Myanmar’s armed resistance rejects junta call for surrender — Radio Free Asia

Myanmar's military chief Senior General Min Aung Hlaing (2nd from R) arrives for the fourth session of the 21st-Century Panglong Conference, Aug. 19, 2020.

Myanmar’s armed resistance has dismissed an unprecedented call by the junta to surrender as a “sugar-coated offer” by a regime that must pay for its war crimes against civilians, as a new report found the military responsible for nearly 20,000 arson attacks since it’s 2021 coup. In a statement published in both Burmese and English

Defector group says 4 combat weapons in production for fight against Myanmar junta — Radio Free Asia

A composite photo shows guns (top), mines (bottom left), and bombs (bottom right) produced by the PSPT. Credit: PSPT

A group of ex-military servicemen in Myanmar who are assisting prodemocracy paramilitaries say skills they acquired during their past training helped them produce four types of combat weapons to battle junta troops. Analysts told RFA Burmese that the arms manufactured by the People’s Soldier Production Team (PSPT) — a group of defectors that include graduates

Nearly 600 properties seized by junta over alleged ties to armed resistance — Radio Free Asia

A photo shows the exterior of the home of Moe Ma Kha, a former NLD lawmaker for the Bago Regional Parliament,  which was sealed off by junta authorities in Taungoo city on Feb. 12, 2022. Credit: Citizen journalist

Myanmar’s junta has confiscated nearly 600 homes and other buildings owned by people it claims are members or supporters of the armed resistance, according to a report by independent research group the Institute for Strategy and Policy (ISP Myanmar). The report found that, between the military’s Feb. 1, 2021, coup and May 20 this year,

Enrollment up as new academic year begins in Myanmar, despite turmoil — Radio Free Asia

An anti-coup protester splashes red paint on student uniforms hung outside a school during a demonstration against the re-opening of the school by the junta in Yangon, April 27, 2021. Credit: AP Photo

Myanmar’s junta reopened basic education schools across the country for the 2022-2023 academic year on Thursday with student enrollment levels surpassing those from a year earlier, when the pandemic and a teacher boycott of the military regime kept kids at home, according to parents and residents. In the commercial capital Yangon, the number of students

Warships arrive in Kyauk Phyu township as tensions rise in Myanmar’s Rakhine state — Radio Free Asia

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Myanmar’s military is sending more troops into Rakhine state amid fears that an informal ceasefire with the Arakan Army (AA) is about to collapse. A submarine arrived at Kyauk Phyu township on May 31, after sailing through the Bay of Bengal and traveling up the Than Zit river, according to locals. They said a warship

Refugees displaced by conflict in Myanmar now more than 1 million — Radio Free Asia

A child refugee suffering from diarrhea in Sagaing region's Southern Kalemyo township, May 6, 2022. Credit: Citizen journalist

The number of internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Myanmar has surpassed 1 million people for the first time in the nation’s history, including nearly 700,000 forced to flee conflict and insecurity since the military’s coup in February 2021, according to a new report by the United Nations. In an update published on Tuesday, the United

Conflict between Myanmar’s proxy forces may outlast a political resolution — Radio Free Asia

A member of the People's Defense Force in Kayah state's Loikaw township. Credit: Loikaw PDF

Pro-military Pyu Saw Htee militiamen and anti-junta People’s Defense Force (PDF) paramilitaries are engaged in what will likely become a protracted conflict in Myanmar with no formal process in place to mediate between the two civilian proxy armies, an analyst said Wednesday. In September, Myanmar’s shadow National Unity Government (NUG) declared war on the junta

New civilian death toll since coup ‘unprecedented’ in Myanmar’s history — Radio Free Asia

The daughter of Zwee Htet Soe, a protester who died during a demonstration against the military coup, cries during her father's funeral in Yangon, March 5, 2021. AFP

More than 5,600 civilians have been killed in Myanmar since the military seized power last year, according to a new estimate by an independent research institute, which called the death toll “unprecedented” in the country’s history. The Institute for Strategy and Policy (ISP Myanmar) said in a report last week that it had documented at

Myanmar political crisis takes center stage on day 1 of US-ASEAN Summit — Radio Free Asia

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen attends a meeting with ASEAN leaders and US business representatives as part of the US-ASEAN Special Summit, in Washington, May 12, 2022. Credit: Reuters

The ongoing upheaval in Myanmar took center stage on the first day of a U.S.-ASEAN Summit in Washington, as fellow bloc member Malaysia slammed the junta for refusing to engage with the country’s shadow government. Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) leaders held a lunch meeting with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other lawmakers at

Conflict seen escalating in Myanmar on anniversary of PDF — Radio Free Asia

PDF members mark the one-year anniversary of the paramilitary group, May 6, 2022. Credit: NUG Ministry of Defense

One year after Myanmar’s shadow National Unity Government (NUG) established the prodemocracy People’s Defense Force (PDF), hundreds of anti-junta groups are active throughout the country and violent conflict is escalating with no end in sight, an analyst said Wednesday. May 6 marked the anniversary of the PDF, a paramilitary group formed to protect Myanmar’s civilians

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