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June 2021 - Myanmar Special Weapons News
- Political Prisoners Among Thousands Released in Myanmar Junta Amnesty Radio Free Asia 30 Jun 2021 -- Myanmar's junta released some 2,300 detaineesâ€”mostly political prisoners charged with defamationâ€”as part of a nationwide amnesty on Wednesday, but the move was greeted with skepticism by critics who called it a stunt to gain international recognition following its February power grab.
- COVID-19 Deaths Mount in Myanmar's War-Torn Kalay as Hospitals Lack Medical Staff Radio Free Asia 29 Jun 2021 -- Nearly 200 people in northwest Myanmar's strife-torn Kalay township are believed to have died of COVID-19 in June alone, with many left untreated as medical staff joined anti-junta protests or were arrested by the military, sources said Tuesday.
- Myanmar Court Dismisses Objection to 'Evidence' in Aung San Suu Kyi Incitement Trial Radio Free Asia 29 Jun 2021 -- A court in Myanmar on Tuesday dismissed an objection by former State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi to documents presented by military prosecutors as evidence in her trial on "incitement" charges, although her defense team vowed to fight the decision in an appeal.
- Ousted Myanmar Leader Suu Kyi Will Return to Court Next Week VOA 29 Jun 2021 -- Ousted Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi will return to court next week after two hearings on criminal charges brought against her by the military junta.
- COVID-19 Cases Surge in Southeast Asian Countries, as Officials Call for Renewed Attention to Prevention Radio Free Asia 28 Jun 2021 -- With COVID-19 infections and deaths rising in Myanmar and its neighbors, deposed national leader Aung San Suu Kyi has called on citizens in the military-ruled country to strictly observe all precautions aimed at preventing the pandemic's spread, her lawyers said on Monday.
- Myanmar Plans to Expand Military Cooperation With Russia, Commander-in-Chief Says Sputnik 28 Jun 2021 -- Myanmar intends to expand its military cooperation with Russia, Min Aung Hlaing, the commander-in-chief of the country's military and the chairman of the State Administration Council, has said in an interview with Sputnik.
- Myanmar's Shadow Government Prepares Evidence for Lawsuit Against Junta in International Court Radio Free Asia 28 Jun 2021 -- Myanmar's shadow government has compiled more than 400,000 pieces of evidence of atrocities committed by the military regime against civilians since it overthrew the government in February and is preparing to file an international lawsuit against the junta for crimes against humanity, its spokesman said.
- Militia Kills Nine Military Troops in Convoy Ambush in Myanmar's War-Torn Sagaing Region Radio Free Asia 28 Jun 2021 -- Militiamen killed at least nine junta soldiers in northwest Myanmar's war-torn Sagaing region over the weekend in a two-pronged attack on a convoy heading to Kalay township, while 3,000 villagers fled the area amid intensified raids on civilian homes and in anticipation of a major military offensive, fighters said Monday.
- Criminal Hearings Resume for Myanmar's Deposed Leader VOA 28 Jun 2021 -- Three separate hearings on criminal charges brought against deposed Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi took place Monday in the capital, Naypyitaw.
- UN Leader Condemns Myanmar Military Over Sexual Violence VOA 26 Jun 2021 -- A U.N. investigator described an "extremely concerning" pattern of sexual violence by Myanmar's military in a statement Friday.
- Ten Killed as Militia Repels Surprise Attack by Junta Troops in Myanmar's Sagaing Region Radio Free Asia 25 Jun 2021 -- At least 10 people were killed when troops loyal to Myanmar's junta attacked a base used to assist refugees in northwestern Sagaing region, but were outmaneuvered by militiamen using guerrilla tactics to overcome a deficit in firepower, sources said Friday.
- At Least 64 Myanmar Protesters, Two of Them Underage, Sentenced to Death by Military Courts Radio Free Asia 25 Jun 2021 -- At least 64 Myanmar citizens detained in protests against the country's Feb. 1 military coup have been sentenced to death by junta courts, with the condemned list including two boys below the age of 18, according to sources in the country.
