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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On arrival in Japan, Yuki Kitazumi says he was "extremely frustrated" at being deported from Myanmar and that he had collected harrowing testimonies from his fellow inmates in Insein Prison.
Beaten, kicked in the groin and threatened with sexual violence – a young teenager detained by security forces describes the treatment suffered by some women and girls behind bars.
Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi said Japan had used "various channels" to press for Yuki Kitazumi’s release and that it had been "tough work".
The Tatmadaw is fighting to wrest control of local administration, but many of its appointed officials have been hobbled by fierce, and sometimes violent, opposition.
Myanmar's Buddhist monkhood led an earlier struggle against military rule but is split on the February 1 coup that ended the country's nascent democracy, with some prominent religious leaders defending the new junta.
Since the February 1 coup pushed Myanmar’s economy off the edge, residents living in informal housing on the urban fringe – already battered by the COVID-19 pandemic – are being pushed to the brink of starvation.
Instability and anti-Chinese sentiment are endangering Beijing’s plans in the country, but rivalry with the West and its own domestic problems may prevent it from engaging the democracy movement, which remains wary of China.