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July 2022 - Myanmar Special Weapons News
- Anti-Junta Forces in Myanmar Rely on Homemade Weapons VOA 31 Jul 2022 -- Opposition People's Defense Forces in Myanmar are battling the ruling junta's military with locally produced weapons, members of the PDF told VOA in recent weeks.
- Malaysia's top diplomat broaches junking ASEAN consensus on Myanmar Radio Free Asia 30 Jul 2022 -- Malaysia on Friday raised the prospect of junking ASEAN's five-point consensus to resolve Myanmar's post-coup crisis, after the Burmese junta "made a mockery" of it by executing four political prisoners.
- Myanmar junta steps up security in major cities following executions of activists Radio Free Asia 29 Jul 2022 -- Myanmar's junta has tightened security in cities across the country following the executions of four prominent pro-democracy leaders, increasing the presence of troops and putting curfews in place, residents said Friday.
- G7 Foreign Ministers' Statement on the Myanmar Military Junta's Executions US Dept. of State 28 Jul 2022 -- The text of the following statement was released by the G7 foreign ministers of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America, and the High Representative of the European Union.
- UN Security Council joins condemnation of Myanmar junta's execution of 4 activists Radio Free Asia 28 Jul 2022 -- The U.N. Security Council condemned the Myanmar military's execution of four democracy activists over the weekend but stopped short of calling for new sanctions against the junta as its forces continued attacks in the country's Sagaing region.
- Myanmar military kills 6 in Sagaing, PDF kills 7 in Magway Radio Free Asia 27 Jul 2022 -- Military troops have killed at least six people in a raid on a village in Myanmar's Sagaing region, residents said Wednesday, amid reports that an anti-junta paramilitary group killed seven people in an attack intended as revenge for the executions of four democracy activists.
- Calls amplify for ASEAN to punish Myanmar for dissidents' executions Radio Free Asia 27 Jul 2022 -- Calls are mounting for ASEAN to punish Myanmar's junta for executing four political prisoners, with one analyst proposing that the Southeast Asian bloc undertake the unprecedented move of suspending Naypyidaw as a member.
- Execution of 4 activists by junta puts peace in Myanmar further out of reach Radio Free Asia 26 Jul 2022 -- The execution of former student leader Ko Jimmy and three other democracy activists by Myanmar's junta could become a serious obstacle to resolving the country's political crisis, analysts and observers said Tuesday.
- In rare rebuke, ASEAN scorches Myanmar for 'highly reprehensible' executions Radio Free Asia 26 Jul 2022 -- ASEAN on Tuesday issued its harshest criticism of the Burmese junta yet, calling Myanmar's execution of four political prisoners "highly reprehensible" and saying it displayed "a gross lack of will" to return the member-state to normalcy.
- Unrest in Myanmar prisons amid protests of activist executions Radio Free Asia 26 Jul 2022 -- Inmate protests of the junta's decision to execute four democracy activists turned violent in three of Myanmar's prisons on Monday, disrupting a trial in one facility and prompting guards to discharge their weapons in another, according to sources with knowledge of the country's penitentiary system.
- Myanmar/Burma: Declaration by the High Representative on behalf of the EU on the execution of pro-democracy and opposition leaders in Myanmar/Burma EC/CEU 25 Jul 2022 -- Myanmar's military regime has executed former NLD Member of Parliament Phyo Zeya Thaw, prominent activist Kyaw MinYu, widely known as 'Ko Jimmy' as well as Aung Thura Zaw, and Hla Myo Aung. The European Union strongly condemns the executions and expresses its sincere condolences to the bereaved families and friends of the victims.
- Myanmar: Joint Statement on Execution of Pro-Democracy and Opposition Leaders European External Action Service (EEAS) 25 Jul 2022 -- A joint statement by the High Representative on behalf of the European Union, and the Foreign Ministers of Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, Norway, Republic of Korea, the United Kingdom and the United States, condemning the military regime's execution of pro-democracy and opposition leaders in Myanmar.
- US condemns 'reprehensible' Myanmar executions Press TV 25 Jul 2022 -- US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has condemned the Myanmar ruling military's executions of four prisoners as "reprehensible" and Senator Bob Menendez called on the Biden administration to impose sanctions on the regime.