- This Kind of Urban Warfare Will be More Frequent in The Future: Mandalay PDF Member Radio Free Asia 25 Jun 2021 -- On June 23, junta security forces arrested Bo Tun Tauk Naing, a leader of the People's Defense Force's (PDF's) urban guerrilla warfare unit, in Myanmar's second city Mandalayâ€”home to more than 1.7 million people. A member of the Mandalay PDF who is a close associate of the detained unit chief recently spoke with RFA's Myanmar Service on condition of anonymity about his arrest and the status of the local resistance, which a day earlier clashed with the junta troops in the city for the first time since the military orchestrated a February coup, prompting widespread protests.
- Third Coronavirus Wave in Myanmar Accelerates Infection Rate as Cities Reissue Stay-At-Home Orders Radio Free Asia 24 Jun 2021 -- More than 3,000 people in Myanmar have died after contracting COVID-19 as infections from the third wave of the pandemic increased the strife-torn country's total confirmed caseload to nearly 150,000, the military government announced this week.
- Myanmar Junta Chief Visit to Moscow Seen as Shoring of Support Amid Condemnation For Coup Radio Free Asia 23 Jun 2021 -- A visit by Myanmar's junta chief Senior General Min Aung Hlaing to Russia this week is likely part of a bid to secure recognition and military equipment from Moscow amid widespread international condemnation of his overthrow of the democratically elected government, analysts said Wednesday.
- Interview: 'You Will Hear About More Action From Us' Radio Free Asia 23 Jun 2021 -- After open fighting between troops loyal to Myanmar's junta and members of the Mandalay People's Defense Force (PDF) militia, the militia had to abandon an office in Chanmya Tharzi township of the country's second-largest city. Mandalay PDF combat team leader Bo Zeegwat spoke to RFA's Myanmar Service about the first clashes in the city of more than 1.7 million people since the military overthrew the government on Feb. 1.
- Deputy Secretary Sherman's Meeting with UN Special Envoy on Myanmar Burgener US Dept. of State 22 Jun 2021
- 4 'Terrorists' Killed in Clash Between Myanmar Soldiers and Anti-Coup Militia, Junta Says VOA 22 Jun 2021 -- Myanmar's ruling junta says fighting between coup protesters and security forces in Mandalay Tuesday left four demonstrators dead.
- At Least Three Dead as Myanmar's Junta Battles Militia in Streets of Mandalay Radio Free Asia 22 Jun 2021 -- Open warfare broke out Tuesday between troops loyal to Myanmar's junta and members of the People's Defense Force (PDF) militia in the country's second largest city of Mandalay, leaving at least three people dead and one injured and prompting calls from foreign embassies for a cessation of violence.
- Foreign Secretary announces further sanctions on companies linked to Myanmar's military regime UK FCDO 21 Jun 2021 -- Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab announced new sanctions against the Myanmar Timber Enterprise, Myanmar Pearl Enterprise and the State Administration Council.
- More Than a Dozen Civilians Believed Killed by Myanmar's Military in Weekend Bloodshed Radio Free Asia 21 Jun 2021 -- Security forces loyal to Myanmar's military regime are believed to have killed at least 13 civilians over the weekend, including four members of the same family, a young man delivering invitations to his wedding, and two people returning home from a soccer game.
- EU Imposes New Sanctions on Myanmar VOA 21 Jun 2021 -- The European Union announced Monday a fresh round of sanctions against Myanmar military officials, the third since the junta seized power in a February coup.
- Myanmar crisis: UN resolution seeks halt to arms flow, fails to address Rohingya plight Press TV 20 Jun 2021 -- Months after Myanmar's military took power and plunged the Asian country into chaos and as the nation is facing an increasing risk of sliding into a civil war, the United Nations General Assembly has finally adopted a resolution, urging its member states to halt the flow of arms into Myanmar, a watered down version of an initial draft which called for a global arms embargo.
- Myanmar's Karen Rebels Say 25 Slain Men Were Junta Spies, Not Civilians Radio Free Asia 18 Jun 2021 -- Twenty-five men found dead last week at a bridge building site near Myanmar's border with Thailand were spies for the military junta, not construction workers as claimed by authorities, a Karen rebel group spokesman said Friday while the political wing of the ethnic group said it would investigate the case.
