August 2023

August 1, 2023

The military regime announced that it pardoned certain sentences and reduced the prison sentences of the detained leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and President U Win Myint have received. The news confused several hopeful supporters across the globe, but the regime only reduced a small chunk of the total jail time for each of them.

August 2, 2023

Minister of Home Affairs General Soe Htut was removed from his position, and would become the Minister 1 of the Office of the Union Government. His position as the head of the Ministry of Home Affairs has now been given to General Yar Pyae, one of the key players in the regime’s peace negotiation team.

August 3, 2023

The Kachin Independence Army (KIA) took control of the regime’s military station in Maliyan Village, Winmaw Township, Kachin State. As a result, the regime conducted airstrike with two fighter jets on the village the following morning.

August 5, 2023

On the 35th anniversary of the 8888 Uprising, several activists protested in front of the British Parliament and the Prime Minister’s residence in London on August 5th. Hundreds of people attended and protested in the rain for the immediate release of the arrested leaders and political figures.

August 6, 2023

Seventeen Rohingya dead bodies were discovered in a motorboat and more than 30 travelers went missing near Sittwe. The motorboat, carrying 12 females and 43 males, left Rathedaung Township, en route to Malaysia for job opportunities since the livelihood was difficult in Rakhine State.

August 7, 2023

The Kachin Independence Army (KIA) reportedly took control of three military camps of the regime and its allies located near Kathine Hill and Nantmhaw Village six miles on the west of Hpakant Town. Among them, Kathine Taung station located on the hill was bombed four times on the following day as the regime’s army accelerated efforts to regain its position while KIA was conducting ground clearance operations.

August 8, 2023

Following their 8888 Umbrella Strike from last year, Yangon People’s Strike once again organized the “Red Umbrella Movement” on August 8 to commemorate the 8888 Uprising. This year, Four brave protesters posed for photos in crowded areas of Yangon with red umbrellas with the number 8 printed on them.  The Independent Investigative Mechanism for Myanmar (IIMM) has released its annual report in which it states that the Myanmar military regime has been committing war crimes and crimes against humanity more frequently after the 2021 coup. The report says that the UN- mandated investigative team has collected evidence by conducting interviews with witnesses and victims.

August 9, 2023

Daw Nwe Nwe Win, the chairwoman of Shwe Maha Nwe charitable association who was recently released from prison has been arrested again in Mandalay on August 9. The 45-year- old was detained on her way to donate blood on that day after being wrongly accused of participating in the 8888 campaign on the day prior in tribute to the 1988 uprising.

August 10, 2023

KNU’s new leadership held a press conference to report its achievements in the first 100 days and its future plans. The KNU leaders said that since the military staged the coup on February 1, 2021, the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement (NCA) was voided. General Secretary Pado Saw Ta Do Muu said that after the removal of the military regime, there would be possible power vacuums, and the new KNU leadership would strive to articulate a self-determining, democratic federal unit.

August 11, 2023

The International Labor Organization (ILO) has announced that the number of workers who have been fired since the military coup in Myanmar has risen to 41 percent according to a new survey. The ILO conducted a survey on unemployment and income security in Myanmar. The survey found that after February 1, 2021, the number of job terminations increased to 23.5 percent, and job resignations also increased to 22 percent.

August 12, 2023

The National Unity Government (NUG) has announced that the military has been planting landmines targetting civilians. The report said that the military soldiers planted landmines on a road that villagers commonly use in Chaung-U Township, Sagaing Region, and the People’s Defense Force (PDF) member removed them to prevent harm from civilians.

August 13, 2023

A landslide took place in one of the jade mines near Mana Village in Hpakant Township, Kachin State. A landbank unexpectedly collapsed while manual laborers were searching for jade stones near a sizable lake formed as a result of jade mining using heavy machinery, killing 30 workers and injuring no fewer than 8.

August 14, 2023

The military council, which has very low US dollar reserves, has authorized the Thai baht to be designated as a domestic currency for international payments and clearing accounts, according to the Central Bank source at the military council.

August 15, 2023

Mr. Martin Griffiths, UN’s Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, paid a visit to Naypyidaw. During the visit, Mr. Griffiths met with the coup leader Min Aung Hlaing, and discussed the aid restrictions by the junta on the UN and other aid organizations according to Mizzima News.