- Execution of democracy icons shows Myanmar junta is desperate to exert control Radio Free Asia 25 Jul 2022 -- Why would Myanmar's junta risk fueling more anger at home and outrage abroad through its execution on Monday of four activists, including two icons of the democracy movement? The answer might be found in its failing fortunes on the battlefield amid a deepening civil war.
- US: 'All Options on Table' to Punish Myanmar Junta Over Executions VOA 25 Jul 2022 -- The United States on Monday condemned Myanmar's execution of political activists and elected officials and called on the military government to immediately end the violence.
- US, Rights Groups Condemn Myanmar Executions VOA 25 Jul 2022 -- The United States on Monday condemned Myanmar's execution of political activists and elected officials and called on the military government to immediately end the violence.
- Execution of Burma's Pro-Democracy Leaders US Dept. of State 25 Jul 2022 -- The United States condemns in the strongest terms the Burma military regime's executions of pro-democracy activists and elected leaders Ko Jimmy, Phyo Zeya Thaw, Hla Myo Aung, and Aung Thura Zaw for the exercise of their fundamental freedoms.
- Myanmar junta's execution of four democracy activists condemned by UN UN News 25 Jul 2022 -- The independent UN human rights expert for Myanmar called for a strong international response on Monday following the executions of four pro-democracy activists by the country's military junta. In a statement issued later in the day, UN human rights chief Michelle Bachelet said she was "dismayed" that despite appeal from across the world, military leaders had move ahead with "no regard" for international rights law.
- US Urges International Partners to Pressure Myanmar Into Democratic Reforms - State Dept. Sputnik 25 Jul 2022 -- The United States is urging and working with international partners to increase pressure on the government of Myanmar to accept democratic reforms following the execution of political activists by military authorities, State Department spokesperson Ned Price said on Monday.
- Myanmar Junta Executes Four Activists, Including Ex-MP, in First Capital Punishment in Decades Sputnik 25 Jul 2022 -- Myanmar's political parties have accused the military tribunals of flagrantly violating the country's laws and engaging in unfair practices while hearing civilian cases since the February 2021 coup. The military tribunals have sentenced hundreds of activists to death since the coup, but the executions were pending.
- Global outcry as Myanmar junta executes prominent democracy activists, two others Radio Free Asia 24 Jul 2022 -- Myanmar's junta has executed veteran democracy activist Ko Jimmy and a former lawmaker from the ousted National League for Democracy, state media reported Monday in an act that drew widespread international condemnation.
- In Myanmar, Young Men Face Stark Choice: Join Army or Face Heavy Fines VOA 24 Jul 2022 -- The soft chimes of the traditional Shan gongs emanating from a Burmese temple in northern Thailand is a reminder of the thousands of Myanmar migrants who have fled conflict in their homeland in past decades, seeking a better life.
- Junta cuts phone and internet connections in Magway amid fierce fighting Radio Free Asia 22 Jul 2022 -- Junta forces cut phone and internet access in Myanmar's Magway region on Monday at the start of a scorched-earth operation that is still raging.
- Top UN court rejects Myanmar objections in Rohingya genocide trial Radio Free Asia 22 Jul 2022 -- The International Court of Justice (ICJ) rejected on Friday all of Myanmar's objections to a case brought against it by Gambia that accuses the Southeast Asian country of genocide against the mainly Muslim Rohingya minority.
- Dozens of teachers killed, hundreds arrested by Myanmar junta for joining strike Radio Free Asia 22 Jul 2022 -- Two dozen teachers have been killed and more than 200 others arrested since Myanmar's military seized control from the elected government nearly 18 months ago, according to a Thailand-based Burmese human rights organization.
- Nearly 70 people hiding in a Sagaing monastery captured by Myanmar military Radio Free Asia 20 Jul 2022 -- Nearly 70 villagers have been arrested at a village in Saigaing region's Yinmabin township.
- Myanmar military slaughters 10, torches village in brutal Sagaing raid Radio Free Asia 20 Jul 2022 -- Junta troops killed at least 10 people and set fire to around 500 homes during a raid on a predominantly Muslim village in Myanmar's embattled Sagaing region, residents and members of the armed opposition said Wednesday.
- Rakhine civilians arrested by Myanmar forces charged for alleged ties to Arakan Army Radio Free Asia 20 Jul 2022 -- Thirty ethnic Rakhine civilian men arrested in June for allegedly having connections to Arakan Army rebels in western Myanmar's Rakhine state have been charged with harming public interest, relatives of those arrested and people assisting the men told RFA on Wednesday.