- UN Assembly Adopts Resolution to 'Prevent Flow of Arms' Into Myanmar Radio Free Asia 18 Jun 2021 -- The U.N. General Assembly on Friday adopted a resolution calling on Myanmar's military to restore democratic rule, and urging member states to "prevent the flow of arms" to the country, where security forces have killed more than 800 people â€“ mostly protesters â€“ since a Feb. 1 coup.
- Myanmar: Timely support and action by Security Council 'really paramount', says UN Special Envoy UN News 18 Jun 2021 -- The UN Special Envoy for Myanmar said on Friday she has called for timely action from the Security Council in response to the ongoing crisis in the Southeast Asian country stemming from the military coup in February.
- At UN, States Condemn Myanmar's Junta VOA 18 Jun 2021 -- The international community sent a strong signal Friday to Myanmar's military, condemning its seizure of the civilian government and its monthslong violent crackdown on pro-democracy protesters.
- A political coup in Myanmar is fast becoming an economic and humanitarian crisis UK FCDO 18 Jun 2021 -- Statement by Ambassador Barbara Woodward, UK Permanent Representative to the UN, at the General Assembly on Myanmar
- Bomb Explodes at Headquarters of Pro-Military Party in Myanmar Radio Free Asia 18 Jun 2021 -- Six bombs exploded in three different locations in Myanmar's largest city Yangon today, including at the headquarters of a political party backed by the country's military, witnesses told RFA.
- Revised UN Resolution Waters Down Call for Halting Arms Sales to Myanmar Radio Free Asia 17 Jun 2021 -- Sponsors of a U.N. resolution on Myanmar appear to have weakened language barring international arms sales to the Southeast Asian country, where hundreds have been killed after a military coup, a revised draft uploaded on the General Assembly's website Thursday shows.
- Deadly Diarrheal Outbreak Afflicts Rohingya Residents on Bangladesh Island, Refugees Say Radio Free Asia 17 Jun 2021 -- At least four Rohingya children and an adult died of diarrhea and thousands more have been afflicted in the last two weeks on a Bangladeshi island, refugees said on Thursday about the first outbreak of any disease at the site, which has been criticized for lacking adequate health facilities.
- Myanmar escalation: Locals say military forces burned down village Press TV 17 Jun 2021 -- Violence is still plaguing Myanmar months after the country's military overthrew the civilian government by staging a coup. In their latest attempt to suppress public resistance, security forces have reportedly burned down most of a central village.
- Anti-Junta Forces in Myanmar Have Killed a Dozen Local Officials Since Coup Radio Free Asia 17 Jun 2021 -- Anti-junta forces in Myanmar have killed at least a dozen army-appointed low-level officials since the Feb. 1 coup â€“ actions the military regime calls terrorism, but which the country's shadow government says are legitimate acts of war against an illegitimate dicatorship.
- Myanmar Junta Blocks Cash For Detained Aung San Suu Kyi Radio Free Asia 17 Jun 2021 -- Myanmar junta authorities have denied a request by the legal team of detained leader Aung San Suu Kyi to relay money to her so she can pay her expenses while she faces trial on several charges, the lead attorney said Thursday.
- Interview: 'We Cannot Accept People Dying,' Says Myanmar NUG Health Minister Radio Free Asia 17 Jun 2021 -- Dr. Zaw Wai Soe is a physician who serves in Myanmar's parallel National Unity Government as minister of health and education, said. He spoke to Aye Aye Mon of RFA's Myanmar Service about the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic and the military junta's pressure on the Civil Disobedience Movement (CDM) and other opponents of the Feb. 1 military takeover. Following is an excerpt from the interview.
- Call with Myanmar Deputy Commander-in-Chief Australia DOD 16 Jun 2021 -- The Vice Chief of the Australian Defence Force, Vice Admiral David Johnston AO RAN, spoke for the second time with the Deputy Commander-in Chief of the Myanmar military, Vice Senior General Soe Win, on 16 June.
