Resistance to the junta is much more likely to succeed if, rather than relying on armed force, it gives equal weight to non-violent strategies – including encouraging defections.
Myanmar’s most vulnerable minority group has been caught in the crossfire of a brutal conflict and say they are pressured to collaborate by both sides, pushing many to risk death or arrest to escape abroad.
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Faced with overcrowding in Bangladesh refugee camps, more Rohingya are voluntarily embracing contraceptives, once controversial due to cultural beliefs and efforts by Myanmar authorities to forcibly control their birth rates.
A core group of committed urban fighters continue to wage a guerrilla war against the military, despite mass arrests, civilian casualties, limited success and dwindling financial support.
The country has seen a grisly surge in beheadings since the coup – with both pro-military and anti-military figures targeted – a pattern observers say reflects the military’s brutality and the subsequent rage of the people it oppresses.
Restrictions imposed since the resumption of fighting with the Arakan Army have left Rakhine State dangerously short of medical supplies, which critics say is a form of collective punishment.
The senior general’s policies are focused on regime survival and will do little to revive Myanmar’s battered economy when his illegitimate rule is the main obstacle to stability and growth.
Myanmar's military says it has released almost 6,000 prisoners, including a former British ambassador, a Japanese journalist and an Australian economics adviser, in an amnesty to mark National Day.