Myanmar's military regime has asked China for help implementing a new electronic identification system, state media reported on Wednesday, for a census that critics say will be used to increase surveillance of its opponents.
Militaries from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations began their first-ever joint exercises on Tuesday in Indonesia, with a Myanmar junta representative present despite the bloc's ban on its senior leaders.
The suicide rate began rising during the COVID-19 pandemic and has continued to increase since the coup as financial hardship, political repression and the collapse of the healthcare system take a toll on mental health.
Residents of conflict-wracked Sagaing and Magway regions who have left for the relative safety of big cities face challenges that include discrimination, harassment and barriers to their children’s education.
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.