Rule of law has collapsed since last year’s coup, giving rise to rampant military rights abuses and vigilante justice. Emerging parallel legal structures in resistance strongholds are giving some hope that a fairer Myanmar is on the horizon.
The Ta’ang National Liberation Army have been fighting with the military for more than a decade. General Secretary Tar Bhone Kyaw sits down with Frontier to discuss the group’s position on the military coup, the resistance movement and its conflict with the Restoration Council of Shan State.
The regime’s decision to set an import quota on palm oil has sent edible oil prices skyrocketing, and with domestic production yet to fill the gap, impoverished families have been left with little choice but to cut back.
Unwilling to accept military rule, many in Kachin are looking to the Kachin Independence Organization to fill a void in governance. As the KIO strengthens its influence, it is facing mounting pressure to regulate environmentally destructive gold mining.
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.