilian anti-military resistance group who allegedly took up arms against junta troops, resulting in a deadly clash.

Military regime unlikely to take seat at UN

The UN has indicated that it is unlikely the either the junta government in Myanmar, or the Taliban-led government in Afghanistan, will be invited to represent the country at the UN. The news comes as rival claims have been submitted for both seats by ambassadors appointed by the ousted civilian governments - both of which were overthrown in Myanmar and Afghanistan earlier this year. The nine-member UN credentials committee is likely to defer decisions on the representation of both countries, on the understanding that the current ambassadors remain in the seats.

Anti-military protest held in Yangon

A protest against the military junta has been held in the city of Yangon. The anti-junta demonstration has reportedly been staged on Tuesday in the downtown area of the city. According to preliminary reports, no immediate outbreaks of violence or clashes have been reported so far and no arrests are thought to have been made amongst protesters.

Clashes reported in Sagaing

Major clashes have allegedly been reported in Sagaing state, resulting in dozens of casualties. The fighting apparently broke out in the Depayin area of Sagaing on Sunday, when members of an armed anti-junta civilian resistance group purportedly launched an attack on military troops near Nyaung Hla. Unconfirmed reports claim as many as 50 junta personnel have been reported dead following clashes; however, casualty figures have yet to be verified.

PDF attacks junta convoy in Sagaing

Members of a local People's Defence Force (PDF) have allegedly launched an attack on a military convoy in Sagaing. The attack has apparently resulted in several casualties after PDF members ambushed the convoy in the Wetlet area on Sunday afternoon. Precise details concerning the casualties have yet to be confirmed, including the number and whether they were PDF members or military personnel.

Hundreds protest in Hpakant

Hundreds of people have staged a protest against the military regime in Hpakant, Kachin. The anti-junta protest was held on Sunday and was reportedly attended by more than 200 people. The protest saw an hour-long march take place in Hpakant, as demonstrators called for the military junta to be overthrown. The demonstration was allegedly organised by members of a local People's Defence Force (PDF) along side the Kachin Independence Army (KIA). No clashes have been reported following the protest.

Over 2,000 displaced amid clashes in Magway

More than 2,000 people have reportedly been displaced amid violent clashes between the military and local anti-junta People's Defence Forces (PDF) in Magway. The civilians have allegedly been displaced from the villages of Kyinlein, Tawma, and Thalel in the Saw area of Magway. Local sources claim the fighting has been taking place in the area since last week, although there have been no confirmed reports of any deaths of injuries.

Anti-junta protest held in Hpakant

A protest against the military junta which has taken power after ousting the civilian government of Aung San Suu Kyi has been held in Hpakant, Kachin. The demonstration was allegedly staged on Wednesday and reportedly remained peaceful, with no incidents of unrest or violence reported. Local reports also indicate that no arrests have been made following the protest.

Junta chief minister ambushed

A junta-appointed chief minister has reportedly been ambushed in an incident in Sagaing. According to reports, the chief minister for Sagaing, U Myat Kyaw, was attacked with mines by members of an anti-junta civilian resistance group. The People’s Army to Fight Dictatorship (PAFD) has apparently claimed responsibility for the attack, alleging they targeted a convoy carrying the chief minister in the west of Sagaing town. Two vehicles were reportedly damaged; however, it's unclear if the minister was injured in the attack - which is the second such ambush to occur within the space of a week.

Two PDF rebels killed in Kale clash

Two members of a local People's Defence Force (PDF) resistance group have allegedly been killed following recent clashes with the military near Kale, in Sagaing. The PDF rebel fighters were reportedly killed amid an exchange of gunfire with junta troops in the village of Kyaukpyut on Tuesday. No other casualties or deaths have been reported following the crossfire.

Five detained over landmine blast

Five civilians have been arrested over their alleged involvement in a recent landmine explosion which occurred in Bago. The blast apparently targeted a junta vehicle on Monday evening, shortly before 20:00 local time. According to reports, no casualties were reported following the attack, which was a carried out by members of a local People's Defence Force (PDF).

Parcel bomb blast reported in Yangon

A parcel bomb explosion has apparently been reported in Thingangyun, Yangon. The blast is understood to have occurred on Friday and has allegedly left a number of people injured. A precise number of casualties has not been determined as further details have yet to be confirmed. It's understood the blast happened at the administration offices of local road transport authorities - leading investigators to suspect the incident may have been motivated by anti-junta sentiment.

Soldiers killed in Gangaw ambush

Five junta soldiers have allegedly been killed in a recent ambush by suspected resistance members in Gangaw, Magway. The attack apparently occurred on Friday, when a group of military personnel were reportedly targeted by civilian anti-junta resistance fighters. While five soldiers have been confirmed dead following the incident, no other casualties have been reported.

Four killed in Magway bomb blast

Four people have reportedly been killed in a recent bomb explosion in Magway. The blast allegedly occurred in the Yesagyo area of Magway on Wednesday. According to recent local reports, the four fatalities are thought to have been identified as supporters for the recently ousted government, led by the National League for Democracy (NLD) party which was headed by detained former leader Aung San Suu Kyi. Further details concerning the bomb explosion have yet to be confirmed.

Two soldiers killed in Kale attack

Two junta soldiers have allegedly been killed while three others were also injured amid recent clashes which broke out on Wednesday in the Kale area of Sagaing. The clashes apparently broke out in the Than ward of Kale, where military sources have claimed security personnel came under attack by armed anti-junta resistance members. It's believed the attackers were members of a local People's Defence Force (PDF).

Two injured in Shan IED blast

Two people have been injured following a recent bomb explosion in the Shan state. The blast allegedly came from an improvised explosive device (IED) and occurred in the Kalaw area on Tuesday. According to reports, the explosion seemingly targeted the offices of a power company in Kalaw. While two people have been injured in the blast, no other casualties have been reported and no deaths have been incurred. No immediate claim of responsibility has been made for the attack.

Major clashes reported in Karen

Major clashes have been reported in Karen state, with at least 32 fatalities reported. The clashes have apparently broken out in the Hpapun area of Karen, where regime troops have entered into an armed conflict with members of the Karen National Liberation Army (KNLA). According to reports, fighting has been reported in the area since late last week, and has been mainly focused in the Ma Htaw and Bawkyo Htat localities. While 32 junta soldiers have allegedly been killed, some 56 others have also been wounded.

Three killed in Kyun Hla shooting

Three fatalities have been reported following a shooting incident in the Kyun Hla area of Sagaing state. According to recent reports, three people were shot dead near the village of Aye Chan That over the weekend in an incident thought to have been triggered by continued tensions between the military regime and anti-junta resistance groups. It's unclear if the three deceased were members of any such group; however, the nearby village is believed to have been recently occupied by the military, sparking speculation the three may have been shot dead by military personnel for resisting troop movement in the area.

Junta charges ousted leader with fraud

The military regime in Myanmar has charged the ousted former leader Aung San Suu Kyi with committing electoral fraud during the 2020 polls. The charge is the latest to be brought against the former leader by the junta, which seized power in a controversial coup earlier this year. Suu Kyi faces a range of charges including sedition and corruption, and could face decades in jail if convicted. News of the latest charge comes as the junta releases a statement denying reports of Suu Kyi's mistreatment whilst in detention.

US journalist freed from jail

Detained US journalist Danny Fenster has been released from prison in Myanmar. His release comes after he was sentenced to 11 years in jail by a military court last week. Fenster's employer, Frontier Myanmar, has confirmed he has boarded a flight out of the country. Fenster was detained in May at Yangon airport on charges related to breaching immigration law, unlawful association and encouraging dissent against the military. Additional charges of sedition and terrorism were also brought against him last week.

Military convoy targeted in Sagaing

A military convoy has reportedly been targeted by suspected rebels in the state of Sagaing. Five soldiers were killed in the attack, which took place on Sunday near the village of Nyaung Ke un the Ye-U area of the state. It's believed the convoy was targeted by landmines which had been planted along the side of the road by anti-junta resistance forces.  It's been reported that the Ye-U Urban Guerilla (YUG) group has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Court sentences US journalist to 11 years

A US journalist has been sentenced to 11 years in jail after being found guilty of violating immigration law, unlawful association, and encouraging dissent against the military. Danny Fenster was also hit earlier this week with two additional charges of sedition and terrorism, carrying a maximum of a life sentence. His trial for the latest charges will get underway next week.

Gunfire reported in Rakhine

Reports have emerged of an exchange of gunfire being heard in the Maungdaw area of Rakhine state. The incident allegedly occurred on Thursday morning near a border guard post west of Minkhamaung, which was manned by junta personnel at the time of the clash. No casualties have been reported following the incident. It's believed border security personnel exchanged fire with a number of members from a local armed resistance group.

Soldiers ambushed in Shan

Junta soldiers have reportedly been ambushed by members of a resistance militia in the Shan state. The ambush allegedly took place on Thursday in the Hsenwi and Mong Koe areas, where members of the Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army (MNDAA) apparently targeted military personnel in a planned attack. No details concerning possible casualties have been confirmed following the alleged ambush.

Military checkpoint attacked in Mandalay

A military checkpoint has reportedly been attacked by suspected anti-junta resistance forces in the Madaya area of Mandalay. The attack took place on Friday and allegedly left at least five junta security personnel dead. It's claimed the attack occurred at a checkpoint along the Mandalay-Mogoke road in the morning. Those killed have been identified as a junta soldiers and four police officers.

US journalist charged with terrorism

A US journalist has been charged with sedition and terrorism by the military junta in Myanmar. The charges carry a maximum sentence of life imprisonment. Danny Fenster was the managing editor of Frontier Myanmar and was detained at Yangon airport in May. The new charges come as he is already on trail for allegedly encouraging dissent against the military, unlawful association, and breaching immigration law. His trial for the latest charges is scheduled to begin on Tuesday 16 November.

Three soldiers killed in Bago landmine blast

Three military regime soldiers have apparently been killed in a recent landmine explosion. The blast reportedly occurred in the Taungoo area of the Bago region on Monday. While three junta soldiers have been reported dead, another two were allegedly also injured in the explosion. It's believed the military vehicle triggered the blast as it passed by a planted landmine along the Thandaung-Bogali Road at around 15:30 local time.

Five police killed in highway ambush

Five police officers have reportedly been killed following an attack by unidentified armed assailants. The police forces were apparently ambushed on Tuesday by the attackers whilst on duty at a police outpost along the Yangon-Mandalay highway. It's suspected the attack was carried out by anti-junta resistance forces, although no immediate claim of responsibility has been made.

Junta administrator killed Mandalay shooting

A junta-appointed local administrator has reportedly been killed in a shooting incident in Mandalay. The shooting took place in the Maha Aung Myay area of Mandalay on Monday morning. According to local sources, the shooting occurred on 90th Street and a local anti-junta resistance group - known as 'Generation Z Power' - have apparently claimed responsibility for the killing.

Activists urge UN intervention over junta offences

Civil rights activists have reiterated calls urging the UN to intervene and stop escalating violence in Myanmar. More than 500 activist groups have joined the call, pressuring the UN Security Council to address military offences - particularly in the volatile Chin state, which has become a forefront of resistance against military rule.

Four killed in Kale clashes

Four deaths have been reported following recent violence in the Kale township of Sagaing state. The clashes allegedly broke out on Tuesday, when military junta forces apparently engaged in an armed altercation with anti-junta resistance forces. Three resistance fighters have been confirmed dead following the fighting, along with at least one civilian, who is thought to have been hit collaterally.

One killed in anti-coup shooting incident

A person has been killed in a shooting thought to have been motivated by anti-junta sentiment in Yangon. The shooting occurred on Thursday in the Mayangone area, where the deceased has been identified as the chief finance officer of MyTel Telecom company. It's been reported that the individual was known to have close links to senior junta figures.

Violent clashes reported in Kale

Violent clashes have been reported in the Kale area of Sagaing. It's understood the violence has broken out sometime within the last 24 hours. Initial reports from the area imply as many as 48 fatalities have been associated with the fighting, including 47 junta personnel and at least one member of a local People's Defence Force (PDF).

Ousted leader's bodyguard detained

The bodyguard of former leader Aung San Suu Kyi - who was ousted in a military coup and detained earlier this year - has reportedly been arrested. Police lieutenant Cherry Htet was detained by junta security forces last week on charges of communicating with the shadow National Unity Government, which was formed in opposition to military rule. Htet was taken into custody at her office in Naypyitaw, along side Suu Kyi's former security team leader, Captain Pya Phyo Naing.

Chinese border fences torn down

Chinese-constructed border fences have reportedly been torn down by local residents in Myanmar. Villagers living in the mountainous border region have apparently been destroying fences put up by the Chinese authorities to block travellers from spreading Covid-19. The villagers apparently tore down the fences in the Kachin and Shan states, claiming they had been built within Myanmar's territory. China's embassy in Myanmar has denied any encroachment.

Junta troops kill two civilians in Yangon

Two civilians have allegedly been killed by junta forces in the Dala area of Yangon. Local reports claim the civilians were shot dead by regime troops in an incident over the weekend. The shooting reportedly took place near the offices of a road development project between Dala and Twantay. It's understood the soldiers opened fire on the two civilians in response to an explosion at the site. It's unclear whether or not the civilians had any connection to the blast, or what the cause of the explosion was.

Monks stage anti-regime protest in Mandalay

A group of protesting monks have held a demonstration against the military regime in Mandalay. The protest has been held on Tuesday, and has been organised by the monks to call for the release of all monks, students, state leaders, and civilians who have been detained by the military junta during anti-coup protests and military raids over the course of the last nine months.

Buildings destroyed by fire in Thantlang after government shelling

More than 160 government buildings have been destroyed by fires in the town of Thantlang following reports of government shelling in the area. A government spokesman denied "nonsense allegations being reported in the country-destroying media," and claimed insurgents were responsible for the fires. There were no immediate reports on casualties from either the shelling or the fires.


Deadly clashes reported in Sagaing

Deadly clashes have been reported in the Kawlin area of Sagaing. The fighting allegedly broke out near the village of Kyunbyintha during the early hours of Wednesday morning, at around 02:00 local time. According to reports, at least 40 military regime soldiers have been killed amid the clashes, which broke out after a group local people's defence forces attacked two groups of junta soldiers. No casualties have been reported amongst the people's defence forces.

Six soldiers killed in Palaw clashes

Six junta soldiers have apparently been killed and a further 20 others have also been injured amid recent clashes and fighting in the Palaw area of Tanintharyi. According to reports, the fighting broke out recently between members of anti-regime civilian resistance groups and the junta forces. It's claimed as many as three regime soldiers have allegedly been captured and taken hostage by resistance fighters.

ASEAN acknowledges illegality of coup

ASEAN leaders have convened in the absence of a representative from Myanmar and have collectively acknowledged the illegality of the military coup which was carried out in the country earlier this year, deposing the civilian government and replacing it with a military junta. According to ASEAN leaders, the country's constitution only empowers the military to take charge during a state of emergency - not the right to stage a coup against an elected government. The power to declare a state of emergency remains a presidential power.

Detained former leader refutes junta's charges

Detained former leader Aung San Suu Kyi has refuted the charges which have been brought against her by the military junta which ousted her in a controversial coup earlier this year. The ousted leader has rejected charges of inciting public disorder as she testified in court in Naypyitaw on Tuesday. The incitement charges were based on the publication of a letter in which Suu Kyi asked international organizations not to cooperate with the military junta. The exact content of her testimony cannot be revealed due to injunctions on lawyers and bans preventing the media from attending.

Resistance fighters attack Monywa irrigation office

A group of anti-junta civilian resistance fighters have allegedly launched an attack on the irrigation office in Monywa, Sagaing. According to local reports, members of the civilian resistance carried out a rocket attack on the office on Tuesday. No casualties have been reported as a result of the attack, which is understood to have been politically motivated. The attack came the same day a police officer in Monywa was separately injured in an attack in Monywa, thought to have also been carried out by civilian rebels - although no such claim of responsibility has immediately been made.

Regime administrator shot dead in Yangon

A regime-appointed administrator has reportedly been shot dead in an incident in Mingaladon, Yangon. According to local reports, the shooting occurred on Tuesday in an undisclosed part of Mingaladon. Further details, including the identity of the victim have yet to be confirmed as police investigations get underway. No suspects have been identified or arrest thus far. The motive behind the attack is thought to have been anti-regime sentiment.

Four civilians killed in Sagaing raids

Four civilians have allegedly been killed amid recent raids in the Sagaing state. The raids were apparently conducted as part of ongoing military operations against anti-junta resistance groups. The raids targeted areas in the Khin-U part of the state and were carried out during the early hours of the morning. While one civilian was killed in an exchange of fire in Inn Pat, three others were also killed, and a fifth victim was reportedly injured in another gunfight which occurred in Ba Oe. Residents of both villages are understood to have since fled the area.

Five killed in Myaung clashes

Five fatalities have been reported following recent clashes between the military regime forces and anti-coup civilian resistance groups in the Myaung area of Sagaing state. According to local reports, the fighting took place on Sunday, when a group of resistance fighters apparently launched an armed attack on regime soldiers. While five junta personnel have allegedly been confirmed as dead, at least one civilian resistance fighter is thought to have been injured amidst the clashes.

Military junta re-arrests anti-coup protesters

Myanmar's ruling military junta has re-arrested more than 100 anti-coup protesters, just days after they were released as part of an amnesty. On Monday more than 5,000 people would be released from prison during the three-day Buddhist Thadingyut festival. However, on Friday the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (AAPP) said at least 110 of the prisoners have since been detained and returned to jails.

Three soldiers killed by landmine in Htigyaing

Three soldiers have been killed in a landmine attack in the town of Htigyaing in the Sagaing region. The troops, including a major, died in the blast on Sunday, according to the Htigyaing People’s Defence Force (PDF) which claimed responsibility for the attack. “We attacked them with landmines first and later shelled them, which completely destroyed one of their cars and killed everyone in it. The other two cars were damaged as well,” the PDF said in a statement. The ruling military junta has not commented on the reports.

Political prisoners freed after amnesty

Hundreds of political prisoners have been freed from the Insein prison in Yangon as part of an amnesty. More than 5,600 prisoners, including Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD) party spokesman, walked free on Monday night in a move announced to coincide with the Thadingyut festival. Last week the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) said army chief Min Aung Hlaing would not be invited to an upcoming summit because the military junta had made “insufficient progress” in complying with a five-point consensus that was agreed jointly in April.

Over 5,000 jailed protesters to be freed

The junta regime in Myanmar is set to free more than 5,000 who were jailed for involvement in anti-coup protest and violent unrest over the last  eight months. A total of 5,636 prisoners will be released to mark the Thadingyut festival later this month. The news has been confirmed by junta leader General Min Aung Hlaing. More than 8,000 arrest were made throughout the crackdown on anti-coup protests, while more than 1,100 civilians were killed.

Junta leader defends regional peace plan

Myanmar's junta leader, General Min Aung Hlaing, has defended the military government's actions in a regional peace plan, claiming the junta aims to restore peace and democracy. Hlaing claimed the five-step process has been hindered by attacks by anti-junta resistance groups and subsequent clashes. The Five-Point Consensus is a plan put forward by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) back in April in a bid to bring about an end to the ongoing violence and unrest which has broken out following the coup in Myanmar earlier this year. Despite the junta's alleged attempts, ASEAN members recently asserted the military government has failed to take adequate measures to restore order.

General excluded from leaders' summit

A junta general has reportedly been excluded from an annual regional leaders' summit. The Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit is set to take place later this month, with members agreeing to invite a non-political representative from Myanmar instead of General Min Aung Hlaing, who seized power in a coup earlier this year. The move is unprecedented for the bloc, which typically avoids interfering in members' domestic affairs. The military junta has expressed its disappointment with the decision.

Coup leader excluded from ASEAN summit

The head of Myanmar's military government has been excluded from the upcoming Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit. Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, who declared himself prime minister following February's coup, was snubbed because ASEAN said there had been "insufficient progress" in the implementation of a five-point plan agreed by ASEAN leaders in April. Singapore’s foreign ministry said the move was “difficult but necessary decision to uphold ASEAN’s credibility,” while Zaw Min Tun, a spokesman for Myanmar’s military government, blamed “foreign intervention” for the exclusion.

Military strikes target churches

Two churches in the Chin and Kayah states have allegedly been targeted in military churches. Recent reports claim a Baptist church and several local homes near the village of Rialti near Chin's Falam have been set on fire by junta soldiers in retaliation for an ambush on the military by ethnic anti-junta resistance militias. Another church - the Immaculate Conception Catholic church in the Phruso area of Kayah's Loikaw has reportedly also been set on fire. No casualties have been reported following either incident.

One dead in Yangon building collapse

One fatality has been confirmed following a building collapse which occurred at a construction site in Yangon on Friday. The accident happened at a building site in the city, with firefighters confirming the death after pulling the body of a construction worker from the rubble. Three others construction site workers have been rescued so far as search and rescue efforts continue. At least seven more workers are still believed to be trapped. The death toll could rise as more workers are located. The cause behind the collapse has yet to be identified.

Blast hits military train in Kyaukse

A train transporting military rations and supplies has reportedly been hit by a suspected mine explosion in Kyaukse. The blast occurred on Thursday morning near Paleik, where it's believed the train was targeted in a deliberate explosive attack by anti-junta resistance forces - although no such claim of responsibility has been made so far. No casualties have been reported following the attack.

Junta deny envoy access to ousted leader

The military regime in Myanmar has denied an ASEAN envoy access to detained ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi. While the junta has not blocked a special Southeast Asian envoy from visiting the country, the military regime has denied a request by the envoy to meet with Suu Kyi - who was ousted from power in a controversial military coup earlier this year and detained on what are widely seen as politically-motivated charges. According to reports, a junta spokesperson stated that a meeting could not take place due to the criminal charges which have been brought against Suu Kyi.

Soldier killed in Magway blast

A military regime soldier has reportedly been killed, while four others have also been wounded in a recent explosion which occurred in Magway on Wednesday. The junta forces were apparently hit by an explosive device in the Yesagyo area in what is suspected to have been a targeted attack on regime troops by anti-junta civilian resistance forces - although no such claim of responsibility has been made following the attack. 

Four PDF killed in military raid

Four members of the People's Defence Forces (PDF) in Sagaing have allegedly been killed during a military raid in the Htigyaing area. The raid was carried out by the regime forces on Monday during the early hours of the morning near Laythar. Armed fighting apparently broke out, leaving four PDF members killed. No other casualties have been reported following the clashes.

Two police killed in Bago attack

Two police personnel have apparently been killed in a recent attack in Bago. According to local reports, the attack occurred over the weekend in the Zigon area of Bago's Tharrawaddy district. It's been reported that while two police officers have been killed, another two were also injured in the incident, which saw police come under fire from unidentified armed attackers on Sunday evening. It's suspected the attack was motivated by anti-regime sentiment.

Junta detains activist in Sagaing

An activist has allegedly been detained by the military regime forces in Sagaing. Recent local reports claim the activist has been detained by the junta in the Ayadaw area of Sagaing's Monywa district. It's believed the arrest took place on Sunday, although the charges brought against the activist and reason for arrest have yet to be clarified.

Soldier killed amid Yangon clashes

A junta soldier has been killed and three others have also been injured amid clashes with anti-regime civilian resistance groups in the Kawhmu area of Yangon. The fighting reportedly broke out on Wednesday. It's claimed the regime troops engaged in an armed altercation with suspected members of a local People's Defence Force (PDF) after a military truck was allegedly targeted with a mine.

Anti-junta protest held in Magway

A demonstration against the military regime has reportedly been held in the Myaing area of Magway. The protest has apparently been staged on Thursday, by those opposed to the junta regime which seized power in a controversial coup earlier this year. While a security presence has been reported at the scene, there have been no outbreaks of violence or clashes reported so far, with no arrests made.

Former leader to testify in court

Former leader Aung Sang Suu Kyi - who was ousted from leadership by a military coup earlier this year - is set to testify in court later this month. The testimony will be the first time she has testified in any of the several cases brought against her by the junta. Suu Kyi is being tried on counts of breaking Covid-19 pandemic restrictions during the 2020 election campaign, incitement, corruption charges, breaching the official secrets, act, illegally importing walkie-talkies, and unlicensed use of the radios. Critics claim the charges against her manufactured as part of a bid to legitimise the recent coup.

Anti-junta protest held in Mandalay

A protest has been staged in Mandalay against the military regime which seized power in a controversial coup earlier this year. The demonstration against the junta has been held on Wednesday. So far, no outbreaks of violence or clashes have been reported and no arrests have been made. 

Detained US journalist hit with second charge

A US journalist who has been detained by the military regime in Myanmar has reportedly had a second charge brought against him. Danny Fenster, managing editor of local journal Frontier Myanmar, was detained at Yangon airport last May as he tried to leave the country and is currently on trial for allegedly encouraging dissent against the military - a charge which carries a maximum three-year jail sentence. A second charge of unlawful association has now also been brought against him. The colonial-era law also carries a maximum sentence of three years.

Mine blast hits military convoy near Pale

A mine attack has reportedly targeted a military regime convoy near Pale, Sagaing. It's believed the convoy of 80 trucks was targeted by a group of anti-junta civilian resistance fighters. No specific details regarding casualties have been confirmed following the alleged blast; however, potentially dozens are thought to have been wounded.

Thirty troops killed in Loikaw clashes

Some 30 junta troops have allegedly been killed amid recent fighting in the Loikaw area of Kayah state. The clashes reportedly broke out on Wednesday between the military regime forces and members of a local anti-junta civilian resistance group.  While 30 fatalities have been reported, several others were also allegedly injured. Heavy artillery fire has been reported in the area as the clashes remain ongoing. At least one residential properties has also been set on fire.

Ten soldiers killed in Pale landmine blast

At least 10 military regime soldiers have reportedly been killed in a recent landmine blast in the Sagaing state. The blast apparently occurred on Thursday in the Pale area, where a military convoy allegedly triggered the explosion as it passed by. It's suspected the mine was planted by anti-junta resistance groups with the intention of targeting military personnel.

Five regime soldiers killed in Thantlang clash

Five military regime soliers have reportedly been killed following clashes with members of the Chinland Defence Force (CDF) in the Thantlang area of Chin state. The fighting allegedly broke out sometime within the last 48 hours, resulting in the deaths of at least five junta soldiers, while no casualties have been reported amongst CDF members.

Two police killed in Magway bombing

At least two police personnel have reportedly been killed in a suspected bomb attack in the Magway region. The blast apparently occurred on Tuesday in the Pakokku area, leaving two police officers dead , while another three were also injured in the explosion. The bomb attack is believed to have been orchestrated by anti-regime resistance groups in a deliberate attempt to target the security forces, although no such claim of responsibility has immediately been made for the attack.

Two killed in Monywa clashes

Two fatalities have been reported following recent clashes in Monywa, Sagaing. The fighting allegedly took place on Monday morning, at around 05:30 local time, near the villages of Kyaymone and Monywe. According to local sources, the fighting broke out between a local anti-regime resistance group and the junta forces.

Three civilians killed in Kanpetlet

Three civilians have allegedly been killed amid recent clashes with the military in the Kanpetlet area of Chin state. According to recent reports, the fighting broke out in Kanpetlet on Monday - supposedly between members of the local People's Defense Force (PDF) and soldiers from the military regime. Local unconfirmed sources claim that junta soldiers also detained six civilians.

Four civilians killed in Monywa

Four civilians have allegedly been killed in Monywa, Sagaing, following recent clashes. It's claimed the civilians engaged in an armed confrontation with members of the military regime security forces on Monday evening. The clash reportedly took place in the Na Bu Taw area of Monywa at around 19:00 local time. While four civilian deaths have been reported, no further details have been confirmed.

Civilian killed in Demoso shooting

A civilian has allegedly been killed following a recent shooting incident which apparently occurred over the weekend in the Demoso area of Kayah state. Local reports claim the victim was shot dead by a member of the military regime forces during an altercation on Sunday. Junta officials have yet to respond to reports of the alleged killing.

Clashes reported in Sagaing

Some 29 fatalities and five casualties have allegedly been reported following recent armed clashes between junta forces and resistance groups in the Sagaing state. According to reports, the fighting has mostly taking place in the Kale and Mingin areas over the weekend. Among those killed include 16 regime soldiers and 13 resistance fighters, while a further five more resistance fighters were also injured. 

Clashes reported in Demoso, Kayah

Violent armed clashes have apparently been reported in the Demoso area of Kayah state. The fighting has allegedly broken out between military regime soldiers and local anti-junta resistance groups. Several properties have reportedly been damaged amid the clashes, although no casualties have been confirmed so far.

Thantlang residents flee fighting

Some 8,000 local residents in Thantlang, Chin state, have fled their homes amid heavy fighting between the military regime forces and anti-junta militia and armed resistance forces. Artillery fire has reportedly resulted in several houses going up in flames, prompting residents to flee across the border to nearby India. Approximately 20 homes have now been set on fire since fighting broke out over the weekend.

Regime soldier killed in Tada-U clash

A military soldier has allegedly been killed following a recent clash with anti-junta civilian resistance forces in the Tada-U area of Mandalay. Two other soldiers have reportedly also been injured in the clash, which apparently occurred on Wednesday near the village of Walmar in an area controlled by the Karen National Union group.

Junta sympathisers killed in Khin Oo, Sagaing

Two military regime sympathisers have allegedly been killed in a targeted attack in the Khin Oo area of Sagaing. One of the deceased has been identified as a local ward administrator. Both victims were reportedly killed in a seemingly planned knife attack on Wednesday. It's believed they were both targeted by anti-junta resistance forces for allegedly assisting the military regime.

Police officer shot dead in Monywa

A police officer has allegedly been shot dead during an incident in Monywa, Sagaing. The incident occurred in an unspecified part of the Monywa area on Wednesday. It's claimed the police officer was off-duty at the time of the shooting, which appears to have been a targeted attack by anti-regime resistance forces. The killing has apparently been claimed by members of the Monywa People's Defense Force.

Five shot dead in Taze, Sagaing

Five members of the same family have allegedly been shot dead in an incident in Taze, Sagaing. Local reports claim the family were apparently targeted and killed by unidentified armed assailants over the weekend. It's believed the attack was motivated the family's alleged support for military regime forces during a recent junta-led raid on a nearby village. Local People's Defense Forces (PDF) have denied involvement in the incident.

Forty soldiers killed in Sagaing clash

Some 40 junta regime soldiers have allegedly been killed in a recent clash with anti-regime resistance forces in the Sagaing state. Local sources claim the deadly armed altercation occurred in the Katha area of Sagaing sometime within the last 48 hours. It's claimed there were no casualties amongst civilian resistance fighters.

Junta troops deployed in Sagaing

Additional contingents of military regime troops have reportedly been deployed to the Sagaing region in recent days. The reinforcement of junta soldiers in the area comes in response to an apparent increase in attacks on the military by anti-regime resistance forces and insurgent groups. Local sources have detailed air and ground troops reinforcement, as well as an increase in river patrols. An increase in movement of heavy weaponry has also been reported, particularly in the Kani, Mingin, Myaung, Pale, and Yinmabin area.

Seven soldiers killed in Magwe ambush

Seven military regime soldiers have reportedly been killed after they were ambushed in Magwe. The attack took place on Thursday, when a group of junta troops were apparently targeted by civilian anti-coup resistance fighters. The soldiers had allegedly been en route to the Kyin Dwe area at the time. No other casualties have been reported, including amongst resistance fighters.

PDF target soldiers near Gangaw

Suspected members of a People's Defense Force (PDF) have allegedly targeted military regime soldiers near Gangaw. The attack reportedly took place within the last 24 hours, near the border between Kale and Gangaw. It's claimed the PDF ambushed the regime forces, killing at least four soldiers and injured a further two others.

Kale mine blast kills three

Three people have been killed in a recent landmine explosion in Kale, Sagaing. The blast occurred on Wednesday near the Government Technology University. The deceased have all been identified as military regime soldiers. It's suspected the landmine may have been planted by members of a local People's Defense Force (PDF) in an attempt to target regime forces.

Ten regime soldiers killed in Chin

Ten military regime soldiers have allegedly been killed following a recent clash with suspected members of the Chinland Defense Force (CDF) in Kanpetlet, Chin. The clash apparently took place on Wednesday morning, when a contingent of around 50 troops were reportedly ambushed whilst en route from Saw to Kanpetlet. The 10 fatalities have yet to be confirmed, while no casualties have been reported amongst CDF personnel.

Three soldiers killed in Sagaing clash

Three military regime soldiers have allegedly been killed in a recent clash with suspected People's Defense Force (PDF) members. Local reports claim the clash occurred in the Myaung area of Sagaing, near the village of Myitsone. Following the clash, PDF members have allegedly claimed to have destroyed a military vehicle. While three regime soldiers have been reported dead, no further casualties have been confirmed.

Regime forces clash with CDF in Chin

The military regime forces have apparently clashed with members of the Chin Defense Force (CDF) in the Thantlang area of Chin state. Following the altercation, at least 12 regime troops have apparently been reported dead, while eight CDF members were also injured. The fighting broke out as a result of a CDF attack on the Lungler military base, which the CDF have allegedly overrun as a result of the attack. 

Village administrator killed in Launglon shootout

A village administrator has apparently been killed in a recent shootout with the Launglon People's Security Force in Launglon, Tanintharyi. The shootout allegedly occurred on Thursday, when an altercation allegedly broke out between the administrator and the local security forces. The deceased was identified as a military regime-appointed administrator, who was also the leader of the Pyu Saw Htee group. 

Ten soldiers killed in Magway mine blast

Ten military regime soldiers have allegedly been killed by a recent landmine blast in Magway. The explosion occurred on Thursday between Yaw and Pakokku, along the Pakokku-Kyaukhtu-Mindat road. It's believed the soldiers were hit by a mine which had been planted along the roadside by People's Defene Forces (PDF). No such claim of responsibility has been made.

Two administrators killed in Kale

Two village administrators have apparently been killed in a recent shooting incident in Kale, Sagaing. The shooting reportedly took place on Wednesday 8 September in an unspecified part of Kale. It's understood that both victims have been identified as administrators who were appointed by the military regime which ousted the democratic civilian government from power in a coup earlier this year. It's likely they were shot dead by anti-regime resistance forces, although no such claim of responsibility has immediately been made.

Fifteen fatalities reported amid Chin clashes

Some 15 fatalities have allegedly been reported following recent clashes in the Chin state. The deceased have reportedly been identified as military regime soldiers. The fighting apparently took place on Monday in the Haka and Thantlang areas of Chin, where regime troops are understood to have engaged with members of the Chin Defense Force (CDF) in armed combat.

Communication towers attacked by protesters

Communication towers have reportedly been attacked by anti-regime protesters. Some 11 telephone masts belonging to the military-owned Mytel - one of the country's four main mobile networks - were apparently targeted in the town of Budalin in Sagaing on Wednesday. The attacks came after the self-proclaimed shadow government called for a nationwide uprising against the junta. 

Junta opponents declare revolt

A shadow government of junta opponents and anti-regime resistance groups have declared a national revolt against the military regime, which took over in February after ousting the civilian government. International calls have been made following the declaration, urging all sides in Myanmar to refrain from violence and allow humanitarian aid access.

PDF attack police in Kayah

Members of the People's Defense Forces (PDF) have allegedly launched an attack on police forces in Kayah state. The attack was launched on Tuesday in the Demoso area, where a central police station was apparently targeted. It's believed the attack was a coordinated joint efforts between the PDF and the Karenni Army, as well as the Karenni Nationalities Defense Force. No details regarding casualties have been confirmed.

'People's war' declared against junta

A 'people's war' has allegedly been declared against the military junta by the National Unity Government (NUG). Duwa Lashi La - acting president of the NUG - declared the launch of a 'people's war' against the junta on Tuesday morning in a speech. Calling on the public, the People's Defense Force (PDF), and other armed ethnic groups, the NUG aims to lead a revolt against the military regime.

Junta releases controversial Buddhist monk

Myanmar's military junta has released a controversial Buddhist monk from detention. Ashin Wirathu - known for his nationalist, anti-Muslim rhetoric and pro-military views - was previously charged for sedition against the civilian government which was ousted in February's military coup. Dubbed the "Buddhist Bin Laden", Wirathu has particularly targeted Rohingya Muslims with hate speech and has previously appeared at pro-military rallies to deliver nationalist speeches. The junta stated on Monday that all charges against Wirathu have now been dropped but did not provide any reasons.

Magway bomb attacks claimed by PDF

Five recent explosive attacks targeting the military regime forces in Magway have allegedly been claimed by the People's Defense Forces (PDF). According to reports, the attacks were claimed on Tuesday by the Beikthano branch of the PDF. The attacks in question targeted a military battalion and a group of soldiers stationed outside a bank, as well as power lines in the area. It's unclear whether any casualties were incurred as a result of the explosions as details have yet to be independently verified.

Police officer killed in Chin shooting

A police officer has allegedly been killed in a shooting incident in the Chin state. The shooting apparently took place over the weekend on Saturday in the Tedim area. No arrests have been made following the killing; however, local officials suspect the police officer was targeted by anti-regime forces for allegedly collaborating with the military regime.

Military raid kills two civilians in Magway

Two civilian deaths have apparently been attributed to a recent military raid which was conducted in the Pauk area of Magway. According to reports, the civilians were shot dead during a raid on a property near Kinma. The raid was carried out by military regime troops and also targeted a number of locally-run shops and businesses, which soldiers allegedly looted. Regime officials have yet to respond to the claims.

Deadly clashes reported near Monekoe, Shan

Violent clashes have reportedly resulted in dozens of deaths near the border town of Monekoe in Shan state. It's claimed as many as 24 fatalities have been reported amid fighting between military regime forces and members of the Myanmar National Defense Alliance (MNDAA). According to local sources, at least 23 regime soldiers and one MNDAA member have been confirmed dead following clashes which apparently erupted when regime troops launched an attack on an MNDAA position near Monekoe.

One dead, one wounded in Mandalay shooting

One fatality has been reported and another person has also been injured following a recent shooting incident in Mandalay. The incident happened on Thursday 2 September in the Myingyang area and targeted a former ward administrator. It's believed the victim was targeted by regime forces for allegedly refusing for work with the military regime and for sympathising with anti-regime resistance groups.

Ward administrator killed in Yangon

A ward administrator has apparently been found dead following an incident in the Hlaing Tharyar area of Yangon. According to local reports, the administrator had been appointed by the military regime and was allegedly suspected of serving as an informant for the regime. It's believed local residents may have entered into a dispute or altercation with the official; however, no arrests have been made so far.

CDF clash with regime forces in Mindat

Two members of the Chin Defense Force (CDF) have reportedly been killed amid recent armed clashed in the Mindat area of Chin state. The clashes occurred on Wednesday, when CDF members allegedly encountered a contingent of military regime soldiers - leading to a gunfight in which two CDF personnel were shot dead. No other casualties have been reported.

