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

Several dead as Myanmar junta forces clash with villagers in Ayeyarwady delta region

Myanmar’s security forces clashed with villagers armed with catapults and crossbows during a search for weapons in the Ayeyarwady river delta region on Saturday and local media reported as many as 20 people had been killed. State television news said three “terrorists” had been killed and two arrested at the village of Hlayswe as security… Read More Several dead as Myanmar junta forces clash with villagers in Ayeyarwady delta region

Myanmar military tribunal sentences dozens to twenty years imprisonment over arson on Chinese factories

A Myanmar military tribunal has sentenced 28 people to 20 years in jail with hard labour for arson attacks on two factories, state media reported, after a string of mainly Chinese-financed factories were torched during unrest in Yangon in March. The army-run Myawady news portal said the offenders had targeted a shoe plant and a… Read More Myanmar military tribunal sentences dozens to twenty years imprisonment over arson on Chinese factories

Myanmar deposed leader Aung San Suu Kyi appears in court in person for first time since coup

Myanmar’s deposed leader Aung San Suu Kyi appeared in person at a court hearing on Monday for the first time since her government was overthrown by the military in a February 1 coup, her lawyer said. Suu Kyi looked in good health and held a face-to-face meeting with her legal team for about 30 minutes… Read More Myanmar deposed leader Aung San Suu Kyi appears in court in person for first time since coup

Myanmar authorities release detained Japanese journalist Yuki Kitazumi

A Japanese journalist who was detained in Myanmar and charged with spreading false news during a crackdown on media after a military coup in February returned to Japan on Friday, according to Asahi TV. Yuki Kitazumi, who was picked up from his home by troops and taken into custody in Yangon last month, arrived at… Read More Myanmar authorities release detained Japanese journalist Yuki Kitazumi

Thousands suspended at Myanmar universities for opposing military junta

More than 11,000 academics and other university staff opposed to Myanmar’s ruling junta have been suspended after going on strike in protest against military rule, a teachers’ group said. The suspensions come as the resumption of universities after a year closed due to the coronavirus epidemic prompts a new confrontation between the army and the… Read More Thousands suspended at Myanmar universities for opposing military junta

Myanmar poet Khet Thi dies in detention, body returned to family with organs removed

Myanmar poet Khet Thi, whose works declare resistance to the ruling junta, died in detention overnight and his body was returned with the organs removed, his family said on Sunday. A spokesman for the junta did not answer calls to request comment on the death of Khet Thi, who had penned the line “They shoot… Read More Myanmar poet Khet Thi dies in detention, body returned to family with organs removed

Myanmar charges Japanese journalist Yuki Kitazumi for misinformation

A Japanese journalist detained in Myanmar last month has been charged with spreading false news, an official at the Japanese embassy in Yangon said on Tuesday, amid a crackdown on media since the military seized power three months ago. Yuki Kitazumi, who had been picked up from his home by troops and taken into custody… Read More Myanmar charges Japanese journalist Yuki Kitazumi for misinformation