March 2023

March 1, 2023

Global Witness, Amnesty International, and Burma Campaign UK published a new report which uncovered that companies from Europe, Japan, India, and Thailand were involved in new shipments of aviation fuel to the military junta which has been using airstrikes against the civilians.

March 3, 2023

The National League for Democracy (NLD) removed U Phyo Min Thein, Daw Sandar Min, U Toe Lwin, and U Win Myint Aung from the party, stripping party-related titles and duties. The announcement stated that the aforementioned party members failed to follow the NLD’s rules, abused the party’s name, and complied with the military junta.

March 6, 2023

The Strait Times Newspaper reported that Singapore Keppel Land Company, which has invested in Yangon Sedona Hotel, Junction City Tower, and hotel and construction businesses, have sold their shares for USD 57.4 million. Greenfield Development, which is 100% owned by Singapore Keppel Land and its subsidiary Double Peak Holdings, will sell its investments to Spring Blossom Ventures in a deal of USD 57.4 million.

March 7, 2023

The regime-controlled newspapers reported that the Chinese Ambassador to Myanmar Chen Hai held a meeting with the junta-assembled Union Election Commission, and discussed the situation on the upcoming election.

March 8, 2023

Junta-administered matriculation exams began amid tight security. According to the Examinations Department, 180,000 students from across the country registered to take the exam.

March 9, 2023

Malaysian Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Zambry Abd Kadir said that he would continue to engage with ASEAN member states “to find solutions to the Myanmar crisis”. He warned that there is a “possibility of other powers coming in later to intervene” which can impact the stability of the ASEAN region.

March 10, 2023

Over 6,000 residents of Demoso Township fled their homes when a 200-strong junta column advanced into Kayah State’s Demoso Township as part of their clearance operations, according to Karenni Human Rights Group and Karenni Nationalities Defense Force.

March 11, 2023

U Yee Mon, the NUG’s Minister of Defense, sent a formal message commemorating the 34th anniversary of the formation of the Myanma National Democratic Alliance Army (MNDAA), widely known as the Kokang Army. In the message, he said that the NUG would be willing to cooperate with the MNDAA in the anti-regime armed resistance movement.

March 13, 2023

RFA Burmese reported that the regime planned to hold a meeting with seven ethnic armed groups which signed the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement (NCA). General Saw Kyaw Nyunt, the spokesperson of the National Solidarity and Peacemaking Negotiation Committee, said that the meeting would take place in Naypyidaw.

March 14, 2023

A protest was held in front of the Japan-Myanmar Association office in Tokyo. Many people spoke out against its chairman, Hideo Watanabe. The regime recently awarded Watanabe and former Japanese Prime Minister Taro Aso medals. Since the 2021 military coup, Watanabe has met with Min Aung Hlaing at least four times.

March 15, 2023

The regime’s delegation led by Rakhine State’s Minister for U Aung Myo Oo met with Rohingya refugees at the Transit Center in Taknaf, Bangladesh to gather information to prepare for the repatriation process.

March 16, 2023

UN special envoy to Myanmar Dr. Noeleen Heyzer said that the violence and atrocities committed by the military regime had continued in the third year on “an alarming scale”.

March 17, 2023

About 100-strong military columns launched simultaneous attacks against villages in Myaung, Salingyi, and Khin-U townships in Sagaing Region. The raids had caused a total of 54,000 residents to be displaced internally. The NUG’s Ministry of Home Affairs issued a directive that requested local and international NGOs, and civil society groups to report to the civilian government if they make movements in its controlled areas.

March 18, 2023

A village in Bilin Township, Mon State was hit by artillery from the junta, resulting in the tragic death of a 6-year-old child named Saw Phoe Thagyan from Awungyi Village. The PDF and Kachin Independence Army (KIA) combined forces to launch an attack on the regime’s police station located near Lone Khin Village in Hpakant Township, Kachin State.

March 19, 2023

Arakan Liberation Party (ALP) expelled Deputy Chairperson Saw Mra Yarzar Lin for failing to follow the party’s rules and regulations according to the party’s statement. The Rakhine party, one of the NCA signatories, is now split into the ALP led by Saw Mra Yarzar Lin and the ALP led by Khaing Ye Khaing.

March 20, 2023

The joint forces of the KIA and PDF coordinated an attack on the junta’s army that held a station in Kyautmhaw Village, five miles northeast of Tigyaing Town, Sagaing Region. An explosion occurred in the Department of Transport Planning Office in Mandalay, resulting in four people injured. A man reportedly attacked the facility with a grenade around 11 am, located on 83rd Road between 34th -35th streets, Chanayetharzan Township.

March 21, 2023

Local resistance forces conducted an offensive on Zeephyukone Village in Pale Township, Sagaing Region. Myanma Royal Dragon Army (MRDA) led the attack, raiding the village at 5 am in the morning. The resistance forces had to retreat after four were killed and five more were wounded by the aerial attack.

March 22, 2023

Three delegations from the Northern Alliance, namely, United Wa State Party (UWSP), Mong La’s National Democratic Alliance Army (NDAA), and Shan State Progressive Party (SSPP), held a meeting with the regime’s peace negotiation team.  Thai military and immigration authorities raided a four-story building in Mae Sot, the border town located in Thailand’s Tak Province, and arrested two Myanmar nationals, including a 14-year-old boy accused of being linked to the armed resistance movement after the military coup in Myanmar.

March 23, 2023

In Khin-U Township, a 50-strong military column entered Mya Kan village, burning down an undisclosed number of houses as they conducted their raids.

March 24, 2023

The Office of Foreign Assets Control of the United States announced that it had imposed sanctions on seven individuals including Tun Min Latt, the arms broker of the Myanmar military.

March 25, 2023

Junta-controlled media reported that about 163 companies and individuals donated 1.13 billion Myanmar kyats (approximately USD 400,000) towards the Armed Forces Day parade happening in Naypyidaw on March 27. Sources at the Quartermaster General’s Office in Nay Pyi taw told The Irrawaddy that the identities of around 20 of the companies making donations.

March 26, 2023

On the eve of Armed Force Days, the UG guerrilla forces launched an attack on Naypyidaw military training ground, and the attack was done as an commemoration for the birthday of U Phyo Zeyar Thaw who was executed by the military junta on 23rd July, 2022.

March 27, 2023

The military organized Armed Force Days’ parade in Naypyitaw, and U Ko Ko Gyi, the former political prisoner, was also seen among the attendants

March 28, 2023

The regime-assembled Union Election Commission (UEC) announced that it had dissolved Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD) and Shan Nationalities League for Democracy (SNLD) party. PDF attacked Myawaddy Trade Zone, and the battle resulted in the casualties of 11 police, and 8 captives. The regime pressured Rakhine civil societies group not to support the Arakan Army, NUG, and PDFs.

March 29, 2023

Close to 100 shophouses in Mingalar Township, Yangon were bulldozed and destroyed by the military coucil to open a shopping mall according to a shop owner.

March 30, 2023

Hundreds of regime soldiers have been deployed to Rakhine State despite the informal ceasefire among the AA and the military.


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