June 2022

June 1, 2022

According to a new report by the International Crisis Group (ICG), a full-scale conflict in Rakhine State between the junta troops and Arakan Army (AA) forces could escalate to be the worst violence the state has seen in years and put the lives of millions of ethnic minorities at risk. The Kachin Women’s Association of Thailand (KWAT) published a report on June 1 called “New Threats from the Air” which revealed that nearly 6,000 people have fled their homes and approximately 25 have been killed in Kachin and northern Shan states by junta forces between November 2021 and April 2022. Lwin Oo Publishing House managed by U Lwin Oo has been reportedly banned by the junta as it advertised the distribution of the Rohingya Genocide book on social media. The book in question is “Myanmar’s Rohingya Genocide” written by Ronan Lee and Lwin Oo Publishing House had planned to translate it into Burmese version and distribute it among Myanmar readers.

June 2, 2022

Junta forces in full-force reportedly raised a white flag and distributed food to refugees living in San village in Kyaukhtu Township, located on the border of Magway Region and Chin State. Karen National Union (KNU)’s Brigade 2 released a statement on June 2, warning SAC’s forces not to interfere with administrative affairs in Taungoo District. It came shortly after the regime’s soldiers intruded KNU’s territory in Thantaung Town, Bago Region.

June 3, 2022

The junta court sentenced two resistance leaders Ko Jimmy, 88 Generation democracy activist, and Phyo Zeyar Thaw, former NLD lawmaker, with death penalty. The two were arrested separately last year, and were accused of planning armed attacks at the junta’s lackeys.

June 4, 2022

Major General Gunmaw of Kachin Independence Army (KIA) condemned the junta’s decision of death penalty on two resistance leaders.

June 6, 2022

In its statement released after the consultative meeting for provision of humanitarian aid to Myanmar, ASEAN announced that aid provision will be implemented in collaboration with the junta-led “Myanmar Task Force”. A WHO staff member called Myo Min Htut was shot and killed on his way back from work in Mawlamyine City, Mon State. Mawlamyine’s People Defense Force (PDF) claimed responsibility for the attack and said the man was not only associating with the military and informing it of the actions of PDF in the region, but he was also a sex offender toward underage girls.

June 7, 2022

The National Unity Government (NUG)’s interim president Duwa Lashi La issued a statement that the government has formed “People’s Police Force”, and the primary purpose is to hold accountable of people who commit war crimes, crimes against humanity and human rights violations against the people of Myanmar. The World Bank issued the latest Global Economic Prospects report which included over 150 countries, yet Myanmar is nowhere to be found among its predictions due to the constantly growing uncertainties around the country.

June 8, 2022

The Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP), the military proxy party, held a two-day convention in Naypyidaw on June 8-9 with tightened security where 400 executive committee members were present. News broke out the next day that the convention ended with a rift in the leadership. Junta’s Ministry of Telecommunications confirmed to Khit Thit media that it had meetings with mobile operators on May 11 and June 8 to implement the registration of IMEI (International Mobile Equipment Identity) numbers. ATOM, formerly known as Telenor Myanmar, announced that the company is planning to invest US$330 million in the telecoms sector during the next three years and will enforce data privacy in line with domestic and international laws.

June 9, 2022

SAC’s Ministry of Health issued a statement that those who have passed the matriculation exam yet not met the criteria to enter the medical universities will be encouraged to apply for the entrance anyway and they will be given consideration.

June 10, 2022

Democratic Party for New Society (DPNS) chairperson U Aung Moe Zaw boycotted the upcoming election prepared by the military regime, claiming that it is an attempt to slow down the momentum of the spring revolution, and to divide the democratic forces and unity among the people.

June 11, 2022

Severely attacked by the resistance forces in various parts, the military regime, through its media, demanded the people’s defense force and resistance fighters to lay down their weapons and surrender. The announcement also said that the fighters are welcome back to public life. The International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) hosted a special session for Myanmar in its security summit Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore. Titled“Myanmar: Finding a way forward”, the panel included five discussants including UN Special Envoy for Myanmar Noleen Heyzer, Malaysian Foreign Minister Saifuddin Abdullah, and Derek Chollet, Counselor of the US State Department.

