Myanmar Situation Update (15- 21 November 2021)
The junta-appointed Union Election Commission (UEC) filed charges against 16 people, including Myanmar’s ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi, President Win Myint, former UEC Chair Hla Thein and UEC members Myint Naing and Than Htay over their alleged electoral fraud in the 2020 elections. This is the first time that the junta filed a case against the UEC Chair and members who were detained following the military coup. The junta-appointed UEC also announced the removal of the National Development and Peace Party from the list of registered political parties on 16 November, citing section 19 (a) of the Political Party Registration Law.
Danny Fenster, the managing editor of magazine Frontier Myanmar, was freed three days after being sentenced to 11 years for incitement and violations of laws on immigration and unlawful assembly and he pledged to keep working for others still detained in the country. The United States welcomed the release of Danny by the Secretary of State Antony Blinken in a statement.
Western News, a media outlet in Myanmar reporting news in Rakhine state reported that the junta forces have searched Rakhine-based media outlets in the state capital of Sittwe. The Western News was searched by the junta on 19th and the Narinjara news agency on 20 November.
Three people known for their proximity to the Myanmar military and involved in the current junta’s peace process, Hla Maung Shwe, Dr. Min Zaw Oo (MIPS) and Aung Naing Oo, have claimed that they are on a “hit list” put out by Myanmar’s parallel National Unity Government (NUG) and its armed wing, the People’s Defense Force (PDF), according to a complaint one of them sent to international embassies. The news information team of Myanmar’s junta also says a total of 198 people from the administrative sector were assassinated and 148 were injured by the attacks from 1 February to 16 November this year.
In a telephone conversation between and newly-appointed Japanese Minister of Foreign Affairs Hayashi Yoshimasa and Cambodian Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Prak Sokhonn, Cambodia pledged to fully implement the five-point consensus reached by ASEAN on Myanmar. Earlier this month Malaysia also requested the Cambodian commitment to implement the five point consensus as the new Chair of the ASEAN.
The NUG has called on Interpol to review the invitation of the junta to the 89th Interpol General Assembly in Istanbul, Turkey in the coming week. The Myanmar delegation is to be led by junta police chief Lt-Gen Than Hlaing who is accused of major rights violations in the country.
Protests continued in different parts of Myanmar despite the crackdown by the junta over the week. The clashes between the junta forces and the civil resistance fighters or Ethnic Armed Organizations also emerged in all states and regions.
According to the information compiled by ANFREL, at least 51 bomb blasts happened across Myanmar in the past week. It was reported that at least 9 people were injured and 10 died.
As of 20 November, the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (AAPP) recorded that 1,281 people have been killed by the junta. 7,436 people are currently under detention and 296 are sentenced. 65 have been sentenced to death and 1,954 are evading arrest warrants.
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