The regime's sudden decision has hobbled Myanmar citizens seeking better lives overseas and risks depriving migrant workers of legal protections, with rights groups suspecting a ploy to target dissidents.
Myanmar’s parallel government is funding weapons and public services through a digital currency in a bid to break the junta’s grip on the banks. But progress is slow and the system has weaknesses that could limit its uptake.
After the coup, the Karen National Union was inundated with eager new pro-democracy fighters. While there were challenges in managing the recruits, and their expectations, sources on both sides say they’ve worked out the kinks.
Harsh new legislation and arbitrary restrictions are hampering the work of Myanmar’s voluntary aid groups, endangering the lives of conflict victims and forcing cash-strapped organisations to reconsider their future.
Myanmar's junta announced an amnesty for 7,000 prisoners to mark Independence Day on Wednesday following a show of force in the capital, days after increasing democracy figurehead Aung San Suu Kyi's jail term to 33 years.
The Kayin State Border Guard Force has come under intense pressure from the Tatmadaw over its extensive, controversial business interests and there’s concern the ultimatum could trigger fresh hostilities in one of the country’s most war-torn areas.