Myanmar military junta agrees to ASEAN ceasefire call for aid distribution

Myanmar’s military rulers have agreed to an ASEAN call for a ceasefire until the end of the year to ensure distribution of humanitarian aid, Japan’s Kyodo news agency said, citing the envoy of the southeast Asian bloc to the crisis-torn nation. Following a coup in February, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) has been… Read More Myanmar military junta agrees to ASEAN ceasefire call for aid distribution

Myanmar calls for international aid following surge in coronavirus cases

Myanmar’s military ruler is looking for greater cooperation with the international community to contain the coronavirus, state media reported on Wednesday, as the Southeast Asian country struggles with a surging wave of infections. Senior General Min Aung Hlaing called in a speech for more cooperation on prevention, control and treatment of COVID-19, including with fellow… Read More Myanmar calls for international aid following surge in coronavirus cases

UN calls for halt of weapons to Myanmar, urges military junta to release political detainees

The United Nations General Assembly on Friday called for a stop to the flow of arms to Myanmar and urged the military to respect November election results and release political detainees, including leader Aung San Suu Kyi. The General Assembly adopted a resolution with the support of 119 countries several months after the military overthrew… Read More UN calls for halt of weapons to Myanmar, urges military junta to release political detainees

Ousted Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi goes on trial

Myanmar’s ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi went on trial on Monday, appearing unwell as the first witnesses took the stand in cases against her of illegally possessing walkie-talkie radios and breaking coronavirus protocols, her lawyer said. Suu Kyi, 75, faces a slew of charges since being overthrown by the army in a February 1… Read More Ousted Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi goes on trial

Former Myanmar coronavirus vaccination programme chief arrested

The former head of Myanmar’s COVID-19 immunisation programme has been arrested and faces charges of high treason for colluding with opponents of the military authorities, state media reported on Monday. Myanmar’s healthcare system and coronavirus prevention measures have collapsed since the army seized power on February 1 and overthrew elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi,… Read More Former Myanmar coronavirus vaccination programme chief arrested

UN rights commissioner Michelle Bachelet warns of violence escalation in Myanmar

The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights said on Friday of that violence in Myanmar is intensifying and condemned the army’s “outrageous” use of heavy weapons, while urging a wider diplomatic effort to pressure the ruling generals. Michelle Bachelet said the junta had shown no willingness to implement a five-point consensus it agreed with… Read More UN rights commissioner Michelle Bachelet warns of violence escalation in Myanmar

Myanmar authorities open new corruption cases against ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi

New corruption cases have been opened against Myanmar’s deposed leader Aung San Suu Kyi and other former officials from her government, the state-run Global New Light of Myanmar said on Thursday. The cases are the latest of a series brought against elected leader Suu Kyi, who was overthrown by the army on February 1 in… Read More Myanmar authorities open new corruption cases against ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi