Myanmar Situation Update (8- 14 November 2021)
According to Myanmar’s National Unity Government’s (NUG) Defense Ministry, 1,300 junta soldiers were killed and 463 injured in clashes with civilian resistance groups in October which was almost double the number the junta’s forces suffered in September.
The verdict against Myanmar’s ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi for alleged violations of COVID-19 restrictions during the 2020 election campaign and sedition will be given in mid-December. The wife of former Yangon Region Chief Minister Phyo Min Thein testified that she prepared and packed gold & US dollars at the request of her husband to give to Aung San Suu Kyi. The junta also sentenced the ousted Karen State Chief Minister Nan Khin Htwe Myint to 75 years in prison for five corruption charges and former municipal minister Than Naing to 90 years in prison for six charges, according to their lawyers.
The UN Emergency Relief Coordinator said that the humanitarian situation in Myanmar is deteriorating and some three million people are in need of life-saving humanitarian assistance across the country amid growing conflict, insecurity, COVID-19, and a failing economy. The UN Security Council expressed “deep concern” over the intensifying armed clashes & violence in Myanmar and called for an immediate cessation of violence and to ensure the safety of civilians.
Two new charges were filed against Danny Fenster, an American journalist working for Frontier Myanmar. He was sentenced to 11 years of imprisonment and Reporters Without Borders (RSF), the World Association of Newspapers and Publishers (WAN-IFRA) and Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) called for his immediate release. The United States condemned calling the ruling junta for the "unjust conviction of an innocent person”.
Chinese special envoy for Asian Affairs Sun Guoxiang arrived in Myanmar this week. Thai Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Don Pramudwunai and a special envoy for the government of Japan, Yohei Sasakawa, also met with coup leader senior general Min Aung Hlaing this week.
According to the junta’s health ministry, more than 14 million people in Myanmar have received COVID-19 vaccines as of 9 November. About 8.85 million people completed full doses of COVID-19 vaccine and 5.3 million people completed one dose.
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 56 bomb blasts happened across Myanmar in the past week. It was reported that at least 12 people were injured and 16 died.
As of 13 November, the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (AAPP) recorded that 1,260 people have been killed by the junta. 7,251 people are currently under detention and 289 are sentenced. 65 have been sentenced to death and 1,954 are evading arrest warrants.
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