NEWS HIGHLIGHTS

17 Nov 2021

Reuters: ‘ASEAN states object as China lobbies for Myanmar junta to join summit: sources’

On 18 November, Reuters reported that Indonesia, Brunei, Malaysia, and Singapore wanted Min Aung Hlaing to be banned from a Nov. 22 China-ASEAN meeting being hosted by Chinese President Xi Jinping.

15 Nov 2021

RFA: ‘Junta troops accused of raping two women in Myanmar’s Chin state’

On 16 November, Radio Free Asia reported that Myanmar’s junta allegedly raped two young women while raiding a village in Chin state’s Tedim township.

14 Nov 2021

Reuters: ‘U.S. journalist freed in Myanmar, says he was not beaten or starved’

On 15 November, Reuters reported that the American journalist Danny Fenster was freed by the junta. Earlier, on 12 November, he was convicted and sentenced by the Myanmar Court for 11 years for the breach of immigration law, unlawful association, and encouraging dissent against the military. Further, he was charged with two additional grounds of sedition and terrorism by the junta.

11 Nov 2021

OHCHR: ‘Bachelet deplores persecution of journalists in Myanmar’

On 12 November, the UN Human Rights Commissioner, Michelle Bachelet calls on the Myanmar military to 'immediately release all journalists being detained in relation to their work'. Further, she calls the trial of Danny Fenster 'unfair'.

9 Nov 2021

UNSC calls for an immediate cessation of violence in Myanmar

On 10 November, the UN Security Council convened a special meeting on Myanmar and expressed its 'deep concern at further recent violence across Myanmar. They called for an immediate cessation of violence and to ensure the safety of civilians.