If Bangkok’s goal is simply to appease the junta, there was no need for it to appoint a special envoy.
The post Thailand’s Bankrupt Myanmar Policy appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
Also this week, the junta sent mixed messages to PDF members and a US diplomat delivered a scathing assessment of the regime’s failed efforts to control the country.
The post Junta Watch: Regime Shrugs Off Outcry on Executions; Claims Troops Uphold Human Rights, and More appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
Pro-democracy activists Ko Jimmy and Ko Phyo Zeya Thaw face the death sentence. The Irrawaddy joins the nation in demanding that they be allowed to live.
The post Myanmar Unites in Demand to Spare Pro-Democracy Leaders appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
Like its predecessors, the regime fails to understand that it can take the lives of freedom fighters, but it cannot kill their spirit.
The post Myanmar’s Democracy Activists on Death Row Must Be Allowed to Live appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
Armed resistance groups claim to have successfully ambushed regime forces across Sagaing and Magwe regions.
The post Around 90 Myanmar Junta Troops Killed in Five Days: Resistance appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
Tens of thousands of people in Sagaing and Magwe regions whose homes have been torched by junta forces remain defiant in their support for the revolution.
The post Regime Arson Attacks Ruin Lives but not Resistance Spirit in Upper Myanmar appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
The Indian border state of Mizoram is issuing nearly 30,000 identity cards to those fleeing military rule in Myanmar.
The post Indian Border Government Issues ID Cards to Myanmar Refugees appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
Military tensions are rising in Rakhine and Chin States as the informal ceasefire between regime forces and the Arakan Army shows signs of breaking down.
The post Families Worried About Safety of Villagers Detained by Junta in Western Myanmar appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
Venerated monks and the country’s highest Buddhist authority have been conspicuously quiet amid the global outcry over the junta’s plan to execute democracy activists.
The post Myanmar’s Senior Monks Silent on Looming Executions of Junta Opponents appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
This time the exodus includes anyone who can afford to go, including not just politicians and activists but much of the middle class, who see no future under the junta.
The post Once Again, Military Rule Sparks a Brain Drain in Myanmar appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
Self-serving accounts by insiders are short on accuracy but offer some insight into the military’s blinkered view of its role in politics and national security.
The post Ex-Military Officers’ Books Offer Distorted History of Myanmar appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
The Karenni Nationalities Defense Force claims to be killing regime soldiers in large numbers across Kayah State.
The post Myanmar Junta Troops Burn Down Catholic Church in Kayah appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
Regime troops who want to defect have been warned not to use SIM cards from Mytel, which is part-owned by the Myanmar military.
The post Myanmar Regime Using Mytel SIM Cards to Track its own Soldiers appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
Resistance groups in Magwe and Sagaing regions say they retaliated after regime soldiers burned down an entire village.
The post Myanmar Resistance Strike Back After Junta Atrocities appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
The resistance says regime forces fire shells at civilian targets every day.
The post Myanmar Junta Artillery Kills Three Civilians in Chin State appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
The regime’s spokesperson said that the executions of anti-coup activists Ko Phyo Zeya Thaw and Ko Jimmy must go ahead “for the sake of rule of law”.
The post Democracy Activists on Death Row Deserve Execution: Myanmar Junta Press Chief appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
Junta troops have escalated their terror campaign of arson attacks, raids and killings in restive Sagaing Region in recent weeks.
The post Myanmar Regime Troops Torch Villages and Hold Civilians Hostage in Sagaing appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
Also this week, striking teachers continued to reject the regime, and the coup maker hailed as hallowed ground the site where the pro-military 2008 charter was drafted.
The post Junta Watch: Defying the World on Executions; Splashing Cash While Urging Frugality; and More appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
The Chin Defence Force in Kanpetlet claims it has successfully attacked regime troops from Magwe Region.
The post At Least Nine Myanmar Regime Soldiers Killed in Chin State Clashes appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
Derek Chollet visited a refugee camp and the Mae Tao Clinic; he is discussing US efforts to help restore democracy in Myanmar and provide aid during his SE Asian tour.
The post Senior US State Dept Official Visits Thai Border, Discusses Ways to Aid Myanmar People appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
Lawmaker Ko Phyo Zeya Thaw’s wife said: “I would like to urge the international community not to stand by and watch this happen.”
The post Wife of Activist on Death Row Urges Intl’ Community to Save Her Husband appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
Over 140 media workers have been arrested since the coup and around 60 remain in jail.
The post Myanmar Regime Charges Former Irrawaddy Journalist With Incitement appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
Resistance forces claim to have successfully ambushed a regime outpost and convoy in Yesagyo Township.
The post Resistance Force Raids Army Checkpoint, Kills 13 Myanmar Junta Soldiers appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
The military regime’s campaign of terror means more and more people are being driven from their homes.
The post No Place to Call Home in the Junta’s Myanmar appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
Soldiers were sent into Hpa-an prison after two prisoners managed to escape.
The post Political Prisoners Tortured by Myanmar Junta Troops in Karen State appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
The WHO said the man was shot dead in unclear circumstances while driving home in Mawlamyine, but a resistance group said it killed him because he was a regime informer.