Three police killed in Chin shooting

Three police officers have reportedly been killed in a recent shooting incident which occurred in the Chin state. The shooting allegedly occurred on Wednesday morning in the Tedim area at around 11:00 local time. The officers were apparently shot dead by an unknown assailant, who is thought to have fled from the scene immediately after the attack. No suspects have been identified so far and no arrests have been made. It's suspected the attack was likely motivated by anti-regime sentiment.

Fifty troops killed in Karen clashes

Some 50 regime troops have allegedly been killed in recent clashes in the Karen state. The fighting has reportedly been taking place consistently in the Hpapun area of the state over the last three weeks. Unconfirmed reports claim the Karen National Liberation Army (KNLA) has been engaging in armed clashes with regime forces in KNLA-controlled areas of Hpapun. Reports also claim large numbers of civilians and local residents have been displaced by the conflict.

Thirty regime troops killed in Gangaw ambush

At least 30 military regime troops have allegedly been killed in an ambush near Gangaw, Magway. The attack allegedly occurred on Monday, when suspected members of an armed anti-regime resistance group reportedly ambushed the troops on an unspecified road. The attack is believed to have been carried out by the Yaw People Resistance Group, although reports have yet to be confirmed. No casualties amongst resistance groups have been reported.

Civilian fighters kill 17 troops in Tamu

As many as 17 regime troops have allegedly been killed following a recent attack by suspected civilian resistance fighters in Tamu, Sagaing. According to local reports, the military regime soldiers were attacked by the resistance fighters at a military outposts in the outskirts of Tamu on Monday morning. No further casualties have been reported, including amongst civilian resistance fighters.

Two killed in Sagaing shooting

Two people have been shot dead in a shooting incident in Khin-U, Sagaing. The two victims have been identified as civilians who are thought to have been members of an armed anti-regime civilian resistance group. The pair were allegedly shot dead by military regime soldiers in an incident on Saturday. The shooting reportedly took place in the Tada Lane area near Kan Thar Yar.

Fifty regime soldiers killed in Magwe landmine blasts

Some 50 deaths have been reported amongst military regime personnel in the Magwe area. It's alleged the deaths occurred overnight on Thursday near Gangaw, where a series of deadly landmine blasts reportedly killed approximately 50 soldiers. The fatal explosions hit two separate military convoys - the first was en route to Kale when it hit landmines along the Gangaw-Kale highway, killing around 30 troops. The second blast occurred along another section of the same road just hours later, killing an additional 20 soldiers. It's suspected the mines may have been planted by members of the People's Defence Force (PDF).

Shooting incident kills one in Ayeyawady

A shooting incident has reportedly left at least one person dead in the Yegyi area of Ayeyawady. The victim was allegedly shot dead by two unidentified gunmen aboard a motorbike on Wednesday morning. According to local reports, the shooting happened at around 07:30 local time, with both suspects immediately fleeing the scene. It's suspected the victim was killed for allegedly being a military regime informer. No arrests have been made so far.

Six soldiers killed in Mogoke clashes

At least six military regime soldiers have allegedly been killed in a recent clash which occurred in the Mogoke area of Mandalay. The clash happened on Monday near Ho Weit, where Kachin Independence Army (KIA) members reportedly ambushed the regime forces. The KIA rebels were apparently supported by members of armed civilian resistance groups. 

Chin clash leaves two injured

Two bystanders have apparently been injured following an armed clash between the military and armed groups in the Chin state. The incident happened over the weekend in the Kant Thar Yon area of Chin's Kanpetlet. According to reports, the two casualties were both collaterally hit by stray bullets. It's believed the bullets which hit the victims were fired by military regime soldiers.

Five police killed in Yangon shooting

Five police personnel have allegedly been killed in a recent shooting incident which apparently occurred in the Ahlone area of Yangon. The shooting is alleged to have happened on a train over the weekend, when an unidentified gunman reportedly opened fire on the police officers in what appears to have been a targeted attack. It's been reported the shooting occurred as the train was stopped at a station near Ahlone. Police investigations have been launched; however, no arrests have immediately been made. 

Reports of regime attempts to shut down mobile banking

Reports have recently emerged of alleged attempts by the military junta regime to shut down mobile banking applications. According to local sources, the regime has claimed that mobile banking apps, such as Wave Money and KBZ Pay, have been financing anti-regime armed resistance groups. The move has been widely criticised, as it would significantly impact groups of internally displaced persons (IDPs) - for whom such apps are an essential way to access their money.

Police officer injured in Yangon blast

A police officer in Myanmar has allegedly been injured in a recent explosion which occurred in Yangon over the weekend. The blast happened on Sunday near Pazundaung Market Street, leaving one regime police officer with serious injuries. It's suspected the blast came from an improvised explosive device (IED) and that the incident may have been a targeted attack, although no such claim of responsibility has been made so far.

Two killed in attacks targeting regime officials

Two deaths have been reported amid a recent string of attacks targeting military regime officials. The first incident occurred in Ward 16 of Yangon's Hlaing, where one person was shot dead and a second person was injured. Another deadly shooting also occurred in the Dagon Seikkan area, where a regime appointed administrative official was killed. Elsewhere, a suspected regime informant was reportedly injured in a recent explosion which apparently occurred in North Dagon.

Clandestine mass grave found in Kani, Sagaing

A clandestine mass grave has allegedly been found in forested areas near Kani, Sagaing. It's been reported that the bodies of 40 civilians were found in what a UN ambassador has claimed is a cover-up of a military massacre. It's still unclear when the alleged massacre is claimed to have taken place; however, other reports have also emerged of multiple civilian bodies being dug up in nearby areas throughout last month. The timeframe corresponds with military movement through the area; however, reports have yet to be independently verified.

UN envoy's personal safety threatened

Myanmar's ambassador to the United Nations (UN) has reportedly had his personal safety threatened by military coup leaders. Ambassador Kyaw Moe Tun was appointed to the UN to represent the ousted elected civilian government, which was overthrown by the military back in February. Despite being dismissed by military leaders, Moe Tun technically remains the country's UN envoy, as the UN has not recognised the military takeover. In response to the alleged threat on Moe Tun's safety, the US authorities in Myanmar are understood to have increased his security.

Military convoy ambushed by KIA

A military regime convoy has allegedly been ambushed by suspected members of the Kachin Independence Army (KIA). The convoy was apparently targeted by KIA members near the border of Kachin and Sagaing, between Namsi Awng and Maw Luu. The KIA are alleged to have used an explosive device to force the military supply convoy to stop, before a deadly gunfight broke out, resulting in the deaths of several regime soldiers. 

Singapore issues no-travel advisory for Myanmar

Singapore has issued a no-travel advisory for Myanmar amid increasing violence. All Singaporean citizens currently working or residing in Myanmar have been advised to consider leaving the country. The advisory comes amid escalating conflict and political instability in the country following a controversial coup earlier this year. Covid-19 cases have also recently risen dramatically, bringing the country to the brink of a public health crisis. 

State of emergency extended, coup leader named PM

The leader of February's coup, Gen Min Aung Hlaing, has named himself prime minister and extended the state of emergency to August 2023. He promised to hold a "free and fair multi-party election" but denounced the former ruling party as "terrorists." More than 1,000 people are estimated to have died in the protests that have erupted in the six months since the military seized power, while the country has also faced a sharp rise in Covid-19 cases.

Military kill two in Mandalay protest

Two people have allegedly been shot dead and a third person has also been injured by military regime soldiers in the Mandalay region. The two deceased parties were apparently shot and killed whilst the military were responding to an anti-coup protest in the Mya Taung area of Mandalay. The third victim was reportedly arrested.

Regime administrator shot dead in Mandalay

A local regime-appointed administrator has reportedly been killed in a shooting incident in Mandalay. According to recent reports, the killing is alleged to have happened in the Aungmyaythazan area on Tuesday evening. No arrests have been made so far. It's suspected the administrator's murder may have been motivated by anti-regime sentiment.

Thousands displaced amid clashes in Bawlakhe

Thousands of people have reportedly been displaced amid recent fighting and heavy clashes in the Bawlakhe area of Kayah state. According to reports, the Progressive Karenni People's Force (PKPF) has estimated that around 2,600 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) have been forced to flee their home villages due to a recent increase in fighting between the military regime forces and local armed groups. Humanitarian groups have expressed concern over the availability of medicine, food supplies, and shelter for IDPs in Kayah.

Three soldiers accused of rape and murder

Three regime soldiers have reportedly been accused of rape and murder following an incident in the Kachin state. The accusation have come about following an incident in Kachin over the weekend, in which the soldiers allegedly detained an ethnic Kachin farmer. Whilst being held by the authorities, it's claimed the soldiers raped and then killed the farmer. An investigation has allegedly been launched and the soldiers are now understood to be in custody; however, many rights groups have expressed concern over the lack of transparency in the regime-led investigation.

Sagaing clash leaves four civilians dead

An armed altercation which allegedly broke out between anti-regime civilian resistance fighters and military regime forces in the Shwebo area of Sagaing has reportedly left four civilians dead. The clash apparently occurred over the weekend in the Seik Khun area, where thousands of villagers from Pa Lai, Kantha, and Gontan allegedly fled their homes amid the fighting. While four civilian deaths have been confirmed, another three civilians were also detained by the military.

Six anti-coup protesters arrested in Yangon

Six protesters who had been demonstrating against the military regime which ousted the democratic government of detained leader Aung San Suu Kyi in a controversial coup earlier this year have been arrested. The arrests were reportedly made by the regime forces on Friday, during an anti-military protest which was being held in Tamwe. No clashes or violence are reported to have broken out between protesters and the security forces.

Junta to impose nationwide lockdown

Myanmar's military junta is reportedly due to impose a strict week-long lockdown in response to rising Covid-19 figures. The move comes amid a recent surge in virus cases and deaths, which many fear has been accelerated by the increased instability amid severe nationwide unrest as anti-coup protests and clashes between the military and local civilian defence forces continue. The lockdown would reportedly take effect from Saturday 17 July, lasting until Sunday 25 July.

Six injured amid Hpakant clashes

Six casualties have been reported following clashes between military regime troops and local civilians in Hpakant, Kachin state. All six casualties have been identified as local residents from the Tada Nyinaung area of Hpakant, where armed clashes allegedly broke out during the early hours of Thursday morning. According to reports, regime soldiers engaged in a brief altercation with what are presumed to have been members of a local anti-coup civilian defence force.

Junta official killed in guerrilla attack, Mandalay

A military junta-appointed official has reportedly been killed in a guerrilla attack in Mandalay. A local armed guerrilla group known as the 'Never Give Up Fox Force' allegedly targeted a local junta-appointed administrator in the Myitnge area of Mandalay in a shooting on Wednesday morning. The victim was apparently shot dead near the entrance to a local marketplace. The killing is the latest in a series of similar attacks targeted junta-appointed officials.

Anti-military protest held in Yangon

An anti-military regime protest has been staged in the city of Yangon. The protest has been staged on Wednesday and is the latest in months of demonstrations and public unrest over the 1 February military coup which ousted the democratically elected government from power. According to reports, the military were dispatched in response to the demonstration on Anawrahta Road, leading to the immediate dispersal of protesters as they fled arrest. No clashes broke out and no casualties or arrests have been reported.

Further corruption charges filed against detained leader

Further corruption charges have reportedly been filed against Myanmar's detained leader, Aung San Suu Kyi - whose democratic government was ousted by a controversial military coup earlier this year. According to reports, the military junta have brought four more charges of corruption against Suu Kyi - who now faces up to 75 years in prison if found guilty on all accounts. The court is due to review the most recent charges later this month. The latest development comes as the UN continues to call for reconciliation.

Clashes reported in Loikaw, Kayah

Violent clashes have allegedly been reported between the military regime forces and members of the Karenni Army in the state of Kayah. The fighting apparently broke out on Monday in the Loikaw area, near the state border. Deadly clashes took place in several locations throughout the immediate area, resulting in the deaths of seven regime security personnel.  No other casualties have been reported, including amongst Karenni Army members.

PDF set fire to building in Mandalay

Members of the People's Defence Force (PDF) in Mandalay have allegedly set fire to a building in Kyauk Se in an incident over the weekend. According to local reports, the incident happened on Saturday afternoon, just off the Yangon-Mandalay expressway, near Dwehla. The building which was targeted by the PDF members is apparently known to have been occupied by military regime forces. It's believed the arson attack was motivated by anti-military sentiment. No casualties have been reported.

KIA impose Covid-19 lockdown in Kachin

The Kachin Independence Army (KIA) have reportedly imposed localised lockdown measures in areas under their control in the Majiayang area of Kachin state. The move comes in response to a rise in Covid-19 cases detected there after three people tested positive for the virus earlier this week - sparking fears of an outbreak. KIA personnel have reportedly restricted travel in and out of Majiayang, particularly between Majiayang and the border village of Laiza. The military regime has not commented on the developments.

Military shootout kills two in Dawei

A shootout between military regime forces and a local civilian defence group have allegedly led to the deaths of at least two civilians in Dawei, Tanintharyi. According to reports, the altercation occurred overnight on Wednesday in the village of Yaung Maw. It's claimed regime soldiers engaged in a deadly shootout shortly after midnight in response to growing anti-junta sentiment. It remains unclear precisely what triggered the crossfire.

Covid-19 stay-at-home order issued for parts of Yangon, Magway, Mon

A stay-at-home order has been issued for parts of Yangon, Magway, and Mon, due to a steep rise in Covid-19 cases. The latest order applies to 10 areas and prohibits more than one person from leaving the house for non-essential work. Among the 10 towns listed include Hlaing Thar Yar - where large pro-democracy protests have been held in recent months. No scheduled expiry or review date has been announced so far, with no indication of how long the measure will remain in place. So far, a total of 44 towns across the country have now been issued stay-at-home orders, as Covid-19 cases continue to surge - threating a devastating impact on the crisis-torn country, while others fears the military junta may be exploiting pandemic measures as a way to suppress anti-coup movements.

Military targeted by mines in Hpakant

A contingent of military regime soldiers have allegedly been targeted in an explosive attack in the Hpakant area of Kachin state. According to local reports, a group of 10 soldiers were on patrol on Wednesday morning in the Seng Awng area when they were allegedly targeted by mines, in what appears to have been a planned attack, as the explosives were detonated remotely. No claim of responsibility has been made by any group so far, but it's expected an anti-military armed groups, such as the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) or People's Defence Forces (PDF) may be responsible. Details regarding casualties have yet to be confirmed.

Kawlin clashes leave 22 dead

Recent fighting in the Kawlin area of Sagaing have reportedly left as many as 22 people dead. Among the deceased include 20 military regime soldiers and two members of a People's Defence Force (PDF). The two sides engaged in armed clashes during a confrontation along the Kawlin-Shwebo Road near the village of Kokkogone on Monday. No other casualties have been reported following the incident.

Suspected military informer killed in Bago

A suspected military informer has allegedly been killed by members of a local People's Defence Force (PDF) in Bago. The person had been accused of helping the military junta regime carry out planned assaults of anti-military protests. The individual's death comes as PDF members also targeted local administrative offices in an explosive attack. According to reports, the Hantharwaddy administrative office and the Nyaung Wine electricity office were both targeted. No casualties were reported.

Clashes leave several killed in Sagaing

Clashes between anti-junta fighters and the military have allegedly left between 10 to 25 people dead in Sagaing. According to reports, the fighting broke out during a military raid on the town of Tabayin in Sagaing over the weekend. Efforts to independently verify the death toll remain ongoing. As many as 11 others  were also reportedly injured amid the clashes.

Anti-military protest held in Mandalay

A protest against the military regime which seized power in a controversial coup earlier this year, deposing the democratic government of detained leader Aung Sang Suu Kyi, has been held in Mandalay. The demonstration is among the latest in a long series of anti-military protests which have been taking place on a daily basis across the country since the beginning of February. The protest was staged by students of Mandalar University. No arrests of outbreaks of violence have been reported following the demonstration.

Kayin gunfight leaves two dead

A recent gunfight which broke out in the Myawaddy area of the Kayin state has reportedly left at least two fatalities. According to recent reports, the clash occurred on Thursday morning, during the early hours, at around 01:00 local time near the Thai border. It's understood members of the Karen Border Guard Force (KBGF) were involved in the gunfight, which took place near a border security post, leaving two dead and a third person injured. 

Dozens killed amid Chin clashes

Dozens of people have allegedly been killed amid recent clashes in the Chin state. The fighting reportedly broke out in the Hakha and Falam areas between members of the Chinland Defence Force (CDF) and military regime forces. The clashes occurred overnight on Tuesday. According to reports, 40 regime soldiers and four CDF members have been reported dead following the clashes. Local sources claim 20 soldiers were killed and two CDF members were injured in clashes in Hakha's Bungzung area, while an additional 20 more soldiers and four CDF members were also killed, along with three CDF members who were injured, amid fighting in the Wai Bu La area of Falam.

Blast reported amid protest in Shan

An explosion has reportedly occurred during a protest which was being staged in the Namkham area of Shan state. The incident reportedly occurred on Monday during an anti-military regime demonstration being held by the Shan State Progress Party/Shan State Army (SSPP/SSA). Preliminary reports indicate the blast came from a suspected bomb. At least one person has been confirmed dead, while another three people were also injured in the explosion. No immediate claim of responsibility has been made for the blast so far.

Junta troops killed by rebels in Sagaing

At least 15 junta soldiers have been killed during clashes with rebel fighters in Sagaing, according to reports. The fighting took place after troops raided villages near the Mingin Township on Thursday. The Mingin People’s Defense Force (PDF) said one of its fighters died and three were injured.

Military kill four in Mandalay clashes

Four people have reportedly died following clashes with the military regime in Mandalay. According to recent local reports, the deceased have all been identified as local civilians who were allegedly on their way to the town of Sintgaing when they became embroiled in an armed altercation with the security forces on Tuesday. Further details have yet to be confirmed.

Armed clashes reported in Hpakant

Armed clashes have allegedly broken out between the military regime forces and members of the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) rebel group in the Hpakant area of Kachin state. The fighting is understood to have taken place on Tuesday in the Sezin area, near Hpakant. No casualties have been confirmed following the clashes - which have been reported by KIA members, while the military has issued no comment.

Anti-military protest held in Monywa

An anti-military regime protest has been held in the Monywa area of Sagaing. According to local sources, the demonstration was staged on Thursday morning by a group of local residents to protest against the military junta which seized power earlier this year after overthrowing the democratic government of detained leader Aung San Suu Kyi in a controversial coup. There have been no reports of violence or clashes following the protests, with no arrests reported so far.

Regime official shot dead in Mon

A regime-appointed official has reportedly been shot dead in an incident in the Mon State. The deceased has been identified as the administrator of Naung Bo village, who was recently appointed to the position by the military regime which seized power in a controversial coup earlier this year. According to reports, the administrator was killed by unidentified gunmen on two motorcycles in what appears to have been a targeted shooting in the Thaton area on Monday evening. Investigations have been launched.

Military clash with PDF in Mandalay

The military regime forces have allegedly clashed with members of the People's Defence Force (PDF) in the Mandalay region. The shootout apparently occurred on Tuesday in the Chanmyathazi area of Mandalay. No casualties from either regime troops or PDF members have been reported thus far.

Military raid civilian village in Yinmabin

A civilian village has reportedly been raided by the military regime forces in Yinmabin, Sagaing. The attack on the village of Ban Bwe has taken place on Tuesday morning, at around 11:00 local time and has apparently forced the local residents to flee the immediate area. No reports of deaths or casualties have emerged thus far.

Ten civilians killed in separate clashes

As many as 10 civilians have allegedly been killed amid separate clashes with military regime troops. The deadly clashes have reportedly all taken place within the last 24 hours in parts of the Mandalay, Mon, and Sagaing states. According to reports, fighting was reported in the Letpanhla area of Mandalay, where one civilian was killed and another was injured after troops opened fire on them near a school. Two more civilians were also shot dead in the Mawlamyine area of Mon, after they allegedly refused to stop at a checkpoint. Incidents were also reported in several areas of Sagaing, where four civilians were killed and one was injured in a raid on a house in Kale, while two more civilians were injured after being assaulted by the security forces in Kin. Three members of the Sanpya Social Organisation were also shot dead by troops in Myaung.

Military coup displaces hundreds of thousands

Hundreds of thousands of people have reportedly been displaced by the military coup which seized power in Myanmar earlier this year. The UN refugee agency estimated that a total of around 680,000 people have been displaced in Myanmar following ethnic conflict and the recent military coup. It's believed that an estimated 200,000 Internally Displaced People (IDPs) have been added to this figure during the last four months alone. The Kayin and Kayah states have reported the most IDPs in recent months - largely due to ethnic groups engaging in armed clashes with the military. The Kachin and Shan states are also among the worst affected.

Detention of US journalist extended

Myanmar's military regime has extended the detention of US journalist Danny Fenster. The decision to keep Fenster in detention for an additional two weeks was made by a court in Myanmar on Thursday, while the US State Department has continued to urge Myanmar to grant US authorities consular access. Fenster is believed to face the charge of attempting to spread fear and false news - carrying a potential three-year prison term. The charge is frequently used against dissidents and journalists. Fenster's next scheduled court heart will take place on 1 July.

Ward administrator injured in Yangon shooting

A local ward administrator has apparently been injured following a recent shooting incident in Yangon. The incident reportedly occurred on Thursday in the Sanchuang area, where an unidentified gunman allegedly opened fire on the victim before fleeing the scene. The shooting happened in the morning at around 10:30 local time. Investigations have been launched and remain ongoing. The incident comes just a day after another ward administrator was killed in a similar attack in the Hlain Tharyar area of Yangon.

Residents accuse military of burning village down in Magway

Local residents from the village of Kin Ma in the Magway region have accused the military of burning down their village amid clashes. The incident reportedly occurred on Tuesday, when it's claimed the military regime forces engaged in an armed altercation with local guerrillas. At least two elderly residents allegedly died in the fire, which saw 200 of the villages' 240 houses razed to the ground. Several others still remain unaccounted for. State television coverage has blamed the fire on "terrorists", with any media suggesting otherwise labelled as "deliberately plotting to discredit the military".

Anti-military protest staged in Mandalay

A protest against the military regime has been held in the Maha Aung Myay area of Mandalay. The demonstration has been staged on Wednesday to protest against the military coup which ousted the democratically-elected government from power earlier this year and comes amid a continued wave of nationwide unrest in response to the coup, which has in turn led to a brutal military crackdown on dissent. A heavy military presence was reported at the protest, although no clashes broke out and no arrests were reported.

Local official killed in Yangon shooting

A local official has apparently been killed in a shooting incident in Yangon. The deceased has reportedly been identified as U Hla Oo - a local ward administrator for Ward No. 13. The shooting allegedly took place on Wednesday morning in the Hlain Tharyar area of Yangon. Unconfirmed reports indicate the ward administrator was shot in the head a short distance from his home, in what appears to have been a targeted killing.

Anti-coup protests held in Sagaing

Anti-coup protests have reportedly been staged in parts of Sagaing on Wednesday, as nationwide anti-military regime demonstrations continue. The latest protests were apparently held in the Salingyi and Yinmabin area of Sagaing. No military response has been confirmed following the protests, with no clashes, arrests, or incidents of violence reported. Protests against the military regime which ousted the democratic government of detained leader Aung Sang Suu Kyi in a controversial coup earlier this year have been taking place in both Salingyi and Yinmbain every day since the coup and are due to mark their 100th consecutive day of demonstrations on Friday.

Five anti-coup protesters detained in Yangon

Five arrests have been made during a recent anti-coup protest in Yangon. The five protesters were apparently detained by the military on Tuesday during a demonstration against the military regime which seized power in a controversial coup earlier this year. According to reports, the security forces were deployed to the Sin Min Market area to disperse crowds. Unconfirmed reports claim the soldiers chased protesters down in a car and rammed them, although there have been no reports of any casualties following the protest.

Ousted leader's trial to get underway

Ousted former leader Aung San Suu Kyi's highly-anticipated court trial is set to start in Myanmar today. Suu Kyi faces trial on charges of breaching coronavirus regulations while campaigning for the election she won last November and also for possession of unlicensed walkie-talkies. The trial is expected to run until the end of July, with Suu Kyi also to face trial for other, more serious, charges, including intent to incite, breaching the official secrets act, and accepting bribes. Suu Kyi's legal team deny any wrong doing. The trial comes as the junta which overthrew Suu Kyi's elected government rejected recent criticism by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights over the military's use of deadly force against anti-coup protesters.

Suspected car bomb blast reported in Yangon

A suspect car bomb explosion has allegedly been reported in Yangon. The blast apparently occurred on Sunday afternoon, at around 14:00 local time, in the Sanchaung area. According to local sources, initial police investigations suggest the explosion was the result of a targeted attack, although no casualties were inflicted as a result of the blast. A local administrator has reportedly been identified as the intended target of the bombing; however, details surrounding a possible motive have yet to be confirmed.

Five detained amid protest crackdown in Mandalay

Five anti-regime protesters have reportedly been detained following a recent crackdown on demonstrations against the military regime. The arrests were made in the Maha Aungmyay area of Mandalay on Monday morning during an anti-military regime protest. Unconfirmed reports have surfaced following the incident, accusing soldiers of assaulting protesters, resulting in an unknown number of casualties. Further details have yet to be independently confirmed.

Dozens killed amid armed clashes, Chin

Dozens of casualties have been reported following recent armed clashes in the Chin state. The fighting allegedly broke out in two separate locations within the last 24 hours, leaving a total of 27 dead and five others wounded. The first clash occurred in the Thantlang Township, where military regime forces clashed with the Chinland Defence Force, resulting in the deaths of 17 soldiers. Meanwhile, another 10 soldiers were killed and five were wounded when members of the Chinland Defence Force allegedly ambushed regime troops on a highway near Hakha.

Civilian killed by artillery fire in Loikaw

A civilian has allegedly been killed by artillery fire in Loikaw, Kayah. The shells reportedly hit a civilian residential property during an overnight crossfire in the Nam Wan Baw area. It's claimed the gunfire which killed the civilian had been fired by military regime troops. No other casualties have been reported following the incident, which the military has yet to comment on.

Ten soldiers killed in Kani shootout

Ten regime soldiers have been killed and another 10 have also been wounded following a recent shootout in the Kani area of Sagaing. The shootout allegedly broke out on Wednesday between the military and members of a civilian armed resistance group. According to reports, the civilian fighters are believed to have been members of the Kani's People Defence Force. It's claimed a military convoy was ambushed by the resistance fighters whilst travelling along the Monywa-Kalewa highway. The military vehicles were transporting up to 70 security personnel. No details have been reported regarding any civilian casualties.

Ousted leader faces corruption charges

Ousted leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, faces the most serious charges to be laid against her to date following a military coup which deposed her earlier this year. Suu Kyi is accused of accepting cash and gold in bribes and faces up to 15 years imprisonment if found guilty. Another six charges relating to alleged illegal imports of walkie talkies and inciting public unrest are also being brought against her. Prior to the latest charges, the most serious charge against Suu Kyi alleged that she had violated the official secrets act - which carries a term of up to 14 years in prison. The charges against Suu Kyi are widely seen as being politically-motivated to keep her from power.

Eight killed in military plane crash, Mandalay

Eight fatalities have been reported following a recent plane crash in the Mandalay region. According to local reports, the crash involved a military regime aircraft and occurred near the town of Pyin Oo Lwin, some 70 km east of Mandalay city, on Thursday morning. Further details surrounding the incident have yet to be reported, while investigations into the cause of the deadly crash have been launched.

Yangon blast injures two

A recent explosion which occurred in the city of Yangon has allegedly left two people injured. The blast reportedly happened on Wednesday in a small tea shop on Baho Road in the Sanchaung area of the city. According to local sources, both casualties are receiving hospital treatment for their injuries. The cause of the explosion has yet to be confirmed as investigations into the incident remain ongoing. 

Military supply convoy attacked in Kachin

A military supply convoy has allegedly been attacked by suspected members of the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) in the state of Kachin. The attack reportedly took place on Wednesday in the Laja Yang area near Laiza. According to local sources, the military were ambushed by KIA members on Wednesday morning in what appears to have been a planned attack aimed at disrupting military supply routes. There have been no reports of casualties following the incident.

Five killed in Sagaing clash

Five fatalities have been reported, including three civilians and two People's Defence Force (PDF) personnel, while at least 10 regime soldiers have allegedly been taken captive following armed clashes in Sagaing. According to local reports, the clash occurred over the weekend in the Si Hlaung area of Yinmabin. It's claimed the soldiers entered into an armed altercation with members of an armed civilian resistance, who are now understood to be holding the soldiers captive. 

Three protesters detained in Yangon anti-military protest

Three anti-regime protesters have been arrested amid demonstrations in Yangon. According to recent reports, the detentions were made on Tuesday whilst the security forces were dispersing a group of protesters in the Hlaing area. The anti-military demonstration took place on Bayint Naung Road, with local reports describing the event as a flash mob protest. There have been no reports of injuries.

Yangon shooting kills two police

Two police officers have allegedly been killed in a recent shooting incident in Yangon. The shooting reportedly occurred on Monday morning in the Thaketa area of the city, where two police officers on motorbikes were shot at whilst they were on patrol. One of the two officers had recently been involved in a security response dispatched as part of a crackdown on anti-regime protests in the city. A heightened security presence has been reported in the area following the incident. No arrests have been made so far.

Ousted leader's trial scheduled

The trial of ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi has been scheduled for later this month. The trial is due to take place next week, on Monday 14 June. The trial comes after months of nationwide civil unrest following the controversial 1 February military coup in which Suu Kyi was deposed. Suu Kyi faces a string of criminal charges, including flouting Covid-19 restrictions during last year's election campaign and possessing unlicensed walkie-talkies.

Military clash with CDF in Mindat

Violent clashes have reportedly broken out between the military and Chinland Defense Force (CDF) members over the weekend. The fighting has apparently taken place in the Mindat area of the Chin state, where at least 53 deaths and 21 injuries have been reported over the last 24 hours. Among those killed include 50 regime security personnel and at least three CDF members.

Several killed in Ayeyarwady delta region

State media have reported the deaths of at least three people resulting from fighting between Myanmar’s security forces and villagers in the Kyonpyaw township of Ayeyarwady. Local media outlets Khit Thit Media and Delta News Agency have reported that as many as 20 people were killed.

Regime administrator shot dead in Yangon

A military-appointed ward administrator has reportedly been shot dead by unidentified suspects in Yangon. The deceased was apparently targeted in a gun attack at around 18:00 local time on Thursday evening, when he was shot dead by armed assailants in the Dawbon area of Yangon. The suspects are believed to have opened fire on the victim from a motorbike before fleeing the scene. No arrests have been made so far.

Police officer killed in Sagaing guerrilla attack

A police officer has allegedly been killed in a recent guerrilla attack which reportedly took place in Sagaing. The incident was reported on Wednesday, when a group of armed civilian resistance fighters apparently ambushed police vehicles at Wah Nyo Hill, near Kanbalu. According to reports, the guerrilla attack was carried out by members of a local anti-military regime resistance force using hunting rifles and improvised explosives. While one police officer was killed in the attack, another was also wounded.

Military court sentences journalists

A military court in Myeik, Tanintharyi, has reportedly sentenced two journalists to prison over their alleged involvement in recent anti-military protests. The journalists have both been sentenced to two years in jail for reporting on demonstrations against the military regime. One of the journalists works for the Democratic Voice of Burma (DVB) publication, while the other journalist is said to be a freelance reporter for Mizzima. Both have been charged with inciting and spreading fake news.

Anti-military protesters arrested in Yangon

Several arrests have been made in Yangon after an anti-military protest was broken up by the security forces on Thursday. The military was dispatched to Anawrahta Road in Yangon to disperse anti-regime demonstrators who had gathered for a rally against the military junta. Hundreds of people are estimated to have been in attendance at the protest, with an unspecified number of protesters reported to have been detained. No casualties have been reported.

Five accused military informants killed in Magwe

Five people who have been accused of being military informants have reportedly been killed by members of an armed civilian resistance in Magwe. According to reports, the five accused were targeted by local armed civilian resistance fighters in a targeted attack in Magwe's Gangaw on Monday. They were allegedly targeted due to allegations that they had collaborated with military troops in the area. Among those killed included a nurse, an administrative office clerk, a teacher, and two administrators from the local authorities. A sixth person was also wounded in the incident.

Soldier shot dead in Mandalay crossfire

A soldier has reportedly been shot dead while a police officer has also been injured following a recent crossfire in the Pyigyitagon area of Mandalay. The incident occurred on Tuesday near a local high school, where unidentified armed suspects allegedly opened fire on the security forces. The suspects managed to flee the scene immediately after the attack, which is presumed to have been motivated by anti-junta sentiment. No claim of responsibility has been made by any group or individual.

Civilian killed, seven arrested in military crackdown in Magwe

One civilian has been killed, two others have been injured, while seven others have also been arrested following an altercation between the military and anti-military protest groups in Magwe. The incident reportedly occurred earlier this week near Salin, where a group of people were apprehended by regime forces in a crackdown on anti-military graffiti in the area. The soldiers allegedly opened fire, killing one civilian and wounding two others. 

American news editor detained in Yangon

An American news site editor has reportedly been detained by the military in Yangon. Danny Fenster, 37, was apparently detained on Monday at Yangon international airport, where he was due to catch a flight to Malaysia. Fenster is the managing editor of Frontier Myanmar - one of the country's top independent new sites. It's understood Fenster is being held in custody at Yangon's Insein Prison. The charges under which he was arrested have yet to be publicly disclosed. Fenster is the fourth foreign journalist to be detained since the military coup seized power earlier this year, with others ultimately being deported.

Minor killed in Kachin artillery fire

A civilian minor has reportedly died after their house was hit by artillery fire in the Kachin state. The incident occurred on Monday afternoon in the Momauk area of Kachin. Local sources indicate that a residential property was struck by an artillery shell which had been fired by soldiers of the military regime. The deceased as been identified as 13-year-old local resident, Aung De.

Ousted leader appears in court

Ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi has appeared in court in Myanmar. Her court appearance is the first time Suu Kyi has been seen in person since a military coup overthrew her democratic government and arrested her on charges of voter fraud earlier this year. Suu Kyi is believed to have been under house arrest for the last four months. A day before her court hearing on Monday, Myanmar's military junta leader, Min Aung Hlaing, claimed the ousted leader was "in good health", during his first interview since leading February's controversial coup. Hlaing also repeated unverified claims of voter fraud in the country's November 2020 election, despite recent findings by independent observers that the election was free of any fraud.

Seven killed in Chin clash

Seven fatalities have been reported following a clash in the state of Chin. The clash occurred over the weekend in the Lumbang area, where six military personnel and one civilian have since been confirmed dead. It's understood the fatalities came about as the result of an attack on the military by the Chinland Defense Force near the Kalay-Falam highway. At least two soldiers managed to flee the attacked unharmed.

Forty killed in armed clashes

Clashes have reportedly broken out between the military and the Karenni Army (KA) and the Karenni People's Defense Force (PDF). According to reports, a total of 40 soldiers have been killed amid the clashes with KA and PDF members on Sunday. The fighting broke out in Moe Bye near the Shan-Kayah state border, where the military allegedly began firing indiscriminately on civilian houses, injuring two civilians and destroying homes. Following the clash, KA and PDF members reportedly seized Moe Bye police station, before taking four security personnel captive and setting fire to the station. In addition to the 40 military casualties, at least one civilian resistance fighter was also killed, while five PDF members were injured.

Four civilians killed in artillery fire, Loikaw

Four civilians have reportedly been killed in recent artillery fire in the Loikaw area of Kayah state. Local reports indicate the deaths were reported on Monday in the Kayan Thar Yar area, where the military allegedly opened fire on a group of local residents. It's claimed the residents had been taking shelter in a nearby church when the incident occurred during the early hours of the morning. No other casualties have been reported and the military has not commented on reports of the incident.

One civilian killed in military fire, Bawlakhe

One civilian has reportedly been shot dead in a recent shooting incident involving the military in the Bawlakhe area of Kayah state. According to reports, the civilian was killed, while a second victim was also injured, after the security forces opened fire on three motorcyclists on a road going into Bawlakhe on Monday morning. It's believed the military may have ordered the motorists to stop and opened fire when they failed to comply with the order.

Military junta to dissolve NLD party

Myanmar's military junta is set to dissolve Aung Sang Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy (NLD) party. The move is to be executed by the junta-appointed election commission and has been justified by unbacked allegations of voter fraud during last year's election, in which the NLD won a landslide victory against military-backed opposition parties. The decision comes after international independent observers concluded there was no evidence of voter fraud linked to the November election.

Chin bomb blast kills one civilian child

A civilian child has allegedly been killed and two others have also been wounded in a recent bomb explosion in the Chin state. The incident occurred on Wednesday evening at around 17:20 local time in the Tedim area of Chin. According to reports, the victims have been identified as 10-year-old Lian Muan Sang, who was killed in the explosion, and two brothers - 10-year-old Kip Muan Khai and his younger brother, six-year-old Kap Lian Khual - who were both injured.

Military tankers attacked by KIA

Seven military tankers have reportedly been attacked by the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) in the northern region of Shan state. The incident occurred overnight sometime within the last 48 hours, when the tankers were apparently targeted by armed KIA members in what appears to have been a coordinated attack. The tankers had all been transporting aviation fuel for the military. While two tankers were intercepted on the Kutsai-Hseni Road, another five tankers were also attacked whilst travelling along the Union Highway.

Five soldiers killed in Hakha clash

Five soldiers have allegedly been killed following a recent clash with an armed civilian group in the Hakha area of Chin state. According to local reports, the military engaged in a clash with members of an armed civilian resistance near the Kyawboke security checkpoint along the Hakha-Matupi highway on Monday afternoon. While five fatalities have been reported amongst military personnel, no casualties have been reported amongst civilian resistance members.

Students protest against military in Mandalay

Students groups have reportedly congregated in the city of Mandalay to protest against the military regime which seized power in a controversial 1 February coup. The student-led anti-military protest has been taking place on Tuesday, with no incidents of violence or arrests reported so far. The demonstration comes amid continued nationwide unrest in response to the coup, with many anti-coup protesters joining calls for a boycott of the education system under the military regime.

Protesters denounce military-regime education system

Protests have been held against the military-regime's education system in Sagaing. Protesters have congregated on Tuesday in Depayin to denounce the education system under the military regime, which seized power in a controversial coup earlier this year. The military regime announced it was ordering all educational institutions to re-open despite ongoing nationwide unrest as anti-coup protests and clashes with the military continue to occur, causing widespread disruption.

Residents flee military raids in Sagaing

Local residents in Kani, Sagaing, have reportedly been forced to flee their homes after the military conducted raids on Monday night. According to reports, civilians were forcibly evacuated as the Myanmar troops conducted raids on homes in the Thalin area, where several arrests were also made by the military. It has not yet been confirmed precisely how many local residents were detained; however, no clashes broke out amid the incident and no casualties have been reported.

