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Arrests, Torture, Beatings and Jail – Inside Myanmar’s Daily Junta Reality

Myanmar’s military leaders used its armed forces to launch its coup and take control of the country from its elected government on February 1, 2021. In protest, millions of people took to the streets. The military responded to these protests by sending armed soldiers and police into residential areas to arrest defiant civilians, workers, students, doctors and nurses. In March,…

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Myanmar: “I’m scared, but will not surrender…”

As a freelance photojournalist, Ng Maung has worked the frontlines of the protests since Myanmar’s military coup began on 1st February. Keeping low, behind flimsy barricades of wood, corrugated tin, tyres and bamboo, he photographed the hurts police and army inflicted on pro-democracy activists. Ng Maung told IFJ of the danger protestors and journalists are facing from heavily armed police…

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Thai University Joins Karen Calls for the Release of Activist Saw Lin Htet

Saw Lin Htet was arrested by Burma’s security forces on March 23, 2021 while travelling home from a community meeting with villagers. Saw Lin Htet, a Karen youth activist is based in Hpa-An and was involved in many community works in the area. Close friends said security forces arrested him when he was coming back from a meeting in Don…

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Journalists Arrested, Independent Media Shut Down in Myanmar

*By Phil Thornton Six of the many journalists detained since the beginning of Myanmar’s coup on February 1. Credit: Facebook Myanmar’s military has intensified its efforts to dismantle the country’s independent media and to block journalists’ ability to work. Media covering the country’s nationwide protests told IFJ, ‘legal’ restrictions, harassment, arrests and increased violence by the military is intended to…

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Women and Journalists Targeted by Security Forces – Arrested Numbers Grow Daily

The protest against Burma’s military coup was organized by local communities from Kawkareik Township. Bo Bo, a protest organizer, confirmed to Karen News 10 women including two teachers and a man were detained by police on Sunday 28th of February. “The two teachers were grabbed and loaded into a car by police. The police then made an announcement telling the…

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Karen State Protesters Released but Charged with Violating Penal Code Section 144, now Face Trial

A lawyer representing the group said of the 10 people arrested yesterday by Hpa-an police, five were underage and released without charge after they confessed. The other five were also released, but accused of violating Section 144 and will now have to stand the trial in local court. The lawyer, Khun Win Kyine explained. “Seven were charged at the court…

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