August 17, 2023

Bangladeshi news The Daily Star reported that the Bangladesh government has blocked the regime-controlled Myanmar Investment and Commercial Bank (MICB) and Myanmar Foreign Trade Bank (MFTB) from withdrawing their USD 1 million funds that’s kept in Bangladesh’s Sonali Bank.  The regime’s forces seized a private school and arrested five people in downtown Mandalay. They abducted the Golden Gate private school founder U Myat Kyaw (aged 45), the administrator Daw Phyu Phyu and three teachers from the school. U Myat Kyaw was accused of supporting PDF and before his arrest, many unverified accounts on Facebook shared a post how he was providing supply to PDF.

August 18, 2023

Villagers who live near Latpadaung Copper Mine Project have been forced to remove from their homes. Located in Sarlingyi Township, Sagaing Region, the copper mine project is a joint project of the Myanmar military and Wang Bao company.

August 19, 2023

The regime’s troops conducted an offensive in the west of Depayin Township, scaring away eight thousand people from ten villages in the township. The same military column was responsible for the killing of three students from All Burma Federation of Student Unions (ABFSU) and two villagers in Budalin Township.

August 20, 2023

The regime’s forces reportedly raided a PDF station located in Chipar Village, one mile west of Shwebo Town, Sagaing Region. After they left, four dead bodies were near the station and the village. Two bodies found in the village were identified as villagers Ko Han

August 22, 2023

The regime’s Deputy Minister of Investment and Foreign Trade Communications said that surging food prices were caused due to profiteering businessmen. However, merchants countered that the price hikes were due to the result of the military council’s inability to implement effective policies.

August 23, 2023

The US Office of Foreign Assets Control has announced that it has expanded the sanctions on any individual who is involved in importing aviation fuel to the Myanmar military in order to put more pressure on the junta and to further support the Myanmar people.

August 24, 2023

Following the regime’s announcement that authorized banks could facilitate international transactions and clearing accounts with Thai baht, there has been a surge in Myanmar’s domestic demand for baht. This has led to a substantial increase in baht purchases and hoarding among local businesses and individuals. Consequently, the value of the Myanmar kyat, which has experienced a significant decline since the military coup, is now further destabilizing its worth.

August 25, 2023

August 25 marked the sixth year of the mass displacement of Rohingya people in northern Rakhine State due to the clearance operation led by the coup leader Min Aung Hlaing’s military. Hundreds of thousands of Rohingya people were forced to flee from their homes and took refuge in Bangladesh as the Myanmar military committed crimes against humanity such as the mass killing of Rohingya and torching of their villages.

August 26, 2023

An international summit for Myanmar’s Spring Revolution was held in Buffalo, New York in the United States. The event was attended by the chair of the Committee Representing Pyidaungsu Hluttaw (CRPH) U Aung Kyi Nyunt, the National Unity Government (NUG)’s deputy foreign minister U Moe Zaw Oo, other members of the National Unity Consultative Council (NUCC), and more than 150 pro-democracy activists from the US and Canada.

August 27, 2023

The military council has announced that there is no replacement for the position of the commander-in-chief of the Myanmar Navy which is currently appointed to Admiral Moe Aung. The announcement is made in response to the speculations spreading around that Admiral Moe Aung was removed from the position and replaced with Lt General Zwe Win Myint, and that United Amara Bank (UAB) rumored to be related to Admiral Moe Aung, was being investigated.

August 28, 2023

Over a thousand people in Muse Township, Shan State have been displaced due to the resumed fights between the regime’s forces and the Ta’ang National Liberation Army (TNLA). Villagers from Sal Lant, Mankan and Khomone villages are forced to leave their homes by the regime’s airstrikes in the area. In the Mankan Monastery alone, there is a thousand refugees.

August 30, 2023

Nearly 8,000 civilians from nine villages in the south part of Kantbalu Township, Sagaing Region have fled their homes due to the junta’s offensive.

August 31, 2023

Three civilians from Loikaw and Demoso townships in Karenni State were killed by the regime’s heavy weaponry and airstrike. A 40-year-old handicapped woman and a 50-year-old man died due to the artillery fire in Sawkheedaw Village, Loikaw Township. On the same day, an airstrike caused one death and two injuries in Ponchaung IDP camp in Demoso Township.


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