Japanese journalists call for release of colleague Yuki Kitazumi detained in Myanmar

A group of journalists in Japan called on Myanmar’s junta on Tuesday to free a colleague, Yuki Kitazumi, detained in Yangon following a crackdown on media amid ongoing protests against the military overthrow of an elected government. “We want the junta to stop oppressing the citizens of Myanmar, and we seek the swift release of… Read More Japanese journalists call for release of colleague Yuki Kitazumi detained in Myanmar

Myanmar authorities detain Japanese journalist Yuki Kitazumi

Myanmar authorities detained a Japanese journalist in Yangon on Sunday evening, Japan’s government said on Monday, adding that it was trying to seek his release. BBC Burmese quoted a witness as saying freelance journalist Yuki Kitazumi was picked up from his home and taken into custody by troops on Sunday night. He was asked to… Read More Myanmar authorities detain Japanese journalist Yuki Kitazumi

Myanmar junta releases thousands of prisoners for New Year

Myanmar’s junta released 23,184 prisoners from jails across the country on Saturday under a New Year amnesty, a Prisons Department spokesman said, though few if any democracy activists arrested since a February 1 coup were thought to be among them. Saturday is the first day of the traditional New Year in Myanmar and the last… Read More Myanmar junta releases thousands of prisoners for New Year

Myanmar coup opposition announces formation of national unity government

Opponents of Myanmar’s junta announced a National Unity Government on Friday including ousted members of parliament and leaders of anti-coup protests and ethnic minorities, saying their aim was to root out military rule and restore democracy. Myanmar has been in violent turmoil since a February 1 coup that ousted a civilian government led by democracy… Read More Myanmar coup opposition announces formation of national unity government

Dozens dead as Myanmar security forces fire rifle grenades at anti-coup protesters

Myanmar security forces fired rifle grenades at protesters in a town near Yangon on Friday, killing more than 80 people, the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (AAPP) monitoring group and a domestic news outlet said. Details of the death toll in the town of Bago, 90 km (55 miles) northeast of Yangon, were not initially… Read More Dozens dead as Myanmar security forces fire rifle grenades at anti-coup protesters

Myanmar military sentences nineteen to death over killing of officer

Nineteen people have been sentenced to death in Myanmar for killing an associate of an army captain, the military owned Myawaddy TV station said on Friday, the first such sentences announced in public since a February 1 coup and crackdown on protesters. The report said the killing took place on March 27 in the North… Read More Myanmar military sentences nineteen to death over killing of officer

At least fifteen dead as Myanmar security forces fire at protesters

Troops in Myanmar opened fire on pro-democracy protesters on Wednesday, killing at least 15 people and wounding dozens, the latest victims of a campaign to crush opposition to the ruling military junta, activists and media said. Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, leader of the army coup that ousted Myanmar’s elected government on February 1, said… Read More At least fifteen dead as Myanmar security forces fire at protesters