‘Silent’ protests on first anniversary of military coup which deposed civilian government. Myanmar’s transition to democracy ended when the military seized power a year ago. Military commander Min Aung Hlaing imposed a state of emergency and declared himself prime minister. The United Nations is describing the military government as a criminal enterprise, and demands more sanctions. Myanmar’s public institutions and the economy have collapsed and international diplomatic pressure to restore civilian rule has stalled. So how long can the army resist giving power back to the people?
Presenter: Elizabeth Puranam
Guests: Debbie Stothard – founder and coordinator of ALTSEAN-Burma, a network of organisations working on human rights and democracy in Myanmar
Ronan Lee – fellow at Loughborough University London and author of Myanmar’s Rohingya Genocide (2021)
Yasmin Ullah – Rohingya human rights activist
Broadcast: 1 February 2022
A year after a military coup, Myanmar remains mired in conflict. The country’s military, the Tatmadaw, has failed to convince most of Myanmar’s 55 million people of the legitimacy of its rule. Anti-coup resistance continues to be widespread nationwide.
READ THE FULL ARTICLE AT THE CONVERSATION HERE: https://theconversation.com/myanmar-while-the-world-sits-on-its-hands-people-fight-military-junta-with-violence-and-silence-175950
Conflict in Myanmar has escalated to new highs as Myanmar’s shadow government has declared civil war against the military junta and the economy nears collapse in the wake of a deadly COVID-19 surge. The death toll rises daily, close to a thousand civilians have already lost their lives and over 7,000 political prisoners have been recently jailed. READ THE FULL ARTICLE AT NEWSWEEK HERE.