Civilian injured in Mindat clashes

A civilian has reportedly been injured after being hit by a stray bullet amid clashes between the military and anti-coup protesters in Mindat, Chin. The incident apparently occurred on Monday, when it's claimed the security forces opened fire indiscriminately. At least one casualty has been confirmed, but others may have gone unreported. News of the incident comes the same night reports emerged of the military forcing civilians to flee villages amid raids in Kani, Sagaing.

Claims of 2020 election fraud rejected

Claims of voter fraud in Myanmar's 2020 election have been investigated and rejected by independent observers. Allegations of voter fraud were first made following the election last year, which saw then-leader Aung San Suu Kyi's government win a landslide victory against military-backed parties. The military then seized power in a 1 February coup, justifying the widely-controversial move by alleging massive voter fraud but providing no evidence to back claims. The Asian Network for Free Elections conducted independent investigations and confirmed its conclusion on Monday, stating the outcome of the vote was found to be "representative of the will of the people".

Army captures Mindat from rebels

Myanmar's army has captured the small town of Mindat in Chin state from rebels. The Chinland Defence Force said six fighters had been killed before they were forced to retreat to spare the town from further bombardment. "We will not stay any more in the town... but we will come back to attack soon," a spokesman for the rebel group told the AFP. Almost 800 people have been killed since the military seized power in a coup in February.

Protesters denounce education system in Mon

Anti-military protesters have staged a demonstration in the town of Ye in the Mon State to denounce the education system under the military regime. The protest has been held on Friday and was organised as the latest in a series of demonstrations calling for a boycott of the education system after the military junta made a move to reopen all schools and universities amid nationwide unrest earlier this month. No reports have emerged of any arrests being made or any outbreaks of violence during the protest.

Detained Japanese journalist to be released

A Japanese journalist who had been detained in Yangon since last month has been released. Yuki Kitazumi was the first foreign journalist to be charged since the military coup seized power in Myanmar earlier this year. Authorities claim the journalist violated the law by supporting anti-coup protests but confirmed he will be released after Japan submitted an official request this month. Had Kitazumi been found guilty he could have faced up to three years in prison.

Sixteen killed amid clashes in Sagaing

Sixteen fatalities have been reported following recent clashes between the military and armed civilian resistance groups in Sagaing. According to local reports, the clashes broke out overnight in two separate incidents in the Tamu area of Sagaing. Five security personnel and one civilian resistance member were killed in a gunfight which broke out in the village of Panthar, while a further 10 security personnel were also killed in a separate clash with local resistance members following an attack on a military outpost in the Kuntaung area during the early hours.

Soldier killed amid Myingyan clashes

A soldier has reportedly been killed and four others have also been injured amid clashes which recently broke out between the military and residents in Myingyan, Mandalay. According to local reports, the clashed broke out on Tuesday when soldiers allegedly attempted to enter the village of Myoma but faced civil resistance. Among those injured include two soldiers and two civilians.

Anti-coup protesters dispersed in Mandalay

The military have forcibly disperse crowds of anti-coup protesters in the city of Mandalay on Wednesday morning. Local reports claim the security forces used force to end a demonstration against the military regime, which seized power earlier this year when it ousted the democratic government of detained leader Aung San Suu Kyi in a controversial military coup, triggering nationwide unrest. There have been no immediate reports of casualties or arrests following the dispersal of the protest so far.

Protesters call for boycott of education system

Protesters in Myanmar are calling for a boycott of the education system under military rule. The latest demonstration has taken place on Tuesday in the Myaing area of Magwe, where groups of anti-coup protesters have rallied in support of a boycott. Student groups are also understood to have taken part in the protest. No clashes have been reported and no incidents of violence have broken out. The military have not made any arrests in connection with the demonstration in Myaing so far.

Military crack down on protests in Dawei

The military have cracked down on anti-coup protests in the regional capital of Dawei, Tanintharyi. So far, at least one casualty has been reported, while 13 other protesters have also been arrested by the security forces after staging a demonstration against the military regime. The protest reportedly took place on Tuesday morning, with local sources reporting the one injury and 13 arrests later that same day. The military has not commented on the reports.

Two killed in Kachin shooting incident

Two people have allegedly been shot dead by unidentified assailants in an incident in the Kachin state. The shooting happened on Sunday evening in the Mohnyin area, where it's suspected the two victims were executed after allegedly being accused of being informants for the military regime which seized power in a controversial coup earlier this year. Local sources claim one victim was shot dead in his home in the village of Mawhun while the second victim was killed in the Taung Sein Maw area.

Military detain 23 civilians in Sagaing

At least 23 civilian have allegedly been arrested by the military in Sagaing. The arrests were reportedly made on Monday by members of the security forces near Kani. Reports claim that of the 23 arrested, nine have been identified as local villagers, while 14 are thought to be members of a civilian resistance force. The villagers were detained in the Aung Mingalar, Minma, and Thaminchan villages on Monday morning, while 14 civilian resistance force members were detained in a forested area near the Hman Taung mountain later that same day. The arrests come as the military continue to clash with civilian protesters demonstrating against the 1 February coup.

Military kill two civilians in Sagaing

Two civilian deaths have been reported amid clashes with the military in Sagaing over the weekend. According to reports, the first fatality happened in Shwebo, where a civilian anti-coup protester allegedly died after being tortured by military personnel whilst in detention. The second death was reported in the Myinmu area, where one person was killed and four others were injured after soldiers opened fire on anti-coup protesters on Sunday. 

Junta to refuse ASEAN envoy until stability restored

Myanmar's junta has said that it would not agree to a visit from an Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) envoy until it could establish stability. Leaders of countries in the ASEAN had reached a consensus on five points at a summit on the Myanmar crisis last month, attended by General Min Aung Hlaing. “Only after we achieve a certain level of security and stability, we will cooperate regarding that envoy," Htet San, a spokesman for the military council, told a televised briefing on Friday.

Students protest against military in Monywa

Groups of students have gathered in Monywa to stage a protest against the military regime. The demonstration has been held on Friday as anti-coup protesters continue to rally nationwide amid an ongoing civil unrest movement in response to the military coup which ousted the democratic government from power earlier this year. Student protesters in Monywa have joined calls for a boycott of educational institutions under military rule. The protest comes after the military junta announced schools and other educational institutions were set to re-open despite ongoing unrest.

Military detain seven protesters in Yangon

Military personnel have reportedly detained at least seven anti-coup protesters in Yangon. The arrests were allegedly made during a demonstration against the military regime which seized power in a controversial coup earlier this year. According to recent reports, the seven protesters were apprehended and arrested on Friday as the security forces carried out a crackdown on dissent in the Tamwe area of Yangon. No casualties have been reported following the crackdown.

Civilian shot dead in Mandalay

A civilian has allegedly been killed after being shot dead by the security forces in the city of Mandalay. Local reports claim the incident occurred on Wednesday outside the Workers' Hospital, where a civilian was fatally hit by a stray bullet, fired by military personnel in a separate altercation with a motorcyclist. It's understood the security forces opened fire on the motorcyclist after they ignored orders from the military to stop. The victim was collaterally hit whilst sitting in a stationary vehicle waiting to get a Covid-19 vaccination at the hospital.

Anti-military protests held in Mandalay

Anti-military protests have been staged in Mandalay on Wednesday, as groups opposed to the military coup continue to demonstrate in streets nationwide. The protest is among the latest in a wave of unrest which broke out in response to the 1 February coup which ousted the democratic government of detained leader Aung San Suu Kyi.  The demonstrators gathered in the Nyaung Oo area of Mandalay on Wednesday morning to stage the protest. No clashes or arrests have been reported.

KIA attack kills police officer in Kachin

An armed attack by the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) has allegedly killed one police officer in the Kachin state. The incident happened on Monday evening in the Mansi area of Kachin's Bhamo, leaving one police officer dead and a second officer injured. Local reports indicate an exchange of fire broke out between suspected KIA members and security personnel near the Mansi police station. No casualties have been reported amongst KIA personnel. The deceased has been identified as a local police chief.

Student protest held in Mandalay

A student protest has been staged against the military in Mandalay. The demonstration has been organised to call for a boycott of the education system under the military regime which seized power in a controversial military coup earlier this year. According to reports, the protest came about in response to plans by the military junta to resume normal classes in all educational institutions and schools from next month, despite ongoing unrest and nationwide anti-military protests. A similar protest has also been staged by student groups in the Gangaw area of Magwe.

Japanese journalist charged over alleged fake news

A Japanese journalist who was detained by the military regime in Myanmar earlier this year has reportedly been charged over allegedly spreading fake news. Yuki Kitazumi is the first foreign journalist to be charged since the 1 February military coup, which saw the armed forces overthrow the democratically-elected government of Aung San Suu Kyi. Kitazumi was working in Myanmar as a freelance journalist and was arrested in April when police raided his home in Yangon and has been in prison since. If found guilty, Kitazumi faces up to three years in prison.

Parcel bomb blast kills five in Western Bago

A parcel bomb explosion has reportedly killed five people in the Western Bago region. Reports indicate that three blasts occurred at around 17:00 local time on Monday, in a small village in Western Bago. The explosions hit a residential property in what appears to have been a targeted attack, killing a regional lawmaker from the ousted government of detained leader Aung San Suu Kyi. Three police officers and another resident of the property were also allegedly killed in the attack. The blasts come amid a general uptick in violence as nationwide unrest against the military regime continues.

Eight killed at anti-coup protests

At least eight people have been killed during anti-coup protests in Myanmar. Thousands of people took part in rallies across the country on Sunday as part of the "Global Myanmar Spring Revolution." Two deaths were reported in Mandalay, while three were killed in the central town of Wetlet. Deaths were also recorded in Shan state and in the northern town of Hpakant. The protesters are trying to maintain the pressure of the military junta that seized power at the start of February.

Thousands flee to Thailand amid clashes

Thousands of people have fled across the border to Thailand to escape the outbreak of fighting between the Myanmar army and Karen rebels. “In coming days, more than 8,000 Karen along the Salween river will have to flee to Thailand. We hope that the Thai army will help them escape the war,” said the Karen Peace Support Network. The military has been conducting air raids in several areas along the Thai border in response to attacks on army units.

Two airbases attacked as anti-coup protests continue

Two military airbases were attacked in Myanmar on Thursday. Three explosions were reported at a base near the town of Magway in the early hours of the morning before five rockets were fired at a base in Meiktila. There has been no official confirmation of the attacks from the ruling military junta, which seized power at the start of February. Fighting has also intensified between the army and ethnic rebels in Karen and Kachin states, while protests against the junta continue throughout the country.

Four killed amid Tamu clashes

Four deaths have been reported following violent clashes between the military and members of an armed civilian resistance in Tamu, Sagaing. The fighting allegedly broke out on Tuesday evening near Kuntaung bridge. Initial reports indicate one civilian and three military personnel have been confirmed dead following the clashes. No other casualties have bene reported during the fighting, which broke out as nationwide anti-military protesters continue to stage demonstrations against the military regime which seized power in a 1 February coup. A brutal military crackdown on dissent has been met with an armed civilian response in an increasing number of areas in recent weeks.

Military detain six protesters in Mandalay

At least six anti-coup protesters have allegedly been detained amid demonstrations in Mandalay. The arrests were apparently made in the Chanmyathazi area on Wednesday afternoon, shortly after 13:00 local time. The protesters were reportedly detained by members of the security forces during an anti-military protest. Unconfirmed reports claim the detentions were made after the military fired live rounds at protesters to disperse the crowd. The protest is one of many that have taken place in recent months following a controversial military coup in early February.

Military open fire on protesters in Mandalay

The military and security forces have allegedly opened fire on anti-coup protesters in the Mahaaungmyay area of Mandalay. At least one civilian death has been reported following the incident. Unconfirmed reports claim the military opened fire on protesters during a demonstration against the military regime on Monday evening in the Sein Pann Ward. Local sources have alleged that the military began firing live rounds in an unprovoked move to disperse the crowd despite the protest remaining peaceful with minimal disruptions and no reported outbreaks of violence. 

Thirteen soldiers killed amid Chin clashes

As many as 13 military personnel have allegedly been killed amid armed clashes in the Chin state. It's claimed the fighting broke out between the security forces and an armed civilian resistance group in the Mindat area. Unconfirmed reports indicate the clashes broke out in the late hours of Monday evening and continued overnight into Tuesday morning. The fighting is believed to have taken place near the state border between Chin and Magwe. No casualties have been reported amongst the armed civilian resistance but are thought likely.

Armed clash reported near Thai border

An armed clash has reportedly broken out near the Thai border in the Karen state. The fighting has erupted between the military and an ethnic armed group at an army outpost near the eastern border with Thailand. The clash broke out during the early hours of Tuesday morning in an area largely controlled by the Karen National Union, which claims to have overrun and captured the army position. At least one civilian fatality has been reported in connection with the clash - thought to be a local resident hit by a stray bullet.

Anti-military protesters gather in Demoso, Kayah

Hundreds of anti-military protesters have gathered in the town of Demoso in the Kayah state to stage a demonstration against the military regime which seized power in a controversial coup earlier this year. The protest got underway on Monday morning and is understood to remain ongoing. A security presence has been reported; however, no violence or clashes are believed to have broken out yet. The protest is among the latest in a long series of nationwide anti-military demonstrations. Over recent weeks, the mass civil unrest has prompted the military to launch a brutal crackdown on dissent.

Anti-military protest held in Kayah

A protest against the military junta which seized power in a 1 February coup has been held in the state of Kayah. The anti-military protest was reportedly staged on Thursday in the Demoso area. No reports of clashes have emerged following the protest, which comes amid a continued nationwide anti-coup civil unrest movement. A brutal military crackdown has been led on dissent in recent weeks; however, there have been no reports of violence of arrests in Demoso on Thursday.

Anti-military protest held in Hpakant

A protest against the military junta has been staged in Hpakant in the state of Kachin. The demonstration was held on Thursday morning and is believed to still be ongoing. The protest is the latest in a series of anti-coup protests as part of a months-long nationwide unrest movement against the military regime which ousted the democratic government of Aung San Suu Kyi from power in a controversial coup back in February this year. No immediate reports of violence or arrests have emerged from the area amid the demonstration.

Government employees protest in Mandalay

Government employees in Mandalay have staged an anti-coup protest against the military regime which seized power in a controversial coup earlier this year, ousting the democratically-elected government of detained leader Aung San Suu Kyi. The anti-coup protest is apparently being held in the Meiktila area of Mandalay on Thursday. A military presence is understood to be at the scene; however, no clashes or violence have been reported so far and no arrests have been made yet by the security forces.

'Blue shirt' protest campaign launched military arrests

Anti-coup activists have launched a 'blue shirt' protest campaign calling for the release of prisoners detained by the military junta. The Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (AAPP) claims as many as 738 people have been killed by the security forces amid a brutal crackdown following the 1 February coup, while some 3,300 people are currently in detention, including 20 who have been sentenced to death. The 'blue shirt' protest event on Wednesday saw participants share photos on social media wearing blue shirts and holding up a hand with the name of an arrested person written on it. The blue shirts are intended as a tribute to pro-democracy activist Win Tin, who was jailed by the military for 19 years. Upon his release and prior to his death in 2014, Tin pledged to wear a blue shirt until all political prisoners were freed. 

Ousted lawmakers' cabinet deemed unnnlawful

A cabinet which has been formed by members of detained leader Aung San Suu Kyi's ousted government has been deemed unlawful by the military junta which overthrew the democratically-elected government in a 1 February coup. The junta classified the National Unity Government as an unlawful association this week, just days after its establishment was announced by pro-democracy lawmakers of Suu Kyi's former government. The move provides the military regime with a flimsy justification to launch an armed military campaign against the group, if they choose to do so.

Two shot dead in Mandalay anti-coup protest

Two people have reportedly been shot dead by military personnel during a recent anti-coup demonstration in the city of Mandalay. The pair was allegedly killed on Saturday after the security forces opened fire on anti-coup protesters using live rounds. The demonstration took place in the Mogok area of the city, in the Aung Chanthar ward. The protesters are understood to have rallied against the military regime and in support of the newly formed National Unity Government (NUG) cabinet, which has been established by members of the ousted democratically-elected government of detained leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

Military ram protesters in Mandalay

Military personnel have reportedly rammed anti-regime protesters in Mandalay using vehicles. The news comes as latest developments from the region on Monday, as nationwide anti-coup protests continue to take place against the military junta which controversially seized power in a 1 February coup, sparking widespread unrest and dissent. According to preliminary reports, the security forces are alleged to have used car to ram bike-riding protesters in the city on Monday. While the precise number of casualties inflicted has yet to be confirmed, it's believed as many as 10 arrests have been made by the military during the incident.

Junta frees thousands of prisoners

The military junta that seized power at the start of February has released more than 23,000 prisoners across Myanmar. Most of those who were freed under a New Year amnesty were detained before the coup. “These detainees are mostly from before February 1 but there are also some who were imprisoned after,” Prisons Department spokesman Kyaw Tun Oo told Reuters. Thousands of people joined an anti-military protest in Mandalay on Saturday, while rallies were also reported in Shan State.

Ousted lawmakers to form new cabinet

Ousted lawmakers of detained leader Aung San Suu Kyi's former government have reportedly expected to announce plans to form a new interim cabinet in Yangon. The developments come the Committee Representing Pyidaungsu Hluttaw (CRPH) - a body of democratically elected lawmakers from the ousted National League for Democracy (NLD), which was overthrown by the military in a controversial coup earlier this year. The CRPH are due to announce its new interim cabinet line-up, with NLD lawmaker Zaw Wai Soe widely expected to assume a leadership role.

Medical professionals detained in Mandalay

A number of medical professionals have reportedly been detained by the military in the city of Mandalay. According to reports, the medical workers were apprehended by security personnel on Thursday morning. Unconfirmed reports claim the arrests were made over alleged plans by the group to stage a demonstration against the military regime in Mandalay. The arrests come amid a continued military-led crackdown on nationwide dissent.

Military clash with protesters in Mandalay

The military has allegedly clashed with anti-regime protesters in the city of Mandalay. At least one death has been reported while as many as three others have been injured and at least five people have been arrested as the security forces opened fire on crowds. The clash took place in a predominantly Muslim community near the Sule Mosque in Mandalay on Thursday during a military crackdown on anti-coup protests.

Activists stage 'bloody' anti-military protests

Activists have launched a protest campaign against the military, with events taking place in towns and cities across the country. Those involve din the so-called 'bloody' protests have taken to the streets smeared in red paint in opposition to military-led crackdowns on dissent, which have led to the deaths of hundreds of anti-coup protesters. The campaign started on Tuesday, as the five-day New Year holiday known as Thingyan began, with demonstrations replacing traditional festivities.

Anti-coup protest held in Myingyan

A protest has been staged in Myingyan, Mandalay, against the military regime which seized power in Myanmar by overthrowing the elected government of detained leader Aung San Suu Kyi in a controversial 1 February coup earlier this year. The protest comes as part of an ongoing series of nationwide protest events and widespread civil unrest in response to the coup, which have in turn led to brutal military crackdowns on dissent, leaving hundreds of protesters killed. Following the protest in Myingyan, there have been no immediate reports of any casualties.

Police targeted in explosive attack, Hpakant

The security forces in Myanmar have allegedly been targeted in an explosive attack in the Hpakant area of Kachin state. According to local sources, the blast occurred on Tuesday morning, when a police convoy was attacked with explosives. The incident caused damage to at least one police vehicle; however, no casualties have immediately been reported. The attack comes amid continued brutal crackdowns on ongoing anti-coup protests and dissent.

Armed residents clash with soldiers in Tamu

A group of armed local residents have reportedly clashed with soldiers in the Tamu area of Sagaing. According to local sources, at least three soldiers have been reported dead, along with at least one civilian. It's claimed the clashes broke out over the weekend, when a number of local residents took up arms against the security forces, using hunting rifles to push back against soldiers on the Asian Highway. No further casualties have been reported following the incident, which comes amid a continued wave of violent unrest as part of a nationwide civil disobedience anti-coup protest movement.

Protesters dispersed in Kyaukme, Shan

Protesters have been dispersed by force in the town of Kyaukme, in the Shan state. According to local reports, groups of anti-regime demonstrators were forcibly dispersed by the military on Monday, as soldiers and security personnel used stun grenades and tear gas against crowds. No casualties have immediately been reported as the situation remains ongoing. The altercation is among the latest in a long string of brutal military crackdowns on unrest and dissent since the military seized power in a 1 February coup.

Scores killed in Bago crackdown

More than 80 people have been killed in Bago by junta security forces. The killings in Bago are reported to have taken place on Friday but the news took days to emerge as residents were forced to flee to nearby villages. The military is reported to have taken away the bodies of the dead so the true number of deaths will be difficult to establish. The killings come days after ethnic armies attacked a police outpost in the Shan, killing at least 10.

Ten Myanmar police killed in attack

Ten Myanmar police have been killed in an attack by ethnic armies opposed to the junta. The attack took place in Naungmon in the Shan state by an alliance that includes the Arakan Army, the Ta’ang National Liberation Army and the Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army. Shan News reports that at least 10 policemen were killed, while the Shwe Phee Myay news agency reports 14 deaths. The event represents an escalation in the response to the coup that has resulted in approximately 600 civilian deaths in the preceding weeks. Civilian lawmakers have further announced plans to form a 'national unity government' with central roles for ethnic leaders. The junta has yet to comment.

Eleven killed as protesters clash with military

Eleven deaths have been reported after armed protesters clashed with troops amid anti-coup protests in the north-western town of Taze. According to local reports, anti-coup demonstrators fought back against the military with hunting rifles, knives, and firebombs in response to a crackdown on dissent. All 11 fatalities have been identified as protesters. Fighting broke out on Wednesday and continued overnight into Thursday morning. While 11 have been killed, a further 20 others have also been wounded. No casualties have been reported amongst military personnel.

Prominent figure arrested by military amid protests

A prominent cultural figure has reportedly been arrested by the military amid ongoing anti-coup protests in Myanmar. Paing Takhon, a model and actor, was reportedly detained as part of a growing military crackdown on artists and actors demonstrating support or solidarity with the anti-regime protest movement. Takhon is among Myanmar's most popular celebrities and the military has taken down his social media accounts, which have millions of followers. Takhon's sister confirmed his arrest in a Facebook post on Thursday, claiming he was detained by a group of 50 soldiers with eight military trucks in North Dagon, Yangon.

Troops open fire on protesters in Kale, killing five

The security forces have opened fire on anti-military protesters in Kale, killing five on Wednesday. Several others were also wounded in the clash, which comes as the latest in a series of similar such altercations amid the military's brutal crackdown on anti-coup protests. According to reports, witnesses claimed five people had been killed, although the death toll could not be independently verified. So far, more than 580 people have been killed amid the crackdown on unrest, which came alongside an internet blockade by the ruling junta, which has severely curtailed the anti-coup protest movement's ability to organise campaigns.

Military offer ceasefire to ethnic minorities

The military regime in Myanmar has reportedly offered a unilateral one-month ceasefire to armed ethnic groups. The ceasefire explicitly does not apply to ongoing anti-coup protests. The move comes following several bouts of conflict which were recently reported between the security forces and ethnic minority guerrilla organisations in border regions. Myanmar has long been torn by ethnic conflict, with multiple armed ethnic minority groups fighting for greater autonomy across various areas, including the Rakhine and Shan states. In recent weeks, it's understood anti-regime protest movements have been seeking to establish alliances with ethnic groups to increase pressure on the military junta by forming a federal army to counter the national security forces. No immediate official response has been given by armed groups to the ceasefire announcement; however, several of the major groups - including the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) in the north, the Arakan Army (AA) in the Rakhine state, and Karen guerrillas in the east - have already publicly denounced the coup, promising to defend protesters in their respective territories.

One killed amid protest clashes in Kale

One protester has allegedly been killed and multiple others have also been injured amid recent clashes between the security forces and anti-military protesters in Kale, Sagaing. The protests are among the latest anti-coup demonstrations to take place against the military regime which seized power in a 1 February coup which triggered a wave of nationwide unrest. It's been reported that the security forces opened fire on an anti-regime protest in the Natchaung area of Kalay on Wednesday, with local residents allegedly retaliating by shooting back at the security forces with improvised with hunting rifles. No casualties have been reported amongst security personnel.

Rakhine insurgents attack security forces

A group of insurgents in the Rakhine state have allegedly launched an armed attack the security forces. According to recent reports, the attack occurred during the early hours of Tuesday morning in an undisclosed part of the state. It's claimed the attack was planned and carried out by members of the Rohingya Solidarity Organisation (RSO), targeting members of the country's armed forces. As many as 22 soldiers have apparently been killed in the attack, which has yet to be confirmed by official sources.

Anti-coup protest held in Kawlin

An anti-coup protest has been held in the Kawlin area of Sagaing on Wednesday. The demonstration is among the latest to be held against the military regime which seized power in a controversial 1 February coup, which triggered a nationwide wave of civil disobedience and unrest. According to reports, the protesters in Kawlin arrived on foot and aboard motorbike to stage a rally through the town.

Students anti-coup protest held in Mawlamyine

A group of student protests have held an anti-coup demonstration in Mawlamyine, Mon State. The protest has been held on Monday morning against the military regime which overthrew the democratically-elected of detained leader Aung San Suu Kyi and seized power in a controversial coup last month. The demonstration is among the latest in a long series of nationwide anti-coup protests in recent weeks, which have been met with an increasingly brutal military crackdown on dissent.

One killed in Yangon anti-coup rally

One person has been killed and another two have also been injured amid a recent protest in Yangon. The casualties were reported on Monday during a protest rally being held against the military regime which seized power in Myanmar in a controversial coup last month. According to local reports, the latest casualties occurred on Monday morning in the Thaketa area of the city.

Over 100 killed in protest clashes

More than 100 people have reportedly been killed amid violent clashes over the weekend, as the military continue to crackdown on anti-coup protests across the country. Saturday is thought to have been the country's deadliest day of clashes since mass unrest broke out following the 1 February coup earlier this year. According to reports, while many of the deceased were killed during protests, some were allegedly killed in their own homes during raids carried out by the military. Among those killed include several children, as well as women's rights activist and director of civil society group Women for Justice, Ma Ah Khu - who was shot dead in the western town of Kale.

Scores of anti-coup protesters killed in Myanmar

At least 89 anti-coup protesters have been killed on the deadliest day since the military seized power last month. The security forces opened fire on protesters who had taken to the streets on the annual Armed Forces Day. State TV had warned in a broadcast on Friday that protesters risked being shot "in the head and back". Phil Robertson, deputy director of Human Rights Watch (HRW) in Asia, described the scenes as "shocking, horrible, barbaric and unacceptable". Almost 30 people died in the second city of Mandalay and 24 others were shot dead in Yangon.

Thousands protest in Monywa

Thousands of anti-coup protesters have gathered in Monywa in Sagaing to take part in a large-scale anti-regime protest against the military junta which seized power in a controversial 1 February coup. According to recent reports, protesters have taken to the streets to rally against the military regime. No crackdown has been reported so far, but a military presence has been reported. The mass protest is the latest following weeks of similar demonstrations and unrest which have led to clashes between the military and protesters as the security forces crackdown on dissent, killing dozens of protesters.

Calls for nationwide protest

Activist groups have made calls for a new nationwide protest to be held across Myanmar this coming weekend. Human rights activists have reportedly made plans to stage major anti-coup protests across the country on Saturday 27 March. The mass protests aim to coincide with the military regime marking Armed Forces Day. Significant disruption should be anticipated in most major towns and cities, with a high risk of potentially deadly violence and clashes breaking out between protesters and the security forces.

Military kill four in protest crackdown in Myeik

Four protesters have allegedly been killed in a crackdown on dissent by the military in the town of Myeik, Tanintharyi. According to recent reports, the armed forces used live rounds as they opened fire on anti-regime protesters on Friday. Protesters had allegedly gathered in the morning for anti-coup demonstrations to protest against the military regime which seized power in a 1 February coup. The clashes were reported around midday - leaving four dead and as many as 20 others injured.

Two killed in Sagaing raid

Two people have reportedly been shot dead and some 15 others have also been injured after the security forces opened fire on local residents during a raid in Sagaing. The deaths were reported in the Tamu area of Sagaing late on Thursday. It's claimed the military used live rounds on neighbourhood watch members after a shop in the Tamu neighbourhood refused to open its doors to the security forces so it could carry out a raid on the property. The latest deadly clash comes amid continued nationwide protests against the military regime which seized power after overthrowing the democratic government of Aung San Suu Kyi in a coup last month.

Military open fire on protesters in Khin-U

The armed forces have opened fire on anti-coup protesters in Khin-U Township, Sagaing. The latest incident has occurred on Thursday and left at least three protesters injured. Other demonstrations against the military regime which seized power in a controversial coup last month have also been held elsewhere in the same region, in Yinmabin Township, on Thursday. No arrests or violence have been reported from the protest in Yinmabin so far.

Retail staff summoned by military amid Yangon strike

Dozens of retail staff members have apparently been summoned by the military amid an anti-coup strike in Yangon. According to reports, the military regime summoned some 100 or so staff members of supermarket and department store chains in Yangon on Wednesday. The summoning came as businesses in the city remained closed for a 'silent strike' as a form of protest against the military regime which seized power in a 1 February coup. Those summoned were allegedly asked to attend the City Hall on Wednesday at midday. It's believed they were detained by the military overnight. Several senior banking officials are also reported to have been detained by the military on Thursday. Reports suggest the detentions come as part of a military effort to pressure groups into resuming business operations as normal.

Over 600 prisoners released by military

More than 600 prisoners have reportedly been released by the military regime amid continued unrest across the country. The military claims it has freed over 600 detained on various alleged infractions since the 1 February coup and subsequent protests broke out. The mass release appears to be the first gesture by the military regime to placate protesters as several buses drove out of Yangon's Insein Prison to free 628 people detained amid protests - most of them students. So far, it's estimated that as many as 2,000 arrests have been made since anti-coup protests first broke out.

Seven-year-old shot dead by police in Mandalay

A seven-year-old girl has been shot dead by police amid a crackdown on anti-regime protests in the city of Mandalay. According to reports, the girl was killed by police as she ran towards her father during a raid on their home. It's claimed police also beat and arrested her 19-year-old brother. The girl has become the youngest known victim of the military's brutal crackdown on dissent. Her death has triggered fresh outrage over the military's crackdown, with rights group, Save the Children, suggesting as many as 20 children have been identified among dozens killed in recent weeks. In total, more than 260 people are estimated to have been killed during protests.

Anti-coup protests held in Yangon

Several anti-coup protests have been held across various parts of Yangon. According to reports, a demonstration against the military regime which seized power in a 1 February coup was held in the North Okkalapa area of the city during the early hours of Tuesday morning. Another anti-regime protest was also staged in the Thingangyun area, along with another protest against the military in Kyauktada Township - both in the early morning. The protests follow reports of the security forces opening fire on residential areas during an anti-military protest in Yangon's Dawbon Township on Monday. Similar protests have also been reported in Bago, Sagaing, Kachin, and Magway.

Teen killed amid protests in Mandalay

The security forces have reportedly opened fire on anti-coup protesters in Mandalay, killing a teenage boy. The death of one protester has been reported, while as many as four others have also been wounded after the military allegedly used live rounds of crowds of protesters in the Chanmyathazi area of Mandalay. According to recent reports, the deceased has been identified as a 13-year-old boy. Security personnel also reportedly burnt protesters barriers and damaged several vehicles.

Detained BBC journalist released

BBC journalist Aung Thura has been released after being detained by the military in Naypyitaw. Thura had been reporting on anti-coup protests when he was reportedly taken away by the armed forces last week, along with another reporter from local broadcaster, Mizzima, which recently had its license revoked by the military junta which seized power in a 1 February coup. The BBC were unable to contact Thura following his detention, sparking concern; however, the BBC have since confirmed his release but gave no further details. So far, around 40 journalists are understood to have been detained by the military regime.

Charity workers detained in Yangon

Three workers for a humanitarian charity have reportedly been detained by the security forces in Yangon. The three charity workers were members of the Yangon-based Thukha Kari humanitarian charity and according to reports, they were arrested by security personnel near the Pan Hlaing bridge on Sunday. It's believed they were detained for handing out food supplies and medical aid to anti-coup protesters amid a continued military crackdown on widespread dissent.

Doctors stage anti-coup demonstration at dawn

Doctors staged an anti-coup rally at dawn on Sunday. Hundreds of healthcare workers marched through the streets of Mandalay in the early hours to avoid a confrontation with the security forces. The latest rally comes as the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners said at least 247 people have been killed during protests against the military since the start of February.

BBC journalist detained in Naypyitaw

A journalist working for the BBC has reportedly been detained whilst working in Myanmar. Aung Thura - a reporter with the BBC Burmese service - was allegedly detained by officers in plain clothes whilst reporting outside a court building in the capital city of Naypyitaw. According to the BBC, it has been unable to contact Aung Thura since his detention. In a statement, the BBC called on the authorities in Myanmar "to help locate him and confirm that he is safe", asserting that Aung Thura is an "accredited BBC journalist". Aung Thura was allegedly taken away along with another reporter, Than Htike Aung, who works for local news organisation, Mizzima. The military regime which seized power in a 1 February coup revoked Mizzima's operating licence earlier this month. It's believed as many as 40 journalists have been arrested since the coup sparked nationwide unrest last month, with at least 16 still in custody, while the military revoked the licences of five media companies.

Police storm Yangon anti-coup protest

Police in Yangon have reportedly stormed an anti-coup protest in Yangon. According to recent local reports, police personnel cracked down on people participating in a rally against the military regime which seized power in a 1 February coup. The incident occurred on Friday on Thaketa Myin Taw Thar road and is understood to still be ongoing. No confirmed casualty figures have been reported thus far.

Ousted lawmakers consider ICC probe

Lawmakers who were ousted in Myanmar by a military coup last month are exploring whether the International Criminal Court (ICC) can carry out a probe into alleged crime against humanity. The development comes amid further reports of new protester deaths following continued crackdowns on anti-coup demonstrations by the military. It's estimated that the total number killed in recent weeks amid unrest and violent clashes with the military has risen to at least 221. The military junta claims the security forces have only used force when necessary; however, critics have challenged this, claiming the security forces have opened fire on protesters in unprovoked incidences. The committee of ousted lawmakers continues to consider at ways military leaders can be held accountable for violence following the coup.

Eight killed amid protest clashes in Shan state

At least eight protesters have reportedly been killed and 17 others have also been wounded in violent clashes between protesters and the security forces in the Shan state. The violence comes as soldiers allegedly opened fire on protesters on Friday in Aungpan, during a confrontation with anti-coup protesters. Seven people were killed in the town, while one person died after being taken to hospital in the nearby town of Kalaw. The clashes are the latest in a series of increasingly brutal military crackdowns on anti-regime protesters following the 1 February coup.

Buddhist monks renounce military regime

Buddhist monks in Myanmar have officially renounced the military regime which seized power in a 1 February coup, triggering nationwide anti-coup protests. The State Sangha Maha Nayaka Committee (SSMNC) released a statement on Wednesday renouncing ties to the military junta and calling for an end to brutal military crackdowns on anti-coup protesters, which have resulted in the deaths of dozens of demonstrators over the last few weeks. The SSMNC is a government-appointed official body and is the largest representation of Buddhist monks in the country. The group has historically held influence over political affairs and its decision to stand against the military could have significant ramifications.

Six killed, 70 arrested in Yangon factory dispute

Six people have reportedly been killed and a further 70 others have also been arrested after a violent dispute broke out at a factory in Yangon. According to reports, groups of factory workers engaged in a dispute at the Chinese-owned Xing Jia shoe factory in the Hlaingthaya Township of Yangon. The dispute allegedly came about due to workers' collective dissatisfaction over wage payments. Violence broke out when factory owners called the armed forces to respond to the incident, triggering clashes which left six dead. Tensions have been high in Yangon amid continued anti-coup protests, which have begun targeted Chinese-owned factories recently over claims China has provided support to the military regime which overthrew the democratic government of detained leader Aung San Suu Kyi in a controversial coup last month.

Soldiers open fire on Mandalay protesters

Soldiers of Myanmar's armed forces are alleged to have opened fire on a group of people indiscriminately in the Mandalay region. Preliminary reports indicate the latest clash came about as a result of another military crackdown on anti-coup protesters in the Chaunggyi area, located 85km north of Mandalay city; however, unconfirmed reports claim the soldiers opened fire whilst passing through the area in an unprovoked attack. Further details have yet to be confirmed but it's believed at least five people may have been killed, while as many as 14 others have reportedly been arrested.

Three killed in Kale protest clashes

Violent clashes which have broken out between the military and anti-coup protesters in Kale, Sagaing, have left at least three protesters dead. The violence reportedly unfolded on Wednesday, during a protest against the military regime which seized power in a controversial coup last month. The deaths are the latest to be reported amid continued military crackdowns on nationwide protests, which have resulted in the killing of dozens of demonstrators over the last few weeks.

Protesters killed in Yangon demonstrations

An anti-coup protester has been killed amid demonstrations in the city of Yangon. The protester was allegedly shot dead by the security forces as they opened fire on crowds protesting against the military regime in the Mingalar Taung Nyunt area of Yangon on Tuesday night. News of the latest protester death comes just days after the country's deadliest weekend of anti-coup protests so far, when dozens were killed in a brutal military crackdown on dissent. Protests against the military remain ongoing nationwide, with continued demonstrations reported in Bago, Mandalay, Monywa, and Yangon on Wednesday morning. 

Police kill two protesters in Yangon

Police officers in Myanmar have allegedly killed another two protesters in Yangon, amid ongoing demonstrations against the military regime which seized power in a 1 February coup overthrowing the democratic government of Aung San Suu Kyi. The protesters were reportedly shot dead by officers using live rounds in the Dawbon area on Monday evening, during a military-led crackdown on unrest.

Two killed in Yangon protests

Two more pro-democracy protesters have allegedly been killed amid demonstrations in Yangon. The security forces reportedly opened fire on protesters with live rounds again today, killing two protesters in Yangon's Hlaingthaya Township. Many others were also reportedly injured during the clashes, which come a day after the country's deadliest day of protests was reported on Sunday, when dozens of anti-coup protesters were shot dead bin a military crackdown. Mobile networks have also been shut down nationwide on Monday following the clashes.

Chinese factories burnt by anti-coup protesters

Two Chinese-financed factory buildings have been torched in arson attacks believed to have been carried out by anti-coup protesters in Yangon. According to reports, the destruction of the factories comes amid rising anti-Chinese sentiment amongst protesters amid reports of China providing aid to the military junta which seized power by ousting the democratic government of detained leader Aung San Suu Kyi in a 1 February coup. The military reported fired live rounds at protesters as the factories burnt.

Martial law extended

Martial law has been extended in Myanmar by the military junta amid ongoing nationwide anti-coup protests. The declaration of martial law now applies to more districts, with the extension coming a day after the country's deadliest day of protests since the coup began, with at least 21 people reportedly killed amid clashes with the security forces in Yangon on Sunday. Pro-democracy protesters continue to call for the release of ousted civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi, who is due to appear in court on Monday to face a slew of charges, including allegations of voter fraud. Martial law was initially declared in two districts of Yangon on Sunday after Chinese businesses were targeted before adding more districts on Monday. Protesters have begun targeting Chinese interests due to the believe China is proving military support to the coup leadership.