June 14, 2022

At a press conference, Arakan Army (AA)’s spokesperson Khaing Thukha confirmed that hundreds of soldiers defected into AA, and the group welcomed the defectors, helped them refuge in a safe area. In a 40-page report titled “Losing a Generation: How the military junta is attacking Myanmar’s children and stealing their future”, U.N special rapporteur Tom Andrews said that the international community must “reengage and refocus” on Myanmar to prevent a looming crisis which will result in a “lost generation” of children who were already suffering since the 2021 military coup.

June 15, 2022

Junta appointed foreign minister Wunna Maung Lwin was not invited to ASEAN-India Foreign Ministers meeting which will be held on June 15-17. Rumors spread on Myanmar social media that two resistance leaders Ko Jimmy and Phyo Zeyar Thaw, and two other men who received death sentences, would be executed at 4am the next morning. The unconfirmed information stirred up public anger.

June 16, 2022

The coup leader Min Aung Hlaing met with Pa-O National Liberation Organization (PNLO)’s vice chairperson Khun Tun Tin. The pair exchanged views on multiparty democracy, federalism and nation- building. In response to the junta’s confirmation for the execution of four men including two prominent resistance leaders, several student and youth unions launched a campaign across Yangon declaring serious revenge is unavoidable if the execution was to be conducted.

June 17, 2022

Radio Free Asia retrieved a video and photos from a mobile phone owned by one of the regime’s soldiers, and reported the contents. In the video, three regime soldiers had conversations about how they killed civilians – one said he killed 26 while another one said five, explicitly describing how they chopped bodies off or slit throats. The man who claimed to have killed five people said that he enjoyed killing, and called himself “an expert at killing”.

June 18, 2022

The Ministry of Education of the NUG held an outstanding award ceremony and student fair in Sagaing Region. The NUG introduced NUGPay: its own payment system, mobile wallet with digital currency using blockchain technology. The NUGPay was created to bypass the regime’s banking system.

June 19, 2022

The detained leader Aung San Suu Kyi turns 77. Guerrilla protesters in Yangon took to the streets with banners which read, “We wish you well, Aung San’s daughter”, and “Suu turns 77” to commemorate her birthday.

June 20, 2022

Tweeting to his 53,000 followers, AA’s chief Twan Mrat Naing blamed the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) for the abduction of two teachers in Maungdaw Township on June 16. ARSA responded that the group was falsely accused, and called on AA Chief that he was attempting to halt the Rohingya repatriation process.

June 21, 2022

A total of 459 local civil society groups and Myanmar diaspora communities wrote an open letter to French President Emmanuel Macron to refuse to authorize TotalEnergies' use of exemptions to EU Sanctions.

June 22, 2022

Daw Aung San Suu Kyi was moved from house arrest to solitary confinement in a prison in Naypyidaw. According to Khit Thit media’s report, the coup leader Min Aung Hlaing ordered his lackeys to make sure that Aung San Suu Kyi will never reappear in the state’s political scene.

June 23, 2022

Junta sent directives to Myanmar embassies across the world to withhold passports of pro-democracy Myanmar citizens when they renew their passports.

June 24, 2022

At the UN assembly, Myanmar Ambassador U Kyaw Moe Tun urged the international community to grant Responsibility to Protect (R2P), and raised the urgency to take the Myanmar military accountable for its crimes against civilians.

June 26, 2022

Protesters across the country commemorated Salai Tin Maung Oo, a student leader who was executed by hanging 46 years ago on this day under General Ne Win’s regime.

June 27, 2022

Dr. Tayzar San, one of the prominent protest leaders, received the Park Jong-Cheol Human Rights Award given by the Republic of Korea.

June 28, 2022

AA announced that the regime had arbitrarily arrested 45 civilians in four townships, including five underage youths.

June 29, 2022

ASEAN Special Envoy and Cambodian Foreign Minister Prak Sokhonn began his second visit to Myanmar. His ministry claimed that the trip aimed to “contribute to building an environment conducive to an inclusive political dialogue through the meetings with all parties concerned”.

June 30, 2022

Daw Win Mya Mya, parliamentarian-elect from the NLD who was arrested after the coup, received three years of jail time with Penal Code 505-A for sedition. Junta media announced that the coup leader Min Aung Hlaing met with representatives from Thai Royal Armed Forces to discuss the repatriation of youths and CDM civil servants at the Thai border.


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