As regions like Sagaing plunge deeper into the chaos of Myanmar’s post-coup conflict, cases of sexual violence by both sides are on the rise and victims have few avenues to seek redress.
Widespread conflict has had a devastating impact on paddy farmers in war zones, but the slump in production is driving up prices for farmers in more stable areas, despite new onerous export restrictions.
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The regime’s foreign exchange controls sparked a frenzy in gold smuggling to India, but since mid-May it has turned to familiar tactics – intimidation and onerous red tape – to control the trade.
After a decade of relative freedom, Myanmar’s military junta has turned back the clock by banning books, shutting down publishing houses and creating an atmosphere of fear that encourages self-censorship.
As he leaves his post, head of the British embassy Mr Pete Vowles spoke to Frontier about the UK's support for the democracy movement, its hope for a "political solution" to the crisis and why the military miscalculated.
Some anti-coup armed groups have chosen to remain independent of the National Unity Government, with varying degrees of success. Citing distrust of the NUG and disappointment with the NLD, these groups are going it alone or relying on the support of ethnic armed groups.
Ticket sellers have reported a rebound in sales for the state-run Aung Bar Lay lottery but demand remains well down on pre-coup levels due to a consumer boycott that is denying the junta tens of millions of dollars in revenue each year.
With no financial support from the international community, the National Unity Government is working to raise funds for the resistance movement, but many groups fighting on the frontlines don’t have enough money to arm even a fraction of their fighters.
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.