Dozens killed in crackdown on anti-coup protesters

At least 38 people have been killed as the security forces cracked down on anti-coup protesters in Yangon. Earlier the military government declared martial law over Hlaing Tharyar and neighbouring Shwepyitha in the city in response to attacks on Chinese factories. The Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (AAPP) said the 126 people have been killed in "violent and arbitrary crackdowns" over the last six weeks. Violence was also reported in Mandalay, where a woman was shot dead, and in Bago where two people died.

Violent clashes reported in Mohnyin, Kachin

Violent armed clashes have been reported in the Kachin state. The clashes have reportedly broken out between the military and members of the Kachin Independence Army (KIA). According to local sources, the fighting broke out on Thursday, during the early hours of the morning, when armed KIA members ambushed a military camp in the Mohnyin district, near the village of Sal Zin. No immediate reports of casualties have been confirmed so far.

Additional charges brought against detained leader

Additional charges have been brought against detained leader Aung San Suu Kyi by the military regime which seized power in a 1 February coup earlier this year. The new charges are arguably the most serious to be brought against Suu Kyi yet, as she faces allegations that she illegally accepted $600,000 and close to $630,000 worth of gold. Further details surrounding the charges have not been released and the military junta has not provided any evidence to support the accusations. Suu Kyi has been held for the past five weeks in an undisclosed location and faces several charges including causing "fear and alarm", illegally possessing radio equipment, and breaking Covid-19 restrictions. Meanwhile, nationwide anti-coup protesters continue to clash with the security forces as the military lead brutal crackdowns on dissent. Rights group Amnesty has accused the military of Myanmar of going on a "killing spree", using battlefield weapons on unarmed protesters.

Anti-coup protest held in Dawei

A protest against the military coup which overthrew the government last month and seized power has been staged in Dawei, in the Tanintharyi region. The demonstration against the military regime is being staged by local residents and shopkeepers. Participants began to gather on Strand Road market on Thursday to rally against the security forces, which have been leading brutal crackdowns on dissent across major towns and cities amid the ongoing nationwide wave of civil unrest in response to the coup.

Protester shot dead in Yangon

Another anti-coup protester has reportedly been shot dead by the security forces amid nationwide demonstrations and subsequent clashes with the military in the city of Yangon. The death allegedly occurred on Thursday during a violent crackdown by the security forces on an anti-coup protest in North Dagon Township. A second protester was also injured after sustained a gunshot wound during the same protest. Elsewhere, two protesters have also been reported dead during further crackdowns on demonstrations against the military regime in Mandalay and Myaing.

Police use tear gas on protesters in Yangon

Police in Yangon have reportedly used tear gas on anti-coup protesters. Demonstrations have been taking place on Wednesday in the South Dagon area of the city, where police allegedly used tear gas to disperse crowds on Maung Makan Kanthar Street. Elsewhere in the city, several protesters were also detained by the security forces in North Okkalapa.

UK ambassador recalled over anti-coup comments

The military junta in Myanmar has recalled the country's ambassador to the UK over anti-coup comments he recently made. Kyaw Zwar Minn - a former military colonel - told the BBC Myanmar was at risk of civil war and has called for the release of detained leader Aung San Suu Kyi. The military seized power in Myanmar on 1 February by overthrowing the democratically-elected government of Suu Kyi in a coup, which has since sparked nationwide unrest and violence.

Protesters trapped by military flee in Yangon

A large group of anti-coup protesters trapped overnight by the military have reportedly now fled the premises. Some 200 protesters were marching in support of International Women's Day in the Sanchuang area of Yangon on Monday when the security forces allegedly blocked them off, trapping them in a four-street area and preventing them from leaving. It's understood at least 40 people were arrested and taken away overnight, prompting others to escape during the early hours of the morning, when police numbers were relaxed briefly. 

Military revokes media outlets' licenses

The military regime in Myanmar has reportedly revoked licensing from at least five independent media outlets. The  move strips the outlets of their licenses to publish and broadcast news and has been met with criticism, furthering accusations of suppression of free speech which have been made against the military junta which seized power in a controversial coup last month. The five outlets affected include '7 Days', 'DVB', 'Khitthit', 'Mizzima', and 'Myanmar Now' - the latter of which also had their Yangon offices raided by the military.

Protesters killed in Pyapon, Ayeryarwady

An anti-coup protester has allegedly been killed after the security forces opened fire on demonstrators in Pyapon, Ayeyarwady. According to reports, one protester was shot dead, while at least four others were also injured amid clashes on Monday. A further 100 protesters were also detained and briefly held by the security forces before later being released.

Ten-day labour strike begins

A ten-day labour strike has been launched on Monday by labour unions in Myanmar. The industrial action aims to pressure the military junta which seized power at the beginning of last month in a coup to return power to the democratically-elected civilian government of detained leader Aung San Suu Kyi. The strike will last until Thursday 18 March and comes amid an ongoing nationwide civil unrest movement against the military coup.

Party official dies in custody

A party official from detained leader Aung San Suu Kyi's National league for Democracy (NLD) has reportedly died in custody. U Khin Maung Latt was detained by the military during raids in Yangon amid the military coup which overthrew the NLD last month. It's claimed Maung Latt died after fainting and activists allege he was beaten while detained and subjected to harsh interrogation. News of the NLD party member's death comes amid continued anti-coup protests nationwide, which have led to clashes with the armed forces. The UN estimates more than 50 people have been killed so far amid the military's crackdown on protests.

Protester killed as police open fire in Mandalay

An anti-coup protester has allegedly been killed after police opened fire on crowds in Mandalay. Witnesses and local media claim the young man was fatally shot in the neck. The man is understood to have been taking part in a demonstration against the military coup which seized power by overthrowing the democratically-elected government of detained leader Aung San Suu Kyi on 1 February 2021. Reports of the protesters' death come a day after dozens of fatalities were reported amid a military crackdown on protests nationwide. Hundreds more have also been detained.

Rating change from Moderate to High

The risk rating for Myanmar has changed due to ongoing nationwide unrest which broke out in response to the military coup which overthrew the democratically-elected government of detained leader Aung San Suu Kyi on 1 February 2021. A military crackdown on dissent has led to violent clashes as anti-coup protesters continue to call for Suu Kyi's release and the reinstatement of her government. Dozens of protester fatalities have been reported and hundreds more have been arrested, including journalists.

UN claim anti-coup protest deaths reach 54

A UN human rights chief has reportedly claimed that the death toll amid ongoing anti-coup demonstrations in Myanmar has reached 54 confirmed fatalities. Michelle Bachelet, the UN's High Commissioner for Human Rights, stated on Thursday that more than 1,7000 protesters have been detained and at least 54 deaths had been linked to violent clashes between protesters and the armed forces amid a recent military crackdown on nationwide unrest, which has seen security personnel use live rounds to disperse crowds. Among those detained include at least 29 journalists. It's feared actual figures could be much higher.

Anti-coup protests continue in Mandalay

Demonstrations against the military coup which seized power in Myanmar last month by overthrowing the democratically-elected government continue to take place in Mandalay. Tens of thousands of people have allegedly taken part in protests, which have largely been focused in the Myingyan area of Mandalay. The latest protests come despite dozens of protesters recently being fatally injured during clashes with the security forces during a military crackdown on anti-coup protesters yesterday.

Dozens killed amid protest clashes

At least 38 fatalities have been confirmed amid separate protest clashes over the course of the day. The security forces used live rounds on anti-coup protesters in Mandalay and Monywa, resulting in the deaths of 10 people, including two teenagers. Further deaths have also been reported in other cities across the country, according to the UN. Mass protests have been taking place against the coup as part of a nationwide civil disobedience movement since the military seized control on 1 February.

Dozens of protesters arrested in Myitkyina

Dozens of anti-coup protesters have allegedly been detained by the security forces amid ongoing demonstrations against the military coup which seized power last month. As many as 45 arrests were reportedly made during protests in Kachin's Myitkyina on Wednesday. The protests were attended by hundreds of people but have apparently since been dispersed following the arrests. 

Police crack down on protesters in Monywa

The police have reportedly cracked down on anti-coup protesters in Monywa, Sagaing. According to reports, the police clashed with demonstrators on Wednesday in the Myingyan area of Monywa. Unconfirmed reports claim five protesters have died amid the clashes and several others have also apparently been injured.

Military detain protesters in Yangon

Hundreds of anti-coup protesters have allegedly been detained by the military amid demonstration against the military coup in Yangon. It's claimed as many as 300 protesters have been arrested by the security forces in the Tamwe area of the city on Wednesday morning. It remains unclear precisely what charges the protesters have been detained under or for how long they are likely to be held by the security forces. The arrests come as the military crackdown on anti-coup demonstrations and dissent as a nationwide civil disobedience movement against the coup continues to gain momentum. 

Two protesters shot in Mandalay

Two protesters have allegedly been shot by the security forces during anti-coup demonstrations in Mandalay. Preliminary reports from the ground claim the two protesters have died after being shot at by security personnel with live rounds amid protests on Wednesday. It's claimed a 19-year-old female protester was shot in the neck, while a 37-year-old male protester was shot in the chest. 

Protesters hit by bullets in Mandalay

Anti-coup protesters in Mandalay have reportedly been fired at by the security forces using live rounds. Reports claim that at least two protesters have been hit by live bullets and injured during demonstration in the Maha Aung Myay area on Tuesday. According to local sources, the security forces also used tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse crowds.

Journalist detained in Tanintharyi

A local journalist has allegedly been detained by the military in Tanintharyi. The journalist was reportedly arrested during a raid on their home in the Myeik area on Monday. According to reports, the journalist has been identified as a male employee of the Democratic Voice of Burma (DVB) media organisation. The DVB have confirmed the arrest; however, no details regarding the charges under which the journalist was detained have been released thus far and his location also remains unclear.

Security forces arrest protesters in Yangon

Three anti-coup protesters have reportedly been detained amid recent demonstrations against the military coup in the city of Yangon. The protesters were allegedly detained by the security forces during an anti-coup protest being held in the Sanchuang area on Tuesday morning. The arrests follow a brutal military crackdown on dissent over the weekend as a nationwide civil disobedience movement against the coup which seized power last month continues. Further protests continue to take place in Yangon, with demonstrations reported on Insein Road and near Sule Pagoda on Tuesday.

Detained leader to appear in court

Detained leader Aung San Suu Kyi is due to appear in court to face fresh charges which have been brought against her by the military junta which seized power in a controversial coup last month. Suu Kyi reportedly appeared in court via video link, having been held in an undisclosed location since the 1 February coup. Suu Kyi was initially detained on charges related to illegally importing walkie talkies and violating Myanmar's natural disaster law. Further charges have now been brought against her, including breaching Covid-19 restrictions during the election campaign and causing "fear and alarm". Suu Kyi's court appearance comes as nationwide anti-coup protests continue.


Protesters clash with security forces in Yangon

The security forces have reportedly clashed with anti-coup protesters in the city of Yangon. According to reports, the military used stun grenades and tear gas to disperse crowds of demonstrators who had gathered on Bargayar Road in the Sanchaung area on Monday. The protest comes as one of the latest amid an ongoing wave of nationwide unrest and civil disobedience in response to the military coup which seized power in early February.

Ten killed and several wounded in protests

Police have fired live ammunition at demonstrators in the main city of Yangon and other cities, including Dawei, Bago and Mandalay, killing at least 10 people and wounding dozens more. The police action came after state television announced that Myanmar’s envoy to the United Nations, Kyaw Moe Tun, had been fired for urging the global body to use “any means necessary” to reverse the coup. “We saw a change in tactics [on Saturday] when they started to push back against the protesters much more aggressively, but today it appears they are using live rounds and they are not afraid to take life," Al Jazeera’s Tony Cheng reported from Bangkok.

Large-scale anti-coup protest held in Mandalay

A large-scale anti-coup protest is taking place in Mandalay, with tens of thousands in attendance. The demonstration comes as part of an ongoing nationwide civil disobedience protest movement against the military coup which seized power at the beginning of the month, overthrowing the democratic government of detained leader Aung San Suu Kyi. The march has been held in Mandalay on Friday, as residents rally against the military regime. A strengthened security presence has been reported and clashes between protesters and the security forces are possible. Elsewhere, at least 20 protesters have been detained amid anti-coup demonstrations in the capital city of Naypyitaw.

Japanese journalist detained in Yangon protest

A Japanese journalist has allegedly been detained by police during an anti-coup protest in the city of Yangon. Reports of the detention have not yet been confirmed by officials in Myanmar and the reason for the arrest has not been disclosed. The incident comes amid reports of police allegedly firing gunshots in the air during demonstrations in the Mayangone area of Yangon, where as many as 20 people were also detained on Friday.

Sit-in protest held against military coup in Yangon

A sit-in protest has been held against the military coup in the city of Yangon. Hundreds of people have taken part in the protest, which was held in the Sule area of Yangon on Wednesday. According to reports, the protest was held following military manoeuvres to block off protesters from reaching the main streets through the city. The protest comes as a nationwide anti-coup movement continues in its third consecutive week.

Deadly clashes reported in Kachin

Deadly clashes have allegedly been reported in the Kachin state. Fighting supposedly broke out between members of the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) and the military on Tuesday in an unspecified part of the northern state. Unconfirmed reports claim at least one civilian has been killed as a result of the clashes. Neither side has confirmed reports of fighting thus far and no further casualties have been reported. The region is known for sporadic skirmishes between separatist groups and the armed forces, with often deadly consequences.

Security forces blockade diplomatic offices

The security forces have reportedly blockaded parts of downtown Yangon, particularly where diplomatic offices are located, amid ongoing anti-coup protests. The police and military are understood to have blocked off roads leading to foreign embassies and UN offices in the city, which have been targeted by protesters calling on the international community to take further action against the military junta which seized power in Myanmar earlier this month by overthrowing the democratic-elected government of detained leader Aung San Suu Kyi. Nationwide protests against the coup have now entered their third week, with demonstrators calling for the release of Suu Kyi and the re-instatement of her government.

EU prepares sanctions against military coup leaders

The EU is understood to be preparing measures against military coup leaders in Myanmar. The EU's top diplomat and its executive wing have been tasked with drawing up a series of measures to target those deemed responsible for the coup, which are expected to include a wide range of sanctions. A statement from the EU on Monday stated that the bloc supported a "de-escalation of the current crisis through an immediate end to the state of emergency, the restoration of the legitimate civilian government and the opening of the newly elected parliament". Measures could also include bans on travelling to Europe. The EU will join the US, the UK, and Canada in imposing sanctions on Myanmar's ruling generals.

Anti-coup protests continue despite military warning

Anti-coup protests have continued to take place across the country as they enter their fourth consecutive week since the military coup overthrew the democratically-elected government at the beginning of the month. The mass protests come despite military warnings, with hundreds of thousands of protesters taking to the streets to take part in another large-scale general strike on Monday. Police are reportedly prepared to use water cannons to disperse crowds in the capital. The protests come after two protesters were killed amid skirmishes on Sunday.

Protesters gather in Naypyitaw

Protesters demonstrating against the military coup which seized power in Myanmar earlier this month have congregated in the capital, Naypyitaw, where they have encountered road blocks. According to reports, the protesters have gathered as part of the so-called 'Two-Five' general strike action against the coup. The security forces are understood to have erected road blocks along main access roads in the capital in response to the protest on Monday.

Two killed as police disperse protesters

Myanmar police have used live ammunition to disperse demonstrators in Mandalay, local media and medical staff reported, leading to at least two deaths. The violence comes a day after a young woman, Mya Thwe Thwe Khaing, became the first confirmed death from the protests, with rights groups saying her injuries were consistent with the use of live ammunition. Police have denied the use of lethal force. Myanmar has seen weeks of protests following the coup which overthrew Aung San Suu Kyi's elected party, the National League for Democracy (NLD).

Woman shot amid protests dies

A woman who was shot in the head by military personnel firing live rounds during an anti-coup protests earlier this month has reportedly died- becoming the first confirmed fatality amid the country's growing civil unrest movement. The 20-year-old woman's death was confirmed by the hospital in Nay Pyi Taw on Friday morning. She was injured last week when police tried to disperse anti-coup protesters using water cannons, rubber bullets and live rounds. The protest was one of many which have broken out in recent weeks in response to the military coup which forced the democratic government of Aung San Suu Kyi out of power.

Anti-coup marches held in Yangon

Several groups of anti-coup protesters have held marches against the military junta across parts of downtown Yangon. The protesters reportedly congregated near Myaynigone Junction before making their way down town. The marches have come as anti-coup demonstrators continue into their third consecutive week of protests against the military coup which overthrew the democratic government of detained leader Aung San Suu Kyi at the beginning of the month.

Shots fired at protesters in Mandalay

Gunshots have allegedly been fired at anti-coup protesters in Mandalay. According to local reports, security forces fired shots at groups of protesters who had gathered near railway staff housing developments in Mandalay on Wednesday evening. The demonstration was held at around 21:00 local time, leading to clashes with at least one person reportedly sustaining gunshot wounds. Several more were also allegedly injured amidst the scuffle.

Three anti-coup protesters detained in Taungup

Three anti-coup protesters have reportedly been arrested by security personnel in Taungup, Rakhine state. According to recent local reports, the arrests were made on Wednesday following demonstrations which were held in the area against the military coup which overthrew the democratic government of detained leader Aung San Suu Kyi at the start of the month. The protest was part of a nationwide civil disobedience movement which is calling for Suu Kyi's release and for the military junta to restore power to the former government. The detentions come a day after three others were also arrested elsewhere in the state, for allegedly supporting anti-coup protests.

Police clash with protesters in Myangmya

Police have reportedly clashed with protesters in Myaungmya, Ayeyarwady. Demonstrators were allegedly fired upon by security personnel outside a prison on Tuesday, where they had gathered to demand the release of a local school headmaster who was recently detained amid anti-coup protests. Local reports claim the police fired rubber bullets at protesters in a bid to disperse the crowd, leaving at least six people injured. 

Four detained amid anti-coup protests

Four protesters have been arrested amid anti-coup demonstrations in Thandwe, Rakhine state. Recent reports claim the four demonstrators were detained by security personnel on Tuesday. It's believed the detainees have since been transferred to a holding facility at a military base in Ngapali. The arrests come amid a heightened military presence on the streets of main cities as nationwide anti-coup protests continue into their third week.

Protesters block roads in Yangon

Thousands of anti-coup protesters have reportedly gathered in the city of Yangon to block roads during demonstrations against the military coup which overthrew the democratic government of Aung San Suu Kyi earlier this month. Protesters are allegedly using vehicles to intentionally block roads across the main city. The protest comes as tens of thousands of people gather in downtown Yangon to participate in what is expected to be the largest mass protest against the coup so far. There is a high risk of violence breaking, especially considering the heightened military presence in the city over the last few days. Clashes have already been reported between security personnel and protesters in recent weeks. Demonstrators are demanding the release of Suu Kyi and the restoration of her government. Widespread disruption should be anticipated throughout the city.

Anti-coup protest held outside Russian embassy

Anti-coup protesters have met outside the Russian embassy in Yangon to stage a demonstration against the military coup which unfolded in Myanmar at the beginning of the month. The protest has taken place on Wednesday, when demonstrators gathered in front of the embassy building on Mawgun Taik Street to call for the release of detained leaders and the restoration of the democratically-elected government of former leader Aung San Suu Kyi - who remains among those detained under house arrest by the military.

Army promises new elections

The military junta which seized power after the democratic government of Aung San Suu Kyi was overthrown by a military coup earlier this month has promised to hold new elections as widespread anti-coup protests continue across the country. In the army's first news conference since toppling the government, military spokesman Zaw Min Tun re-asserted promises to "hand power back to the winning party" following a new planned election. No date has been given for the election. Meanwhile, an increased military presence on the streets of Myanmar has further fuelled fears of a crackdown on opposition protests.

Additional charge brought against ousted leader

The police have added to the charges being brought against ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi - whose democratically-elected government was overthrown by a military coup earlier this month. Suu Kyi was initially detained on charges of alleged election fraud. A second charge has now been filed against the former leader, after imported walkie-talkies were found in her house - prompting the military junta to accuse her of violating the country's Natural Disaster Law.

Anti-coup protests held in Yangon

Anti-coup protests have been held in the city of Yangon on Tuesday morning. According to reports, protesters have continued to take part in demonstrations outside the Central Bank of Myanmar, prompting police to intervene by blocking protest routes in the city. Demonstrators have also congregated outside the Myanmar Economic Bank on Insein Road, where they are calling on government staff to join the nationwide strikes which have been taking place over the last few weeks as part of the wider civil disobedience movement against the military coup which seized power by overthrowing the democratic government of Aung San Suu Kyi earlier this month. The protest come as a near-total internet shutdown is enforced nationwide for the second consecutive night.

Detained leader to appear in court

Detained leader Aung San Suu Kyi is to appear in court this week, via video conference, to face changes brought against her by the military junta which seized power during a military coup earlier this month. Arm chief General Min Aung Hlaing claims the coup was justified due to alleged widespread voter fraud in November's elections, which Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy (NLD) won in a landslide election win. Suu Kyi's scheduled court appearance comes as military junta leaders extended their detention of the ousted leader another two days, meaning she will continue to be held under house arrest at her official residence in Nay Pyi Taw until Wednesday.

Military fire on anti-coup protesters

Myanmar's military has reportedly opened fire on anti-coup demonstrators during a protest in Mandalay. Preliminary reports indicate the security forces have opened fire in an attempt to disperse protesters in the city, where a ban has been imposed on public gatherings and a night time curfew has also been enforced. It has not been confirmed whether or not the military are firing live rounds or rubber bullets. Last week a female protester was critically injured after she was shot in the head by security personnel firing live rounds.

Anti-coup protest held outside US embassy

An anti-coup protest has been held outside the US embassy in Yangon. According to recent reports, demonstrators gathered outside the embassy building on University Avenue Road on Monday morning to call on the US to pressure the military junta which seized power in Myanmar last week to stand down and restore the democratically-elected government of detained leader Aung San Suu Kyi. The protest is the latest in a nationwide civil unrest movement against the military coup which overthrew the government earlier this month.

Anti-coup protests staged in Nay Pyi Taw

Anti-coup protests are being staged in the capital city of Nay Pyi Taw for the second consecutive week as a nationwide civil disobedience movement continues to gain momentum in response to the military coup which controversially overthrew the democratic government of Aung San Suu Kyi earlier this month. The latest protest was held in the capital on Monday by groups of engineers calling for the restoration of Suu Kyi's government and the release of all detained leaders. Hundreds of thousands have taken part in mass anti-coup protests over the last 10 days, and a large number of small protests have continued to be reported amid a heightened military presence in several cities - sparking fears of a crackdown.

Tens of thousands protest coup in ninth day of demonstrations

Tens of thousands of people have protested for the ninth consecutive day of anti-coup demonstrations following the repeal of citizen's legal protections. At least 384 people have been detained since the coup, the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners has reported. The detention of Aung San Suu Kyi, on charges of importing walkie-talkies, is due to expire on Monday. Her lawyer, Khin Maung Zaw, could not be reached for comment.

Myanmar junta suspends laws limiting force

The Myanmar junta has suspended security laws protecting citizens rights and issued arrest warrents for prominent backers of the mass protests. General Min Aung Hlaing suspended three sections of laws “protecting the privacy and security of the citizens," including the requirement for a court order to detain prisoners beyond 24 hours and constraints on private property seizure. The suspension is indefinite. The junta has also urged civil servants to return to work on threat of action against those who refuse.

MPs urge UN to investigate human rights violations

MPs of Aung San Suu Kyi's recently overthrown government in Myanmar have called on the UN to launch an investigation into alleged human rights abuses. Some 300 lawmakers accused the military junta of "gross human rights violations", including shooting anti-coup protesters. There have also been reports of military personnel visiting the homes of medical professionals during the night and attempting to detain them for questioning over involvement in a civil disobedience movement.

Clashes reported amid nationwide protests

Clashes have been reported across parts of Myanmar as anti-coup protests continue into their sixth consecutive day. According to reports, clashes broke out after thousands gathered for a protest in Mawlamyine, where police allegedly used tear gas on the crowds, prompting protesters to retaliate by throwing stones. Several casualties have been reported and a number of arrests have also been made. Elsewhere, protests have also been reported in Dawei, Myitkyina, Nay Pyi Taw, Thandwe, and Yangon.

Third day of anti-coup protests held outside Chinese embassy

Anti-coup protests being held outside the Chinese embassy building in Yangon have reportedly entered their third day, as nationwide street protests enters its sixth consecutive day, despite bans and curfews brought in my the military junta which seized power last week. Protesters outside the Chinese embassy have accused Beijing of supporting the military coup and are demanding that China condemn the coup. Both China and Russia refused to condemn the military coup in Myanmar during a UN Security Council meeting last week.

Anti-coup protest held outside Chinese embassy

An anti-coup protest has been held outside the Chinese embassy building in Yangon. According to Reuters, hundreds of protesters gathered in front of the building on Thursday to accuse Beijing of supporting the military junta - accusations which China has denied. The Chinese embassy released a statement dismissing reports that Beijing had supplied technical support to the military junta, clarifying that only flights carrying regular cargo were being operated.

High-level governmental aide detained

A high-level aide for the democratic government of Aung San Suu Kyi - which was overthrown by a military coup last week - has reportedly been arrested amid a latest wave of detentions made by the military. Kyaw Tint Swe served as minister for the office of the state counsellor under Suu Kui and was considered a close aide to the ousted leader. Four others linked to Suu Kyi's government were also detained in their homes overnight. The arrests come as mass street protests against the coup enter their sixth consecutive day, despite a ban on public gatherings and a night time curfew being enforced. In other recent developments, US President Joe Biden has confirmed new sanctions for coup leaders and repeated calls for military generals to relinquish power and restore the former government.

Woman shot during protests in Nay Pyi Taw

A female protester has been shot during protests against the military coup in Nay Pyi Taw on Tuesday. The woman was severely injured whilst protesting, when she was hit in the head by police firing live rounds. She is reported to be in critical condition in hospital following the incident. Other reports of injuries have been reported as police increase their use of force amid the ongoing demonstrations, which have seen tens of thousands join street protests and nationwide strikes against the coup, which seized power earlier this month by overthrowing Aung San Suu Kyi's democratically-elected government. A year-long state of emergency has been enforced, while martial law has been declared in parts of Mandalay. A ban on public gatherings has also been brought in, alongside a night time curfew in a bid to curb unrest. Despite these measures, demonstrations have re-started for their fifth consecutive day on Wednesday.

US denounces protest ban in Myanmar

The US administration has issued a statement condemning a ban on protests in Myanmar, where the democratically elected government was overthrown by a military coup last week. The military junta which has been appointed to govern the country has enforced a ban on public gatherings amid widespread protests and civil unrest in response to the coup - prompting the US to denounce the ban, saying it "stands with the people". 

New Zealand suspends diplomatic relations

New Zealand has taken steps to suspend diplomatic relations with Myanmar. All high-level political contact is to be suspended in response to a military coup which overthrew the democratic government in Myanmar last week - leading to widespread mass protests. Restrictions will also be placed on aid to Myanmar, and a travel ban has also been enforced on Myanmar's military leaders.

Police clash with protesters

Police have reportedly clashed with protesters in Mandalay and Nay Pyi Taw. In Mandalay, police allegedly used tear gas to disperse crowds, while in the capital, rubber bullets were apparently fired at demonstrators as they continued to defy attempts by the police to end the protests. Water cannons were also used against protesters yesterday. The military junta which overthrew the democratically elected government of Aung San Suu Kyi last week has brought in bans on large public gatherings and has also recently introduced night-time curfews. Despite these measures, mass protests against the military coup have continued for a fourth consecutive day.

Curfews imposed in Yangon and Mandalay

Curfews have been imposed in Yangon and Mandalay amid continued unrest and civil disobedience, which has broke out across Myanmar over the last week. The unrest comes in response to a military coup which seized power earlier this month by overthrowing the democratic government of Aung San Suu Kyi, before declaring a year-long state of emergency. The curfew will will apply between the hours of 20:00 to 04:00 local time. Martial law has already been declared in several towns across Mandalay.

Martial law declared in Mandalay

Martial law has reportedly been declared in seven towns across Mandalay. Preliminary reports from AFP on Twitter indicate military officials have declared martial law in the region in response to ongoing mass protests against the military coup which overthrew the democratic government of Aung San Suu Kyi earlier this month. The declaration comes as the UK and EU call for a UN Human Rights Council special session on Myanmar.

Third day of street protests underway

A third consecutive day of street protest is underway in Myanmar. The unrest comes as part of a nationwide strike against the military coup which seized power by toppling the democratically elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi over the weekend. Protesters are calling for Suu Kyi's release and for the democratic government to be restored. Police in Nay Pyi Taw have clashed with protesters, using water cannons to disperse crowds, leaving several injured. Tens of thousands of workers have taken part in the nationwide strike, which saw the country's largest protest in over a decade take place over the weekend.

Anti-coup protests continue in Myanmar

Protests against the military coup continued across Myanmar on Sunday. On Saturday the internet was shutdown by the junta but some services were restored by Sunday afternoon. Tens of thousands rallied in Yangon to call for democracy and the release of detained politicians. Police were deployed near Yangon University but there have not been any reports of serious violence. Smaller rallies were also reported in Nay Pyi Daw, Mandalay and Mawlamine.

Internet shutdown amid anti-coup protests

The military leaders who seized power earlier this week have shutdown access to the internet across Myanmar. The move comes as thousands of people joined protests in Yangon against Monday's coup. "Military dictator, fail, fail; Democracy, win, win," chanted the crowds on Saturday. Police have blocked the main intersection of Insein Road and Hledan junction. Amnesty International condemned the internet shutdown as a "heinous and reckless decision."

Teachers join protests over military coup

Teachers in Myanmar are joining protests as civil disobedience continues to spread in response to a military coup which seized power and detained elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi earlier this week. The protest movement has gained significant momentum over the last few days, with teachers and students joining demonstrations at universities, calling for the release of Suu Kyi and other officials from her National League for Democracy (NLD) party, including senior leader Win Htein, who was arrested on Friday. Residents in some cities have been conducting nightly protests from their homes by banging pots and pans whilst singing revolutionary songs. Daytime flash mobs have also been reported, while some healthcare workers and other civil servants organised strikes and small-scale protests earlier this week. A group of 70 elected MPs held an insurgent parliament session in defiance of the military junta to replicate the parliamentary session which would have been held this week before the military overthrew the government.

Military makes further high-profile arrests

Following the detention of democratically elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi last weekend, the military junta which has been appointed to govern the country by the military coup which seized power, has continued to make further high-profile arrests. Senior leader of Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy (NLD) party, Win Htein, became the latest high-profile official to join the ranks of other party members who have been detained amid the crackdown. According to reports, Htein was arrested under sedition laws early on Friday. The arrest comes as international calls for Suu Kyi's release continue to grow, with US President Joe Biden calling on Myanmar's military to "relinquish power". Incidents of civil disobedience continue to be reported in Myanmar, with doctors and teachers joining strikes.

Facebook blocked in move for 'stability'

Popular social media site, Facebook, has reportedly been blocked in Myanmar by the military coup which took power earlier this week after overthrowing the democratic government. A military junta which has been formed to govern the country claimed the platform fuelled instability, having become a key rallying point for those opposed to the coup. The Ministry of Communications and Information has said access to Facebook will remain blocked until 07 February.

Detained leader faces charges

Myanmar's detained leader has had charges filed against her by the police. Elected civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi has been remanded in custody until 15 February to face charges which include breaching import and export laws, and possession of unlawful communication devices. Suu Kyi's precise whereabouts still remain unclear following the military coup which unfolded earlier this week. Unconfirmed reports suggest she has been detained at her residence in Nay Pyi Taw. The coup, led by armed forces chief Min Aung Hlaing, has installed an 11-member junta which is now ruling under a year-long state of emergency. The military has accused Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy (NLD) of election fraud after it won last year's election with a landslide majority.

Health workers protest nationwide

Healthcare workers have launched a nationwide protest against the military coup which recently took power in Myanmar. According to reports, health workers and hospital staff from at least 70 hospitals and medical centres across 30 towns and cities are taking part in the strike on Wednesday. The civil disobedience comes after Myanmar's army seized control of government on Monday following the arrest of democratic leader Aung Suu Kyi on charges of election fraud over the weekend. Among other latest developments, China has blocked a UN Security Council (UNSC) statement condemning the coup and arrest of Suu Kyi in Myanmar. China retains veto power in the UNSC as one of five permanent members of the council.

Calls for release of country's leader grow

Calls for the release of detained leader Aung San Suu Kyi are growing after a military coup took power. The army seized power and declared a state of emergency on Monday, arresting Suu Kyi on charges of election of fraud. Suu Kyi led the country's elected government but has been accused of fraud over her party's recent election win. Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy (NLD) has demanded her release and called upon the military to accept the results of the November election, which saw the NLD win more than 80 percent of the public vote. Communications systems have been disrupted as of Monday, while reports of civil disobedience have also emerged, with healthcare workers reportedly planning to strike from Wednesday.

Military coup seizes control

The army of Myanmar has seized control following the arrest of the country's leader, Aung San Suu Kyi. The army took power on Monday after alleging election fraud in the democratic vote held in November last year. Several other members of the governing party have also been detained as governmental authority has been seized by the top army commander and a one-year state of emergency has been declared. Suu Kyi's party won a landslide win in the election against  the army-backed opposition last year; however, the army claims it discovered millions of irregularities. The election commission has rejected claims of fraud. Suu Kyi implored her supports to protest against the coup, which she described as putting the country back under dictatorship. Data and communications services have been disrupted, while banks shave reportedly been forced to close as soldiers block roads in the capital, Nay Pyi Taw, and the main city, Yangon. 

Aung San Suu Kyi detained by military

Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi has been detained by the military along with other senior political figures. Troops carried out early morning raids to make the arrests before parliament was set to meet for the first time since November's election, after which the military alleged voter fraud. President Win Myint is also reportedly among those detained.

India to send 1.5 million Covid-19 vaccine doses to Myanmar

Myanmar is set to receive 1.5 million doses of Covid-19 vaccine from India. The first batch of vaccines are expected to arrive in Myanmar on Friday. The vaccine is the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine, manufactured by Serum Institute of India. The Seychelles are also due to be gifted 50,000 doses of the vaccine from India on the same day. India has also sent vaccines made in the country to a number of neighbouring nations, including Bhutan, the Maldives, Bangladesh, and Nepal. 

Workers stage protest in Yangon

A workers' protest has been staged in Yangon by a group of employees working for the Yoma Central Project. According to reports, the demonstration was held on Tuesday on Bogyoke Aung San Road, where protesters convened to block road traffic whilst the event was ongoing. Organisers of the protest claim the demonstration was arranged to protest against recent cuts to wages amid the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

One killed in artillery shell explosion, Rakhine state

An artillery shell explosion has killed one person and injured nine others in the Rakhine state. The blast occurred over the weekend in the Minbya area, near the village of Spar Htar, where a group of villagers reportedly triggered the explosion by accident when they discovered the unexploded artillery shell in a nearby forested area. The deceased has been identified as a local civilian woman.

Violent clashes reported in Shan state

Violent clashes have reportedly broken out between armed groups in the Shan state. According to local reports, an unknown number of casualties have been inflicted after fighting broke out between members of the Ta'ang National Liberation Army (TNLA) and the Restoration Council of Shan State (RCSS). The fighting has taken place in the town of Kyaukme, in the village of Tawt San Ywa Ma. Further incident of sporadic violence remain likely as tensions remain high.

Woman injured in Rakhine landmine blast

A civilian woman has been injured in a landmine blast in the Rakhine state. The explosion happened on Monday in the village of Khabaw in the Kyauktaw area of the state. According to reports, the woman inadvertently triggered the mine when passing by. It's understood she has sustained severe injuries to her leg. The mine was located in an area which has seen heavy clashes between the government troops and the separatist Arakan Army (AA) insurgents.

Yangon's Mahabandoola Park closed amid Covid risk

Mahabandoola Park in Yangon has been closed until further notice due to a high risk of Covid-19. The decision to close the park came after a spike in cases was reported. The park will remain closed to the public indefinitely. Any members of the public attempting to gain access to the park will be refused entry and reminded of the city's pandemic health guidelines.

Suspension of operations against armed groups extended

The suspension period of military operations against armed groups has been extended in Myanmar. The grace period will now last until 31 December. The extension has been confirmed by the Ministry of Defense Services, which announced the measure on Tuesday. The suspension of operations against armed groups came as part of the government's response to the Covid-19 pandemic and it's hoped the extension will continue to aid efforts to curb the spread of the virus in vulnerable areas.

Ruling NLD wins parliamentary elections

The ruling National League for Democracy (NLD) has won Myanmar's parliamentary elections. The party, which is led by Aung San Suu Kyi, won 346 seats and will form the next government. The official results have not been released, with counting ongoing in 46 seats. The opposition Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP), which is backed by the army, has disputed the results and demanded a re-run; however, local and international observers said there were no issues with the voting process.

Aung San Suu Kyi wins parliamentary seat

Aung San Suu Kyi, leader of the governing National League for Democracy (NLD) party, has won a seat in the House of Representatives, following Sunday's election. Suu Kyi competed in Yangon's Kawhmu constituency against rival candidates from the Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP), the Union Betterment Party, United Nationalities League for Democracy, Phalon-Sawaw Democratic Party and one independent runner. Full results from the election could take up to a week, with the ruling NLD party widely expected to secure a majority.

Election vote count underway

The election vote count in Myanmar is underway following Sunday's general election. Incumbent Aung San Suu Kyi is expected to secure a comfortable majority, having won the last election in a landslide victory and entering into a power-sharing agreement with military generals. The election is the second since military rule ended in 2011. The credibility of the election has been questioned by international observers, due to the disenfranchisement of virtually all Rohingya Muslims, with voting cancelled due to security concerns across large parts of conflict-hit states, including Rakhine, Shan, and Kachin - home to many ethnic minorities.

Three political candidates abducted in Rakhine

Three political party candidates have allegedly been abducted in the Toungup area of the Rakhine state. According to reports, the three victims have been identified as candidates for the National league for Democracy and they were allegedly kidnapped by suspected Arakan Army (AA) insurgents on Wednesday. No claim of responsibility has been made for the alleged abduction and the AA have not commented on the incident thus far.

Politician targeted in mob attack

A politician has reportedly been targeted in a mob attack, which saw a group of around 100-or-so people assault regional politician U Myint Naing. The victim was apparently injured after being attacked with a knife, and their private residence was also damaged after some of the mob began to throw stones and petrol bombs at the property in Yangon. The incident occurred last week and has led to a criminal investigation which has so far detained at least 19 people in connection with the assault.