- Junta, opposition activists hold dueling events to mark Martyrs' Day in Myanmar Radio Free Asia 20 Jul 2022 -- Myanmar's military regime and opposition forces held dueling events Tuesday to mark the country's 75th Martyrs' Day, with heavy security deployed in the commercial capital Yangon for an official ceremony as anti-junta activists marched and held protests in several cities and towns.
- Myanmar military suffers 'heavy casualties' in fighting with Rakhine rebels Radio Free Asia 19 Jul 2022 -- Fighting has erupted between Myanmar's military and ethnic rebels in western Myanmar's Rakhine state, leading to "heavy casualties" for junta troops, insurgents said Tuesday.
- Bangladesh police arrest 'most wanted' ARSA member at Rohingya camp Radio Free Asia 19 Jul 2022 -- Bangladesh police said Monday they had arrested an ARSA rebel commander at a Rohingya refugee camp in Cox's Bazar who was among the most wanted criminals - bringing to three the number of suspects captured in the area this month with insurgent links.
- Gold and dollar prices soar in Myanmar Radio Free Asia 19 Jul 2022 -- There has been a sudden surge in the value of the dollar against the Myanmar kyat (MMK), which has fallen consistently against the U.S. currency since the coup on Feb. 1, 2021.
- Nearly 50 members of Myanmar's deposed government have been killed since coup Radio Free Asia 18 Jul 2022 -- Nearly 50 members of Myanmar's deposed National League for Democracy (NLD), including three former members of Parliament, have been killed and more than 900 NLD lawmakers have been arrested in the 17 months since the coup, according to a group within the party that documents rights abuses under military rule.
- As many as 15 anti-regime teachers arrested in Myanmar Radio Free Asia 18 Jul 2022 -- Myanmar's military junta has been rounding up teachers who are members of the Civil Disobedience Movement (CMD) and have been giving online lessons at a school linked to the shadow National Unity Government (NUG).
- Thousands forced to flee Sagaing airstrikes that killed one and injured two Radio Free Asia 15 Jul 2022 -- Around 4,000 locals were forced to flee junta airstrikes on around 15 villages in Myanmar's northwestern Sagaing region on Thursday. The attacks are part of a three-day scorched-earth campaign that continued Friday. It involved around 100 troops, targeting residents of a township that has fiercely resisted military rule.
- Junta troops torch more than 150 oil wells in Myanmar's Magway region Radio Free Asia 15 Jul 2022 -- Junta troops have set fire to more than 150 private oil wells over the past two weeks in Myanmar's Magway region, residents and members of the armed opposition said Friday, destroying the local economy and leaving villagers with no way to earn a living.
- Despite the risks, many doctors in Myanmar stand firm against the junta Radio Free Asia 15 Jul 2022 -- Physicians and other medical workers in Myanmar who joined a national strike last year to protest the ruling military regime are resisting the junta's efforts to convince them to return, as the country's health care system feels the strain of widespread absences.
- Six people, including an ousted NLD MP, sentenced to life in prison Radio Free Asia 14 Jul 2022 -- Myanmar's military has further cracked down on National League for Democracy (NLD) members, sentencing former Pehkone township NLD MP Petel Aung and NLD members Lai Kyu and Maung Tat to life in prison at the Loi-Lin District Court in the country's southern Shan state last month.
- Junta troops kill 4, including teenage girl, after raid in Myanmar's Sagaing region Radio Free Asia 13 Jul 2022 -- Residents of Pale township, in Myanmar's embattled Sagaing region, said four people, including a teenage girl, were killed by junta troops after they returned to their village to feed their livestock following a military raid in the area.
- Two dead, nine injured in Yangon blast Radio Free Asia 13 Jul 2022 -- Two people were killed and nine injured in an explosion in Yangon's Sanchaung township on Tuesday.
- Myanmar junta chief calls for improved ties in talks with Russian defense ministry Radio Free Asia 13 Jul 2022 -- Myanmar junta chief Snr. Gen. Min Aung Hlaing held talks with officials from Russia's Ministry of Defense in Moscow this week, according to media reports, raising fears the junta is seeking new weapons to turn the tide in its fight against the country's armed opposition.
