NEWS HIGHLIGHTS

10 Jun 2021

OHCHR: ‘Bachelet Issues Strong Warming of Imminent Bloodshed and Suffering in Myanmar’

On 11 June 2021, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet warned that a further escalation of violence is unfolding across Myanmar and must be halted to prevent even greater loss of life.

7 Jun 2021

Human Rights Watch: ‘Rights of Women Violated in Myanmar Prisons’

On 8 June 2021, Human Rights Watch released an article on women’s reports of sexual violence and other forms of gendered harassment and humiliation by Myanmar security forces while in detention.

2 Jun 2021

‘NUG’ Issues ‘Policy Position on the Rohingya in Rakhine State’

On 3 June 2021, Myanmar’s ‘National Unity Government’ (‘NUG’) issued a statement outlining its position on the Rohingya in Rakhine State. The statement said that they would repeal the 1982 citizenship law that denies citizenship to Rohingya in Myanmar. It also stated that they would abolish the National Verification Card and invited the Rohingya to ‘join hands’ to oppose the military.

2 Jun 2021

SkyNews: ‘Ex-Myanmar Police Officers Reveal How They Were Told to Shoot Protestors’

Former members of the Myanmar security forces revealed to Sky News that they were ordered to shoot protestors who gathered in groups of more than five people. Those who followed orders received a reward or were promoted. One soldier claimed that such orders were at the behest of General Min Aung Hlaing.

2 Jun 2021

Reuters: ‘Myanmar Junta Opponents Say No Faith in ASEAN as Envoys Visit’

On 3 June 2021, ASEAN envoys arrived in Myanmar for discussions with General Min Aung Hlaing. The meeting reportedly discussed Myanmar’s cooperation on humanitarian issues, holding elections, and alleged irregularities during the 2020 elections.