Clashes reported in Rathedaung, Rakhine

Violent clashes have been reported between the army of Myanmar and Arakan Army insurgents in the Rakhine state. The fighting reportedly broke out over the weekend in the Rathedaung area, where clashes allegedly continued into Monday. It's understood casualties have been reported on both sides, although precise casualty figures have yet to be confirmed. Preliminary reports indicate the clashes came about as both sides attempts to take control of an area situated between the villages of Hteeswe and Kyauktan.

Covid-19 restrictions extended

Covid-19 restrictions have been extended in Myanmar until the end of October. The latest measures were announced on Monday following a continued rise in coronavirus cases. It's hoped by extending restrictions, the outbreak there will be contained. Overall, Myanmar has reported almost 11,000 confirmed cases of infection, including more than 200 deaths.

Travel ban extended ahead of election

Myanmar's travel ban has been extended ahead of the upcoming election there in a bid to quell coronavirus figures. The ban on foreign visitors and domestic travel has been extended by a month and will now last through to the end of October. First imposed in March, the ban was due to end on Wednesday 30 September, but has been extended to contain a record surge in Covid-19 cases just weeks before the general election is held on 08 November. On Thursday, the country recorded its highest daily increase in cases so far, with 1,052 new infections confirmed. Most of these cases have come from the Yangon region, which remains under lockdown. 

UN warns of continued war crimes against Rohingya

The UN has warned of continued war crimes against the Rohingya in the Rakhine state and has demanded action over alleged human rights violations suffered by the ethnic minority at the hands of the military. UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet stated that Myanmar's military has continued targeting civilians in the Rakhine state and other areas, and that such actions should constitute as war crimes and crimes against humanity. The UN has previously criticised a brutal 2017 military campaign against insurgents in the Rakhine state as "textbook ethnic cleansing", targeting long-persecuted Rohingya Muslims. The campaign forced some 750,000 Rohingya to flee the country into neighbouring Bangladesh. UN's top court has since brought charges of genocide against Myanmar over the campaign.

Military demands return of two soldiers held by insurgents

Military officials in Myanmar have demanded the return of two soldiers held by the Arakan Army (AA) insurgents. The AA claims the soldiers confessed to brutality against Rohingya Muslims during a 2017 military campaign in the Rohingya state. The two soldiers were allegedly transferred to the custody of the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague in the Netherlands. The ICC initially denied knowledge of any such transfer. A Myanmar military spokesperson, a trial at the ICC would be "an intervention in the national judicial process".

Myanmar soldiers confess to Rohingya killings

Two Myanmar soldiers have reportedly confessed to killing ethnic Rohingya Muslims during the 2017 military crackdown in the Rakhine state. The soldiers allegedly admitted to killing dozens of villagers in northern Rakhine state and burying them in mass graves. Unconfirmed reports suggest the two men are currently being held by the Arakan Army (AA) insurgent group, have been transferred to the custody of the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague, the Netherlands. The ICC has stated that it currently has no such knowledge of any transfer and that no persons matching the soldiers' descriptions were in their custody. An AA spokesperson claimed the soldiers were deserters and were not being held as prisoners of war. Myanmar has repeatedly denied accusations of genocide in association with its military operations in the Rakhine state.

Mandatory quarantine rules enforced in Naypyitaw

A mandatory seven-day quarantine policy has been enforced for all visitors to the capital city of Naypyitaw. As of Wednesday 02 September, all visitors to the city are also required to take a Covid-19 test. The measures come after several dozen new coronavirus cases were recently diagnosed in the capital. Myanmar has seen a sharp increase in the number of coronavirus cases recorded nationwide in the last two weeks. The latest daily increase saw the total rise by more than 10 percent, after 116 new cases of infection were diagnosed. Overall, Myanmar has recorded 1,111 cases of Covid-19, including six fatalities.

Two civilians killed in Rakhine shootings

Two civilians have reportedly been killed following shooting incidents in the Rakhine state. The shootings are alleged to have taken place last week in two separate incidents. According to reports, one man suspected of being an Arakan Army (AA) insurgent was shot dead by Myanmar Army soldiers in Kyauktaw, while a woman was fatally hit by shrapnel in an incident in Apaukwa. The deaths are the latest civilian casualties to be attributed to the Myanmar Army amid crossfire with AA insurgents.

Four towns placed under lockdown in Rakhine state

Four towns in the Rakhine state have been placed under lockdown measures. While Sittwe has already been under lockdown since 20 August, the townships of Ann, Kyaukphyu, Taungup, and Thandwe have now been added to the list of localised lockdowns following an alleged spike in Covid-19 cases. According to reports, at least 76 new cases of infection have been diagnosed nationwide over the last 24 hours - taking the national total to 580 confirmed coronavirus cases. 

Arakan Army abduct two monks in Mrauk-U

Two Buddhist monks have reportedly been abducted by suspected Arakan Army (AA) rebels in Mrauk-U, Rakhine State. The pair were allegedly kidnapped along with two monastery novices from the Myo Oo Kaung monastery over the weekend. Preliminary reports suggest their abduction may be connected to the monks' alleged role in recruiting members for the ethnic Rakhine revolutionary group, the Arakan Liberation Party (ALP). Unlike the AA, the ALP and its armed wing, the Arakan Liberation Army, signed the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement in 2015 and are participating in the peace process.

Government to restart peace process with rebel groups

The government of Myanmar is due to restart the peace process with more than 20 rebel groups, which have long been demanding independence. Previous efforts to hold peace negotiations between the government and ethnic groups stalled after little progress was achieved. The rebel groups are calling for a federal system and greater rights for ethnic minorities. Leader Aung Suu Kyi has stated that peace is her top priority, but the highly-influential military has hindered efforts - particularly with its brutal military campaign against ethnic Rohingyas in the Rakhine state. Despite a nationwide ceasefire agreement, fighting continues in several areas, including Rakhine state, between armed ethnic groups and government forces. The Rohingya Arakan Army (AA) group has not been invited to the largely symbolic upcoming peace talks, which aim to ensure peace talks will continue after the country's general election in November.

Police officer shot dead in Rakhine state

A police officer has reportedly been shot dead by unidentified gunmen in the Rakhine state. The shooting allegedly occurred near Kyauktaw police station, where police station head, Captain Tun Naing Oo, was apparently fired at by armed men in a nearby shop. The police captain died on the spot while the suspects managed to flee the scene. A murder investigation has been launched; however, the assailants have yet to be identified and no claim of responsibility has been made for the killing, which comes amid a string of recent targeted attacks in the western region.

Rohingya candidate barred from contesting election

A Rohingya Muslim candidate has reportedly been barred from standing in Myanmar's upcoming election. The move has been widely condemned by rights groups as discriminatory and symptomatic of the persecution of the Rohingya ethnic minority in the country. Abdul Rasheed, a member of the Democracy and Human Rights Party, was apparently denied the right to run for office in the national elections because his parents weren't citizens of Myanmar when he was born. Rasheed claims he has proof his parents and grandparents were granted citizenship in 1957, four years before he was born. Rasheed's father also tried without success to stand in the country's landmark 2015 elections. Rights groups have criticised the government's mistreatment of the Rohingya Muslims, which it denies.

Government bans Arakan Army from peace conference

Representatives from the Arakan Army (AA) have been banned from participating in the Panglong Union Peace Conference. The government stated that the group had been banned due to legal restrictions against extending invitations to certain organisations. The Arakan Army has officially been designated as a terrorist organisation by the government of Myanmar, with a brutal military campaign launched against the group in the Rakhine state. The crackdown forced over 750,000 Rohingya Muslims to flee to neighbouring Bangladesh, prompting the UN to condemn the military campaign as "textbook ethnic cleansing". 

Anti-military protests held in Hpapun, Karen

Protests against the armed forces have been staged in the Hpapun district of Karen state. According to reports, the demonstrations were held on Wednesday in front of four military outposts. Around 1,500 local residents are understood to have taken part in the protests, which were organised in response to the killing a local civilian by the military earlier this month. Protesters are allegedly demanding that the armed forces withdraw personnel from the area and remove their outposts.

UK issues sanctions against top Myanmar generals

The UK has issued sanctions against Tatmadaw Commander-in-Chief, Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, and his deputy, Soe Win. The sanctions have reportedly been issued for alleged human rights abuses against ethnic minorities in Myanmar. Both of Myanmar's top two generals will be banned from obtaining British visas and will also have all tangible and intangible assets in the UK frozen. According to reports, London said the generals were targeted for their role "in the systematic and brutal violence against the Rohingya people and other ethnic minorities". Despite the sanctions, the UK government stressed its continued support for Aung San Suu Kyi's civilian government in Myanmar.

Jade mine landslide death toll rises to over 170

The death toll from a landslide which hit a jade mining site in the Kachin state last week has risen to over 170. On Sunday, search and rescue operations were still ongoing the for the fourth day in a row at the site in Hpakant, where the country's worst ever jade mine landslide buried dozens of informal jade mining groups and scavengers. The Wai Khar mine had previously been shut down due to the high-risk posed by possible landslides; however, there are little-to-no resources to prevent unauthorised jade pickers flocking to the abandoned mining site. Such groups are also often pressured to pay a share of their earnings to rebel groups operating in the area.

Jade mine landslide death toll increases to 166

The death toll from a landslide which hit a jade mining site in the Hpakant area of Kachin yesterday has increased to 166 confirmed fatalities. An additional 55 others have also been injured in the landslide, which was triggered by recent heavy rainfall in the region. Search and rescue operations remain ongoing, but were hindered by adverse wet weather and difficult terrain. The recent increase to the death toll has now made the incident the country's most fatal known mining accident. 

Over 100 killed in jade mine landslide

More than 100 people have reportedly been killed in a landslide at a jade mine in the northern Kachin state. The incident occurred following a bout of heavy rainfall, which triggered a wave of mud which hit the mining site in Hpakant. At least 113 have been confirmed dead, while search and rescue operations remain ongoing for people who are still missing. It's currently unclear who was affected by the accident, as it's common for hundreds of people to gather at such sites to scavenge for stones.

Three military officers convicted for atrocities against Rohingyas

Three military officers have been convicted in a military court of committing atrocities against members of the ethnic minority Rohingya Muslim group in the Rakhine state. The atrocities were supposedly committed during a brutal military campaign against the Arakan Army in 2018, which effectively forced over 750,000 Rohingya Muslims to flee the country. The crackdown was widely criticised as 'textbook ethnic cleansing' and the UN accused the Myanmar Army of extrajudicial killings, which the military initially denied before launching an internal inquiry, which many human rights groups claimed was biased.

Dozens of Rohingya refugees die in voyage to Malaysia

Dozens of Rohingya refugees have apparently died during a months-long voyage to Malaysia. Rohingya refugees have been fleeing the Rakhine state in Myanmar, following the brutal 2017 military campaign which forced over 750,000 Rohingya to flee to neighbouring Bangladesh, while some chose to undertake dangerous long journeys by sea in treacherous conditions to flee to Malaysia. According to Al Jazeera, survivors from a boat crammed with 300 refugees claimed the corpses of dozens were thrown into the sea. The damaged refugee boat made land on the Malaysian island of Langkawi earlier this month, after Malaysian maritime authorities initially attempted to push it back out to international waters amid the covid-19 pandemic. The vessel was allowed to land on the island when it became apparent the ship had been badly damaged - potentially with deliberate intent to prevent it being pushed back out to sea. All 269 survivors on board the boat have since been detained. Suggestions that their boat could be repaired in order to push the group back out to sea have been heavily criticised by human rights groups. The UN has condemned Myanmar's military crackdown as genocidal due to the extreme fatality figures associated with the persecution of Rohingya refugees.

Four killed in Arakan Army ambush

Four people have reportedly been killed in an attack by suspected Arakan Army insurgents in the Rakhine state. According to reports, the victims have been identified as three soldiers and one civilian, who allegedly died after they were ambushed by armed insurgents in the Rathedaung township on Monday. It's believed the attack was targeting the soldiers, who are thought to have been border guards on their way to carry out security operations in the area. No claim of responsibility has been made for the ambush.

Huge drug haul seized in Shan state

A huge drug haul has been seized by police in the Shan state. It's thought to be the biggest ever haul of synthetic drugs made in South East Asia and came about following a three-month-long large-scale operation, conducted between February and April. More than 200 million methamphetamine tablets, 500kg of crystal methamphetamine, 3,700 litres of methylfentanyl, and 300kg of heroin were seized during the raids and at least 33 people were arrested during the operations. Myanmar is one of the biggest global sources of methamphetamines and it's understood the drugs had been destined for sale in Myanmar and neighbouring countries.

Rakhine state officials in hiding following attempted arrest

Officials from the ruling National League for Democracy (NLD) party in the Rakhine state have reportedly gone into hiding following an alleged attempt by Arakan Army (AA) rebels to arrest them. According to reports, several NLD party officials were apprehended at their homes by suspected AA rebels dressed in police uniforms in an apparent attempt to arrest them. According to reports, a number of NLD officials have also recently received death threats from fake user accounts on social media, prompting further concern. The AA has disputed the claims, saying that there was no evidence the men apprehending NLD officials were members of the AA and flat out denying any involvement with the incidents, although the group has seized NLD party members and lawmakers in the past. Just last January, NLD lawmaker Whay Tin was freed by the group as a gesture of goodwill amidst fighting after being held for three months for allegedly being a Myanmar military informant and helping soldiers arrest ethnic Rakhines. Another NLD official who was abducted by the AA in December was later claimed by the group to have been killed in a mortar attack by the Myanmar military.

Health alert issued in Mandalay over dengue fever

The Mandalay region has been placed on high alert due to the heightened risk of a dengue fever outbreak amidst the ongoing covid-19 pandemic. According to reports, the alert was issued over the weekend and the health authorities have urged local residents to take precautions against getting bitten by mosquitos, which transmit dengue, such as avoiding areas of stagnant water and using mosquito repellents and nets. Good levels of personal hygiene should also been maintained amidst the coronavirus pandemic. Nationally, Myanmar has only reported 155 confirmed cases of coronavirus, including six deaths.

WHO worker killed in Rakhine shooting

A World Health Organisation (WHO) worker has reportedly been killed following a shooting incident in the Rakhine state on Monday. The victim has been identified as 28-year-old Pyae Sone Win Maung, a driver for WHO, who was killed when a marked UN vehicle carrying swabs from patients to be tested for coronavirus came under gunfire in the town of Minbya. The vehicle had been en route from Sittwe to Yangon. The attack occurred in an area where intense fighting between the government army and Arakan Army insurgents often takes place. Both Myanmar’s army and the Arakan Army denied responsibility for the attack and accused each other. So far, at least five coronavirus deaths and 119 cases have been confirmed in Myanmar.

Tens of thousands of prisoners to be released in New Year amnesty

Almost 24,000 prisoners are set to be released from jail as part of a New Year amnesty by the government amid the coronavirus pandemic. Officials confirmed that 24,896 prisoners will be freed in a bid to ease the pressure on overcrowded detention facilities, which face a higher risk of localised outbreaks due to their confined nature. Such amnesties are typically announced annually to commemorate the country's new year; however, this year's is the biggest release of prisoners so far due to the coronavirus. Myanmar has recorded a total of 85 cases and four deaths.

Displacement camps vulnerable to coronavirus

Displacement camps in Myanmar have been identified as being particularly vulnerable to the threat posed by coronavirus amid the current pandemic. According to recent reports, due to overcrowded conditions and a lack of access to clean water or healthcare, the virus has the potential to decimate displaced communities, which are thought to make up around 350,000 people across Myanmar. Such communities in the Rakhine, Kachin, and northern Shan regions are known to be especially impoverished. Myanmar reported its first cases of infection last week, followed by the first death on Monday. Overall, the country has recorded 16 cases and one death.

Myanmar and Laos confirm first coronavirus cases

Myanmar and Laos are among the latest countries to confirm their first cases of the coronavirus. Myanmar - the most populous country to have not declared a case until now - confirmed that two people have tested positive for the virus on Tuesday morning. Meanwhile in Laos, the health ministry has confirmed the country's first two cases. Both patients are understood to have recently travelled abroad and worked closely with foreign nationals.

Landmine blast kills two in Shan state

At least two people have died and a third person has been injured following a landmine explosion in the Shan state. The blast occurred in the Kyaukme area - an area of ongoing conflict, where the victims had been collecting snails from a river near Kham Sar village when they accidentally triggered a landmine which had been planted in the ground. 

Thousands flee fresh violence in Rakhine state

Thousands of Rohingya Muslims have apparently fled fresh fighting in the Rakhine state, where the government forces are fighting Arakan Army insurgents. The latest flare in violence comes two years after the military launched a brutal crackdown in the state, which forced more than 750,000 Rohingya to flee persecution to neighbouring Bangladesh. The military campaign was widely criticised as textbook ethnic cleansing.

Sixteen injured in Yangon market fire

A fire has broken out in a market in Yangon, leaving at least 16 people injured. The blaze occurred on Thursday, during the early morning, at the Than Zay Market in the Latha area. Fire crews responded to the scene and helped rescuers safely evacuate around 85 people whilst they dealt with the fire. It's still unknown what started the fire, which has since been brought under control.

Civilian killed in Rakhine state artillery fire

A civilian has allegedly been killed and three others have also been wounded in recent artillery fire in the Rakhine state. The casualties were reported in the Kyauktaw area on Monday. According to local reports, the artillery shells are alleged to have come from the direction of Kan Gyi Shin Pagoda, where the Myanmar military troops are apparently stationed. The army has not responded to the claims so far and it's unclear if an investigation into the death will take place. In recent years, the military have been fighting Arakan Army insurgents in a brutal military campaign which has resulted in widespread civilian casualties and displaced hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims.

Health screening implemented at airports and crossings over coronavirus

Health screening procedures have been implemented at all international airports and land border crossings due to the new coronavirus outbreak from Wuhan, China. Travellers have been recommended to avoid all nonessential travel to Wuhan city and the wider Hubei province, much of which has been subjected to partial travel lockdowns. No suspected cases have been reported from Myanmar so far; however, five confirmed cases of the virus have been reported in neighbouring Thailand.

Top UN court orders Myanmar to protect Rohingya

The International Court of Justice (ICJ) has ordered the government of Myanmar to protect Rohingya Muslims, hundreds of thousands of whom were forced to flee the Rakhine state due to brutal military campaigns over the last few years, which the UN previously criticised as "textbook ethnic cleansing". The top UN court found that 'irreparable damage' had been caused to the Rohingya and ordered Myanmar to take emergency measures to prevent genocide. The court case came about after the Gambia filed a suit against Myanmar, alleging it was committing "an ongoing genocide against its minority Muslim Rohingya population" and therefore violating the 1948 Genocide Convention. The ICJ intends to supervise the implementation of the court order, which is legally binding - resulting in huge pressure on the government of Myanmar to comply with the court's ruling.

Authorities call on China to terminate dam project

Dozens of civil society organisations in Myanmar have called on Chinese President Xi Jinping to terminate the suspended Myitsone Dam project. According to reports, most of the organisations are based in the Kachin state and they have claimed that the project threatens the prosperity of the people of Myanmar, warning that relations between Myanmar and China could deteriorate if the project goes ahead. The dam project was first suspended by then-president U Thein Sein in 2011 amid widespread public outcry over the dam's potentially serious social and environmental impacts, as it would majorly disrupt and limit the flow of the Irrawaddy River, which runs through much of Myanmar.

Four children killed in Rakhine landmine blast

At least four fatalities have been reported following a landmine blast in the Rakhine state. The explosion happened on Tuesday in the village of Hteiktoo Pauk, where a group of school children and their teacher were collecting firewood when they accidentally triggered the landmine. While four Rohingya children were killed, another six were also injured. According to local reports, no claim of responsibility has been made for the blast and it remains unclear whether it was planted by Arakan Army insurgents or the government security forces.

Fatal bus crash reported in Myawaddy

A fatal bus crash has been reported in the Myawaddy area of the Karen state. According to recent reports, the accident occurred over the weekend and left at least 19 people dead and a further 30 others injured. It's been warned that the death toll is likely to rise further still as several of the injured remain in serious condition. The crash happened when the bus was travelling from Yangon and suffered a brake failure, causing the driver to lose control of the vehicle.

Suu Kyi rejects genocide claims

Myanmar's leader Aung San Suu Kyi has rejected allegations of genocide at the UN International Court of Justice (ICJ). She called the case against Myanmar "incomplete and incorrect," and said tensions in Rakhine state go back centuries. Thousands of Rohingya Muslims have been killed and 700,000 more forced to flee to neighbouring Bangladesh. She said that any members of the security who were found to have committed war crimes will be prosecuted.

Three civilians killed in Rakhine state shelling

Three civilians have allegedly been killed and 12 others have also been injured in recent shelling incidents in the Rakhine state. According to reports, the military launched an operation in the Mrauk-U area against the Arakan Army insurgents sometime within the last 48 hours. During clashes between the insurgents and the armed forces, it's claimed that several civilians were hit collaterally in a number of places, including the villages of Yar Shay Pyin, Na Leik, and Ale Zay. It's unclear from which side the shelling came.

Leader Suu Kyi to defend against genocide accusation at UN

Myanmar's leader Aung San Suu Kyi is to head a delegation to the UN's top court to defend against accusations of mass genocide in the Rakhine. Myanmar's army has faced accusations that a brutal military campaign launched in the state in 2017 was effectively mass genocide against ethnic minority Rohingya Muslims. The government of Myanmar was allegedly complicit in the allowing the military campaign to go ahead, forcing more than 730,000 Rohingya to flee to neighbouring Bangladesh. At the time, the UN criticised it as 'textbook ethnic cleansing'. The army and the government of Myanmar has maintained their position that the military campaign was a justified response to deadly insurgent attacks in the region. According to reports, Suu Kyi has decided to front the delegation to respond to allegations made against her personally, after she failed to speak out on the issue of alleged human rights violations.

Mine blast kills seven soldiers in Rakhine state

At least seven Myanmar army soldiers have allegedly been killed after a mine blast occurred in the Rakhine state. The explosion reportedly happened on Wednesday in the Kyauktaw area, where a mine was triggered whilst the soldiers were passing by on a route near the village of Tha Yet Ta Pin. It's claimed the mine had been placed by Arakan Army insurgents, who have been violently clashing with the government forces. According to local reports, it's believed a military commander may have been among those killed in the blast, although military officials have not confirmed the incident.

Fatal robbery reported in Magwe

A fatal robbery incident has been reported in the Magwe region, leaving at least one person dead and a second injured. According to reports, the incident occurred near the town of Kamma, where three suspected robbers allegedly assaulted the victims on a street corner before stealing their motorbike. It's believed the suspects may have planned an ambush, by waiting on a corner where the two male victims on the motorbike were forced to slow down, making it easier for the suspects to target them. It's unknown whether or not the suspects knew the victims as police investigation get underway. Recent development indicate the three suspects have been identified and arrested after police informants led them to their hideout.

Civilian killed in Rakhine state clash

A civilian has allegedly been killed and three others have also been injured following an armed clash between the Arakan Army rebels and the Myanmar army in the Rakhine state. The clash reportedly occurred on Wednesday near the village of Hpon Nyo Leik in the Buthidaung area. According to unconfirmed reports, the casualties were hit by stray bullets amidst the fighting, although it remains unclear which side fired the shots. The government security forces have not yet commented on the alleged clash.

Firing incident reported in Mrauk-U, Rakhine state

A firing incident has allegedly been reported from Mrauk-U in the Rakhine state. Local residents from a village in the North Township, just outside of Mrauk-U, claim that three civilians were injured in artillery fire from the Myanmar Army on Tuesday. While the army has not commented on the alleged firing incident, local officials have confirmed that a 34-year-old woman was treated at Mrauk-U Hospital for a gunshot wound to her left thigh. The Myanmar army has been fighting Arakan Army insurgents in the Rakhine state.

Two bus crashes kill 13 in Mandalay

At least 13 people have been killed and 27 others have also been wounded in two bus crashes in Mandalay. The accidents both occurred on Tuesday morning, near the village of Kyauk Gyi in the Thabeikkyin area of Mandalay. One of the buses allegedly crashed into a tree, while the driver of the other bus lost control of the vehicle, causing it to veer off the road.  According to reports, both of the buses had been transporting pilgrims to a monastery in Sagaing for the Kathein Festival.

Fifteen killed in Shan state truck accident

At least 15 people have reportedly been killed and about 10 others have also been injured in a truck accident in the Shan state. According to reports, the truck veered off the road and plunged 2,000 down a mountainside in the Ywangan are of the Shan state. The accident allegedly occurred along the Myo Gyi-Ywa Ngan Highway on Monday evening. The truck had been carrying 25 Buddhist pilgrims, including three monks and three children, from Taunggyi to Mandalay. It's possible the accident was caused by an inexperienced driver using a more dangerous route to save time.

Arakan Army releases 12 hostages in Rakhine state

Twelve civilian hostages have reportedly been released from captivity by Arakan Army insurgents in the Rakhine state. According to reports, the hostages were released near Mrauk-U on Sunday, from the village of Tain Nyo. The armed insurgent group are alleged to have taken around 31 people hostage from a passenger bus earlier this month which was held up by insurgents at gunpoint whilst on its way to Sittwe.

Army clash with insurgents in Rakhine state

Myanmar's army has reportedly clashed with Arakan Army rebels in the Rakhine state over the weekend. According to reports, the insurgents have claimed that army helicopters attacked three boats carrying around 58 soldiers, police, and civilians who had been abducted by the insurgents from a ferry carrying 165 civilian passengers and 50 security personnel. A statement posted on the Arakan Army website claimed the army sank two of the boats, killing a number of captives as well as insurgents. The claim has not been confirmed and an army official responding to the claim, stated that soldiers had rescued 14 people who had been kidnapped by the insurgents. No casualty figures have been confirmed following the incident.

Amnesty International claims army still committing atrocities against ethnic minorities

Amnesty International has claimed that the army of Myanmar is still committing atrocities against ethnic minorities, and have continue to target people in conflict-stricken areas, including the northern Shan state. A recent report by the human rights group details accounts of ethnic Kachin, Lisu, Shan, and Ta'ang civilians being arbitrarily arrested, detained, and tortured by the military. It's also claimed that ethnic armed forces use abusive tactics in confronting the military and are often afflicted by violent in-fighting as groups fight amongst themselves to exert control over the Shan state. The group suggests that brutal fighting has become rive in the region due to a lack of accountability.

Rakhine state villager shot dead by army

A Muslim villager from the Buthidaung township in the Rakhine state has allegedly bee shot dead by the army. The incident reportedly occurred on Tuesday morning at around 09:00 local time, when the victim was out fishing. It's claimed the victim was hit by a stray bullet amid fighting between the armed forces and members of the Arakan Army insurgent group. The clashes were allegedly going on in a neighbouring village to the one the victim hailed from.

Shelling injures five civilians in Rakhine

At least five civilians have been wounded amidst shelling in the Rakhine state. According to reports, the incident happened in the village of Mee Wa near Kyauktaw during the early hours of Tuesday morning at around 02:00 local time. It's alleged that an exchange of fire broke out between security personnel and suspected Arakan Army insurgents. It's believed two civilians have also been detained by the security forces for supposedly spying on soldiers.

Four police officers missing in Shan

Four police officers have allegedly gone missing in the northern Shan state. It's possible the officers have been captured by an armed group and are being held. According to reports, the officers disappeared three days ago whilst out on patrol near Mone Se village, in the outskirts of Kutkai. The military have yet to confirm their disappearance, while local residents have allegedly claimed the police officers were abducted by fighters of the Ta'ang National Liberation Army (TNLA). The TNLA is one of several armed groups which make up the Northern Alliance, which has been clashing with the military since August this year. Fighting briefly eased amid talks a few weeks ago but has recently flared up again.

Security alert issued over possible airport attacks

A security alert has reportedly been issued over the risk of possible attacks on airports in Myanmar. According to reports, the alert was issued over the weekend by the Department for Civil Aviation. The alert applies to Nay Pyi Taw International Airport, Yangon International Airport, and Mandalay International Airport. The US embassy in Myanmar also issued an advisory last week warning of potential attacks in Nay Pyi Taw throughout the next few weeks.

Violent fighting reported in Shan state

Violent fighting and clashes have been reported in the northern Shan state. The violence allegedly broke out earlier this week between government troops and a local armed group called the Ta'ang National Liberation Army (TNLA) in the villages of Nant Mu Tat and Kone Sar in the Manton area. On Thursday it was reported that fighting between the two groups recently escalated, forcing more than 150 local residents from one of the villages to evacuate and flee their homes. No casualty figures have been confirmed thus far.

Threat of attacks in Nay Pyi Taw

The US embassy in Myanmar has warned of a possible threat of attacks in the capital city of Nay Pyi Taw. According to reports, the American consulate has assessed that potential attacks could be carried out on Thursday 26 September. Travellers have been advised to exercise extreme caution and to contact their relevant embassy for further advice or assistance. No further details regarding the threat have been released.

Rohingya villages demolished in Rakhine state

Villages once home to Muslim Rohingyas have reportedly been destroyed in the Rakhine state, supposedly for the purpose of building government facilities. It's been reported that Rohingya houses have been demolished and replaced by police barracks, government buildings, and refugee relocation camps. Following the brutal 2017 military crackdown which forced more than 750,000 Rohingya Muslims to flee the state, secure compounds and government facilities have sprung up where entire villages used to be according to satellite images; however, officials have denied building on top of Rohingya villages.

Airstrikes reported in Shan state

Airstrikes have allegedly been reported in the Shan state, where it's been claimed that villages near Kutkai were targeted in suspected military operations. The aerial strikes were supposedly carried out within the last 48 hours, targeting at least three unnamed villages located approximately three kilometres outside of Kutkai. According to reports, it's alleged that some 200 villagers have been forced to flee to Kutkai and are receiving assistance from the Bya Ma So Charity Group, a non-governmental aid organisation. Fighting between the government and the Northern Alliance of ethnic armed groups has been strive in the region recently. it's believed the villagers had already fled their homes due to the fighting and had returned thinking it safe to do so, when the airstrikes occurred. No casualties have been reported as a result of the airstrikes.

Police officer killed IED attack in Rakhine state

A police officer has allegedly been killed and five other officers have also been wounded after a security convoy was targeted in an explosive attack on Tuesday. The attack took place between the towns of Ponnagyun and Kyauktaw, where two improvised explosive devices (IEDs) were used to target the police officers. The convoy had been en route from Kyauktaw to the state capital of Sittwe. The first IED exploded near the boundary of Kyauktaw and Ponnagyun, while the second IED exploded some 63km away from the first blast, near the village of Pyain Chaung. Clearance operations were conducted throughout the surrounding area following the blasts. Although no claim of responsibility has been made, it's believed Arakan Army insurgents may be behind the attack. The incident comes a day after a military sergeant was killed in shelling which was allegedly fired by the armed forces. 

Travel advisory issued for Shan state

A travel advisory has been issued for the Shan state over recent bouts of violent unrest. The level two advisory warns people to exercise caution and avoid the area where possible due to ongoing armed conflict and civil unrest. The towns of Hseni and Hsipaw have been identified by the local authorities as the worst-affected areas, with level four warnings in place.

Thailand bans pigs imported from Myanmar over African swine fever

Thailand has reportedly banned the importing of pigs from Myanmar for three months over African swine fever. The 90-day ban is expected to come into effect next week and was announced by the Thai authorities in a bid to prevent African swine fever from spreading to Thailand after Myanmar confirmed its first case of the disease earlier this week. According to reports, the ban will cover live pigs and wild boars as well as carcasses from Myanmar. China has also banned the import of pigs, wild board, and related products from Myanmar over concerns about the disease, which it has also been battling since the middle of last year.

Landslide in Mon state kills 13

At least 13 people have been killed and dozens more have been injured following a landslide in the eastern Mon state. The landslide occurred over the weekend in the village of Thae Pyar Kone and was triggered by heavy seasonal rains, which have also caused significant flooding throughout the region - forcing tens of thousands of people to vacate their homes. According to reports, the landslide hit at least 16 houses and a monastery. Thirteen people have been found dead, while an estimated 27 others have been treated for injuries at Mawlamyine hospital.

Floods displace thousands nationwide

Thousands of people have reportedly been displaced nationwide by severe floods which have been triggered by recent heavy rainfall. The UN's Office for Coordinated Humanitarian Affairs has estimated that some 8,000 people have been forced to leave their homes due to the wet weather. One of the worst-affected areas is said to be the Bago region in the east, while the Karen and Mon states have also been severely affected. No casualties have been reported thus far as relief operations are launched.

Landslide at jade mine leaves 14 dead in Kachin state

At least 14 people have been killed and four others remain missing following a landslide at a jade mine in the Kachin state. The landslide occurred in the early hours of Sunday morning, burying a number of mine workers and security personnel in Hpakan - a hot spot for jade mining. According to reports, at least one police guard is thought to be among those killed. It remains unclear precisely what caused the landslide, although similar such accidents frequently occur in mine due to lax health and safety standards.

Internet shutdown continues for fifth week in Rakhine state

An ongoing internet shutdown has continued into its fifth consecutive week in the Rakhine state. The measure was taken by the government as part of an ongoing military crackdown targeting Arakan Army insurgents and sympathisers. Concerns have been raised by human rights groups that the military is arbitrarily accusing Rohingya Muslims of being sympathisers and therefore persecuting them without any evidence. The internet blackout has also limited communication and updates on the situation coming in and out of the state, where the military has continued to tighten its grip in recent years through brutal military campaigns, forcing hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims to flee the violence to neighbouring Bangladesh. In 2018, the UN accused Myanmar's army of 'textbook ethnic cleansing' over the alleged persecution of Rohingya Muslims in the Rakhine state. Each time the military has launched a crackdown in the region, it has been sparked by deadly insurgent attacks by the Arakan Army.

US imposes sanctions on top Myanmar generals

The US has imposed sanctions on Myanmar's top general and three senior officers. The four have been accused of human rights violations against Rohingya Muslims. The sanctions mean that the generals and their families will be banned from entering the US. Myanmar's government and military have condemned the sanctions; however, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo claimed there was credible evidence implicating the generals, who were largely responsible for the violent military crackdown on the Rohingya minority in 2017 and 2018, which forced more than 750,000 Rohingya Muslims to flee the Rakhine state to neighbouring Bangladesh.

Schools in Naypyitaw closed amid rape case

A number of private schools have been closed in the capital city of Naypyitaw amid a rape case. Fifteen schools and nurseries were initially closed earlier this week after a man alleged that his two-year-old daughter had returning from nursery with injuries which doctors said were the result of rape. A suspect has been arrested and charged with rape; however, the case has gained nationwide traction, sparking an online campaign and a protest march - due to be held in Yangon on Saturday. The case has highlighted the ongoing issue of sexual abuse against children in the country, particularly in low-income areas.

Massive drug haul seized in Shan state

A massive drug haul has been seized by the military in the Shan state amidst counter-narcotics operations in the region. Large amounts of yaba pills were discovered alongside a number of firearms and equipment to produce methamphetamine during two operations over the weekend. Overall, the haul is estimated to have an equivalent value of around US$8.5m. According to reports, four villages were targeted in a militia-controlled area near the town of Tachileik.

Four wounded in Rakhine firing

Four civilians have been wounded in a recent firing incident in the Rakhine state. The civilians reportedly came under artillery fire in the village of Ywar Haung Taw near Mrauk-U on Friday morning. The firing allegedly came from soldiers of the Myanmar army and hit near a school. It's claimed the military carried out counter-insurgent operations in the area in response to a recent ambush; however, no military officials have responded to the reports of civilian casualties.

Reports of fighting in Rakhine and Chin states

There have been reports of fighting between Myanmar's military and Arakan Army (AA) Muslim insurgents in the Rakhine and Chin states. Recent reports indicate at least five security personnel have been killed during recent clashes which have taken place within the last few days, with the fatalities reported in the Paletwa area. Tensions in the region have been high since insurgent attacks on the police sparked a brutal military crackdown last year which forces more than 750,000 Rohingya Muslims to flee to neighbouring Bangladesh.

Five civilians killed in Rakhine artillery firing

Artillery fire has left at least five civilians dead in the Rakhine state. Recent reports indicate the civilians got caught up in an armed altercation between Myanmar's military and Arakan insurgents. Fighting reportedly broke out over the weekend in the village of Sa Par Htar (aka Shwetamar) in the Minbya area of the Rakhine state. The civilians were killed when shelling landed near a local monastery.

Army accused of new war crimes against Rohingya Muslims

The army of Myanmar has been accused of new war crimes against Rohingya Muslims in the Rakhine state. News of the fresh allegations has come from Amnesty International, which claims in a recently published report that soldiers of the army were responsible for arbitrary arrests, extrajudicial killings, and the torture of ethnic Rohingya Muslims in an operation against insurgency in the region. The army has responded to the recent claims, denying the allegations.

Jailed soldiers released early

Seven soldiers who were jailed for killing 10 Rohingya Muslims have reportedly been released early. The soldiers were originally sentenced to 10-year jail terms last year after they were found guilty of involvement in the Inn Din village killings. Recent reports indicate the seven soldiers are no longer incarcerated though, having been released from jail nine years early. No explanation for their release has been provided. The convictions were the only ones to be made amidst a wider military crackdown on the Rohingya Muslims in the Rakhine state, which forced some 750,000 Rohingyas to flee the country.

Seventeen injured amidst Mandalay protest

At least 17 people have been wounded after a protest turned violent in Mandalay. The protest was being held against a cement factory project in village of Aung Thabyay in the town of Patheingyi. According to reports, protesters blocked the road outside the construction site and began setting fire to things, prompting police intervention. The police fired rubber bullets to disperse crowds which had set up camp outside the factory. Local residents first began protesting the project in 2016, expressing concerns over the environmental impact of a coal-powered factory.

UN urges boycott of business with Myanmar military

The UN has urged countries to boycott doing business with the Army of Myanmar amid alleged human rights abuses. The boycott comes as part of an international effort to hold the military to account for what the UN described as the 'textbook ethnic cleansing' of the ethnic Rohingya Muslims in the Rakhine state. The UN called for the boycott on the same day the UN Human Rights Council announced no progress had yet been made in resolving the Rohingya crisis.

Eighteen injured in runway excursion at Yangon airport

At least 18 people have been injured following a runway excursion at Yangon International Airport. The incident occurred on Thursday evening, when Biman Bangladesh Airlines flight BG60 suffered a major runway excursion whilst landing. The aircraft has been identified as a Bombardier Dash 8 Q400. The plane has suffered extensive damage while crew and passengers have been injured. The cause of the accident remains unclear as investigations are launched.

Reuters journalists freed from jail

Two Reuters journalists who were imprisoned last year for allegedly violating the Official Secrets Act have been released from jail. Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo were both jailed for seven years for investigating the Rohingya crisis after they were allegedly set up by the police. According to reports, both journalists were released during a presidential amnesty, having spent more than 500 days in a prison just outside of Yangon. The imprisonment had been seen as an attack on free media and press freedom in Myanmar.

