South Asia and Beyond

Chin National Front Signs Deal With Myanmar’s Shadow Govt

The Chin National Front (CNF), one of the ethnic armed organizations in Myanmar, has allied with the National Unity Government (NUG), becoming the first such group to side with the country’s shadow government formed to topple the military regime. According to the pact signed on Saturday, the two sides agree to cooperate based on equality, […]Read More

Daw Aung San Suu Kyi Says NLD Will Survive As

Following the military regime’s plan to dissolve the National League for Democracy (NLD) party, Myanmar’s detained leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi has said that the NLD will be there as long as the people are there because the party was founded for the people. Last Friday, the junta-appointed Union Election Commission chairman U Thein […]Read More

Myanmar Junta To Dissolve National League For Democracy

The military regime-appointed election body said on Friday that it would dissolve the National League for Democracy (NLD) for allegedly committing voter fraud, and take action against those who it says “rigged” the November vote, calling them “traitors”. The military justified its February coup by alleging massive voter fraud in November’s general election, which brought […]Read More

Ethnic Armed Groups Unite With Anti-Coup Protesters Against Myanmar Junta

YANGON: In the month following the military’s February 1 coup, many of Myanmar’s ethnic armed organizations (EAOs), which have been warring with the central government for decades, said they opposed the junta’s overthrowing of the democratically-elected civilian government. When the Myanmar military killed anti-regime protesters, people in urban areas longed for help from the EAOs […]Read More

Myanmar’s Journalists Mark World Press Freedom Day In Hiding, Exile,

It would not be overstating the case to say that press freedom has been completely extinguished in Myanmar, with almost all independent journalists forced to work undercover, their newsrooms closed, living with the daily threat of raids, arrest, violence and lawsuits. Since the military takeover, the regime has targeted journalists in an effort to suppress […]Read More

Myanmar’s Economy In Free Fall Under Military Regime

Before last year’s November election, the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank predicted that Myanmar would bounce back strongly from the economic impact of the global COVID-19 pandemic, with the economy set to grow at around 6 per cent in 2021. In the immediate aftermath of the military’s February 1 coup, junta leaders sought […]Read More