The National Unity Government’s plan to end discrimination against the Rohingya and replace the 1982 Citizenship Law could face opposition from among its own supporters – if the parallel government gets the chance to implement it.
A network of hardline, pro-military groups known as Pyusawhti is doing its best to spread terror among the population as it fights a dirty war against the democratic forces resisting the coup.
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Draft law would require ICT companies to keep data onshore and provide it to the government on request, while users deemed to have spread “misinformation” or “disinformation” would face a potential three-year prison term.
Across Myanmar, staff are walking out of government offices to oppose military rule, despite pressure from their superiors and threats of punishment from the junta.
The junta has not yet arrested journalists en masse, shut down media houses or re-imposed censorship, but Myanmar’s media workers are bracing for the worst.
The world can help Myanmar by offering long-term support to civilian efforts to build peace and democracy, not by cutting all ties with the country.
Keep tuning in for full coverage from the Frontier team as we report on ongoing demonstrations and strikes across the country against the coup, and the military government's response.
Despite an internet blackout, protests spread through urban centres and small towns alike, calling for the release of detained leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and a return to representative government. Protests are expected to continue Monday.
The National League for Democracy has promised to support any workers fired for opposing the coup, as thousands of government staff and students join a growing civil disobedience campaign.
Staff at state hospitals and medical departments are reporting harassment from their bosses and police scrutiny for joining a growing strike to oppose military rule.
Activists have long called for the Japanese beer giant to cut ties to a military accused of committing genocide; the February 1 coup appears to have forced its hand.