Six detainees shot dead by army

Six people have been killed after being shot dead by military personnel in the Rakhine state. According to reports, Myanmar's army confirmed that soldiers shot dead at least six people who had been detained in a village school to be questioned over links to the rebel Arakan Army insurgent group. The unarmed detainees had allegedly tried to grab the soldiers' weapons, prompting the soldiers to open fire.

Thousands pardoned in prisoner amnesty

Nearly 7,000 prisoners are to be released after being pardoned in a government amnesty. President Win Myint has granted unconditional amnesty to 6,948 prisoners serving jail terms around the country. The releases were granted as the authorities scrutinise cases for possible pardons based on humanitarian concerns. The amnesty is the second of its kind to be held this month, with more than 9,000 prisoners released on 17 April; however, some human rights activists have highlighted that this includes only two prisoners who were jailed on political charges, with the vast majority being drug-related cases. The second amnesty comes after Myanmar's Supreme Court rejected the final appeal of Reuters journalists, Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, who have been sentenced to jail for allegedly violating the National Secret's Act. Their case has been widely condemned by activists as being politically motivated.

Top court rejects Reuters journalists' appeal

An appeal submitted to Myanmar's top court by two Reuters journalists has been rejected. Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo were both sentenced to seven years in jail last September for allegedly violating the Official Secrets Act. The pair were found in possession of official documents which had been handed to them by police officers for their report on the military's persecution of Rohingya Muslims in the Rakhine state. The case has drawn international condemnation, with both journalists maintaining that they are innocent and were set up by the police. Their case was brought to the Supreme Court after an initial appeal was rejected by a lower court.

More than 50 killed in jade mine collapse

More than 50 people are feared dead after a jade mine collapsed in Myanmar. According to Reuters, the collapse occurred late on Monday evening in the Hpakant area of the northern Kachin state, where jade miners and machinery were buried under the collapse. At least three bodies have been pulled from the mine so far, with dozens more thought to have been killed. Rescue operations have been launched and remain ongoing. 

Twenty soldiers killed in insurgent attack

Some 20 soldiers have allegedly been killed in an insurgent attack in the Rakhine state. According to reports, insurgents of the Arakan Army claimed an attack in which around 20 government soldiers were killed last week amid ongoing clashes in the state. The attack appears to have been confirmed by government military officials, although no precise casualty figures were given. It's believed the attack occurred in the Mrauk-U area.

Six Rohingya killed in Rakhine state

At least six Rohingya Muslims have allegedly been killed and 10 others have been injured in an alleged airstrike in the Rakhine state. Reports claim the army of Myanmar carried out an aerial strike via helicopter in the Buthidaung area within the last 48 hours, killing six local workers - later identified as Rohingya Muslims. The Rohingya Muslims have long faced persecution in the Rakhine state, where hundreds of thousands have fled to neighbouring Bangladesh from brutal military campaigns.

Sixteen killed in gas storage facility explosion

At least 16 people have been killed and some 48 others have been wounded after an explosion occurred in a storage facility in Man Maw (Mongma) area of Kengtung near the Chinese border. According to reports, the facility was being used to store gas and explosives. The blast occurred over the weekend, damaging various surrounding buildings. It's believed the explosion was caused by faulty wiring in the warehouse.

Six wounded in Rakhine shootout

Six people have been wounded following a shootout in the Rakhine state. The crossfire took place in Mrauk U, between a group of ethnic Rakhine insurgents and the security forces. It's claimed a military convoy was ambushed by insurgents, leading to the shootout in which six civilian bystanders were allegedly injured by stray bullets.

Rakhine leader jailed for treason

A prominent ethnic Rakhine leader has been sentenced to so years in prison on charges of treason. Aye Maung was handed the verdict by a Myanmar court on Tuesday as hundreds of supporters protested the sentencing outside the court in Sittwe. Maung was the former chairman of the Arakan National Party and was accused of inciting deadly riots with an inflammatory speech in January 2018. The verdict is likely to intensify anger amongst the Rakhine ethnic group, which has clashed with the army in recent years.

Nine police killed in Rakhine attack

At least nine people have been killed in a suspected militant attack in the western Rakhine state. "Nine police were killed, one was injured and another one is missing," a senior police officer told the AFP. The incident took place in the village of Yoetayoke on Saturday evening. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack, although the Arakan Army (AA) has been linked to similar attacks in the state.

Fatal bus crash reported in Mandalay

At least eight people have been killed and some 25 others have been wounded after a passenger bus was involved in a traffic accident in Mandalay. the bus was travelling along the Yangon-Mandalay highway on Tuesday morning when it overturned and crashed. Preliminary reports indicate the accident was caused by a flat tire.

One killed in Rakhine blast

A person has been killed following a suspected bomb explosion in the Rakhine state. The blast allegedly occurred in the Buthidaung area, where it was supposedly planted amongst the victim's possessions inside a vehicle. It's unclear who planted the bomb, as the Arakan Army insurgents have denied any involvement and unconfirmed reports suggest the vehicle may have been stopped and searched by unidentified men before it left Rathedaung en route to Buthidaung.

French tourist jailed over drone offence

A French tourist has been sentenced to jail for offences related to flying a drone over the country's parliament. The 27-year-old French national has been handed a one-month prison sentence with labour for violating an import-export law, which prohibits the use of drones among other items without the appropriate license. According to reports, the court gave Arthur Desclaux a 'light sentence' because he confessed to the offence. 

Civilian woman killed in military operation in Rakhine state

An 18-year-old civilian woman has reportedly been killed, while a four-year-old has also been injured during a military operation in the Rakhine state. According to reports, local officials from a village near Ratheduang claimed that a group of almost 50 soldiers had arrived in the village on Wednesday to set up stations. The soldiers reportedly opened fire on village houses indiscriminately after a mine exploded nearby. The woman was shot dead in her house, while the child was also wounded after being hit by a stray bullet. Two arrests were made by the military, although local villagers claim the arrests are arbitrary and the shooting was unprovoked.

Constitutional reform panel selected

A committee has been set up, dedicating to discussing reform of the country's military-drafted constitution. The panel pits Aung San Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy (NLD) civilian government directly against the military - which retains extensive executive power - over the issue. At the moment, the military is granted a quarter of parliamentary seats, giving them veto powers over constitutional change; however, with next year's general election on the horizon, parliament voted overwhelmingly in support of setting up a cross-party committee to debate reforms. The 45-seat panel will comprise of 18 NLD members, along with eight military representatives, and 13 members from the remaining political parties.

Two sentenced to death on murder charges

Two men have been sentenced to death on charges of murder by a court in Myanmar. The BBC has reported that Kyi Lin and Aung Win Zaw were both found guilty of murdering prominent Muslim lawyer Ko Ni, who was killed in a violent shooting in Yangon International Airport. An advocate of democracy, Ko Ni was a legal adviser for the government and had been researching ways to change the military-drafted 2008 constitution - making him powerful enemies. Although never proven, it's widely believed Ko Ni's death was orchestrated by the military - which retains significant control and influence in Myanmar: something Ko Ni was trying to change. It's unlikely the two men convicted will actually be executed, as Myanmar hasn't enforced the death penalty in over 30 years.

Seven killed in truck accident

At least seven people have been killed and six others have been wounded after a vehicle was involved in an accident in the southern Ayeyarwady region. According to local reports, the truck was transporting at least 13 people along with a cargo of some 2,500 bamboo poles when the driver lost control and the vehicle overturned near Thit Sin village near Thabaung town. It's believed the accident was cause by a brake failure, which has been put down to poor vehicle maintenance.

Police clash with protesters in Loikaw

The police have allegedly clashed with protesters in Loikaw, the capital of Kayah state. According to reports, the police fired rubber bullets and tear gas at some 3,000 protesters who had gathered in Loikaw to protest over a statue of independence hero General Aung San on Union Day holiday. Protesters claim Aung San's promises made in a 1947 pact with ethnic groups marked by the annual holiday have never been realised, partly due to his assassination late that same year.

Reports of military crackdown in Rakhine state

Reports of a military crackdown have surfaced in the Rakhine state, where villages have allegedly been bombed by the armed forces. The latest military operations was launched in response to an insurgent attack carried out by Arakan Army rebels last month, killing at least 13 police officers. According to reports, at least 5,200 people have already been displaced by fighting as a result of the counter-terror operations. Amnesty International has claimed that the military has targeted civilian villages, forcing people out and looting their homes. Humanitarian aid has allegedly been blocked and restricted by the authorities. At least 26 people are said to have been arbitrarily arrested by the army. The state is home to the ethnic minority Rohingya Muslims, who have long been persecuted by the government, with previous military crackdowns forcing more than 750,000 to flee to neighbouring Bangladesh.

Scores flee to Bangladesh amid fresh fighting

Scores of people from ethnic minority villages in Myanmar have reportedly fled the Rakhine state to neighbouring Bangladesh amid fresh fighting. Recent clashes between the Myanmar army and the insurgent Arakan Army rebels has sparked concern in the area, where nearly 750,000 Rohingya Muslims fled a brutal military campaign last year. At least 38 families are said to have fled their homes fearing attack from military helicopters. According to Reuters, a group of 136 new refugees from Myanmar are confirmed to have recently settled in shelters in the Bandarban district of southern Bangladesh.

Eight arrested in military operation

At least eight arrests have been made during a military operation in the town of Nanyun in the Sagaing region. According to reports, the security forces carried out the operation over a four-day period last week, targeting a suspected camp belonging to member of the National Socialist Council of Nagaland-Khaplang rebel group. Various tactical positions were also seized from the rebels, including four outposts and two local schools.

Thirteen insurgents in military operation

At least 13 insurgents have reportedly been killed in a recent military operation in the Rakhine state. According to Reuters, a number of armed Arakan Army insurgents were allegedly encountered by security personnel during operations in the region, leading to several armed clashes. A military spokesperson claimed 13 insurgents were killed, along with an unspecified number of government soldiers.

Reuters journalists' appeals rejected

A court in Myanmar has rejected appeals made over the sentencing of a pair of Reuters journalists. Kyaw Soe Oo and Wa Lone were both sentenced to seven years in prison on charges related to carrying official documents for a journalistic investigation into the Rohingya genocide. According to the BBC, the case against the journalists has been internationally condemned as a politically motivated farce - sparking widespread support for the journalists' appeals; however, it was confirmed on Friday that Judge Aung Naing had rejected their appeals, calling the terms of the seven-year prison sentences a 'suitable punishment'. The can still appeal to the Supreme Court, but the process could take up to half-a-year, with both journalists having already spent more than a year in prison.

Government open to peace talks with insurgents

The government of Myanmar has reportedly stated that it is open to peace talks with insurgent groups. According to reports, a spokesperson for the Presidential Office of U Zaw Htay said that the door for peace talks would remain open to armed groups, adding that the government welcomed political discussions on ethnic rights and equality. The statement comes a day after plans for another military campaign in the Rakhine state were announced. The military operation has been organised in response to recent violent attacks on the police, carried out by Arakan Army insurgents.

Security operations launched in Rakhine state

The government of Myanmar has announced that the military will launch a security operation in the Rakhine state. The operation is in response to a recent insurgent attack on the police forces, carried out by Arakan Army insurgents on the country's independence day. The operation will reportedly target the Arakan Army insurgents and their hideouts in the Rakhine state; however, the announcement has sparked widespread concern of a repeat of last year's brutal military campaign which forced more than 750,000 Rohingya Muslims to flee the country and was criticised as 'textbook ethnic cleansing' by the UN.

Arakan Army insurgents attack police in Rakhine state

A group of armed Arakan Army insurgents have reportedly killed at least 13 police officers and wounded nine others after attacking them in the Rakhine state. The coordinated attack allegedly targeted the police officers in the Buthidaung area on Friday. Preliminary reports indicate the attack was timed to coincide with Independence Day celebrations. Fighting has recently been re-ignited in the region following last year's insurgent attacks which sparked a controversial brutal military campaign which forced some 750,000 Rohingya Muslims to flee to neighbouring Bangladesh.

Ethnic clashes reported in Shan state

Ethnic clashes have forced more than 300 civilians to flee their homes in the Shan state. Violent fighting which has broken out between armed groups in the area has allegedly displaced residents from at least four villages in the Namtu area. According to reports, the combined forces of the Shan State Progressive Party/Shan State Army North (SSPP/SSAN) and the Ta'ang Nationalities Liberation Army (TNLA) clashed with the Restoration Council of Shan State/Shan State Army South (RCSS/SSAS). 

Authorities detain 93 Rohingya refugees

The authorities in Myanmar have reportedly detained 93 Rohingya refugees after a boat was seized on Tuesday. It's believed the vessel was transporting the refugees to Malaysia; however, it was stopped by Myanmar's Navy after fishermen reported a suspicious boat in the waters off Sittwe. According to Reuters, the boat was the third trying to transport refugees to Malaysia to be stopped within the last month.

Rohingya boat detained off Yangon

A boat carrying more than 100 Rohingya Muslims has been detained off the coast of Yangon. According to Reuters, the authorities detained all 106 Rohingya Muslims on board a boat which was allegedly destined for Malaysia. The vessel had reportedly set off from an internal displacement camp near Sittwe in the Rakhine State, but was intercepted by the authorities after its engine failed some 30km south of Yangon. The detainment has come just days after Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh protested against being repatriated to Myanmar, while rights organisation claim it's still not safe for them to return.

Aung San Suu Kyi stripped of Amnesty award

Amnesty International has revoked an award previously awarded to Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi. The Ambassador of Conscience Award is regarded Amnesty International's highest honour and was awarded to Suu Kyi in 2009 when she lived under house arrest. According to the BBC, the decision to strip Suu Kyi of the award was based on her failure to prevent the persecution of the Rohingya ethnic minority in her country at the hands of the military. Although not complicit in the brutal military campaign against the Rohingay Muslims, Suu Kyi has faced international criticism for not using her moral authority to speak out against the persecution.

Facebook failed to prevent offline violence

An independent report, commissioned by Facebook, has found that the social media company failed to prevent users in Myanmar from inciting offline violence. According to the BBC, the report stated that the platform had provided an "enabling environment" and could have done more to work against the proliferation of human rights abuse in Myanmar. More than 18 million people use Facebook in Myanmar, where ethnic violence has long been a growing problem. Last year, more than 700,000 Rohingya Muslims were forced to flee to neighbouring Bangladesh amid a brutal military crackdown which was criticised by the UN as 'textbook ethnic cleansing'.

Travel warning update issued

The Australian government has issued an updated travel warning for Myanmar on its foreign travel advice website. The advisory warns foreign travellers that is is illegal to use telecommunications networks or social media to threaten, defame, or disturb another person in Myanmar. Due to ambiguity surrounding the precise interpretations of this law and subsequent risk of persecution, foreign nationals are advised to avoid posting any negative comments on social media platforms whilst in the country.

Three killed as military aircraft crash in Magway

Three fatalities have been confirmed following two separate crashes involving military aircraft in the Magway region. According to reports, poor visibility caused a fighter jet to hit a telecommunications tower near Magway air force base, killing the pilot and a 10-year-old girl who was hit by a piece of the plane in her house.The second crash occurred just 16km away from the first. While the pilot managed to eject, he died when he hit the ground.

Protesters attacked outside clothes factory in Yangon

At least 28 factory workers have been wounded after they were attacked outside the clothes factory where they worked in Yangon. According to Reuters, the workers were protesting outside the factory to demand the reinstatement of 30 workers who were dismissed. The protesters were reportedly attacked by a group of unidentified assailants wielding iron bars.

Three journalists arrested in Yangon

Three journalists have been arrested in Yangong after publishing an article criticising state policy. According to Al Jazeera, the article criticised the financial management policies of the Myanmar State Councillor. The journalists have been identified as Eleven Media's executive editors, Kyaw Zaw Lin and Nayi Min, and chief reporter, Phyo Wai Win. The trio were sent to Insein prison on Wednesday after the charges were read against them in a Yangon court. If it's found that the article was published under the understanding that it was likely to cause "fear or alarm to the public". The arrests are the latest in a string of journalists to be detained in Myanmar in recent months, sparking concerns over the suppression of free media.

US government condemns military in Rohingya probe

The US government has condemned the military of Myanmar in an investigation into allegations of military violence against the Rohingya Muslims in the Rakhine state during a crackdown on militants in the region last year. The brutal military campaign ultimately forced over 700,000 Rohingya to flee to neighbouring Bangladesh, in what the UN has described as 'textbook ethnic cleansing'. According to Reuters, the US government's investigation found that Myanmar's military planned and coordinated atrocities against the Rohingya, although the probe stopped short of classifying the crackdown as genocide or a crime against humanity. 

Journalist jailed for criticising leader

A journalist has been jailed for criticising the leader of Myanmar, Aung San Suu Kyi in a series of Facebook posts. A former columnist for state media, Ngar Min Swe received a seven-year prison sentence on Thursday on charges of violating a sedition law. According to reports, Min Swe has also been ordered by the court  to pay a fine, although it has not been disclosed how much this will be. The case comes amid an appeal to release two Reuters journalists jailed for allegedly violating the National Secrets Act and is the latest example of challenges to press and media freedom in Myanmar.

Protests against detention of journalists in Yangon

Protests have taken place in Yangon against the detention and sentencing of two Reuters' journalists for allegedly violating the official secret's act. Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo were both sentenced to seven years in prison earlier this month following a long trial after being arrested whilst investigating the military crackdown on the Rohingya Muslims last year. The court verdict has sparked outrage and has been criticised internationally as a suppression of press freedom. According to reports, dozens of people gathered in central Yangon on Sunday to protest the imprisonment of the journalists and to denounce what they perceive to be growing restrictions on the freedom of expression in Myanmar.

Myanmar leader defends jailing Reuters journalists

The leader of Myanmar, Aung San Suu Kyi, has defended the jailing of two Reuters journalists. The charging and sentencing of Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo has been widely criticised as a suppression of press freedom in the country; however, Suu Kyi supported the court's decision, stating the the two journalists had broken the law by possessing classified police documents whilst investigating the Rohingya crisis and that their sentencing has "nothing to do with freedom of expression". Ms Suu Kyi went on to add that the two journalists were free to appeal the court's decision.

Reuters journalists jailed over secrets act

Two Reuters journalists have been sentenced to jail over the secrets act. Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo - both Myanmar nationals - were originally detained last year after receiving official documents from police officers. Both were sentenced to seven years in prison for allegedly violating a state secrets act whilst investigating violence against the Rohingya, which the military is seen as being responsible for. The case has widely been seen as a test of press freedom in Myanmar, while both men have maintained their innocence.

Protesters detained in Yangon

A group of 10 protesters have been detained by the security forces in Yangon after demonstrating against the military. The protest was organised to call for the arrest of Myanmar's military leaders over their involvement in the mass genocide of the Rohingya Muslim minority during a brutal military crackdown in the Rakhine State last year. Earlier this week, the UN issued a report calling for the leaders of the army in Myanmar to be held responsible for crimes of genocide.

UN chief criticises Myanmar leader over Rohingya crisis

UN human rights chief, Zeid Ra'ad al Hussein, has criticised the de-facto leader of Myanmar, Aung San Suu Kyi, for failing to act during the Rohingya crisis last year. Hussein told the BBC that the Noble Peace prize winner was arguably to blame for failing to prevent the violent military campaign against the Rohingya Muslims, which has been described as 'textbook ethnic cleansing'. While Ms Suu Kyi does not exercise any control over the military in Myanmar, she has faced international criticism for failing to condemn the military's brutal crackdown. Hussein stated that she should have resigned and returned to house arrest. It was confirmed on Wednesday that Ms Suu Kyi cannot be stripped of the Noble Peace prize she won in 1991.

Ten killed following dam breach in Bago

At least 10 people have been confirmed dead so far after a dam breached yesterday in the Bago region, causing floods to hit the town of Swar and several surrounding villages. Over 63,000 people have been forced to evacuate from around 85 villages in the central region after floods hit their homes. Casualty figures are likely to rise as search and rescue operations go forward. Efforts to repair to broken dam remain ongoing.

Political violence breaks out in Kolamaafushi

Political violence has broken out in the Kolamaafushi area of Gaafu Alif Atoll, where at least 18 people have been arrested. According to reports, the violence broke out when supporters of the ruling Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM) clashed with supporters of the Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP). Election campaign camps were allegedly targeted by both sides, with an unconfirmed number of casualties reported amidst the fighting. The security forces have been deployed to the area to restore calm and to prevent further outbreaks of violence.

Dam breach causes floods in central region

The breach of a dam in the central Bago region has caused flooding in the Swar area. According to reports, the Swar Dam breached on Wednesday morning, causing flooding in Swar town and in two villages near a main highway, which has also been blocked off by flood water. Approximately Over 5,400 people have been evacuated from the homes and emergency response teams have been dispatched to the area to provide flood relief. No casualties have been reported thus far. Heavy rainfall and thunderstorms have been affecting the area recently and are likely to contributed to the failure of the dam.

UN calls for military officials to face genocide charges

The UN has called for Myanmar's military officials to face charges of genocide over a brutal military campaign launched against Rohingya Muslims in the Rakhine state last year. The violent crackdown forced over 700,000 Rohingyas to flee to neighbouring Bangladesh and has been widely criticised as 'textbook ethnic cleansing'. According to Al Jazeera, UN investigators recently released a document calling for Myanmar's commander-in-chief and five generals to be prosecuted for leading mass killings and gang rapes of the Rohingya with 'genocidal intent'. 

High risk of violent attacks in Rakhine state

The US government's foreign travel advice department has issued a warning, advising travellers to exercise extreme caution in the Rakhine State due to a high risk of violent militant attacks. The warning has been issued in light of the upcoming anniversary of deadly militant attacks carried out by Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) militants on 25 August 2017, which sparked a brutal military crackdown last year. Hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees were forced to flee the are into neighbouring Bangladesh as a result of the ethnic violence. 

Drive-by shooting reported in Mandalay

A drive-by shooting incident has been reported in Mandalay, where it's believed a gunman on a motorbike opened fire on people in the Chanmyathazi area last night. At least person was shot dead, while another person has sustained a gunshot wound. The attacker has been arrested by the police following a brief chase. The suspect remains in police custody while the police seek to determine his motive.

Ethnic clashes break out in Shan state

Fighting has reportedly broken out between rival ethnic groups in the Shan state, forcing hundreds to flee the area. According to reports, some 800 villagers have fled their homes and are seeking shelter in Buddhist monasteries after armed ethnic groups clashed near Pangkut village in Namtu town. Ethnic fighting has displaced thousands of people in the northern region as long-standing disputes continue to stir up violence.

Flooding forces thousands to evacuate

Thousands of people have been forced to evacuate amid severe flooding across the central and southern parts of Myanmar. At least 10 fatalities have been confirmed while an estimated 119,000 people have been evacuated. The flooding has been brought on by heavy monsoon season rains. One of the worst hit areas has been the Magway region, while the Bago, Kayin, Mon, and Taninthayi areas have also been significantly affected.

Thousands displaced by floods

Thousands of people have been displaced by floods brought about by heavy seasonal rain. Approximately 16,000 people have evacuated their homes after monsoon rains hit the country. One of the worst affected areas is the eastern Kayin state, where widespread floods have forced over 10,000 people to relocate.

Jade mine landslide kills 27

A landslide has hit a jade mine in the Kachin state, killing at least 27 people. The accident occurred in the remote Set Mu area, where search and rescue operations have already been launched. Most of those killed in the landslide were members of the Rawang ethnic minority group. Despite being a prosperous industry, jade mines are often poorly regulated. As a result, fatal accidents are not an uncommon occurrence.

Peace talks with ethnic minorities launched

Peace talks between Myanmar's government and ethnic minority groups have been launched yesterday and are set to last for five days. The talks are the third session of the 21st Century Panglong Conference being at held at the Myanmar International Convention Centre in the capital city, Naypyidaw. The aim of the talks is to allow the representatives from ethnic groups to meet with the government and military of Myanmar to negotiate an agreement to work towards lasting peace. A ceasefire agreement has been in place with 10 out of Myanmar's 17 ethnic groups since 2015; however, those groups which have not signed reportedly seek further clarity on certain political terms before agreeing to the deal.

Floods force Tachileik Airport closure

The Tachileik Airport in the northern Shan state has been forced to close due to floods brought on by heavy rainfall. Torrential rain has reportedly flooded the airport's runway, leading to the cancellation of all flights to and from the airport. Efforts have been launched to clear the runway of flood water; however, it currently remains unclear when the airport will be reopened.

Heavy rain causes floods and landslides

Heavy rainfall has caused widespread flash flooding and landslides across southern parts of Myanmar. The Mon state has been particularly affected as the monsoon season sets in. Landslides have been reported in the Kyeik Than Lan pagoda area, near the state capital of Mawlamyine, where residential properties have been significantly damaged. 

Strong winds kill five in Manaung and Bogale

At least fie people have been killed after strong winds hit the Manaung and Bogale areas overnight. Approximately 1,400 homes were allegedly destroyed in the bad weather, which was brought to the area by a tropical depression in the Bay of Bengal. Winds of up to 96 km/h have been recorded in some parts - making unnecessary travel extremely dangerous.

Tropical Cyclone alert issued

A weather alert has been issued in Myanmar as a tropical depression approaches the Bay of Bengal. The Rakhine State is expected be affected by heavy rain and strong winds. Residents have been put on alert as there is a high possibility that the depression will turn into a tropical cyclone.

Hindus massacred by Rohingya militants in Rakhine state

Militants of the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) have reportedly killed around 100 Hindus in the Rakhine state since August last year. Reports from Amnesty International claim the militants killed as many as 99 Hindu civilians near Kha Maung Seik in at least two major attacks in late August in 2017. According to the BBC, the ARSA mass killings came shortly after the militant attacks on police posts which sparked a brutal military crackdown on Rohingya Muslims throughout the state - forcing some 700,000 Rohingya to flee to neighbouring Bangladesh.

Travel warning issued for Kachin state

The UK FCO has issued an updated travel warning against all but essential travel to the Kachin state in Myanmar. The advisory warns of a continued risk of armed conflict throughout the region. Travellers may face a lower risk in the towns of Myitkyina, Bhamo and Putao; however, extreme caution should be taken at all times as the situation could suddenly escalate with little-to-no warning. Travel between some towns has been restricted, with only air travel permitted between Myitkyina and Bhamo.

Fighting breaks out in Muse state

Fighting has broken out between the security forces and armed ethnic groups in the Shan state. Reports have claimed that fighters from the Northern Alliance - a coalition of four armed ethnic groups - entered the village of Ho-mong near the Myanmar-China border. Approximately 100 to 150 fighters allegedly entered the village, where a fierce gunfight subsequently broke out.

Thirteen killed in jade mine landslide

At least 13 migrant workers have been killed after a landslide occurred at a jade mine in the Kachin state. The landslide was reportedly caused by several days of torrential rain which hit the region over the weekend. The mine which collapsed was located in the town of Hpakant. According to reports, eight other workers were wounded in the landslide. Rescue operations were suspended due to the continued high risk of further landslides.

Reports of violence in Kachin state

Reports of increasing violence in the Kachin state have sparked concern from the UN over the situation there. A human rights expert from the UN expressed deep concern over a sharp escalation in hostile attacks in the area, in which bombings and gunfire have alleged targeted civilian areas. "Innocent civilians are being killed and injured, and hundreds of families are now fleeing for their lives", said UN special rapporteur on human rights, Yanghee Lee.

UN places Myanmar military on sexual violence blacklist

The military of Myanmar has reportedly been placed on a UN blacklist for alleged sexual violence against Rohingya Muslims. According to reports, Myanmar's armed forces were included in a UN list of government and rebel groups "credibly suspected" of sexual violence in conflict. The decision to put Myanmar's military on the list for the first time came after numerous aid agencies and non-governmental organisations stated that most of the 700,000 Rohingya refugees who fled military violence in the Rakhine state bore " the physical and psychological scars of brutal sexual assault".

Seven soldiers jailed for killing Rohingyas

Seven soldiers from the Armed Forces of Myanmar have been sentenced to jail for involvement in the killings of Rohingya Muslims last year. A military official confirmed that a court had found the seven soldiers guilty of "contributing and participating in murder", handing out 10-year hard labour sentences to each soldier. According to the BBC, the verdict cements the military's confession from earlier this year - that Rohingyas were killed by soldiers in the brutal military campaign in the Rakhine state, which forced over half a million Rohingyas to flee to Bangladesh and many criticised as ethnic cleansing.

New president elected

A new president has been elected in Myanmar following the resignation of Htin Kyaw last week. Win Myint will take up the largely ceremonial role after being elected by parliament. The powers of the head of state will remain with the leader of the ruling party, Aung San Suu Kyi - of whom Win Myint is considered to be a close aide.

President Htin Kyaw resigns

President Htin Kyaw has announced his official resignation after just two years in office. Htin Kyaw was sworn in as president in 2016 following landmark elections ending decades of military leadership. No official reason has been given for the resignation; however, the announcement comes after months of growing speculation that the 71-year-old's health has been rapidly deteriorating. The presidency in Myanmar is a largely ceremonial role, with the ruling party's leader Aung San Suu Kyi acting as the de facto head of state. 

Detained Reuters journalists appear in court

Two Reuters journalists have appeared for the 11th time at a court in Yangon over allegations of possessing classified documents. Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo are being accused under a colonial-era law and may face up to 14 years in prison if convicted. Both were detained in mid-December while pursuing an investigation into the death of 10 Rohingya ethnic men in Rakhine State. The hearing was closely followed by diplomats from the US, Canada and the European Union.

Rohingya refugees to be repatriated

At least 374 Rohingya refugees are to be repatriated to Myanmar from refugee camps in southern Bangladesh. Despite concerns regarding the safety of repatriated Rohingyas, the government of Myanmar claims around 8,000 refugees have expressed a desire to voluntarily return to the Rakhine state in Myanmar. Recently, refugee camps in Bangladesh have faced the serious threat of being flooded by the upcoming wet season, prompting humanitarian efforts to relocate refugees to safer areas.

Bomb blast hits Sagaing school

A bomb blast has hit a boarding school in the Sagaing region. The explosion occurred at Hpu Pwint Wai School in the village of Ahletaw on the outskirts of Tigyaing town. While there were no casualties, at least nine other bombs were discovered throughout the area in follow-up search operations led by the military and police. Unconfirmed reports suggest an arrest may have been made in connection to the case.

Military 'land grab' ongoing in Rakhine state

The military of Myanmar has reportedly been militarising land in the Rakhine state in what has been described as 'military land grab'. According to the BBC, areas where Rohingya Muslims once lived have been bulldozed to make may for new infrastructure. An Amnesty International spokesperson has claimed that the militarisation of the area had been going on since January and was allegedly removing evidence of crimes against Rohingya by the military - allegedly carried out during a brutal military campaign widely criticised as textbook ethnic cleansing last year.

Military accused of extrajudicial killings in Kachin state

The military of Myanmar has been accused of killing two people in extrajudicial killings in the Kachin state. The bodies of two civilians believed to have been abducted in late January were recently discovered in a shallow grave in the Mai Hkawng area of Bhamo, Kachin. Reports state that a local Kachin community leader knew the two victims and claimed they had been kidnapped by soldiers whilst working on a farm in a refugee camp nearby.  The incident has sparked criticism for human rights groups. Violent clashes between armed separatist groups and the military have been going on in the region for several years, with an estimated 100,000 people displaced as a result.

UN claims ethnic cleansing remains ongoing

A UN official has claimed that alleged ethnic cleansing of Rohingya Muslims in the Rakhine State by the military has continued despite reports that the situation had improved in recent months. According to Reuters, the UN secretary-general for human rights, Andrew Gilmour, made the comment during a four-day trip to Cox's Bazar in neighbouring Bangladesh - where almost 700,000 Rohingya refugees fled to when a brutal military campaign was launched last year. "It appears that widespread and systematic violence against the Rohingya persists", said Gilmour.

Three bomb attacks reported in Sittwe, Rakhine

Three bomb attacks have been reported as ethnic-driven tensions remain high in Rakhine State, north-western Myanmar. Reports revealed that an explosive device went off just outside the house of a local office in Sittwe. Two other bombs exploded near the city's court and record office. Police revealed that three other unexploded devices were recovered. The incidents come days after two people were killed in a bomb attack on a bank in Lashio, Shan State.

FCO warns against travel to Lashio after bomb attack

The UK Foreign Commonwealth Office (FCO) has issued a travel warning advising against trips to Lashio, Shan State. The advisory comes days after two people were killed and several others were injured when a bomb went off at a bank. The incident is thought to have been motivated by ethnic clashes in the area.

Dozens of villages bulldozed around Maungdaw, Rakhine state

Dozens of villages across the crisis-ridden Rakhine state have been reportedly bulldozed just months after they were completely burned down. Human Rights Watch told DW that: "The authorities want to cover up evidence of the atrocities and take away the land that belongs to the Rohingya. They want to make it difficult to find graves, weapons used or any other evidence that would connect the crime scene to the criminals." The satellite images were released on Friday to the AP by the Digital Globe and show more than 50 villages completely levelled by bulldozers.

Five killed in Lashio bomb blast

At least five people have been killed in a suspected bomb blast in Lashio, Shan State. Preliminary reports claim the explosion targeted a Yoma Bank branch, where an explosive device was detonated on the second floor. At least 16 others have been wounded. The incident is thought to have been motivated by ethnic clashes in the area.

Journalists held for investigating mass killings

Two Reuters journalists who were arrested by the authorities last year are reportedly being held for investigating mass killings in the Rakhine state. Reuters has reported that Wa Lone and Kyaw Seo Oo are still awaiting trial after being charged with violating the Official Secrets Act. Details surrounding the journalists' detention have been unclear until recently. According to the BBC, Reuters confirmed the journalists were investigating claims of the unlawful killing of 10 Rohingya Muslims in the village of Inn Din. Access to the area remains restricted and reports of mass killings at the hands of the military remain mostly unconfirmed.

Bangladeshi fisherman wounded in cross-border firing incident

A Bangladeshi fisherman has been wounded in a cross-border firing incident near the Naf river. According to reports, the Border Security Forces of Myanmar opened unprovoked fire on the fisherman near the Naf river in Teknaf, Chittagong. Within the last year, the river has been used as the main way for Rohingya refugees to escape military violence in the Rakhine state of Myanmar. Border security has been amplified throughout the region as a result.

Rakhine state official stabbed to death

A local official has been stabbed to death in the Rakhine state. The victim, Bo Bo Min Theik, was an administrator for the provincial government in Sittwe, where he was relocated to following violent demonstrations in Mrauk U earlier this month. According to reports, Theik's body was discovered in his car on the highway between Mrauk U and Sittwe. It's believed the attacker was motivated by a personal vendetta.

High risk travel warning

A high risk travel warning has been issued by the Australian government's travel advise website, warning foreign nationals to avoid travelling to border areas in Myanmar. There is a high risk to personal security in parts of the Chin, Kachin, Rakhine, and Shan states. All tourist and non-essential travel to these areas should be avoided. The Australian government has highlighted military activity, ethnic clashes, armed drug smuggling, and the presence of landmines as the main threats to safety in these regions.

US diplomat resigns from Rohingya advisory panel

A veteran US diplomat, Bill Richardson, has resigned from an advisory panel covering the Rohingya Crisis in Myanmar. The panel was established by the leader of Myanmar, Aung San Syu Kyi; however, Richardson stepped down from his position on the panel, labelling it a 'whitewash' and accusing Suu Kyi of lacking moral guidance. "I like her enormously and respect her. But she has not shown moral leadership on the Rakhine issue and the allegations made, and I regret that", said Richardson. According to the BBC, Richardson's resignation comes after Suu Kyi responded furiously when he raised the issue of two Reuters journalists currently detained in Myanmar.

Eight protesters detained in Sittwe

Eight protesters have been detained following a series of protests in Sittwe. Thousands of protesters gathered in Mrauk U to protest against the government's decision to cancel an event planned to commemorate the 233rd anniversary of the fall of the Rakhine kingdom. The protesters were arrested in hospital after being injured during last week's brutal police crackdown on the Mrauk U protests - during which seven protesters were killed.

Over 100 Rohingya flee to Bangladesh

Over 100 Rohingya Muslims have fled from the Rakhine state to Bangladesh within the last week. The news comes as Myanmar and Bangladesh agree a repatriation deal - the first stages of which are due to commence in the next few weeks. According to Reuters, ethnic-minority Rohingya Muslims have continued to flee the Rakhine state due to ongoing persecution. Over half a million Rohingya have fled t Bangladesh since the military launched a violent crackdown in the region last August. Some refugees have claimed the violence is still ongoing, despite the recent progress in repatriation talks.

Bangladesh agrees Rohingya repatriation time frame

Myanmar has reportedly agreed a repatriation time frame with Bangladesh for Rohingya Muslims. Over half a million Rohingya Muslims fled to Bangladesh last year after the military launched a violent crackdown in the Rakhine state. According to the BBC, Myanmar is expected to accept 1,500 Rohingya every week, with the aim to return all refugees within two years. Humanitarian groups and aid agencies have raised concerns regarding the treatment of the Rohingya in Myanmar.

Earthquake hits central Bago region

A 6.0-magnitude earthquake has hit the central Bago region of Myanmar. Data recorded by the US Geological Survey (USGS) indicated the earthquake occurred at 18:26 UTC on Thursday 11 January, at a shallow depth of 10km. The epicentre of the earthquake was recorded approximately 39km west-south-west of Phyu in the Taungoo district. Around 2,000 people are thought to have felt strong tremors, while three major aftershocks were felt within the first hour after the initial earthquake. No damage or casualties have been reported.

Reuters journalists charged in court

Two Reuters journalists who have been detained for 'illegally obtaining information' have been charged in a court in Yangon. Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo appeared in a court in Yangon on Wednesday, and were formally charged with criminal offences under the Official Secrets Act. According to the BBC, the journalists could face up to 14 years of jail time. The Official Secrets Act was brought in when Myanmar was under British colonial rule; however, prosecutions have rarely been made under it. The journalists were allegedly covering the situation in the Rakhine State when they were arrested in mid-December. Reuters has called for the journalists to be released, calling their detention a "wholly unwarranted, blatant attack on press freedom".

Reuters journalists to appear in court

Two Reuters journalists who have been detained on charges of illegally obtaining information are set to appear in a Yangon court tomorrow. Kyaw Soe Oo and Wa Lone were detained in mid-December after meeting with police officers. The journalists were believed to be covering a piece on the Rakhine State, where a military crackdown forced over half a million Rohingya Muslims to flee the country. Journalistic access to the Rakhine State is heavily restricted and the journalists have been accused of illegally obtaining information for the purposes of sharing it with foreign media sources. International calls for the journalists' release have been made and the Editor-In-Chief of Reuters, Stephen Adler, has called the arrests "an egregious attack on press freedom - preventing them, and deterring other journalists, from reporting independently in Myanmar".