- Myanmar Elderly Perish as Village Razed in Fire Blamed on Junta Troops Radio Free Asia 16 Jun 2021 -- Four elderly villagers in central Myanmar were killed when a fire tore through their village, destroying about 250 houses and sending 1,000 people fleeing to safety in nearby mountains, residents said Wednesday.
- Hearings Resume for Myanmar's Deposed Civilian Leader VOA 15 Jun 2021 -- Aung San Suu Kyi, Myanmar's ousted de facto civilian leader, returned to a courtroom in the capital, Naypyidaw, Tuesday to stand trial on two of the most serious corruption-related charges brought against her by the military junta that overthrew her government earlier this year.
- Myanmar Junta Forces Ram Protesters With Cars, Fire on Churches Radio Free Asia 15 Jun 2021 -- Security forces in Myanmar's largest city are ramming unarmed protesters using unmarked vehicles in what activists said was a new tactic to quell more than four months of anti-junta demonstrations.
- Myanmar's Youth Increasingly Look for Opportunity Abroad Radio Free Asia 15 Jun 2021 -- Myanmar's youth are increasingly looking to move abroad in hopes of finding better opportunities, with many saying the Feb. 1 military takeover effectively killed off any hope they had in their homeland, youths told RFA.
- Junta trial of Myanmar's Aung San Suu Kyi to hear first testimony after coup Press TV 14 Jun 2021 -- The first trial of Myanmar's ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi is set to start on Monday, more than four months after a military coup removed her government from power.
- Ousted Myanmar Leader Aung San Suu Kyi Goes on Trial in Naypyidaw Radio Free Asia 14 Jun 2021 -- Myanmar State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi and President Win Myint, former national leaders deposed in a February 1 military coup, went on trial in the Myanmar capital Naypyidaw on Monday, with rights groups calling the charges against the pair "bogus" and politically motivated, sources said.
- Armed Conflict Spreading Across Myanmar as Violence Escalates VOA 12 Jun 2021 -- U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Michele Bachelet says armed conflict is intensifying and spreading across parts of Myanmar in opposition to the military coup in February and could result in the heavy loss of life.
- Myanmar Border Gun Seizures Stoke Fears of Illicit Post-Coup Arms Trade VOA 12 Jun 2021 -- Guns and ammunition bought under Thai police and army discount plans and siphoned into the black market have been seized by Thai customs on the Myanmar border, stoking fears of a new illicit arms trade driven by Myanmar's post-coup collapse into chaos.
- UN rights chief warns of 'rights catastrophe' in Myanmar Press TV 11 Jun 2021 -- The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights has expressed concern over escalating violence in Myanmar, warning of a deepening humanitarian crisis following the February 1 coup in the country.
- Nearly 30 Junta Troops Killed in Myanmar's Chin State as Rights Czar Calls For End to Violence Radio Free Asia 11 Jun 2021 -- Nearly 30 junta troops were killed Thursday in Myanmar's Chin state as fighting between militia groups and the military escalated in the country's remote regions, prompting the United Nations rights czar to warn of a "human rights catastrophe."
- Myanmar Dissident Deaths in Custody, Unapproved Autopsies Prompt Calls For Probe Radio Free Asia 11 Jun 2021 -- Several dissidents who spoke critically of the junta takeover of Myanmar's democratically elected government have died in detention and were given crude autopsies before their bodies were returned to their families, prompting observers to call for a probe into the circumstances surrounding their deaths.
- Myanmar Communities Take Up Arms to Resist Junta VOA 11 Jun 2021 -- Communities across Myanmar are forming armed bands with mostly crude guns and explosives in an increasingly violent resistance to the military junta that toppled the country's democratically elected government more than four months ago, raising fears of a sweeping civil war.
- Spike in Myanmar Violence Could Plunge Country Into 'Human Rights Catastrophe', UN Warns VOA 11 Jun 2021 -- The United Nations high commissioner for human rights said Friday that violence in Myanmar is rising, deepening the crisis that began with the February 1 coup that toppled the elected government of Aung San Suu Kyi.
