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Cambodia defends leader's trip to Myanmar as 'positive step'
Cambodia’s foreign minister has defended Prime Minister Hun Sen’s trip to Myanmar, the first by a foreign leader since the military takeover plunged the country into turmoil, though there was little evidence the mission yielded any immediate breakthrough.
Richardson adds to diplomatic wins with journalist's release
Bill Richardson’s success in helping secure the release of journalist Danny Fenster from a Myanmar prison is the latest demonstration of the former New Mexico governor’s knack for flying into some the most closed societies on earth and persuading those in charge to do Washington a favor.
Brunei says Myanmar still 'integral' to ASEAN despite rebuke
The sultan of Brunei says Myanmar remains an integral part of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations and the bloc hopes its military government will work with an ASEAN envoy to defuse the political crisis triggered by its seizure of power in February.
How Myanmar's jade industry is helping to keep coup leaders in power
Myanmar’s junta tightened its grip on the country’s lucrative jade industry in the run up to the February 1 coup, boosting the military’s coffers and personally enriching its generals, a new investigation by Global Witness has found. Coup leader General Min Aung Hlaing’s family has been among the alleged beneficiaries of the multi-billion-dollar trade, with the report revealing fresh accusations that his son has received bribes to facilitate jade mining. The investigation, “Jade and Conflict: Mynews.yahoo.com
Myanmar military plane crash kills 12, including senior monk
A well-known senior Buddhist monk was among at least 12 people who died when a plane belonging to Myanmar’s military crashed Thursday in the country’s central Mandalay region, state media reported. Army-run Myawaddy TV said a boy was one of two survivors on the flight from the capital, Naypyitaw, to Pyin Oo Lwin, also known as Maymyo. The other person taken to a hospital was reported to be a member of the military, but several other unconfirmed reports said he later died.news.yahoo.com
ASEAN representatives meet Myanmar junta leader
Representatives of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations have met with Myanmar’s junta leader six weeks after an emergency regional summit on the country’s crisis following a military coup drew promises of progress toward a solution but produced no tangible resultswashingtonpost.com
ASEAN envoys meet Myanmar junta leader to press for dialogue
Representatives of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations have met with Myanmar’s junta leader six weeks after an emergency regional summit on the coup in the country drew promises of progress toward a solution but produced no tangible results.
Myanmar election chief considers dissolving Suu Kyi's party
The head of Myanmar’s military-appointed state election commission said Friday that his agency will consider dissolving Aung San Suu Kyi's former ruling party for alleged involvement in electoral fraud and having its leaders charged with treason. Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy came to power after a landslide 2015 election victory, and won an even greater majority in last November’s general election. It was set to start a second term in February when the military seized power in a coup, arresting her and dozens of top government officials and party members.news.yahoo.com
Election watchdog says no credible proof of Myanmar fraud
An independent election monitoring organization says the results of last November’s voting in Myanmar were representative of the will of the people, rejecting the military’s allegations of massive fraud that served as its reason for seizing power.
Election watchdog says no credible proof of Myanmar fraud
Last November’s election results in Myanmar were “by and large, representative of the will of the people,” an independent election monitoring organization said Monday, rejecting the military’s allegations of massive fraud that served as its reason for seizing power. It noted, however, that Myanmar’s electoral process is “fundamentally undemocratic” because its 2008 constitution, written during army rule, grants the military an automatic 25% share of all parliamentary seats, enough to block constitutional changes. Aung San Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy party won a landslide victory in the Nov. 8 polls, which should have secured it a second five-year term in office.news.yahoo.com
Myanmar protests continue after ASEAN peace initiative
Protesters in Myanmar’s largest city have braved potential violence by security forces to demonstrate against February’s military coup, showing their resolve to continue their resistance two days after Southeast Asian leaders met to address the country’s crisis.
Protest in Yangon ahead of regional summit on Myanmar crisis
Protesters against Myanmar’s military coup have returned to the streets of downtown Yangon, defiantly chanting their opposition to the army’s seizure of power as the junta chief prepared to attend a meeting of Southeast Asian leaders on the country’s crisis.
Myanmar junta pardons prisoners, to attend regional summit
Myanmar’s junta has released more than 23,000 prisoners to mark the traditional new year holiday, including at least three political detainees, and the military leader behind the February coup confirmed he would attend a regional summit later this month.
Myanmar forces kill scores in deadliest day since coup
Anti-coup protesters prepare makeshift bow and arrows to confront police in Thaketa township Yangon, Myanmar, Saturday, March 27, 2021. (AP Photo)YANGON – As Myanmar’s military celebrated the annual Armed Forces Day holiday with a parade Saturday in the country's capital, soldiers and police elsewhere killed scores of people while suppressing protests in the deadliest bloodletting since last month's coup. “We urge the Myanmar Armed Forces to cease violence and work to restore respect and credibility with the people of Myanmar that it has lost through its actions.”AdThe European Union’s delegation to Myanmar said that the 76th Myanmar Armed Forces Day “will stay engraved as a day of terror and dishonor.”“The killing of unarmed civilians, including children, are indefensible acts,” it added. Junta chief Senior Gen. Min Aung Hlaing did not directly refer to the protest movement when he gave his nationally televised Armed Forces Day speech before thousands of soldiers in Naypyitaw. In contrast, security forces have used live ammunition for weeks against what have still been overwhelmingly unarmed and peaceful crowds.