Five wounded in Rakhine State militant attack

Five security personnel have been wounded in a militant attack in the Rakhine State. Reuters has reported that the Armed Forces of Myanmar claimed "extremist Bengali terrorists" ambushed a military vehicle - referencing the militants of the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA). The military claimed the vehicle was attacked by a group of 20 militants using homemade explosives and small arms. An ARSA spokesperson has reportedly confirmed the incident, claiming responsibility for the attack. Previous ARSA attacks targeting security personnel have sparked brutal military crackdowns on the Rohingya population in the Rakhine State. While the military has described the crackdowns as counter-insurgency operations; however, international organisations - including the UN - have condemned the military campaigns as ethnic cleansing.

President calls for constitutional reform

The civilian president of Myanmar, Htin Kyaw, has called for constitutional reform in an Independence Day speech. President Kyaw called for an amendment to the current constitution - which was drafted by the military, granting the armed forces of Myanmar a dominant role in government. According to Reuters, the president also called for justice for ethnic minorities under a federal system; however, no specific ethnicity was mentioned. After a brutal military campaign launched against ethnic Rohingya Muslims, the military was accused of ethnic cleansing by international organisations, including the UN. Reforming the constitution is a contentious issue in Myanmar, as it would diminish the military's political power and its right to launch such campaigns without government approval.

Reuters journalists detained in Yangon

Two Reuters journalists remain detained in a prison in Yangon after being charged with illegally obtaining information. Law enforcement detained 27-year-old Kyaw Soe Oo and 31-year-old Wa Lone in mid-December after they had dinner with police officers. The journalists had been writing a piece on the Rohingya crisis in the Rakhine state. Reuters has called for their release; however, both journalists remain in police custody in Insein prison, Yangon.

Two Reuters journalists remanded in custody

Two Reuters journalists have been remanded in custody after appearing in court. The pair were detained in Myanmar on 12 December and have had no access to lawyers or visitors. “The remand has already been obtained. The case is under the Burma State Secrets Act ... so, for now, they are not allowed to meet with anyone and they are being investigated,” said police colonel Myo Thu Soe. The Ministry of Information said last week that Wa Lone, 31, and Kyaw Soe Oo, 27, had “illegally acquired information with the intention to share it with foreign media”.

Thousands of Rohingya killed in military violence

A new report suggests thousands of Rohingya Muslims have been killed in the military violence which broke out in the Rakhine State in August. Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) has released findings, indicating as many as 9,000 Rohingya died within the first month of the violence breaking out, between 25 August and 24 September. Of those 9,000 deaths, a conservative estimate by MSF proposed that around 6,700 were caused by violence. According to the BBC, the MSF's data directly contradicts initial figures released by the government of Myanmar, which placed the number of fatalities in the first month at around 400 - the majority of which, they claimed, were Rohingya insurgents.

Two journalists missing in Myanmar

Two Reuters journalists have reportedly gone missing in Myanmar. According to the BBC, unconfirmed reports suggest the two journalists, Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, have been detained by the police in Yangon and may face prosecution under the Official Secrets Act - which carries a maximum sentence of 14 years in jail. Reuters has reportedly filed a missing person's report and has launched efforts to relocate the journalists. The disappearances have come amid an increasingly restrictive approach to journalism and press freedom following the military crackdown on the Rohingya Muslims in the Rakhine State.

High risk of cross-border attack

A non-governmental organisation has warned that members of the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) - the Rohingya militant group responsible for sparking the military crackdown on ethnic Rohingya Muslims in the Rakhine State, Myanmar - plan to attack Myanmar from across the border in Bangladesh. The International Crisis Group (ICG) released a new report warning of a high risk of a cross-border attack, as many ARSA militants are thought to have sought protection in refugee camps in Bangladesh. According to reports, the ICG warned that ARSA "appears determined to regroup and remain relevant", and that cross-border attacks are likely to target security personnel and non-Muslims in Myanmar.

Army of Myanmar faces allegations of genocide

The Armed Forces of Myanmar may face allegations of genocide following a military crackdown on ethnic Rohingya Muslims in the Rakhine State. According to the BBC, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights has suggested that the armed forces may have committed genocide in its brutal treatment of the Rohingya, with around 620,000 Rohingya refugees having fled to Bangladesh since August 2017. The crackdown has sparked international criticism and accusations of ethnic cleansing. Following the recent proceedings in repatriation deals between Bangladesh and Myanmar, the UN commissioner proposed that no Rohingya refugees should be repatriated until adequate monitoring services are allowed into the Rakhine State. International monitoring groups, journalists, and humanitarian aid campaigns have been refused access to the region since the crackdown began in late-August.

Pope Francis arrives in Myanmar

Pope Francis has arrived in Myanmar for his first papal visit to the country. Myanmar has faced international condemnation amid allegations of ethnic-cleansing due to a violent military campaign launched against the Rohingya Muslims in the Rakhine State in August. The violence has forced over 600,000 ethnic Rohingyas to flee to neighbouring Bangladesh. The Pope previously denounced the violence, using the term "our Rohingya brothers and sisters" - something Myanmar's only Catholic cardinal has requested that he avoid using during his visit in order to avoid sparking public anger. Myanmar officials refuse to acknowledge the Rohingya as an ethnicity of Myanmar - instead, labelling them Bengali immigrants. It remains unclear whether or not the Pope will address the topic during his visit; however, he is scheduled to visit Bangladesh afterwards - where he will make a symbolic visit to Rohingya refugee camps.

Bangladesh signs Rohingya repatriation deal with Myanmar

A deal has been signed between Bangladesh and Myanmar to repatriate hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims to Myanmar. The Rohingya fled to Bangladesh from military violence in the Rakhine State. The crisis arose after a series of Rohingya insurgent attacks sparked a military crackdown in the region. Myanmar is a majority Buddhist country and the Rohingya have experienced decades of persecution as a result of ethnic tensions. The UN stated that the situation in the Rakhine State was trademark ethnic cleansing. According to the BBC, details of the deal are yet to be confirmed; however, humanitarian groups and aid agencies have expressed concern over the forced return of Rohingya refugees to Myanmar, suggesting repatriation shouldn't take place until the safety of the Rohingya can be guaranteed.

Travel warnings issued for Chin state

The British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has issued an updated travel advisory on their website, warning against all but essential travel to the Paletwa area of the southern Chin state. Foreign nationals have been advised to avoid the area due to violent ongoing armed conflict. Travellers visiting Mount Victoria in the nearby Mindat area should consult tour operators prior to their trip, as armed groups may be active throughout the surrounding areas.

Myanmar's army exonerates itself of blame in Rohingya crisis

The Army of Myanmar has published the findings of an internal investigation into the army's treatment of Rohingya Muslims during the recent crisis in the Rakhine State. The report exonerates the army of blame regarding the ongoing crisis and categorically denies killing Rohingyas, burning villages, stealing possessions, and raping Rohingya women and young girls. According to the BBC, the findings of the report directly contradict evidence of what the UN has described as a "textbook example of ethnic cleansing". The crisis broke out in August 2017, after attacks by Rohingya insurgents sparked a military crackdown in the Rakhine State. Since then, over half a million Rohingya Muslims have fled to Bangladesh. Amnesty International has dismissed the report as an attempted "whitewash" amid suggestions it fundamentally lacked credibility. The report has been published just a day after Sir Bob Geldof returned his Freedom of the City award to Dublin over the crisis, protesting the association with the leader of Myanmar, Aung San Suu Kyi - who also shares the award.

Thousands of Rohingya refugees continue to flee the Rakhine state

Thousands of Rohingya refugees have reportedly fled to Bangladesh within the last few days. According to Bangladeshi officials, approximately 3,000 Rohingya Muslims from the Rakhine state in Myanmar have fled to Bangladesh by crossing the Naf river. Many of the refugees have continued to seek refuge in the bordering areas of Bangladesh after the army of Myanmar launched a military crackdown in the Rakhine state earlier this year. Rohingya Muslims have continued to flee to Bangladesh despite repatriation agreements between the governments of Myanmar and Bangladesh. According to the BBC, around 600,000 refugees have fled Myanmar so far this year, prompting accusations of ethnic cleansing from the UN. Having faced international criticism for failing to intervene, the leader of Myanmar, Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi, has arrived in the Rakhine state for her first visit since the crisis broke out.

Seven Rohingya refugees die fleeing to Bangladesh

At least seven Rohingya refugees have died in recent incidents whilst fleeing from Myanmar to Bangladesh. Despite government agreements to repatriate refugees, Rohingya Muslims have continued to flee from persecution in the Rakhine State of Myanmar. The most recent military crackdown in the region was sparked after insurgents attacked security personnel in Maungdaw in August 2017. According to Reuters, at least four Rohingya refugees died when their boat capsized in the Cox's Bazar district of Chittagong, Bangladesh. Three Rohingya children also died in a separate incident in southern Cox's Bazar.

Myanmar and Bangladesh agree joint repatriation efforts

Myanmar and Bangladesh have agreed on joint repatriation efforts to deal with the influx of Rohingya Muslims in parts of Bangladesh from the Rakhine state in Myanmar. The Rohingya refugees have fled from military violence which was sparked after insurgents attacked military posts in Maungdaw in August 2017. According to Reuters, over half a million Rohingya refugees will be repatriated in a cooperative effort to tackle the crisis in the Rakhine state and neighbouring parts of Bangladesh. Two separate agreements were signed in Naypyitaw for security and border cooperation, stating plans to "halt the outflow of Myanmar residents to Bangladesh" and to "form a joint working group".

US threatens action against Myanmar over Rohingya crisis

US officials have warned Myanmar that they are considering taking action against the country over the recent crisis involving the ethnic Rohingya Muslims. The crisis arose after the military launched a crackdown on Rohingya Muslims in response to an insurgent attack in the Rakhine state. The crisis has been labelled 'ethnic cleansing' by the UN. New reports suggest that as many as 800,000 Rohingya refugees have fled to Bangladesh since the crisis broke out in August 2017. According to Reuters, the US has threatened to enforce measures which will include a withdrawal of military assistance. 

Five killed in clashes at jade mine

Five people have been killed during clashes between police and an armed mob at a jade mine in Kachin state. The violence erupted when officers blocked a group of scavengers from accessing a privately-owned plot in Kpakant. A short time later, "nearly 600 people returned and attacked the police, burning dump trucks and destroying a backhoe," reported the state-run Global New Light of Myanmar. A further 25 people, including five police, were wounding during the confrontation.

Bangladesh claims 3,000 Rohingya Muslims killed in Rakhine State, Myanmar

A Bangladeshi government representative has claimed that 3,000 Rohingya Muslims have been killed in the Rakhine State, Myanmar, over the last month-or-so amid the military crackdown in the region. The Foreign Minister for the Bangladesh government, AH Mahmood Ali, has stated that 3,000 Rohingya Muslims were killed in the army operation in the area, which was launched just over a month ago, in late August earlier this year. The army of Myanmar claims it launched the operation in response to violent attacks by Rohingya insurgents, and denies the UN's accusations of ethnic cleansing. According to reports, the UN estimates that at least 520,000 Rohingya refugees have fled to Bangladesh since late August - nearly 40,000 of which arrived within the last 10 days. The government of Myanmar has come under fire from the international community to intervene and just last week, promised to liaise with Bangladesh to work towards repatriating the Rohingya refugees.

Twelve Rohingya die as boat capsizes in Naf river

At least 12 Rohingya Muslims have been killed after a refugee boat capsized in the Naf river en route from the Rakhine state in Myanmar to Bangladesh. According to the BBC, the boat was carrying around 100 Rohingya refugees and likely capsized due to being overloaded. Around 10 children are thought to be among those dead; however, no final death toll has been confirmed as it is unclear precisely how many passengers were aboard the boat and several people remain missing. Search and rescue operations are ongoing. Over the last month-or-so, over 500,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled to Bangladesh to escape military violence and persecution in the Rakhine State. Although the leader of Myanmar has promised to repatrionise refugees, hundreds of Rohingya Muslims have continued to flee.

Rohingya Muslims gather near Bangladesh-Myanmar border

Approximately 10,000 Rohingya Muslims have recently gathered near a crossing point along the Bangladesh-Myanmar border. The border - which separates Bangladesh's Cox's Bazar and Myanmar's Rakhine State - has continued to be inundated with thousands of Rohingya Muslims seeking to cross the border from the Rakhine State to Bangladesh. Over the last few months, Rohingya Muslims have been forced to flee from Buddhist-majority Myanmar amid a military crackdown on the long-persecuted Rohingya Muslim minority following a series of insurgent attacks in the region. The military brutality forced over 500,000 Rohingya refugees to flee, attracting international criticism and condemnation from rights groups and the UN - prompting the government to launch operations to repatriate displaced Rohingya Muslims. Despite these reassurances, members of the Muslim minority have reportedly continued to flee the area of their own accord.

Two mass graves found in Rakhine state

Two mass graves have been discovered in the northern region of the Rakhine State in Myanmar. The discovery was published by the Myanmar government's Information Committee in a statement which accused militants of the Rohingya Muslim Arsa group of attacking Hindus in the Yebawkya village in Maungtaw. The dead bodies of at least 28 Hindus were allegedly found in two large earth pits just 1,200 metres away from the village. According to the BBC, the Information Committee cited an anonymous Hindu villager as a witness to the militant attack, which allegedly occurred in late August - just before the military launched a violent crackdown on Rohingya Muslims in the Rakhine State, forcing thousands to flee to Bangladesh. While the government's claims that the village was attacked by Arsa militants cannot be verified, there is some evidence to support the claim.

Myanmar's leader to miss UNSC meeting

The leader of Myanmar, Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung Saa Sun Kyi, had allegedly cancelled plans to attend a UN Security Council (UNSC) meeting which is due to discuss the ongoing refugee crisis in the Rakhine State of Myanmar. According to the BBC, the UN has accused the military of Myanmar of 'ethnic cleansing' of Rohingya Muslims - of whom approximately 370,000 have been forced to flee to Bangladesh due to military brutality in the Rakhine State. Sun Kyi has faced growing international criticism for failing to step in and intervene in the matter and her latest decision not to attend the UNSC meeting will reflect negatively on her ability to prevent the further persecution of Rohingya Muslims. Islamic ethnic groups have been holding demonstrations over large parts of Asia to protest against the country's treatment of the Muslim minority. 

UN Human Rights Council accuses Myanmar government of 'ethnic cleansing'

The UN Human Rights Council has accused the government of Myanmar of 'ethnic cleansing' following a second bout of extreme military violence against the Rohingya Muslims in the Rakhine State. On Monday, a UN representative described the military crackdown as a 'brutal security operation' which was 'clearly disproportionate' to insurgent attacks. The BBC has reported that approximately 270,000 Rohingya refugees are thought to have fled to Bangladesh since the most recent crackdown was launched in August. The ongoing persecution of ethnic Rohingyas has sparked worldwide criticism of the government of Myanmar, for failing to acknowledge humanitarian crimes committed by the army of Myanmar. The leader of Myanmar, Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung Saa Syn Kyi, has faced particular criticism for failing to intervene.

UN estimates 1,000 killed in Rakhine State violence

The United Nations (UN) has released a report, estimating that at least 1,000 people have been killed in the ongoing military violence against Rohingya Muslims in the Rakhine State. The latest figures released by the UN suggest that as many as 270,000 Rohingya refugees have fled to neighbouring Bangladesh and over 700 houses in Rohingya communities have been burnt down by the Army of Myanmar. Many of the deaths have occurred as refugees attempt to cross the Naf River to Bangladesh in overcrowded boats. The persecution of Muslim minorities in Myanmar has prompted widespread global criticism of the regime there, with many international organisations and important figures calling on the country's leader, Aung Saa Sun Kyi, to intervene and put an end to what the UN has described as 'ethnic cleansing'.

Nobel Peace Prize winner calls for defence of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar

Nobel Peace Prize winner, Malala Yousafzai, has called for the international defence of the Rohingya Muslims - who are being persecuted by the army of Myanmar in the Rakhine State. Yousafzai spoke to the BBC, calling on the global community to intervene in the military crackdown on the Muslim minority in Myanmar. The latest UN figures have put the number of displaced Rohingya refugees at around 270,000. The leader of Myanmar, Aung San Suu Kyi - also a Nobel Peace Prize winner - has been widely criticised for allowing what the UN has described as 'ethnic cleansing' to take place.

Rohingya refugee figures rise to 164,000

Since it was reported that Bangladeshi police were allowing Rohingya Muslims to cross the border from Myanmar to Bangladesh, refugee figures for have continued to rise. The latest figures released by the UN indicate that as many as 164,000 Rohingya refugees have successfully made the crossing from the Rakhine State in Myanmar to Bangladesh. These figures have increased from approximately 125,000 just two days ago. According to France 24, the most recent UN figures represent the number of  Rohingya Muslims who have fled from the violent military crackdown in the  Rakhine State within the last fortnight.

Bangladesh to protest landmines along Myanmar border

Government officials in Bangladesh have announced intentions to issue a formal complaint to the government of Myanmar over the alleged laying of landmines along a section of the Bangladesh-Myanmar border. Reuters has reported that the landmines are thought to have been laid by Myanmar's military forces as a way of preventing the return of Rohingya Muslims who have fled to Bangladesh due to an ongoing brutal military crackdown on Rohingya Muslims in the Rakhine State. At least two children have been wounded in landmine-related incidents near the border in the Uttar Para area. Bangladeshi claims that the landmines were planted by the military forces of Myanmar have not been officially confirmed and the Army of Myanmar has not commented on the issue.

Rohingya refugee figures rise to 125,000

The UN has estimated that the number of Rohingya refugees fleeing from the military violence in Myanmar has risen to almost 125,000. Reuters has reported that the increased figures have put even more pressure on Myanmar's leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, to intervene after the military launched another brutal crackdown on Rohingya Muslims in the Rakhine State following a series of attacks on police posts. At least 400 people have been killed and dozens of Rohingya villages have been burnt in the latest spate of military violence in the region. 

Bangladeshi police allow Rohingya refugees to flee Myanmar

Bangladeshi police are reportedly allowing Rohingya refugees fleeing violence in neighbouring Myanmar to cross the border to Bangladesh. Rohingya Muslims have been fleeing from a violent military crackdown in the Rakhine State following a series of insurgent attacks in the area. The military crackdown has targeted the Rohingya community, forcing thousands to flee over the Naf River border to Bangladesh - where dozens of refugees have died recently after overloaded crossing boats have capsized. According to the BBC, the Bangladeshi forces have decided to ignore government orders to prevent people fleeing violence in Myanmar to cross the border. Aid agencies claim that as many as 20,000 refugees are stuck along the Naf River waiting to cross the border and are at high risk of drowning, disease, and venomous snakes. The UN has estimated that approximately 58,000 refugees have successfully fled from Myanmar to Bangladesh so far and have launched a formal investigation into allegations of rape, murder, and torture during another military crackdown last year, which was widely criticised as a form of ethnic cleansing. The Rakhine State is the poorest regions of Myanmar and was home to over one million Rohingya Muslims - who are not considered citizens of Myanmar and have faced decades of persecution in the Buddhist-majority country.

Twenty-six refugees killed as boats sink in Naf River

At least 26 Rohingya refugees have been killed after their boats sank crossing the Naf River in Bangladesh. The refugees were attempting to flee to Cox's Bazaar in Bangladesh from the ongoing military violence in the Rakhine State. Three vessels are thought to have capsized after being overloaded. Twenty-six bodies were recovered; however, the death toll may rise as search operations continue. Thousands of Rohingya Muslims have fled the Rakhine State in Myanmar since mid-August after insurgents attacked police check posts in Maungdaw - sparking the second major military crackdown in the area within a year.

Four Rohingya refugees killed as boat capsizes in Cox's Bazaar

At least four Rohingya refugees have been killed and as many as 21 others remain unaccounted for after a boat capsized in the Naf River in Cox's Bazaar. The refugees had allegedly been attempting to enter Bangladesh for refuge from the ongoing military violence against Rohingya Muslims in the Rakhine State. Thousands of Rohingya Muslims previously fled to Bangladesh when a military crackdown occurred in the same area following an insurgent attack on border police last year. The latest bout of violent military operations was sparked by an attack carried out by Rohingya insurgents in Maungdaw last week. 

Reports of civilian deaths in Rakhine State

An unconfirmed number of civilian deaths have been allegedly been reported in security operations being conducted in the Rakhine State. According to a UN report, the military operations have sparked international concern regarding alleged military brutality against Rohingya Muslims in the Rakhine State. The UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres has re-emphasised the responsibility of the government of Myanmar to ensure security for all innocent civilians in the area. Insurgents attacks in October 2016 sparked a military crackdown on Rohingya Muslims last year, which forced thousands of Rohingya Muslims to flee to Bangladesh. At the time, UN representatives accused the army of Myanmar of ethnic cleansing. The latest bout of military violence came about after another insurgent attack last week. Many have feared a repeat of military brutality and ethnic-based violence in the area. The latest reports of civilian deaths have come as heavy gunfire has been heard near the border between Myanmar and Bangladesh.

Dozens killed in overnight attack on Maungdaw police posts

Dozens of people have been killed in major overnight insurgent attacks on police posts in the Maungdaw region of the Rakhine State. Around 71 people were killed overall; however, local authorities allegedly fear the death toll may rise. According to Reuters, a group of insurgents from the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) conducted a coordinated attack on 30 police posts before attempting to break into a military base. As a result, as many as 12 security personnel and at least 59 ARSA insurgents were killed. ARSA insurgents were also responsible for a series of insurgent attacks in October 2016 which led to a brutal military crackdown against Rohingya Muslims in the Rakhine State, forcing 87,000 Rohingyas to flee to Bangladesh. The incident has sparked widespread concern than the attack - more organised and deadly than October 2016 - will spark an even more aggressive military response, triggering inter-ethnic clashes between Rohingya Muslims and Buddhist ethnic Rakhines.

Rohingya refugees flee military build-up in Rakhine State

A fresh influx of Rohingya refugees has been reported in Bangladesh over the last few days, as a recent military build up in the Rakhine State of Myanmar forces Rohingya Muslims to flee across the border with Bangladesh. Military brutality spurred a mass migration of Rohingya Muslims last year, resulting in thousands of refugees living in makeshift settlements and camps near Cox's Bazar in the southern border region of Bangladesh. Recently, armed military forces have been deployed to the region again - prompting several hundred Rohingya Muslims to flee to Bangladesh again.

Five hundred soldiers deployed to Rakhine State

Around 500 government soldiers have been deployed to the north-western Rakhine State following a recent increase in violence. The dispatch has come after seven Buddhists were killed in Maungdaw last week. The Rakhine State has been heavily afflicted by insurgency and violence since a group of Rohingya insurgents killed nine police officers in October last year - leading to a massive and brutal military counter offensive in the area. The military - amid allegations of rape, unlawful killings, and torture - was widely criticised as carrying out 'ethnic-cleansing'. The recent deployment of 500 soldiers had sparked fears of the return of military brutality to the region.

Six killed as villagers protest anti-terror operation, Rakhine State

Six protesters have been killed as violence broke out amid an anti-terror operation in Rathedaung, Rakhine State. The security forces had been carrying out an anti-terror operation in the area and were in the process of arresting four terror suspects when local residents began to protest against the arrests. According to Associated Press, as many as 600 villagers took part in the violent protest, which led to the security personnel firing between 40-50 warning shots into the air. 

Six killed in Rakhine State clashes

At least six people - three men and three women - have been killed in violent clashes in the Rakhine State. According to reports, government officials have confirmed the deaths of six people in a gunfight in the village of Tinmay near Buthidaung town on Thursday evening. Local police believe a militant group called Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army was behind the outbreak of violence. The Arakan Rohingya Army claims to defend the Muslim minority Rohingya population against the government military forces. Local sources claim that no Muslims were targeted in the violence.

Three killed, thousands displaced in nationwide floods

At least three people have been killed and thousands of others have been displaced in nationwide flooding due to continuous heavy rain. Approximately 140,000 people from 34,823 households have been evacuated and relocated as torrential rain has continued to batter the country. The heavy downpours have been affecting various parts of Myanmar since the start of the month and have forced over 200 schools to close temporarily - affecting at least 25,000 pupils. According to local reports, the Ayeyarwady, Bago, Magwe, and Aagaing areas are thought to have been worst-hit by the wet weather. The rain is expected to continue for the coming weeks as the Department of Meteorology and Hydrology have warned of the risk of further floods.

Thirteen cases of swine flu confirmed

At least 13 cases of swine flu have been confirmed in the Chin state and Yangon. Three patients tested positive for the H1N1 virus in Yangon city and a further 10 people were also found to be infected in Matupi, Chin. According to Reuters, the recent outbreak is the first of its kind in Myanmar since the global 2009 outbreak. Vaccinations and treatment are believed to be sparse in local hospitals and health facilities. The World Health Organisation (WHO) is currently in talks with the government of Myanmar regarding the outbreak.

Two terror suspects killed in security operations

Two suspected terrorists have been killed in security operations in the Rakhine state. The security forces conducted a raid operation in the town of Buthidaung, targeting a suspected militant hideout where the armed suspects allegedly opened fire on the security forces, sparking a shootout in which two terror suspects were shot dead. A variety of explosives, firearms, and ammunition was discovered in the militants' hideout.

One killed, six wounded in ethnic clashes near Sittwe

One man has been killed and another six men have been wounded in ethnic clashes near Sittwe in the Rakhine State. The group of seven men were travelling from a Rohingya camp on the outskirts of Sittwe when they were attacked by a large group of people with bricks and rocks. The clash came about due to high ethnic tensions between the minority Rohingya Muslims and the majority Buddhists. Violence between the two ethnic groups has been reoccurring in the area since October 2016, with a military crackdown forcing thousands of Rohingya Muslims to flee the region last year.

Military on high alert in Rakhine state

The military forces have been put on high alert in the Rakhine state amid an alleged resurgence of Rohingya insurgents in the area. According to Reuters, police officials in the area have claimed that fresh insurgent attacks have caused hundreds of Buddhist villagers to flee their homes. The insurgency has been blamed for sparking an intense military crackdown on the Rohingya population in the Rakhine state, which forced thousands of migrants out of the country in what the UN has described as 'ethnic cleansing'. 

Three terror suspects killed in Rakhine state raid

Three suspected terrorists have been killed in raids in the Rakhine state. The armed forces of Myanmar conducted a two-day clearing operation in the Maungdaw area, targeting a militant camp. The camp allegedly belonged to the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) - a militant group responsible for the deaths of at least 34 people and abductions of 22 others. ARSA militants are believed to also be responsible for sparking an intense period of military aggression and alleged ethnic cleansing against Rohingya Muslims in the Rakhine state last year.

Bodies recovered from wreckage of missing military plane

Ten bodies have been recovered from the wreckage of a military plane which went missing just 30 minutes into a short domestic flight between Yangon and Myeik yesterday. The Y-8 transporter military aircraft has been carrying 122 people, including 14 crew members, when it went down in the Andaman Sea shortly after losing communications. Most of the passengers were military personnel with their families. Rescue operations are continuing to search for survivors; however, if no survivors are found the incident will be one of the worst aviation disasters the country has ever experienced. Investigative operations also remain ongoing, with no enlightenment regarding the precise cause of the disaster as of yet.

Communications lost as military plane disappears off radar

Army officials in Myanmar have confirmed that they have lost communications contact with a military plane travelling between Yangon and Myeik. The aircraft had been carrying around 116 people (11 crew and 105 passengers) when it disappeared off radars at 13:35 local time on Wednesday, approximately 20 miles west of Dawei town. Investigations are ongoing.

Journalist wounded in attempted kidnap, Kayah State

A 23-year-old female journalist has been wounded during an attempted kidnap in the Kayah State. The abduction attempt occurred in the Loikaw area of Karenni State, where the victim was travelling on a motorbike with another journalist when two men in a car intercepted them and dragged the victim into their car before fleeing the scene. The victim was later rescued when the car was found crashed with the journalist unconscious. The safety of female journalists is often threatened in Myanmar due to prevailing hardline cultural and religious views. The Myanmar Women Journalists Society has actively campaigned against the abuse of female journalists and has called for the government to take action on the problem.

Civilian killed in military clashes, Shan State

A civilian has been killed in fighting between the military forces of Myanmar and the Ta'ang National Liberation Army (TNLA) in the Shan State. The clashes took place on Tuesday in the Muse district - where the civilian was shot dead by a stray bullet during the fighting. No military or TNLA casualties have been reported. Fighting has been ongoing in the northern states of Myanmar for several months - forcing thousands of civilians to relocate. Travel to these regions should be avoided.

Seventeen killed in passenger bus crash, Kayin

At least 17 people have been killed and a further 22 others have been wounded in a bus crash in the Kayin State. The passenger bus allegedly fell into a ravine near Myawaddy after it swerved to avoid colliding with another vehicle. Accident investigations are underway.

Cyclone Maarutha hits Myanmar

Cyclone Maarutha has made landfall in Myanmar's Rakhine state.  Sustained winds of 60kmp/h were recorded in the town of Thandwe, with gusts of up to 100kmp/h in Yangon, while heavy rainfall could cause flooding and landslides in the affected areas.  Maarutha is forecast to weaken as it passes north of Nay Pyi Taw.

Myanmar-Thailand border security to tighten

Border security along the Myanmar-Thailand border is set to be tightened amid a concerning increase in illegal cross-border trafficking. The security checkpoints in the Tak province in Thailand will be strengthened as part of an effort to more closely regulate casino operations and gambling activity - which have come under scrutiny after it was suspected that the frequent movement of gamblers across the border may be being exploited to enable illegal trafficking.

State by-elections to take place

State by-elections are scheduled to take place this week on Saturday 01 April. The Chin State, Kayah State, Mon State, Rakhine State, Sagaing State, and Shan State, along with certain districts of the Bago and Yangon Divisions, will be holding by-elections on Saturday. It is expected that protests and demonstrations are likely to take place throughout the election period. Tensions are anticipated to be particularly high in the Rakhine and Shan States, where violent ethnic conflicts have displaced thousands of people.

Hundreds gather in anti-Rohingya protests in Sittwe

Hundreds of hardline Buddhists have gathered in Sittwe to protest against potential government plans to allow citizenship for a small number of Rohingya Muslims. The demonstration took place on Sunday and was led by the Arakan National Party - who demanded that the government upheld the 1982 citizenship law which dictates that no illegal migrants may be granted citizenship. There have been high tensions int he Rakhine State int he last year as the army of Myanmar has been accused of ethnic cleansing in their fight against the Rohingya Muslims. Although the situation has somewhat de-escalated, further protests should be anticipated.

Student nurses protest in Naypyidaw

Students nurses and student midwives have gathered to perform a protest in the capital of Myanmar, Naypyidaw. Hundreds of people took part in the demonstration - which protested the current standard government practice of issuing nursing and midwifery licences to graduates only after they've completed an additional three years of public service. Those who fail to complete three years of public service face a government ban from working in private hospitals.

Two civilians killed in rebel clashes, Shan State

Two civilians have been killed and two others have been wounded in clashes between the Armed Forces of Myanmar and the Ta'ang National Liberation Army (TNLAA) rebels in the Kutkai area of the Shan State. The TNLAA rebels have been engaging in violent conflict with the military for several months now - leading to the mass movement of thousands of civilians hoping to escape the fighting. China has allowed temporary refuge over the Myanmar-China border for those escaping the violence.

Two killed, 36 wounded in earthquake near Yangon

Two people have been killed and 36 others have been wounded in a 5.1-magnitude earthquake which has struck near Yangon. The earthquake had a depth of only 10km and the epicentre was located approximately 70km north-west of Yangon. The earthquake caused some significant infrastructural damage as a temple collapsed, injuring dozens of people. About 20 sizeable aftershocks were also felt and those in the area have been warned to anticipate further tremors.

Dozens killed in rebel clashes, Shan State

Dozens of soldiers have been killed in clashes with the rebel Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army (MNDAA) in the Shan State. Reuters has reported that the soldiers have been killed in 48 clashes between the MNDAA rebels and the Army of Myanmar within the last week. No exact number of casualties has been confirmed and there has been no official comment on civilian or MNDAA casualties; however, reports earlier in the week suggested that scores of civilians had been killed throughout the conflict.

Chinese teacher killed by shelling, Shan State

A Chinese teacher has been killed and several others have been wounded after shelling fell on a school near the Chinese border in the Kokang district of the Shan State. The armed forces of Myanmar allegedly fired shelling into the Kokang area in a bid to cripple the Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army (MNDAA) rebels. South China Morning Post has reported that an undetermined number of civilians have been wounded in the incident; however, an MNDAA rebel allegedly confirmed that no students were wounded as no classes were on at the time. 

Tens of thousands flee from Myanmar to China

At least 20,000 people have fled to China from violence in Myanmar. Violent fighting between the army of Myanmar and ethnic rebels has caused masses of people to relocate from Laukkaing town in the Kokang region of the northern Shan State. Many have sought refuge from the fighting over the border in China. According to the BBC, 30 people were also killed in a rebel attack near the Myanmar-China border. The Chinese government has offered aid to those temporarily escaping the conflict.

Thirty killed in military clashes, Shan State

Thirty people have been killed in recent clashes between government security forces and the Kokang Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army (MNDAA) rebel ethnic group in the northeastern Shan State. Five civilians, five police personnel and 20 MNDAA rebels have been killed in the fighting which broke out in the Laukkaing area near the Chinese border in the Shan State. 

Farmers protest against land removal, Kachin State

Farmers have gathered to protest against the government removal of 270,000 acres of land in the Kachin State. The removal occurred in 2007 when Myanmar was governed by a military junta. Protesters claim they were forced to evict the land and had to accept inadequate compensation fro their loss of land and property. The protest has been held on Farmers' Day in Myanmar, and the farmers allegedly want the government to return their land to them.

Protesters block road in Sagaing region

A group of local protesters has blocked an access road to a copper mine in the Sagaing region. The main road to the Letpadaung copper mine has been off by the protesters, who are demonstrating against the owners of the mine - calling upon the owners to pay compensation for confiscating land from the local community. The demonstration blocked five trucks from exiting the mine before it was dispersed. Those in the area should anticipate further protests.

Murder probe into deaths of four in Rakhine State

A government investigation into the murder of four people in the Rakhine State has been launched. The government has faced major international criticism for allowing its military to conduct 'ethnic cleansing' of the Rohingya Muslims in the Rakhine State. After months of denying the ongoings and denying humanitarian aid access to the region - the government conceded amid international outcry and managed to bring about an end to the cleansing operations being carried out by the military. Cleansing operations officially ended on Wednesday 15 February, however the discovery of four dead bodies in the Luuphanpyin village of Maungdaw in the Rakhine State has raised public concern that covert military operations could still be ongoing.

Wildfire spreads over Myanmar-China border

A wildfire has spread from Myanmar, over the border into the Yunnan province in China. An area of approximately 120,000 square kilometres has been affected by the fire - which is now being tackled by a total of 110 firefighters altogether.  While the fire currently engulfs uninhabited land, it is nearing the Chinese towns of Pianma and Luzhang. There is no immediate danger to human life, however those in nearby areas have been advised to remain aware of the situation.

Two killed in suspect assassination at Yangon Airport

Two people have been shot dead in a suspect assassination at Yangon International Airport. The incident occurred on Sunday 29 January, targeting a prominent Muslim lawyer and political advisor, Ko Ni, along with his taxi driver. Ko Ni had been a prominent figure who became well-known for criticising the actions of the military, and the extent of influence the military held in government. According to Ni's daughter, her father had previously been warned to be careful with his criticisms. Although targeted killings are considered rare in Myanmar, ethnic conflicts have long troubled the country since its independence in 1948. Police are investigating whether or not Ni's death was fuelled by his religion and open criticism of the military. No suspects have been identified yet.

Government of Myanmar denies military abuse of human rights

The Government of Myanmar has denied allegations that the Army of Myanmar has abused human rights. The government defended the actions of the armed forces in the Rakhine State and challenged allegations of rights abuse from various human rights group and the UN. The UN has previously accused the Army of Myanmar of conducting brutal ethnic cleansing of the Rohingya Muslim community in the Rakhine State. The government of Myanmar has also reminded international organisations that according the their constitution, the army holds 25 percent of government and the executive has no formal power over the military. 

One soldier killed in military clashes, Shan state

One soldier of the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) has been killed in military clashes with the Army of Myanmar. The clashes took place in Muse, of the Shan State. The Shan State and Kachin State have been afflicted by the intensified ethnic conflict between the government troops of Myanmar and the KIA troops. UN envoys and journalists have been refused access to the area. Travellers should avoid unnecessary travel to the northern provinces.

Missing baptist pastors detained by Army, Kachin

Two baptist pastors who had been reported missing, were allegedly detained by the Army of Myanmar in the Kachin State. The detainees were taken by Army troops on Saturday 24 December and had been missing since. The pastors have been accused of recruiting for the Kachin Independence Army (KIA), and of passing information onto journalists about a church bombing in a series of airstrikes allegedly carried out by the Army of Myanmar. UN envoys and journalists have been denied access to the Kachin State. Unnecessary travel to the Kachin State, and neighbouring Shan State, has been heavily discouraged amid the ongoing ethnic conflict between the KIA and the Army of Myanmar.

Three rebel positions captured by Myanmar's Army, Kachin State

Three rebel positions previously held by the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) have been captured by Myanmar's Armed Forces in the Mansi area of the Kachin State. The Armed Forces performed assaults on a security base and two outposts which were being used to smuggle livestock and timber by the KIA. The Kachin State is a large extent of territory which has been the focus of territorial dispute between the KIA and government troops for decades, with checkposts, outposts and security bases frequently changing hands. Travellers should avoid unnecessary travel to the area due to the high levels of ongoing ethnic conflict.

Two killed in shootings, Kachin State

Two men have been killed in separate shootings in the Hpakant township of the Kachin State. One man - a schoolteacher - was taken from the school by three armed men on motorcycles in the morning, and was later found shot dead less than a mile away, with three gunshot wounds to the head. Another man - a jade scavenger - was allegedly shot dead in his home after two armed men arrived on motorcycles and shot his twice in the head. Both men were identified to be of Red Shan ethnicity. Reports have claimed that the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) were responsible for the attacks, as they have a history of brutally targeting the Red Shan ethnicity. However, a KIA spokesperson has denied the allegations - claiming that those who despise the KIA sought to create further tension between the KIA and the government troops. Travellers should continue to avoid unnecessary travel to the Kachin and Shan States whilst military and ethnic tensions remain high.

Two civilians killed, eight wounded by shelling in Shan State

Two civilians have been killed and eight others have been wounded by shelling in the Namhsan town in the Shan State. Artillery shelling fell on a civilian house, killing an eight-year-old child and a dance instructor. The local community has blamed the artillery shelling on Myanmar's Army as they clash with the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) in the Kachin State, however military officials have denied responsibility. The Army of Myanmar has instead claimed that the shelling came from the Ta'ang National Liberation Army. Travel to the Kachin and Shan States has been strongly advised against amidst increasing military tension with the KIA - which has caused mass internal displacement and scores of civilian casualties.