- UN Urges ASEAN to Intensify Diplomacy on Myanmar Radio Free Asia 11 Jun 2021 -- The U.N. human rights chief urged ASEAN on Friday to intensify efforts to stop violence in post-coup Myanmar, days after officials from the regional bloc met with the Burmese junta chief but failed to extract a promise to end bloodshed.
- UN rights chief urges accountability for escalating 'catastrophe' in Myanmar UN News 11 Jun 2021 -- Escalating violence across Myanmar including attacks on civilians must be halted to prevent even greater loss of life and a deepening humanitarian emergency, UN rights chief Michelle Bachelet said on Friday.
- A Dozen Dead in Myanmar Military Plane Crash, Including Prominent Senior Monk Radio Free Asia 10 Jun 2021 -- A military plane crashed in central Myanmar's Mandalay region Thursday, killing at least 12 people on board, including a prominent senior Buddhist monk, according to state media.
- Myanmar's junta files new corruption charge against ousted leader Suu Kyi Press TV 10 Jun 2021 -- Myanmar's junta has filed a new corruption charge against ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi, the latest in a series of allegations to have been leveled against her by the military rulers since she was toppled in a coup in February.
- Myanmar Junta Drops Terrorism Charges and Releases 10 Ethnic Rakhine Figures Radio Free Asia 10 Jun 2021 -- Myanmar's junta has dropped terrorism charges against 10 ethnic Rakhines, including relatives of the top commander of the rebel Arakan Army, setting them free after nearly two years in custody awaiting trial, a lawyer representing them told RFA.
- Myanmar Leader Aung San Suu Kyi Faces New Corruption Charges VOA 10 Jun 2021 -- News reports out of Myanmar say authorities have filed new corruption charges against deposed civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi.
- UN special rapporteur warns of 'mass deaths' in eastern Myanmar Press TV 09 Jun 2021 -- The United Nations special rapporteur on human rights in Myanmar has warned of "mass deaths" from starvation and disease in the country's east where fighting goes on between rebel groups and the junta.
- UN Warns of 'Massive Loss of Life' in Eastern Myanmar VOA 09 Jun 2021 -- A United Nations official says Myanmar's eastern Kayah State is on the brink of a humanitarian crisis, with thousands of people facing starvation after fleeing their homes to escape fighting between security and ethnic rebel forces.
- Nearly 230,000 Displaced in Fighting Between Junta and Militias, Ethnic Armies Since Myanmar Coup Radio Free Asia 09 Jun 2021 -- More than a quarter of a million civilians in seven regions of Myanmar have been displaced by clashes between the military and militias or fighting between ethnic armies in the four months since the junta overthrew the country's democratically elected government, aid groups said Wednesday.
- 'Mass deaths' alert in Myanmar as 100,000 flee junta's heavy weapons UN News 09 Jun 2021 -- In Myanmar, international action is needed urgently to prevent "mass deaths" there, after civilians fled attacks by so-called "junta bombs", a top independent UN rights expert has warned.
- Myanmar Shadow Government Distrustful of Chinese-ASEAN Approach to Crisis Radio Free Asia 09 Jun 2021 -- Myanmar's shadow government rejected Chinese support for ASEAN on resolving political turmoil in the wake of the Feb. 1 coup, saying the neighbors' plan would cement military control of the country.
- Interview: NUG Urges China to 'Understand the True Situation' of Myanmar Radio Free Asia 09 Jun 2021 -- Zin Mar Aung, a former student activist who spent 11 years as a political prisoner for her opposition to Myanmar's military government in the late 1990s, won re-election to her seat in the main city Yangon in November, but was not allowed to take her seat when a coup ousted the elected government on Feb. 1.
- Junta claims democracy plans making progress in Myanmar Press TV 08 Jun 2021 -- Myanmar's military junta, which took power in a coup d'Ă©tat four months ago, has defended the way it has dealt with daily anti-coup protests and strikes that have paralyzed the nation and revived fears of a full-scale civil war.
- More Than 10,000 Displaced by Renewed Fighting in Myanmar's Battle-Ravaged Chin State Radio Free Asia 08 Jun 2021 -- More than 10,000 people have fled their homes in Myanmar's Chin state amid renewed fighting between junta troops and anti-coup militias in the region, according to sources, who reported casualties from clashes on Tuesday.