Myanmar junta defends crackdown, accuses Suu Kyi of graft
Opposition against the Feb 1 military coup continues in Myanmar. The civil disobedience movement has used widespread boycotts, strikes and other actions to demand that power be returned to the elected government led by Aung San Suu Kyi. The allegations against Suu Kyi made by former Yangon Chief Minister Phyo Min Thein were first mentioned by the military several weeks ago. Last week the military-controlled Myawaddy TV station aired a similar video with a construction magnate who also claimed to have made large payoffs to Suu Kyi. The junta repeated its claims that civil servants, teachers and doctors joined the CDM under threat.
Deadly violence resumes in Myanmar after peaceful protests
(AP Photo)YANGON – At least two people protesting last month's military coup were reported shot and killed by Myanmar security forces Tuesday after a morning of peaceful marches. Mobile data service had been used to stream live video coverage of protests, often showing security forces attacking demonstrators. So, security forces had to handle the situation very hard,” according to the account. Meanwhile, the shooting had to disperse the protesters, resulting in some security forces and protesters’ casualties.”Virtually all independent accounts blame security forces for initiating violence against unarmed protesters. “In Burma, the military is attempting to overturn the results of a democratic election and is brutally repressing peaceful protests."
Myanmar junta kills more protesters, adds Suu Kyi accusation
Security forces have attacked previous protests with live ammunition as well, leading to the deaths of at least 60 people. On Wednesday, the U.N. Security Council unanimously called for reversing the coup and strongly condemned the violence against peaceful protesters. Reports from Kachin, the northernmost state, said guerrilla forces from the Kachin ethnic minority attacked a government base on Thursday and were in turn attacked. The reports could not be independently confirmed, and ethnic guerrilla armies as well as the government often release exaggerated information. Myanmar has more than a dozen ethnic guerrilla armies, mostly in border areas, a legacy of decades-old struggles for greater autonomy from the central government.
US expands sanctions to family of Myanmar's coup leader
(AP Photo)The United States announced sanctions Wednesday on two family members of Myanmar’s commander in chief, beefing up U.S. financial penalties in response to the military’s five-week-old coup and its deadly ongoing crackdown on protesters. The Feb. 1 coup reversed years of internationally supported progress toward democracy in Myanmar after five decades of military rule and international isolation. The military staged the coup the same day newly elected lawmakers were due to take office. Wednesday's were the latest in a series of penalties imposed by the U.S. over the military takeover, including new export restrictions announced earlier this month. The United States already had many of Myanmar’s military leaders under sanctions for mass killings of the country’s Rohingya Muslim minority in recent years.
Protesters adapt tactics after Myanmar police use violence
Anti-coup protesters hold makeshift shields during a demonstration in Yangon, Myanmar Tuesday, March 9, 2021. The death of Zaw Myat Lin in custody was the second in recent days. Zaw Myat Lin was arrested Monday night as he tried to escape from a police raid, the Voice of Myanmar online news service and other media reported. Maung Saungkha, an activist and friend of Zaw Myat Lin, said his family was summoned to retrieve his body on Tuesday and was not told how he died. It announced that the licenses of five local media outlets — Mizzima, DVB, Khit Thit Media, Myanmar Now and 7Day News — had been canceled.
UN envoy: Myanmar army is 'surprised' at opposition to coup
FILE - In this June 15, 2018, file photo, United Nations Secretary General's Special Envoy to Myanmar Christine Schraner Burgener arrives to meet Myanmar's Legal Affairs and Special Cases Assessment Commission Shwe Mann, at the Parliament Building in Naypyitaw, Myanmar. Schraner Burgener said she receives about 2,000 messages a day from people in Myanmar, many desperate to see an international response. It aims for a national cease-fire agreement with all 21 ethnic armed groups in Myanmar, which Schraner Burgener said is going to be difficult as 10 have already taken a strong stand against the coup. She said the army is surprised by the opposition, which has been led by young people. “I always felt she was on a tightrope dealing with the army,” Schraner Burgener said of Suu Kyi.
Pro-military marchers in Myanmar attack anti-coup protesters
Members of a group supporting Myanmar's military junta have attacked and injured people protesting against the armys Feb. 1 seizure of power that ousted the elected government of Aung San Suu Kyi. AdOn Thursday, tensions escalated on the streets between anti-coup protesters and supporters of the military. Photos and videos posted on social media showed groups attacking people in downtown Yangon as police stood by without intervening. According to accounts and photos posted on social media, hundreds of people marched Thursday in support of the coup. The social media platform already had deleted several military-linked accounts since the coup, including army-controlled Myawaddy TV and state television broadcaster MRTV.
