The Southeast Asian bloc is considering stronger measures against the Myanmar military but a range of factors may preserve the unproductive status quo.
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The military regime’s snap closure of the border with Thailand reflects its poor handling of the COVID-19 response, migrant rights groups say, but the Thai government and employers are also making life difficult for workers.
Anti-coup activists have been forced to leave behind their families, friends and careers to escape the military's brutal crackdown on dissent.
Despite the dangers, protesters in the Sagaing Region capital say they will keep hitting the streets – to send a strong message to the people, the junta and the world, and to honour fallen comrades.
U Kyaw Moe Tun says there is an urgent need to take strong collective measures against the military regime, as the Security Council prepares to hold closed-door talks on Myanmar on June 18.
As tensions peaked between Karen and Bamar in early 1949, Burmese irregular forces committed a series of mass killings on the outskirts of the then-capital that have never been officially acknowledged.
In an Ayeyarwady Region town, the first day back at school was marked by low attendance and fear, with many parents resolving to keep their children at home.
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Ms Michelle Bachelet said the military leadership was "singularly responsible" for the crisis and "must be held to account".
Online film festival that runs to June 20 aims to draw attention to Myanmar's political crisis while raising money for groups inside the country striving to restore democracy and alleviate hardship.