COVID cases push Myanmar’s healthcare to the brink – DW News

COVID-19 cases are surging in Myanmar. After six months of military rule, only forty percent of its healthcare facilities are open. But with public mistrust at near all-time highs, many are turning away from public hospitals, leaving families to fend for themselves.

Myanmar arrests two more journalists as post-coup media crackdown continues

Myanmar’s military government has arrested two more local journalists, the army-owned television reported on Saturday (Aug 21), in the latest in a sweeping crackdown on the media since a Feb 1 coup. Mr Sithu Aung Myint, a columnist for news site Frontier Myanmar and a commentator with Voice of America radio, and Ms Htet Htet Khine, aContinue reading “Myanmar arrests two more journalists as post-coup media crackdown continues”

Right’s group: 1,001 killed since military took over Myanmar

More than 1,000 people have been killed by security forces in Myanmar since the military seized power from the elected government of Aung San Suu Kyi about six months ago, a human rights group said Wednesday. The Assistance Association for Political Prisoners, which monitors protest-related arrests and deaths in Myanmar, said it confirmed two moreContinue reading “Right’s group: 1,001 killed since military took over Myanmar”

Myanmar military says had ‘nothing to do’ with UN envoy plot

The US has charged two Myanmar nationals over a plan to pressure or kill Kyaw Moe Tun, who has backed the pro-democracy movement and refused to quit. Myanmar’s military had “nothing to do” with an alleged plot to attack the country’s ambassador to the UN, who has defied the military and backed the pro-democracy movement,Continue reading “Myanmar military says had ‘nothing to do’ with UN envoy plot”

Residents: Myanmar leaders use pandemic as political weapon

With coronavirus deaths rising in Myanmar, allegations are growing from residents and human rights activists that the military government, which seized control in February, is using the pandemic to consolidate power and crush opposition. In the last week, the per capita death rate in Myanmar surpassed those of Indonesia and Malaysia to become the worstContinue reading “Residents: Myanmar leaders use pandemic as political weapon”

Protest erupts at Myanmar’s Insein prison amid COVID outbreak

Anti-military government chants heard from inside the notorious colonial-era jail, which is used to hold opponents of the February coup. A protest has erupted at a prison in Myanmar’s commercial capital of Yangon against what activists said was a worsening COVID-19 outbreak at the jail, which is used to hold opponents of February’s military takeover.Continue reading “Protest erupts at Myanmar’s Insein prison amid COVID outbreak”

75 children killed, 1,000 detained since Myanmar coup: UN experts

UN Child Rights Committee says children exposed to indiscriminate violence, random shootings and arbitrary arrests under military government. Dozens of children have been killed and hundreds arbitrarily detained in Myanmar since a coup more than five months ago, UN rights experts said, as the political turmoil in the country continues amid a health emergency brought aboutContinue reading “75 children killed, 1,000 detained since Myanmar coup: UN experts”

‘Everyone is dying’: Myanmar on the brink of decimation

Myanmar desperately needs an international health intervention but its military regime seems content to let the people die Two days ago, I spent six hours on encrypted apps with contacts inside the country trying to locate one – just one –  oxygen concentrator for the mother of my friend, whom I will call “Ma Moon.”Continue reading “‘Everyone is dying’: Myanmar on the brink of decimation”

Myanmar Claims Fraud in Nearly One-Third of 2020 Election Votes

Myanmar’s military-appointed election commission on Monday doubled down on claims of mass fraud in last year’s general election, saying it found nearly a third of all ballots were tainted. The Union Election Commission presented the findings during a press conference in the capital of Naypyidaw following a months-long investigation into the 2020 poll, which theContinue reading “Myanmar Claims Fraud in Nearly One-Third of 2020 Election Votes”

Myanmar caught off guard as cases surge, oxygen dwindles

Soe Win stood in line at a plant to buy oxygen for his grandmother, who is struggling with COVID-19 symptoms. “I have been waiting since 5 in the morning until 12 noon but I’m still in line. Oxygen is scarcer than money,” said the resident of Myanmar’s biggest city, Yangon. Consumed by a bitter andContinue reading “Myanmar caught off guard as cases surge, oxygen dwindles”

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