January 2023

January 1, 2023

In his new year speech, the president of the NUG Duwa Lashi La said that 2023 is an important year for the people’s revolution as he believes that significant turns of the event will take place.

January 2, 2023

U Kaung Khant Kyaw, a 25-year-old primary school teacher who participated in CDM, was given a death sentence by a junta-controlled court.

January 4, 2023

Celebrating Myanmar’s Independence Day from the British Empire, the military council released 7012 prisoners, and about 200 were political prisoners according to Irrawaddy News.

January 5, 2023

Ko Wai Yan Phyo, a political prisoner inside the Pathein Prison, was shot and killed by prison wardens and soldiers during a crackdown on an alleged “prison riot”.

January 6, 2023

The US-based Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) listed Myanmar’s Phyo Zeya Thaw as one of the ten world figures who died in 2022.

January 9, 2023

KNU Mudraw Newspaper reported that the junta’s forces dropped a bomb on gold mines in KNU areas, and at least 6 civilians have been killed.

January 10, 2023

At the 82nd cabinet meeting, the NUG’s president Duwa Lashi La said that the civilian-elected government has received support from the ethnic armed organizations (EAOs), and vowed not to become a government-on-air.

January 11, 2023

Myanmar junta bombed the Chin National Front (CNF) headquarters at the India-Myanmar border, killing at least 5 comrades from CNF. During the assault, one bomb was dropped inside the Indian border.

January 12, 2023

The Thai-Myanmar Border Bridge No.1, connecting Myawaddy town in Karen State and Mae Sot in Thailand’s Tak Province reopened for the first time in three years.

January 13, 2023

Thai media reported that over 20 Myanmar workers, including seven children, were detained in Thailand’s Chiang Rai Province for illegally crossing the border.

January 14, 2023

U Pe Than, a former parliamentarian representing Myebon Township of Rakhine State, said that the 2023 election is an exit strategy for the military regime from its political predicaments, and said the regime needs AA’s endorsement for the implementation of elections in Rakhine State.

January 15, 2023

The KNU spokesperson Pado Saw Taw Nee told RFA Burmese that the central committee of the ethnic group decided not to support the 2023 election organized by the military regime.

January 17, 2023

A clash broke out between the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) and Rohingya Solidarity Organization (RSO) near the Zero Point at the Myanmar-Bangladesh border on January 17 and 18.

January 19, 2023

Junta chief Min Aung Hlaing welcomed General Chalermpol Srisawat, the Thai military’s chief of staff, and his delegate at Ngapali beach in Rakhine State.

January 20, 2023

The National Unity Consultative Council (NUCC) released a policy on the Civil Disobedience Movement (CDM) which aimed to recognize the sacrifices that CDM staff have made and to penalize the non- CDMers.

January 21, 2023

The NUG Ministry of Planning, Finance and Investment started selling Spring Valour Condominiums that are planned to be constructed on the land currently controlled by the military in Yangon. All apartments were sold out within 18 hours for a total worth of USD 10.35 Million. Three Northern Alliance members said that attendees of the regime-organized “peace dialogues” were pressured by the military to denounce the pro-democracy forces as “terrorist groups”, to which they refused.

January 22, 2023

Major Than Htut, who oversaw the notorious interrogation operations in Yangon, was lured into a trap and killed by PDF members. Than Htut and his team disguised as resistance rangers and planned to meet fellow comrades to buy weapons, which was a usual tactic that had resulted in the loss of many PDF members before.

January 24, 2023

President U Win Myint, who has been detained at a secret location in Naypyidaw with his five other family members, was transferred to Taungoo Prison. While security has been tightened in his new location, the location of his family members has been unable to be traced.

January 25, 2023

Justice for Myanmar (JFM) issued a new report which disclosed that 22 foreign governments, 26 intergovernmental organizations (including 14 UN entities), 8 foreign financial institutions, and 8 other international organizations have been supporting the illegal military council. In UNOCHA’s Humanitarian Response Plan for Myanmar 2023, it was highlighted that out of Myanmar’s 56 million population, 17.6 million need humanitarian assistance.

January 26, 2023

The United Nations Office on Drug and Crimes (UNODC) issued a report which stated that opium poppy was harvested on more than 99,090 acres in Myanmar in the year 2022, which was a 33% increase compared with the year before.

January 27, 2023

The military-controlled newspapers published the new political party registration law. The new law stated that any existing political party which fails to register in 60 days (i.e. by the end of March 2023) will be abolished, and all the party properties including buildings and headquarters will be confiscated and nationalized.

January 29, 2023

The National League for Democracy’s Human Rights Documentary Team (NLD-HRDT) announced that 84 party members have been killed by the junta including two members of parliament.

January 31, 2023

The US Department of Treasury imposed sanctions on six individuals including one current military council’s cabinet member, former and current military officials, notorious former USDP lawmaker Bullet Hla Swe, and Rachel Tay Za, the adult daughter of notorious crony Tay Za. Three government entities under sanction include the regime-assembled Union Election Commission, No. 1 and 2 Mining Enterprises. The UK’s latest round of sanctions targeted the businesses which supply aviation fuel to the military, including two companies under the Asia Sun Group, and two individuals, Zaw Min Tun and Win Kyaw Kyaw Aung who are current and former directors/shareholders of the trading group.


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