The post WHO Worker Shot Dead in Myanmar’s Mon State appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
The regime continues to target medical workers who have joined the Civil Disobedience Movement.
The post Myanmar Junta Sentences Striking Mandalay Hospital Staff to Jail appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
Resistance groups in Magwe Region claim to have successfully attacked regime forces sent to raid the resistance stronghold.
The post Resistance Kills 20 Myanmar Junta Troops in Magwe: Claim appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
With regime forces overstretched in Kayah State, Karenni resistance fighters will extend their attacks to urban areas in the upcoming rainy season.
The post Karenni Resistance Ambush Reportedly Kills 10 Myanmar Regime Soldiers appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
The massacre by regime troops in Myinmu Township, Sagaing Region, sees 11 civilians killed.
The post Myanmar Junta Soldiers Tell Villagers to Run to Shoot Them Dead From Behind appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
Defying international calls for death sentences against Ko Jimmy, Ko Phyo Zeya Thaw and two others to be dropped, the junta vowed to proceed with their executions.
The post ‘No Mercy’ for Democracy Activists Sentenced to Hang, Myanmar Junta Says appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
The Economic Times said New Delhi will bow to ASEAN’s policy of only engaging nonpolitical representatives of Myanmar at multilateral forums.
The post Myanmar Junta Not Invited to India Meeting With ASEAN Foreign Ministers appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
Also this week, the regime said civil servants would once again have to undergo military training, and revived its fantasy of launching an electric rail system.
The post Junta Watch: Coup Leader Urges Belt-Tightening While Declaring Return of ‘Stability’, and More appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
The junta spokesman said “there is no other step” as the court rejected the death sentence appeals by former NLD lawmaker Ko Phyo Zeya Thaw and prominent democracy activist Ko Jimmy.
The post Myanmar Junta Says It Will Execute Two Prominent Democracy Activists appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
As with past incidents, Tuesday’s bombing occurred ahead of a high-profile visit—this time by a UN envoy—raising suspicions of a junta bid to discredit the resistance.
The post Timing of Deadly Yangon Blast Suspiciously Convenient for Myanmar Junta appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
The 77-year-old is enjoying his retirement in the capital Naypyitaw, apparently unconcerned that the coup leader is brutalizing the Myanmar people.
The post Former President and General U Thein Sein Paints While Myanmar Burns appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
Ko Phyo Zeya Thaw and Ko Jimmy face execution for leading armed resistance operations in Yangon.
The post Myanmar Junta Approves Death Sentences for Two Anti-Regime Activists appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
Tensions are rising in western Myanmar as the regime reinforces its military presence in Rakhine and Chin states.
The post Myanmar Junta Detains Villagers Following Clash With Arakan Army in Chin State appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
The Kachin Women’s Association of Thailand report accuses the regime of war crimes and crimes against humanity.
The post Myanmar Junta’s War Crime Displaces Thousands of Civilians in Kachin State appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
Myanmar’s parallel National Unity Government said the military regime has no mandate to negotiate or govern the country.
The post NUG Declares Myanmar Junta Peace Talks With Ethnic Armies Illegal appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
The United Wa State Army is thought to be one of a number of ethnic armed organizations secretly supplying the resistance with weapons.
The post Junta Urges Myanmar’s Most Powerful Ethnic Army not to Supply Arms to Resistance appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
Ongoing fighting between resistance forces and junta troops is being reported in Kale Township.
The post Displaced Civilians Injured by Myanmar Junta Mortar in Sagaing appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
Regime reinforcements, including drones, have started arriving in Chin State and neighboring Magwe Region.
The post Clashes Expected in Chin State as Junta Deploys More Troops to Western Myanmar appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
Camp residents said they did not know why the bullets and mortar shells were being fired.
The post Myanmar Junta Troops Fire on Rakhine Displacement Camps appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
The shadow govt and three ethnic groups said the junta must not be allowed to ‘weaponize’ humanitarian aid and urged ASEAN to work with the ICRC and neighboring nations.
The post Myanmar’s NUG, Allied EAOs Urge ASEAN, UN Not to Work With Junta on Aid appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
The only witness in one of the corruption cases against Daw Aung San Suu Kyi reportedly said he only made a charitable donation.
The post Key Myanmar Junta Witness Denies Paying Suu Kyi Bribe: Court Source appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
Resistance fighters on Tuesday ambushed regime soldiers in Sagaing Region escorting a jade shipment from Kachin State.
The post Thirty Myanmar Junta Troops Reportedly Killed in Sagaing appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
The vessel was seen heading towards a port being built by the junta chief’s son; its arrival comes amid heightened tensions between the military and the Arakan Army.
The post Amid Tension with Local Armed Group, Myanmar Military Submarine Moves to Naval Base in Rakhine appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
Even Min Aung Hlaing’s peers are reportedly taken aback by the greed he displayed in acquiring and building his less-spoken-about residence on Myat Khin Yeik Tha Lane.
The post How Myanmar’s Junta Chief Grabbed His ‘Other’ Inya Lake Home appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
Faced with heavily-armed junta forces, resistance fighters have used their ingenuity to make their own highly effective weapons.
The post Myanmar Resistance Groups Get Creative to Manufacture Weapons appeared first on The Irrawaddy.