Let’s be clear: One side of the conflict is defending itself against a barbaric opponent; we must resist characterizations that equate ‘violence’ committed by the two.
China’s border security and economic interests will benefit from stability in Myanmar; to achieve this, Beijing should support the people’s efforts to end military rule.
Hit-and-run clashes with ethnic Burmese fighters in the heartland and urban guerrilla warfare now complicate the Tatmadaw’s traditional task of containing ethnic armies.
Nearly half the population is in poverty due to the effects of the military takeover, conflict and COVID, the UN’s aid chief in Myanmar said, calling for more funding.
OHCHR chief Michelle Bachelet says the global community needs to do more to keep the situation from becoming a ‘full-blown conflict’.
Erwyan Yusof said he made the proposal in a video meeting with the regime’s foreign minister.
After five months of worsening instability on its border, Beijing would be open to a negotiated settlement, some NLD insiders say.
The NLD, NUG and CRPH should coordinate with ethnic civil society leaders, who have the infrastructure in place to help people affected by conflict, COVID and poverty.
Global Witness has called for worldwide ban on the trade in Myanmar jade, warning that the regime plans a ‘massive fire sale to help it fund its operations’.
If the nature of the conflict can be maintained as a national uprising, the military balance favors revolution by sheer force of numbers and willpower.
Prioritizing humanitarian assistance in negotiations with the junta risks legitimizing it and delaying action needed to end the regime’s violence against civilians.
State TV announced the seizure of thousands of homemade bombs and firearms amid a series of attacks on junta forces in Yangon and other urban areas.
At least four soldiers and a civilian were injured in the surprise assault on troops based at a pagoda compound in restive Thaketa Township, locals said.
The mother of wanted activists was jailed; a USDP member was shot dead in Sagaing; troops killed three people in Magwe; and blasts occurred in Yangon, Chin and Magwe.