Myanmar News Updates
Please take note of this page and use it as a reference for updates on the political situation that is currently unfolding in Myanmar. We will be updating this post as we receive information and will of course be in touch with partners regarding any significant change in circumstances.
All our staff work from home currently and are safe. Emails come through most of the time. Should you not have heard from us after allowing for the usual response time, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know.
We hope for a peaceful resolution and a return to normalcy in Myanmar.
13 February, 2021
Police and the armed forces are making nighttime raids during the curfew to detain people in their homes. No warrants are presented and no access to lawyers is granted. Government employees and doctors are refusing to go to work.
10 February, 2021
In spite of restrictions, people are going on the streets and protesting peacefully in support of the release of Aung San Suu Kyi. She has been held since Monday 1st February and has not been allowed to see her lawyer. 1 person has been critically wounded by a live bullet in Naypitaw.
8 February, 2021
1 week later, the situation in Myanmar is unresolved. Aung San Suu Kyi and her close collaborators remain under arrest. A list of new designated ministers has been released while communication channels (phone and internet) see regular interruptions and some social media pages are blocked.
There have been some marches on the streets over the last few days, and media report that people are looking to voice their opinion on the recent events. Curfews have been imposed in most of the cities from Tuesday 9 February onward from 8pm til 4 am and gatherings of more than 5 people are not allowed.
First reports of usage of force are reported from Mandalay and the capital Naypidaw.
2 February, 2021
Communication channels (phone and internet) seem to have been mostly restored in Myanmar after a blackout yesterday Monday which lasted into the afternoon.
All our staff should be receiving your emails and replying almost as usual. Our team is working from home and we will do so for the moment as we wait and see how the situation unfolds over the next couple of days.
The overall situation is quiet and people look to resume normal life while the military presence remains in the street.
1 February, 2021
Early this morning, news came through that the civilian government leaders in Myanmar, including Aung San Suu Kyi, have been arrested and taken into custody in the capital Naypidaw. A state of emergency has been issued by the military. While some communications are still possible, email and internet could be shut down soon.
At this stage, confirmed details are limited. Our team on the ground has informed us that, aside from a military presence in streets and cutting of cell phone services, the streets are quiet and the situation is safe.
Some press references from inside Myanmar to make up your own mind