- Myanmar Military's Killings of Children Are 'Serious Crimes,' Says Opposition NUG Minister Radio Free Asia 08 Jun 2021 -- Myanmar military forces have killed at least 73 children nationwide in the four months following the February coup that overthrew the elected government, a minister in the parallel government formed by ousted civilian leaders told RFA on Tuesday.
- Thousands More Flee Clashes Between Myanmar Militias and Military, Ethnic Armies in June Radio Free Asia 07 Jun 2021 -- Fighting in Myanmar's Chin, Sagaing, and Shan regions has displaced thousands of new villagers since the beginning of the month, sources said Monday, as clashes between military troops, militia groups, and ethnic armies continues to intensify amid the turmoil of a junta coup in February.
- Rohingya refugees feel trapped on Bangladesh island, fear monsoons: HRW Press TV 07 Jun 2021 -- Rohingya refugees kept on a Bangladeshi island have expressed fears of being exposed to severe climate during the looming monsoon season and having to put up with "inadequate" health and educational facilities, a rights group said.
- US Welcomes Pledge by Myanmar Shadow Government to Help Rohingya VOA 07 Jun 2021 -- U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken welcomed a pledge by a shadow government in Myanmar to address discrimination and human rights abuses against minority Rohingya Muslims.
- ASEAN calls on Myanmar military junta to halt violence against protesters, free prisoners Press TV 07 Jun 2021 -- Southeast Asian foreign ministers have urged Myanmar junta to halt violence, free prisoners and start its agreed dialogue amid a surge in daily protest rallies and public demonstrations following the Feb. 1 coup in the country.
- Indonesian Foreign Minister: Beijing's Help 'Crucial' in Supporting ASEAN Efforts on Myanmar Radio Free Asia 07 Jun 2021 -- China's backing is crucial to ASEAN's efforts to foster a peaceful resolution to the crisis in Myanmar, Jakarta's top diplomat said Monday.
- Myanmar Security Forces Arresting Relatives of Anti-Coup Activists They Can't Nab in Raids Radio Free Asia 07 Jun 2021 -- Security personnel loyal to Myanmar's military regime who fail to detain anti-coup activists in raids are increasingly arresting their family members, apparently to use them as leverage, sources say, with the move prompting the condemnation of watchdogs who call the practice a violation of law and human rights.
- Myanmar willing to work with ASEAN, highlights China's role in maintaining domestic stability Global Times 06 Jun 2021 -- Myanmar is willing to work with ASEAN and communicate with China to maintain domestic stability, said Myanmar leader Min Aung Hlaing when meeting with Chinese Ambassador Chen Hai in Nayby on Saturday.
- Myanmar willing to work with ASEAN to safeguard domestic stability: Min Aung Hlaing People's Daily 06 Jun 2021 -- The Myanmar side is willing to work together with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to safeguard the domestic stability of Myanmar and implement the relevant consensus, the leader of Myanmar Senior General Min Aung Hlaing has said.
- ASEAN Officials Present Names of Envoy Candidates in Meeting With Myanmar Junta Chief Radio Free Asia 06 Jun 2021 -- Top ASEAN officials met Burmese junta chief Min Aung Hlaing in Myanmar late last week where they presented names of candidates the bloc could appoint as a special envoy to the country and called for the release of all political prisoners, the regional group said in a statement.
- Myanmar's NUG asks Rohingya to join hands in fighting junta Press TV 05 Jun 2021 -- Myanmar's national unity government has called on the Rohingya minority to join hands in fighting the junta in return for citizenship for the persecuted Muslim community.
- Myanmar's Shadow Civilian Government Pledges to Grant Rohingya Citizenship on Return to Power Radio Free Asia 04 Jun 2021 -- Myanmar's shadow civilian government on Friday pledged to grant citizenship to the country's ethnic Rohingya if it regains power from the military, as the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) held talks with the junta about the ongoing political crisis prompted by its February coup d'Ă©tat.
