The commission is a toothless body of former civil servants which does nothing to condemn ongoing abuses, exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, say rights advocates.
A senior Chinese general said Beijing reserves the right to use force to prevent Taiwan from asserting independence from the mainland.
US$7.5 million removed from military’s extra budget request, marking the first time the armed forces’ full spending request has been denied by the NLD government.
A Tatmadaw delegation offered supplies and promises of help at a meeting with the KIA’s COVID-19 response team, but no actual plans were discussed, the armed group said.
China’s defense spending is set to rise 6.6 percent from last year in 2020, amid a steep contraction in the country’s economy due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
US Ambassador Scot Marciel said the peace process faltered during his posting, but he leaves the country confident it has the human talent needed to reach its goals.
Myanmar’s recent repatriation of 22 captured Indian rebels suggests Naypyitaw’s embrace of New Delhi as a counterweight to China is entering a more concrete phase.
Ethnic armed groups say the Myanmar military must extend its recently announced unilateral ceasefire to include conflict zones in Rakhine and Chin states.
With the military’s new ceasefire excluding Rakhine State, and a tough young general promoted to Tatmadaw HQ, the war with the Arakan Army can only get worse.
In an apparent bid to retain his influence after he retires, military chief Snr-Gen Min Aung Hlaing has handed out key promotions to a number of younger officers.
Five military officers training in Russia have now tested positive with coronavirus as the virus spreads rapidly in the country.
Two Border Guard Police officers in Rakhine State were wounded when ARSA insurgents shot at their patrol from inside Bangladesh.
The Myanmar military says it will use two high-capacity testing machines already installed at military hospitals to assist with public COVID-19 testing.
Observers and ethnic armed groups say State Counselor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s support for the military in the Rakhine conflict damages the peace process.
In Rakhine and Chin, where many people have been killed or displaced by air strikes, the majority do not share the State Counselor’s view of the army as their protector.