- US ambassador-nominee to Bangkok promises to help Thais pressure Burmese junta Radio Free Asia 13 Jul 2022 -- The Biden administration's nominee for U.S. ambassador to Thailand told a Senate committee Wednesday that he would press Bangkok to reduce its dependence on oil and gas from neighboring Myanmar, where the ruling military junta is committing "horrifying atrocities."
- Myanmar first detects cases of COVID-19 Omicron BA.4, BA.5 subvariants People's Daily 12 Jul 2022 -- Myanmar's Ministry of Health has confirmed the first six cases of Omicron BA.4 and BA.5 subvariants of the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Six killed, 11 injured by landmines amid renewed tensions in Myanmar's Rakhine state Radio Free Asia 12 Jul 2022 -- Six people were killed and at least 11 others injured in nearly 30 landmine explosions over the past two months in Myanmar's Rakhine and Chin states, an ethnic Rakhine group said Tuesday, amid reports of clashes between the military and Rakhine rebels.
- ICJ to rule on Myanmar's objections to Rohingya genocide case this month Radio Free Asia 12 Jul 2022 -- The International Court of Justice (ICJ) plans to deliver its judgement on Myanmar's objections to the genocide case brought against it by The Gambia, on July 22.
- Refugees International: Thailand should allow delivery of humanitarian aid to Myanmar Radio Free Asia 12 Jul 2022 -- Thailand should allow delivery of cross-border humanitarian aid into Myanmar and not push back people seeking refuge from threats to their life and freedom in that country, a U.S.-based NGO is urging in a new report.
- Myanmar junta leader Min Aung Hlaing visits Russia Radio Free Asia 12 Jul 2022 -- Myanmar's junta chief Min Aung Hlaing arrived in Moscow on Tuesday for what Russia's Embassy in Myanmar called a "private" visit, only two days after U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken vowed to ramp up international pressure on the military regime.
- Observers say inclusive dialogue unlikely in Myanmar without added pressure on junta Radio Free Asia 11 Jul 2022 -- Myanmar's junta is unlikely to sign off on an all-inclusive dialogue to resolve the country's political crisis unless additional pressure is applied, observers said Monday, following calls by both the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and China to allow all stakeholders to the negotiating table.
- At least six burned bodies found in Myanmar's Magway region village Radio Free Asia 11 Jul 2022 -- Two days of fighting between junta troops and People's Defense Forces (PDFs) in central Myanmar's Magway region ended with the grisly discovery of charred bodies scattered across a village.
- Top US diplomat: China, ASEAN should push Myanmar to end violence Radio Free Asia 11 Jul 2022 -- U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Sunday urged Thailand along with ASEAN members and China to push Myanmar's junta to end violence against its people and move back toward democracy following a meeting in Bangkok with Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-o-cha.
- Blinken Meets With Burmese Youth Leaders in Bangkok VOA 11 Jul 2022 -- U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken met with six youth leaders from Myanmar (also known as Burma) in Bangkok on Sunday during a trip in which he urged regional countries to do more to pressure Myanmar's military government to return to democratic rule.
- Blinken Urges China, Southeast Asian Nations to Press Myanmar to Restore Democracy VOA 10 Jul 2022 -- U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Sunday condemned the repression exacted by Myanmar's junta while urging China and a Southeast Asian bloc of nations to pressure Myanmar's military rulers to restore democracy and adhere to a peace deal it agreed to last year.
- Blinken's Talks in Bangkok to Focus on Myanmar VOA 09 Jul 2022 -- U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken is in Bangkok, where Myanmar is expected to feature prominently in meetings Sunday with Thailand's leaders.
- At least 132 religious buildings destroyed since Myanmar coup Radio Free Asia 08 Jul 2022 -- Troops loyal to Myanmar's junta have destroyed at least 132 religious buildings in arson and other attacks in wartorn Sagaing and Magway regions and Chin and Kayah states in the 17 months since the military seized power, RFA Burmese has learned.
- Landmines in Myanmar target civilians, maim and kill children, NGOs say Radio Free Asia 08 Jul 2022 -- Myanmar's military is guilty of war crimes for its alleged practice of laying landmines in populated areas where they have killed civilians, including children, two ethnic rights organizations told RFA.