- ASEAN Foreign Ministers to Meet Chinese Counterpart amid Myanmar Crisis Radio Free Asia 04 Jun 2021 -- Foreign ministers from ASEAN countries and China are set to meet in person next week for the first time in more than a year, amid a political crisis in neighboring Myanmar and as a new administration in Washington looks to deepen American engagement with Southeast Asia.
- Boat With 81 Rohingya Lands in Indonesia After Months at Sea Radio Free Asia 04 Jun 2021 -- A boat carrying 81 Rohingya from Myanmar was found stranded in Indonesia's Aceh province on Friday after four months at sea and after India and Malaysia had turned it away, officials and state media said.
- Hunting Traditions, 'Spirit of Resistance' Give Myanmar's 'Tumee' Rifle Militias Edge Over Military Radio Free Asia 04 Jun 2021 -- The volunteer militiamen of Myanmar's Chin state have outgunned their better-equipped antagonists in the military in recent weeks of fighting with little more than decades-old rifles and say their hunting traditions and natural "spirit of resistance" will lead them to victory over the junta.
- Six Dead of COVID-19 in Five Days as Myanmar Wrestles With Chin State Outbreak Radio Free Asia 03 Jun 2021 -- Six people have died from COVID-19 in northwest Myanmar's Chin state over the past five days, including three since Wednesday, according to officials, who are struggling to contain an outbreak along the country's border with coronavirus-ravaged India.
- Hundreds of people protest in Myanmar as ICRC chief meets junta leader Press TV 03 Jun 2021 -- Hundreds of people have protested in Myanmar's largest city of Yangon against the military rule as the International Red Cross chief met the junta leader to discuss humanitarian access to conflict areas in the Southeast Asian country.
- Myanmar teachers, students defy junta order to reopen schools Press TV 03 Jun 2021 -- Only a quarter of Myanmar's more than 12 million students have enrolled for the new school year amid a protest boycott against military rule and following a series of bombings, an official of a teachers' group said.
- Three Soldiers Killed, Two Militiamen Injured in Clashes in Myanmar's Magway and Sagaing Regions Radio Free Asia 03 Jun 2021 -- At least three soldiers were killed, and two militia members injured during clashes in western Myanmar's Magway and Sagaing regions Thursday, as fighting between the junta and civilian forces showed no sign of abating some four months after the military toppled the country's democratically elected government.
- UN Officials Endorse Bangladesh's Program to Move Rohingya to Island Radio Free Asia 02 Jun 2021 -- United Nations officials on Wednesday for the first time endorsed Bangladesh's decision to relocate Rohingya to a remote island, but said economic activities should be created for residents of the "isolated" site in the Bay of Bengal.
- US, Indonesia to ASEAN: Act Urgently on Myanmar, Talk to All Parties Radio Free Asia 02 Jun 2021 -- ASEAN should speed up diplomatic efforts on Myanmar, top U.S. and Indonesian diplomats said Wednesday amid indications that some officials from the Southeast Asian bloc may travel to the strife-torn country this week.
- ASEAN Ignores Pressure to Censure Myanmar on Human Rights, Analysts Say VOA 02 Jun 2021 -- Southeast Asia's powerful negotiating bloc has ignored pressure to chase Myanmar over violence and suspected human rights problems, ensuring that a negative spotlight does not turn on other members or threaten the group's prized neutrality, analysts believe.
- Turmoil in Myanmar: Anti-junta protests, public defiance, ethnic insurgency continue Press TV 01 Jun 2021 -- Tensions are still running high in Myanmar, where there seems to be no let-up in daily protest rallies and public demonstrations of defiance. Lately, the situation has been further complicated by a reignition of heavy fighting between the army and ethnic militia groups in border areas.
- Fresh Clashes in Myanmar's Kayah State Kill Two as Displaced Surpass 100,000 Radio Free Asia 01 Jun 2021 -- Fresh clashes between the military and a local militia in Myanmar's Kayah state have left at least two dead and half a dozen wounded, prompting yet another wave of refugees, sources said, as aid workers clocked the number of displaced people in the region at 100,000 since fighting broke out a week ago.
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