Myanmar protesters counter military might with creative civil disobedience
Facing a powerful military that has spent decades inflicting terror on its own people, demonstrators in Myanmar have resorted to creative acts of civil disobedience to protest the army’s Feb. 1 takeover of the country’s civilian government. Taxis block a road, pretending to have broken down, during an anti-coup protest on Feb. 17, 2021, in Yangon, Myanmar. AdvertisementDemonstrators attempt to disrupt train service in Mandalay, Myanmar, during a protest against the military coup. Demonstrators occupy a street on Feb. 17, 2021, in Yangon to protest Myanmar’s recent military coup. The Chinese ambassador to Myanmar, Chen Hai, said in an interview Tuesday that the crisis was “absolutely not what China wants to see.”Demonstrators gather near Sule pagoda in Yangon on Feb. 17, 2021, to decry the Myanmar military coup.latimes.com
New charge filed on Suu Kyi as Myanmar crackdown intensifies
Buddhist monks and nuns display pictures of detained Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi during a protest against the military coup in Mandalay, Myanmar on Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2021. (AP Photo)YANGON – Police in Myanmar filed a new charge against deposed leader Aung San Suu Kyi, her lawyer said Tuesday, as the military authorities who seized power in a coup intensified their crackdown against their opponents. Suu Kyi, who was detained in the Feb. 1 military takeover, already faced a charge of illegally possessing walkie-talkies — an apparent attempt to provide a legal veneer for her house arrest. Suu Kyi’s lawyer told reporters he has not seen her since her arrest — and only arrived after an unexpected videoconference the judge said had been held with her. AdAround 3,000 demonstrators — mainly students — had returned to the streets of Mandalay, carrying posters of Suu Kyi and shouting for the return of democracy.
Myanmar security forces intensify crackdown on protesters
A man is held by police during a crackdown on anti-coup protesters holding a rally in front of the Myanmar Economic Bank in Mandalay, Myanmar on Monday, Feb. 15, 2021. Security forces in Myanmar intensified their crackdown against anti-coup protesters on Monday, seeking to quell the large-scale demonstrations calling for the military junta that seized power earlier this month to reinstate the elected government. (AP Photo)YANGON – Security forces in Myanmar pointed guns toward anti-coup protesters and attacked them with sticks Monday, seeking to quell the large-scale demonstrations calling for the military junta that seized power this month to reinstate the elected government. It circulated widely on social media, as did a notice said to be from service provider Oredoo Myanmar containing the same details. “She has conveyed to the Myanmar military that the world is watching closely, and any form of heavy-handed response is likely to have severe consequences,” Haq said.
Myanmar anti-coup protests persist despite a ban and police resorting to force
Demonstrators wave National League for Democracy party flags during a protest against the military coup in Yangon, Myanmar, February 10, 2021. "Myanmar police should immediately end the use of excessive and lethal force" the New York-based watchdog urged. The United Nations also issued a statement expressing "strong concern" over the reported used of force against protesters. Demonstrators holding images of ousted Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi pose for a photo during a protest in Yangon, Myanmar, February 10, 2021. Teachers from the Yangon Education University flash the three-finger protest gesture while holding signs in Yangon, Myanmar, February 5, 2021.cbsnews.com
Myanmar police use water cannon, rubber bullets in bid to quash growing anti-coup protests
Protests erupted for a fourth straight day against last week's coup to oust civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi, as international condemnation of the putsch grew. In Naypyidaw, the remote capital purpose-built by the previous military regime, witnesses said police fired rubber bullets at protesters after earlier blasting them with water cannon. Protesters rally against the military coup and demand the release of elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi, in Yangon, Myanmar, February 9, 2021. Myanmar's military junta leader, General Min Aung Hlaing, delivers a nationally televised address from the capital Naypyitaw, February 8, 2021. Price also said U.S. requests to speak to Suu Kyi were denied.cbsnews.com
Thousands take to the streets in Myanmar to protest coup and internet restrictions
Thousands of people spilled into the streets of Yangon, Myanmar's biggest city, on Saturday, chanting "down with the military dictatorship." President Biden and the United Nations have called on Myanmar's military leaders to relinquish power and release activists and officials. Suu Kyi, who has been under house arrest for 15 years, had struggled against previous military rule before a troubled democratic transition began in 2011. But Suu Kyi is still widely adored in Myanmar. As those restrictions grow, so do the concerns that the country and its people will once again live a life in isolation.cbsnews.com
Myanmar military stages bloodless coup and detains some senior leaders
Naypyitaw, Myanmar — Myanmar military television said Monday that the military was taking control of the country for one year, while reports said many of the country's senior politicians, including Aung San Suu Kyi, had been detained. Suu Kyi's political party urged Myanmar's people to oppose Monday's "coup" and any return to "military dictatorship." The takeover is a sharp reversal of the partial yet significant progress toward democracy Myanmar made in recent years following five decades of military rule and international isolation that began in 1962. Former pro-democracy activist and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi became leader of Myanmar in 2015. In this Nov. 8, 2020, file photo, Myanmar military Commander-in-Chief Senior Genernal Min Aung Hlaing leaves a polling station after voting in Naypyitaw, Myanmar.cbsnews.com