- Myanmar charges three pre-coup UEC members with breaching polling laws Radio Free Asia 08 Jul 2022 -- Myanmar's military government is cracking down on its opposition ahead of national elections expected next year by handing out jail sentences to members of the National League for Democracy (NLD) and former Union Election Commission (UEC) members.
- Sagaing residents say they face discrimination under Myanmar junta Radio Free Asia 08 Jul 2022 -- Burmese citizens with national registration cards indicating they reside in northwestern Myanmar's Sagaing region face travel restrictions and other forms of discrimination under Myanmar's ruling military regime because they hail from the part of the country with the greatest armed resistance to the junta, locals said Friday.
- Junta bid for Russian deal to address Myanmar's energy shortages faces hurdles Radio Free Asia 07 Jul 2022 -- Myanmar's junta is in talks with Russia to address the country's fuel and electricity shortages, although inking a deal may be difficult amid Western sanctions and other obstacles, according to observers.
- Body of NLD politician found in Myanmar's Kayin state Radio Free Asia 07 Jul 2022 -- The body of a National League for Democracy MP has been found two weeks after his arrest. Kyaw Myo Min had been tied up and buried in a shallow grave in Kayin state's Hpa-An township. He had been arrested in his home town of Belin in neighboring Mon state on June 22 along with two other NLD members and a local who were traveling by motorcycle. Junta forces shot at them and they were then arrested.
- India shuts Myanmar border as anger over pro-junta militia killings rises Radio Free Asia 06 Jul 2022 -- Authorities in India's Manipur state have temporarily closed the Indo-Burmese border after pro-military militiamen killed two Indian nationals in Myanmar's war-torn Sagaing region, prompting Indian protesters to attack a junta border checkpoint on Wednesday.
- Tensions rise in Rakhine state after a five-day Myanmar naval drill Radio Free Asia 06 Jul 2022 -- Myanmar's military staged a five-day show of strength, starting last Friday, with warships, helicopters and two submarines, leading to fears the military is preparing for a major battle with the Arakan Army (AA).
- China calls for junta cooperation with Myanmar opposition to resolve crisis Radio Free Asia 05 Jul 2022 -- Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi has called on Myanmar's military regime to work with the opposition to resolve the country's political crisis, days after an ASEAN envoy concluded a visit there without meeting any anti-junta stakeholders.
- Six killed as junta jets target Arakan Army base Radio Free Asia 05 Jul 2022 -- The Arakan Army (AA) said an attack by two military fighter jets on Monday killed six of its members and left scores injured.
- China's Top Diplomat Visits Myanmar Amid Opposition Protest VOA 02 Jul 2022 -- China's top diplomat on Saturday arrived on his first visit to Myanmar since the military seized power last year to attend a regional meeting that the government said was a recognition of its legitimacy and opponents protested as a violation of peace efforts.
- Thai prime minister downplays Myanmar aircraft entering nation's airspace Radio Free Asia 01 Jul 2022 -- Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-o-cha and the Royal Thai Air Force chief on Friday played down a brief incursion by a Burmese fighter jet into the nation's airspace amid fierce fighting across the border, saying Myanmar and Thailand have "a good relationship."
- New entreaty by ASEAN envoy to meet Myanmar's Aung San Suu Kyi Radio Free Asia 01 Jul 2022 -- The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Special Envoy to Myanmar has again requested that the junta let him speak with detained opposition chief Aung San Suu Kyi, amid criticism that his mission to resolve the country's political crisis will be fruitless without meeting all stakeholders.
- Junta troops kill 9 unarmed civilians, including 4 teens, in war-torn Sagaing region Radio Free Asia 01 Jul 2022 -- Junta troops in Myanmar's embattled Sagaing region captured and killed nine unarmed civilians, including four teenagers, as they traveled to receive medical training, according to an official from their group and a family member of one of the victims.
- Three lawyers assisting political cases arrested in Mandalay Radio Free Asia 01 Jul 2022 -- Three lawyers who were representing clients in anti-regime political cases have been arrested in Mandalay, sources close to the legal community told RFA on Friday.
- Rohingya Women, Girls to Testify in Genocide Trial of Myanmar Military VOA 01 Jul 2022 -- A group of Rohingya women and girls is expected to travel to Argentina within two months to testify against the Myanmar military in a genocide trial being heard by a court in Buenos Aires.
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