Clashes between ethnic armies breaks out, Thanintharyi

Clashes have broken out between two ethnic armies in the Yayphyu town of Thanintharyi. The New Mon State Party (NWSP) and the Karen National Union (KNU) started fighting in the village of Thechaung over territorial disputes. The fighting comes amid high tensions between ethnic groups throughout Myanmar, as the country suffers a huge refugee crisis caused by alleged ethnic cleansing in the Rakhine State and the conflict in the Kachin area, which has similarly caused thousands of internally displaced groups to illegally seek refuge over the Chinese border. No casualties have been reported from the clash.

Thousands flee Kachin state

Thousands of people have reportedly fled the Kachin state amid intensified fighting between the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) and the Army of Myanmar. The fighting in the region began displacing people in November, when conflicts first arose. Despite President Aung San Suu Kyi's pledge to restore peace to conflicted regions, tensions have intensified to unprecedented levels. An activist working in the Kachin state claimed that up to 3,600 people had fled from internal displacement camps overnight - with many reportedly crossing the river to China. These claims have not yet been independently confirmed however, as government authorities in the area have refused access to a UN envoy.

UN envoy refused access to conflict areas in Kachin State

Local government authorities in the Kachin State have refused a UN envoy access to the conflict stricken area. UN Special Rapporteur on human rights, Yanghee Lee, was denied entry to the towns of Hpakan and Laiza. Hpakan is a government-controlled township where internally displaced person are being temporarily settled in camps, while Laiza is a border town where the headquarters of the Kachin Independent Army (KIA) are located. Conflict between government forces and KIA forces has risen amid territorial disputes. The refusal follows the rejection of UN humanitarian and journalistic access to the Rakhine State, where the UN has accused Myanmar's army of brutal ethnic cleansing - raising concerns that the armed forces may implement similarly brutal methods in the Kachin State.

Seven militants killed in Army operations, Kachin

At least seven militants have been killed in Army operations in the Kachin state. Rebels of the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) clashed with soldiers of the Myanmar Army after the government army seized four outposts in the Kachin state. Military offensives against the KIA began in December, when eight other outposts were seized by Myanmar's army. The KIA have been accused of trying to expand their rightful territory, taxing miners unlawfully and building illegal outposts - no peace agreement has been signed in the last five years to prove otherwise.

Buddhist monks protest court decision, Yangon

Buddhist monks have been protesting outside a court in the town of Thingangyun in the Yangon province. The monks have been protesting against the court's decision to refuse bail to Shine Htet Aung - who is being sued under section 66(d) of the Telecommunications Law over accusations of hacking a facebook account and stealing photos. Aung had previously been campaigning against the Stray Dog Lovers Group for misusing funds raised during a flood in 2015. A member of the Stray Dog Lovers Group then accused Aung of hacking her facebook account after Aung took his complaint against the organisation to the office of President Htin Kyaw. Those in the area should expect some travel disruption on roads whilst the protest is ongoing. The protest is expected to remain peaceful.

Police issue terrorism warning

The police forces of Myanmar have issued a warning of the high risk of terrorism from the Islamic State (IS). The warning comes after police allegedly detained an IS militant who had planned to carry out terrorist attacks in support of the plight of the Rohingya Muslims in the Rakhine State. The Army of Myanmar has been accused by the UN of ethnic cleansing by brutally forcing the evacuation of Rohingya Muslims from the Rakhine State, and the government of Myanmar has been accused of failing to intervene and has been reprimanded by the UN for blocking journalistic and humanitarian aid to the region. As a consequence, the country has experienced an increase in militancy in response to the ongoings in the Rakhine State. Most of these incidents have occurred in Yangon.

Two explosions in police station, Shan State

Two explosions have hit police headquarters in the Kyaukme district of the Shan State. Some minor damage has allegedly occurred inside the building however no casualties have been reported. Investigators believe rebels of the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) were behind the attack and have warned people in the area to anticipate further militancy from the KIA group. Government forces recently recovered the Gidon outpost - previosuly a stronghold of the KIA - which may spark counter-attacks.

Two killed, one wounded in jade mine landslide in Kachin

Two jade mine workers have been killed and one more has been wounded in a landslide in the Hpakant area of the Kachin state. A mound of soil collapsed on the jade pit - killing the two workers instantly. Approximately 200 people have been killed in landslide incidents occurring in jade mines in the Kachin state, sparking concerns over the implementation of safety regulations.

Twenty-two Rohingya Muslims seek refuge in Chittagong

At least 22 Rohingya Muslims have crossed the Bangladeshi border and sought refuge in the town of Chittagong. Five children are included amongst the refugees, who have fled from abusive ethnic cleansing of the Rohingya, carried out by Myanmar's Army in the Rakhine State. Humanitarian and journalistic access has been denied to the region, meaning refugees must flee the country in order to seek help. Bangladesh has not opened its border to the Rohingya and some reports have claimed that, despite the UN's calls for Bangladesh to aide refugees, the Rohingya may face deportation from Bangladesh.

Eight militants from Myanmar detained by Indian security forces, Mizoram

Eight militants of the Arakan Liberation Army (ALA) rebel group from Myanmar have been detained by the Assam Rifles security forces in the Lwangtlai district of Mizoram. A large cache of weapons has been seized by security personnel, however the group's motives have not yet been ascertained due to linguistic difficulties. The ALA is comprised of 21 insurgent groups in Myanmar, who believe the Rohingya Muslims in the Rakhine State are illegal immigrants. Over half of these groups have signed ceasefire peace agreements, however the recent ethnic cleansing carried out by Myanmar's army has encouraged other insurgent groups to become violent. Travellers in the regions surrounding and bordering the Rakhine State in Myanmar have been advised to anticipate high political tensions and high risk of violence amidst the humanitarian crisis.

Journalist killed in suspicious circumstances, Monywa

A journalist has been killed in suspicious circumstances in the Monywa area of the Sagaing region. Soe Moe Tun, a journalist for the Daily Eleven Newspaper has been reporting on illegal log smuggling in the area when his body was found near a gold course. The body was reportedly discovered with bruising and wounds to the head - leading investigators to suspect a murder case. No suspects and no motives have been identified as of yet.

Northern Alliance to be recognised as terrorist group

The Shan State parliament has voted for the ethnic armed groups belonging to the Northern Alliance to be formally recognised as terrorist groups. The Northern Alliance is comprised of the Arakan Army, the Kachin Independence Army, the Mayanmar National Democratic Alliance Army, and the Ta'ang National Liberation Army. In recent months, Myanmar's state army has been battling joint offensives launched by the National Alliance to capture several towns in the Shan State.

Dozens protest over the Rakhine State conflict, Sittwe

Over 100 people have protested near the airport in Sittwe, over the handling of the conflict in the Rakhine State. Former UN secretary general, Kofi Annan, arrived at the airport as the new head of the Rakhine Advisory Commission tasked with investigating the recent accusations of ethnic-cleansing and abuse of the Rohingya Muslims in the Rakhine State. Protesters have claimed that Annan represents foreign interference in Myanmar's domestic affairs. Travellers should expect some light traffic disruption around the airport until demonstrators disperse.

UN warns of worsening violence in the Rakhine State

The UN has issued a warning of worsening violence in the Rakhine State of Myanmar. The recent clashes between Myanmar's Army and the Rohingya Muslims has been labelled unethical 'ethnic cleansing'. The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights expects extrajudicial killings, arbitrary arrests and sexual abuse in the region to escalate and has repeatedly encouraged Bangladesh to open its border to aide the humanitarian crisis. Travellers have been advised to avoid the region.

False bomb report at Yangon International Airport

Four Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) were reported to have been discovered in Yangon International Airport early this morning. Four bottles were discovered in the first Terminal, and were declared by Airport officials to contain chemical and liquid explosive material. It was initially suspected the IEDs were another amateur bomb attack protesting the ethnic cleansing of the Rohingya Muslims in the Rakhine State. Analysts have since confirmed the material is not explosive. The bottles were instead filled with local liquid medicine. It is not yet known whether or not the medicine was intended to bear harm to passengers. Investigations continue to treat the incident suspiciously amid growing bomb attacks in the city.

Ethnic groups clash with Myanmar's Army in Mong Ko

Ethnic groups have taken Army positions in Mong Ko (a.k.a. Monekoe) - a town bordering China in northern Shan State - and launched an offensive against Myanmar's Armed Forces. The ethnic groups have reportedly taken control of two key strategic positions: the Mong Ko border gate and the immigration zone. Myanmar's Army has allegedly suffered many casualties and overall, ten people have been killed and over 3,000 people have been forced to relocate from the town since fighting broke out last week. Travellers have been advised to avoid the area completely until further notice. 

Bomb explosions target Myanmar's government offices

Two bomb explosions have targeted Myanmar's regional governmental offices in Yangon. The bombs were improvised by combining energy drinks with other chemicals to make dangerously explosive material. No casualties have been reported, and police investigations are ongoing. These explosions are the latest in a series of small explosions to target Myanmar's government offices in the city within the last week. Police are reportedly investigating links between the cases - which they believe to be protesters expressing discontent with the government's lack of intervention in the abuse of Rohingya Muslims in the Rakhine State. 

UN accuses Myanmar of ethnic cleansing

The UN has accused Myanmar of ethnic cleansing in the Rakhine State. UN officials have described the abuse of the Rohingya Muslims by Myanmar's army as a form of ethnic cleansing and has condemned it as unethical. Myanmar's government has denied these accusations and continues to refuse humanitarian access to the area.

Explosions in Myanmar's Immigration Office, Yangon

Four explosions have occurred in Myanmar's immigration offices in the South Dagon township in Yangon. It has been reported that one explosion has occured on the first floor, two explosions have occurred in office loos and a fourth device has exploded inside a rubbish bin. No casualties have been reported, as the offices were closed for national holiday. The incident is suspected to be linked to Myanmar's military abusing thousands of Rohingya Muslims in the Rakhine State: forcing them to flee the country.

Bangladesh urges Myanmar government to intervene military abuse of Rohingya Muslims

The Bangladeshi government has urged Myanmar's government to intervene the abuse of Rohingya Muslims by Myanmar's Army. The UN estimated that 30,000 people have been forced to flee their homes in the Rakhine State and urged Bangladesh to open its borders to the refugees. Although Bangladesh has refused to open its borders, thousands of Rohingya have illegally crossed the border - putting strain on Bangladeshi border forces. The humanitarian crisis has only worsened as Myanmar maintains refusal to intervene or allow aide access to the region.

Ten killed, 29 wounded and 2,700 displaced in Army clashes, Muse

At least 10 people were killed, 29 were wounded and 2,700 were displaced in clashes between four armed ethnic groups and Myanmar's Army in Muse. The armed ethnic groups, the Kachin Independence Army (KIA), the Ta’ang National Liberation Army (TNLA), the Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army (MNDAA), and the Arakan Army (AA), attacked soldiers re-opening a blocked road. The clashes forced the Muse township to evacuate and relocate in temporary shelter. Those travelling in the Shan State were advised to avoid the area.

Thousands flee to China from Myanmar's Rakhine State

Three-thousand Rohingya Muslims fled from the military abuse and unrest in Myanmar's Rakhine State towards China. The Chinese authorities announced this morning that they would accept the refugees and provide shelter in the Yunnan province. The news comes after Bangladesh refused thousands of refugees at the Bangladesh - Myanmar border last week. Reports also surfaced of stray shelling falling into the Chinese territory of Wanding in the Yunnan province. No fatalities or injuries were reported.

Hundreds of Rohingya Muslims illegally cross Bangladesh border

Approximately 500 Rohingya Muslims fled from the military abuse and unrest in Myanmar's Rakhine State and successfully crossed the Bangladesh - Myanmar border illegally. The groups of refugees were reported to have been flocking to the UN-supported Kutupalang Refugee Camp in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh.

Triple blasts hit Yangon markets

Three explosions were reported in the markets of Yangon (formerly known as Rangoon). No fatalities or serious injuries were reported, however Islamic extremists were suspected to be behind the attacks - prompting warnings of higher risks of terrorism in the area. The British Foreign and Commonwealth Office issued a medium level warning to travellers to avoid the markets, and other similarly crowded places or tourists spots in the region.

UN urges Myanmar to protect civilians in the Rakhine State

The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) issued a statement urging Myanmar to protect civilians being displaced in the Rakhine State. The UNHCR called upon Myanmar to restore dignity to those abused my military operations and urged Bangladesh to open its southern borders with Myanmar to allow free access to those fleeing the military abuse in Myanmar.

Up to 150 killed so far in Rakhine State

Reports surfaced today claiming that at least 150 Rohingya Muslims have been killed in the last week in the clashes with Myanmar's Army in the Rakhine State. Previous reports listed the total death toll at 86, however the Arakan Rohingya National Organisation representative, Ko Ko Linn, claims the government of Myanmar seeks to cover up lots of unorthodox killings by refusing humanitarian and media access to the area. 

Two-hundred Rohingya Muslims stranded at Bangladesh border

Approximately 200 people from the effectively stateless Rohingya Muslim groups residing in the Rakhine State of Myanmar were reported to be stranded at the Bangladeshi border. Hundreds fled from clashes with Myanmar's Army only to be refused entry to Bangladesh. The Rohingya Muslims have been treated as immigrants from Bangladesh and were refused citizenship in Mayanmar, however Bangladesh refused to register the group as refugees. This comes after news last week of Myanmar's Army ransacking the Rohingya settlements and the government's refusal to grant humanitarian access to the area.

Wave of violence leaves 86 dead in Rakhine State

Approximately 86 have died in the clashes between Myanmar’s Army and the Rohingya Muslim groups in the north-western Rakhine State. Myanmar's Army confirmed that at least 69 alleged militants from the Rohingya Muslim groups and 17 military personnel have died since fighting began last month. Humanitarian and journalistic access to the region has been denied and the UN has called upon Myanmar to lift restrictions on the area. This is the highest death toll in Myanmar since 2012 - the controversial clashes have threatened to de-settle the new civilian government, headed by Nobel Peace Prize winner, Aung San Suu Kyi. 

Twenty-five killed in military clash, Rakhine State

Myanmar's military confirmed the deaths of 25 Rohingya Muslims following a clash with the military forces in the Rakhine State. Military officials claim the 25 killed were members of a Rohingya Muslim militants group, who charged at military forces with swords, machetes and clubs. Homes were allegedly set on fire to force hundreds to flee. The credibility of Myanmar's military has been brought into question by the UN, as Myanmar's government refused humanitarian and journalistic access to the area. Intel from the area suggested an abuse of power by the military forces, which further raised suspicions of abuse of power.

Myanmar threatens to close border with Thailand

Myanmar border control on the Kayin State has threatened to shut down the frontier with Thailand. Leaser of the Kayin Border Guard Force (BGF), General Maung Chit Htoo, claimed they would close border crossing points with Thailand if Thai authorities do not reconsider proposals to enforce border crossing hours of 17:30 - 20:30. It was argued that enforced hours would negatively impact the local economy, as the natural paths have been used by visitors to the casino industry nearby for decades. If the Thai authorities cannot compromise with the BGF the border will close all business operations either side fo the border.

UN calls for full humanitarian access to Rakhine State

The UN humanitarian agency, UNICEF, has called upon Myanmar to allow aid access to the Rakhine State, where high tensions have resulted in brutality against Rohingya Muslims. The Myanmar State government denied access to the area after five assailants, thought to be of the Rohingya Muslim community, attacked border control forces. Since then, the government has increased state military in the area, planned to arm civilians and has denied allegations of abuse, rape and murder by the military. As a result, tens of thousands were cut off from food and aid normally depended upon.

Government to arm non-Muslim civilians in Rakhine state

A new government directive proposed to arm all non-Muslim civilians in the Rakhine State as part of a counter-insurgency operation run by the military. Rohingya Muslims allegedly expect clashes with the untrained, unaccountable, armed civilians, which will only serve to further raise tensions. Extrajudicial executions, rape and theft allegations have already been made against the military forces of Myanmar, all of which have been denied by the government. Access to the area for aid workers and journalists has been denied by the government. 

British teacher murdered in Yangon

A 47 year-old British man has died in Yangon after suffering wounds to the head and chest. The man's wife said in a statement that her husband had been out drinking with a colleague in Yangon, where he was working as a teacher in an International School. The British Foreign Office is working with the local authorities to determine what happened, with reports emerging that the victim's co-worker has fled the country.

Police officer killed in cross-border clash, Rakhine State

One police officer was shot and another wounded after a group of five unknown attackers on three motorcycles opened fire on the border control guarding post. The incident occurred in the northwestern region of Rakhine State along the border with Bangladesh. This is the most recent in a series of cross-border clashes in the last four weeks, raising concern over the state of tensions between Myanmar border control and the 1.1 million members of the mostly Muslim Rohingya minority living in the area, who are denied citizenship and have very restricted freedom of movement.

Authorities issue health warning for Zika virus

Health authorities have issued a warning to nationals to watch out for travellers, foreigners or expats who may be carrying the Zika virus and to report anyone suspected of showing the following symptoms: fever, rash, joint and muscles pain, headache and conjunctivitis.  “Now we’re doing preventive measures in Yangon. With the help of Medical Research Department, we have tested mosquitoes to see whether they carry the virus,” said an official at Myanmar's Public Health Department.

Fourteen killed in ferry capsize accident

On 15 October, a ferry capsized and sank in the Chindwin river, killing at least 14 people. More than 85 are still missing with rescue operations still underway. 150 people have been rescued so far. Passengers are believed to include families and a large group of university teachers and students. It is not yet clear what caused the accident, but officials believe the vessel may have been overcrowded. It was reportedly carrying 250 passengers, despite having an official capacity of about 120. Authorities are trying to salvage the submerged ferry with cranes. 

Twelve killed in clashes in Rakhine State

On 11 October, 12 people died in clashes between armed men and soldiers in Pyaungpit village in Maungdaw township, Rakhine state. Four soldiers and one attacker were killed when hundreds of men armed with pistols and swords attacked troops in the village. Soldiers also found the bodies of seven soldiers after fighting broke out in the nearby Taung Paing Nyar village. Swords and sticks were found with the bodies. 

Police killed in Rakhine state attacks

Nine police officers have been killed in three separate attacks in Myanmar's Rakhine state.  Unknown gunmen carried out the raids near Maungdaw on Sunday morning.  Police said eight assailants were killed and one arrested during the incident.  Authorities have imposed a curfew in the area and prohibited gatherings of more than five people.

Clashes between armed groups in Kayin State

Tensions between armed ethnic groups, border guards and the army have been reported since the beginning of September. All travel east of Hpa-an is strongly advised against, regardless of the route taken. Clashes have been reported in northern Dawei, on the border between Kayin and Tanintharyi states. The clashes were small in scale and were not followed by any more serious incidents. However, travellers should exercise extreme caution when travelling north of Dawei.

Hundreds protest over Kofi Annan's visit to Rakhine state

Nearly a thousand people staged a protest in Sittwe, eastern Myanmar's Rakhine state, over the visit of Kofi Annan. The visit of the former UN Secretary General came as Myanmar's president, Aung san Suu Kyi, formed an international commission to address humanitarian issues regarding the marginalized Rohingya Muslim community. Most of the demonstrators were Buddhists, who fully discriminate against and claim the Rohingya Muslims hold illegal resident status in the country. Kofi Annan is set to visit the region during the week and meet with local and religious leaders. Since 2012, hundreds of people have been killed and thousands displaced due to the violent unrest across the state.

Four killed by powerful earthquake in central Myanmar

State media reported on Thursday that a powerful 6.8-magnitude earthquake struck the central region of Myanmar, killing four people and damaging over 185 ancient temples in Bagan. The casualties were reported in Yenangyoung, when a bridge collapsed and killed two girls, while a couple was killed during the collapse of a tobacco factory in Pakokku. Authorities announced that the epicentre of the quake was in Chauk, near the Irrawaddy River. Myanmar is located in a volatile earthquake area placed right over the intersection between the Eurasian and Indian subcontinent plates.

Dozens of children dead from unknown disease outbreak

Officials told the AFP on Thursday that since mid-June at least 30 children have died from an unknown respiratory disease in Myanmar. The most severely affected regions are Nanyun and Lahe, located in north Myanmar's Naga region. Reports issued by a local administrator stated that most of the deaths recorded are in children under five. As the disease is feared to be highly contagious, people have been forbidden from travelling outside the region.

Hundreds march in anti-Muslim protest in Rakhine

Hundreds of Buddhists took to the streets of Rakhine state amid fresh anti-Muslim protests on Sunday. The protesters marched against the government's decision to refer to Rohingya Muslims living in Rakhine State as “Muslim communities in Rakhine”. The Rohingya are suppressed by the Rakhine Buddhists, who refuse to recognize the minority group's rights in the province. Myanmar's government does not classify the Rohingya as a minority and is facing mounting pressure from the UN Human Rights Council over discrimination and violence against Muslim groups.

Mob torches mosque in Kachin state

A mob torched a mosque in the northern state of Kachin on Friday.  Buddhist villagers armed with sticks and knives attacked the mosque in the town of Hpakant before setting it on fire.  Police were guarding the site but could not prevent the attack, according to reports in the local media.  The incidents comes a week after a mosque in central Myanmar was destroyed. "The government must demonstrate that instigating and committing violence against ethnic or religious minorities has no place in Myanmar," said Yanghee Lee, the UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in Myanmar.

Flooding kills 12 in Rakhine state

At least 12 people have been killed in flooding in the western state of Rakhine over the last three days. Days of torrential rain caused landslides in Thandwe and Taungup townships, while the Kawlin and Wontho districts were also badly hit.  Last summer almost one million people were affected by widespread flooding across Myanmar.

BBC reporter jailed in Myanmar

A BBC reporter has been jailed in Myanmar for three months with hard labour after he was convicted of assaulting a police officer in 2015.  Nay Lin from the BBC's Burmese service was covering a student protest in Mandalay when the alleged incident occurred.  His lawyers said there would be an appeal against the verdict.

Dozens trapped by clashes in Kachin State

Clashes between government forces and the Kachin Independence Organization (KIO) have left more than 50 people trapped in Kachin State.  The confrontation occurred in Mansi, Bhamo district, in light of the new government's peace plan, expected to be agreed at the '21st-century Panglong Conference' in July. KIO claims that the agreement does not involve all parties and have demanded an immediate ceasefire between Myanmar Armed Forces and ethnic armed groups. The conference aims to establish a political dialog between the government and Myanmar's ethnic armed group.

German tourists wounded by landmine in Myanmar

Two German tourists and a local guide have been wounded after a landmine exploded in Myanmar's northern Shan state.  The device exploded near the village of Tapwe and the victims were taken to Mandalay People's Hospital for treatment.  The tourists were identified as Wiebke Rosler and Felix Zimmermann, both 24, while the guide was named as Sai Khun Oo.  None of the injuries are reported to be life threatening.

Strong earthquake hits Myanmar

A 6.9-magnitude earthquake has hit central Myanmar, with reports of tremors in India, Bangladesh and China.  The US Geological Survey said the quake struck at a depth of 135km near Mandalay on Wednesday.  There was no reports of major damage in Myanmar, although several people were wounded in north-west India.

Fire breaks out in one of Myanmar's biggest markets

A large fire broke out in one of Myanmar's biggest markets on Tuesday. The Mandalay's Mingala Market was consumed by flames for at least four hours before the regional fire brigades came to assist and extinguish the fire. According to the authorities, two fire fighters were injured tackling the blaze. The market, located in central Myanmar, hosts around 1,000 stores and has been open since 1998.

Htin Kyaw elected president of Myanmar

Htin Kyaw has been elected as Myanmar's first civilians president in more than five decades.  Kyaw, who is a close associate of Aung San Suu Kyi, was chosen by the country's parliament on Tuesday.  The opposition National League for Democracy (NLD) party will take power on 1 April.  

Dozens missing in Myanmar landslide

Dozens of people are missing and feared dead after a landslide hit a jade mininig region in northern Myanmar.  Local officals said the landslide occurred in the town of Hpakant in Kachin state on Friday.  Last month more than 100 people died in a massive landslide in the same area.

Bangladeshi man shot dead by border police

A Bangladeshi national was shot dead by Myanmar's border police near Ashartali on Monday morning.  The victim has been identified as Jaynal Abedin, 20, from the village of Asartali in the Bandarban district. Lieutenant colonel Safiul Parvez, commanding officer of 50 BGB Battalion at Ramu said they protested the killing and sent a letter to their Myanmar counterpart.

Landslide kills 90 at Kachin mine

At least 90 people have been killed in a landslide at a jade mine in the northern state of Kachin.  Rescue workers from the Myanmar Red Cross and members of the security forces are searching for survivors at the site in Hpakant. "We found 79 dead bodies on November 21 [and] 11 today so the total so far is 90," said Nilar Myint an official from the local administrative authorities.

Army launches airstrikes against Shan State rebels

The Myanmar military has carried out a series of airstrikes against rebels in the central Shan State, forcing an estimated 10,000 civilians to flee.  A helicopter gunship targeted a suspected rebel base near the town of Mong Hsu over the weekend.  "They [government troops] keep attacking us. Today, they also flew [sorties] and shelled us. We are fighting back now,” said Sai Hsu, a spokesman for the Shan State Army-North (SSA-N).  Kachin rebels in northern Myanmar has also been targeted by government troops in recent days, with artillery fire and airstrikes reported near the town of Mohnyin on Monday.

NLD party declares election victory

Aung San Suu Kyi says her National League for Democracy (NLD) party has won a parliamentary majority, several days ahead of the confirmation of the official results.  Suu Kyi said the appointed president will have "no authority" after she forms a government. "He will have to understand this perfectly well that he will have no authority, that he will act in accordance with the decisions of the party," she said.  There have been some reports of voter intimidation, while some members of the Rohingya minority have been barred from voting; however, the US-based Carter Center said the elections were generally well-conducted.

Opposition candidate wounded in knife attack

A opposition parliamentary candidate has been wounded in a knife attack at a campaign rally in Yangon.  Naing Ngan Linn, an MP for the National League for Democracy (NLD), was taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries.  Three other NLD members suffered minor injuries during the incident in the Tharketa township.

Three wounded in grenade attack in Shan State

Three people have been wounded in a grenade attack in Taunggyi, the capital of Shan State.  Police said the device was thrown onto a busy street from a suspect on a motorbike on Sunday night.  Officer Aung Aung said the assailant fled the scene.

Government signs peace deal with eight rebel groups

Myanmar's government has signed a nationwide ceasefire deal with eight armed ethnic groups following two years of negotiations.  However, seven of the 15 groups involved in the talks refused to sign the deal - including the United Wa State Army (UWSA) and the Kachin Independence Army (KIA). "Even though the agreement is not nationwide yet, we will try harder to gain the agreement with other groups," said President Thein Sein.

Landslide kills 17 in Kayah state

At least 17 people have been killed in a landslide in the eastern state of Kayah, according to state media.  The Global New Light of Myanmar reported that a village in the Hpa-saung district was hit by the landslide, which was triggered by torrential monsoon rains.  A further 48 people were wounded and more than 30 others are still missing. "Now we are focused on searching the landslide area for the missing people,” U Aung Kyaw Myo, a supporting officer at the Myanmar Red Cross, told The Myanmar Times.

Clashes continue after ceasefire talks collapse

Fighting has been reported near the headquarters of the Shan State Army-North (SSA-N) after hopes of a nationwide ceasefire collapsed.  Around 300 government troops fought gun battles with the SSA-N lasting for more than three hours on Tuesday.  The fighting comes after it was announced that only eight of the 15 planned parties had signed the ceasefire agreement, aimed at finally ending more than 60 years of conflict.

Fighting erupts between army and rebels in north-east

Myanmar's army has clashed with rebels fighters in the north-eastern Shan and Kachin states.  There have been a series of confrontations between the army and Kachin Independence Army (KIA) and the Shan State Army-South (SSA-S).  “A fight broke out in the village of Kaungtan after our troops ambushed [Myanmar] army units that entered the area,” Col. Sai Lai, a SSA-S spokesperson told the Democratic Voice of Burma (DVB).

Myanmar extends state of emergency in Kokang region for third time

Myanmar's parliament has today passed a proposal to extend the 90-day state of emergency currently in place in the Kokang region of Shan state, by another 90 days. This will be third time the state of emergency has been extended. The proposal was made by President U Thein Sein. A martial law imposed with the state of emergency in the region remains in effect. 

Hundred killed, 1.3 million displaced in monsoon rains

On August 13, the Ministry of Social Welfare Relief and Resettlement states that 103 people were killed and 1,280,000 others were displaced by the flooding and landslides caused by Cyclone Komen and other monsoon rains since last month. The most affected areas are Mawe, Sitgaing, Chin and Rakhine, where a state of emergency has been in place since July 16. According to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) transportation remains difficult as many roads and bridges have been damaged.

Ruling Party's chief Shwe Mann removed from his post

On August 13, the ruling Union Solidarity and Development Party's leader, Shwe Mann, was removed from his post after the intervention of President Thein Sein in a party power struggle ahead of the November 8 elections in Myanmar. Shwe Mann has been replaced by Htay Oo, who was the party's Vice Chairman.

Floods kill 46 in Myanmar

At least 46 people have been killed and more than 200,000 displaced by severe flooding in central and northern Myanmar.  Days of monsoon rains have triggered flash floods and landslides, destroying thousands of houses and bridges.  President Thein Sein has promised that the government will do its "utmost" to provide relief to those affected.

Indian army targets rebel camps inside Myanmar

Indian parachute commandos have been deployed in Myanmar as part of operations against rebel fighters.  Officials said between 30 and 50 rebels were killed and two camps destroyed during the operation. India's junior information minister, Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, said "be it Yemen or Iraq, attacks on Indians are not acceptable. This is also a message to our neighbours who shelter terrorists.” The operation follows a rebel ambush in India's Manipur state last week which killed 18 soldiers.

Hundreds protest in Yangon over Rohingya migrants

Hundreds of protesters, led by radical Buddhist monks, have rallied in Myanmar's main city of Yangon against minority Rohingya Muslims.  The demonstrators claim that the thousands of Rohingya Muslims who have fled to neighbouring countries via boats in recent weeks are not from Myanmar.  Protesters carried banners which read "The boat people are not from Myanmar" and "The United Nations and the international media are making up stories!".

Government troops capture Kokang army stronghold

Myanmar government troops have seized a strategic stronghold from the rebel Kokang army in Shan state, near the Chinese border.  The military recaptured the Point 2202 tophill, the last stronghold of the Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army (MNDAA), on Thursday following heavy fighting. Defence Minister Lieutenant-General Wai Lwin has requested an extension to the 90-day state of emergency in Kokang state. "More time is needed as security, stability, economy and the legal system in Kokang are still below normal," Wai Lwin told the parliament.

Bomb kills two police officers near Chinese border

Two police officers have been killed and three others wounded after a bomb exploded near the north-eastern border with China. "We’re still looking into it. We have no idea who carried it out, or for what motive," a police official said.

Government and rebels sign draft ceasefire agreement

Myanmar's government and ethnic rebel groups have signed a draft ceasefire agreement aimed at ending more than six decades of conflict.  The Union Peace Working Committee (UPWC), which is the government's negotiating team, agreed the deal with the Nationwide Ceasefire Coordination Team (NCCT), which represent 16 rebel ethnic groups. "The signing of the draft accord between the NCCT and UPWC will pave the way for holding political dialogue," said President Thein Sein during a visit to the Myanmar Peace Centre.

Trio jailed for insulting religion in Myanmar

Three men - a New Zealander and two Burmese nationals - have been sentenced to two and a half years in jail for insulting religion in Myanmar.  The three men were found guilty of posting an image on Facebook of Buddha wearing headphones in some promotional material. The court in Yangon said the image denigrated Buddhism and was a violation of Myanmar’s religion act, which prohibits insulting, damaging or destroying religion.

Riot police clash with student protesters in Myanmar

Riot police have clashed with student protesters, monks and journalists in Myanmar.  More than 100 people were arrested during the unrest in the town of Letpadan, 140km north of Yangon.  The students want changes to the new education bill which they claim curbs academic freedoms.

Police block protesting students

Riot police have blocked a march by rioting students at a monastery in the town of Letpadan.  Around 300 students have been camped there for more than a month as part of a protest against a new education bill they says curbs academic freedom. "Our students are inside the monastery and all the exits and entrances have been closed. The tension has grown since this morning," one activist inside the Aung Myae Baikman monastery told the French news agency AFP.

Government soldiers killed in rebel clashes

At least 47 government soldiers have been killed in days of clashes with ethnic rebels in northern Myanmar.  Fighting with the Kokang rebel started in the town of Laukkai, near the border with China, on Monday.  The state-run Global New Light of Myanmar newspaper said air strikes had been used against rebel positions and the town had now been secured.

Villagers flee fighting in Kachin state

Around 2,000 villagers have fled their homes after heavy fighting erupted between government troops and the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) in the northern Kachin state.  The group briefly took the state transport minister hostage, sparking a major security operation in the Hpakant region.  "We haven't had such strong fighting like this in more than a year," the KIA's Colonel Tan Seng told the AFP from the rebel-stronghold of Laiza.

Seven soldiers killed in Myanmar ambush

Seven Myanmar soldiers were killed and 20 others wounded during an ambush by rebel fighters in the north-east of the country last week, according to state media.  The military said insurgents targeted an army patrol near Kunlong, around 30km from the Chinese border, last Wednesday. "The remnant Kokang insurgent group launched unprovoked attacks on Tatmadaw camps and columns while the government is implementing the peace process" said the state-backed Global New Light of Myanmar newspaper.

Army launches offensive against Kachin rebels

Myanmar's army has launched an offensive against ethnic Kachin rebels in the north of the country.  The rebels said shells hit their parade ground near the city of Laiza, close to the border with China.  La Nan, a spokesman for the Kachin Independence Army, said that 23 people died in the assault.

Local journalist shot dead in custody

A Burmese journalist has been shot dead while in the custody of government soldiers.  In a statement the military said that Aung Naing was killed earlier this month while trying to escape by seizing a gun from a soldiers.  Mr Naing was arrested in Mon state in September while covering border clashes between troops and Karen rebels.

Sectarian rioting breaks out in Myanmar

At least five people have been wounded after sectarian rioting erupted in the central city of Mandalay.  Local witnesses said a Buddhist mob gathered in the a largely Muslim neighbourhood over claims that a Muslim shop owner had raped a local Buddhist woman.  The rioters threw rocks at police, who responded by firing rubber bullets at the crowds.

Bangladeshi guard killed along Myanmar border

A Bangladeshi border guard has been killed in an "unprovoked eruption of gunfire" along the shared border with Myanmar.  Bangladesh's government has demanded the immediate withdrawal of Myanmar's forces from the border, saying it had violated a 1980 agreement.  In response Myanmar's Foreign Ministry said the first incursion came from "two suspected armed Bengalis in yellow camouflage uniform who entered into Myanmar territory."

Two Chinese copper mine workers kidnapped in Myanmar

Two Chinese workers have been kidnapped at a controversial copper mine kidnapped in north-western Myanmar.  In a statement the Wanbao Mining Company said the two men were taken by activists while surveying land near the Letpadaung mine. The statement said the activists, who claimed to be from a group called the Student Network of Mandalay, had issued a number of demands and threats.

Aid workers attacked by mobs in Rakhine

Buddhist mobs have targeted the offices and homes of international aid workers in the restive western state of Rakhine.  Around 1,000 people gathered in the state capital Sittwe after a foreign aid worker was alleged to have handled a Buddhist flag disrespectfully.  Police fired warning shots in an attempt to disperse the angry crowds, while some aid staff were evacuated from the area.

MSF charity work suspended in Rakhine state

The Medecins Sans Frontiers (MSF) medical charity has been expelled from Rakhine state after the government claimed it was biased towards the Muslim Rohingya community.  Presidential spokesman Ye Htut said the charity had hired "Bengalis", the official term for the minority Rohingya, and lacked transparency in its work.  MSF is one of the main healthcare providers in the state, running extensive HIV and anti-malaria programmes.

Rohingya Muslims killed by Buddhist mobs

At least 40 Rohingya Muslims have been killed in attacks by Buddhist mobs in the western state of Rakhine.  Two human rights groups said that the attacks took place over five days last week; however, the government has vehemently denied that a massacre took place.

Rangoon hotel hit by bomb blast

A small bomb has exploded at the prestigious Traders Hotel in Rangoon, wounding a US guest and causing serious damage inside the building.  A series of similar small blasts have been reported in recent days, two in Rangoon and another in central Myanmar.  No group has taken responsibility for the attacks.

Buddhist rioters attack Muslims in Rakhine state

Hundreds of Buddhist rioters have attacked Muslim residents in the restive state of Rakhine, killing one woman and setting more than 70 homes on fire.  Armed police fired shots into the air as they battled to restore order in the coastal Thabyachaing village.

Kachin rebels agree preliminary deal with government

Members of the Kachin rebel group have signed a preliminary peace agreement with Myanmar's government.  The deal comes after three days of talks where the two sides agreed "to end all armed fighting".  Tens of thousands of people have been displaced across the north of the country since a 1994 truce broke down two years ago.

Three Rohingya Muslims shot dead in Rakhine state

At least three Rohingya Muslim women have been shot dead by police at a refugee camp in the western state of Rakhine.  The women, one of whom was reportedly pregnant, were taking part in a protest against plans to move them to another temporary camp in the area.

Government agrees ceasefire with Kachin rebels

The Myanmar government has agreed a preliminary ceasefire with Kachin rebels after two years of heavy fighting.  The Kachin Independence Army (KIA) and President Thein Sein held talks for three days in Myitkyina before reaching a seven-point plan.

Sectarian clashes erupt in Shan state

Clashes have erupted between Muslims and Buddhists in Lashio in the north-eastern Shan state.  Local reports said that a Muslim orphanage and a mosque were burnt down after a Muslim man set fire to a Shan Buddhist woman during an altercation at a petrol station.

Guerrilla attack on energy compound leaves two dead

At least two people have been killed after a guerrilla group attacked an energy compound in the northern Shan State.  Local media reported that the rebels were members of the Restoration Council of Shan State, who have been fighting for greater autonomy in the region for decades.

Renewed sectarian violence hits central Myanmar

At least one person has died and 10 others wounded  in renewed sectarian violence in the central town of Oakkan.  Buddhist gangs reportedly set fire to hundreds of Muslim homes, while they also attacked two Mosques and several shops.

Violent clashes reported at Monywa mine protest

Seven police officers and three protesters have been wounded in violent clashes at a mine in Monywa, central Myanmar.  The protesters claim that they have been forced from their land to make way for the Chinese-backed copper mine.

Myanmar troops killed near Thai border

Thirteen Myanmar soldiers have been killed and a further two are missing following clashes with an unidentified armed group along the Thai border.  The clashes occurred as the troops were on patrol close to the Kra Buri district, Ranong.

Myanmar Data Sheet

Population:
60.3 million
Major Religion/s:
Islam, Buddhism, Christianity
International dialing code:
+95
International dialing prefix:
00
Emergency services:
191
Drives:
Right
Voltage:
230V
Climate:
Sub-tropical
Ohter Major Cities:
Mandalay, Yangon, Mawlamyaing
Borders:
Bangladesh, China, India, Laos, Thailand

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