Military tensions are increasing in Rakhine State, as fears grow that informal ceasefire between AA and regime is breaking down.
16 The News For 16 May 2022
Defying junta warnings, Saifuddin Abdullah met Daw Zin Mar Aung in Washington, becoming the first minister from ASEAN to engage with the parallel government.
Heavy clashes have been reported in southern Shan State with resistance groups claiming to have killed numerous regime troops.
Junta troops abducted villagers in Sagaing Region, shooting some dead and torturing and burning others alive.
District and township administrations under the group’s control in Kachin State sent letters to local officials urging them to resign or face ‘consequences’.
Also this week, the regime’s diplomatic spat with the UK escalated and Min Aung Hlaing resorted to old clichés about ‘foreign interference’
The Union Solidarity and Development Party will elect new leaders next month ahead of the proposed 2023 election.
The Pekon People Defense Force says it killed 15 regime troops, including a major.
US officials met the NUG’s foreign minister on the sidelines of the ASEAN summit as the White House announced some $150 million in energy, maritime pledges for SE Asia.
A resistance fighter says they no longer have the weapons to repulse raids by regime forces.
The regime is trying to appeal to religious nationalists, say observers.
A regime convoy traveling in Chin State has been attacked repeatedly over the last ten days.
Displaced people from Chin State and Sagaing Region are receiving support, but access to healthcare and education remains problematic.
US officials are expected to show support for democratic forces in Myanmar and tout a scaled-back trade deal for the region at the two-day ASEAN-US summit in Washington.
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