May 2022

May 2, 2022

The NUG’s Minister for Home Affairs and Immigration U Lwin Ko Latt said that the parallel government, together with EAOs, PDFs and local resistance forces, have maintained control over 36 townships in Sagaing, Magway and Bago regions. The NUG aimed to transform Bago and Ayeyarwaddy regions into administration territories. The remaining foreign investor of the Yetagun natural gas project, Japan's Eneos oil refiner, announced its withdrawal following its partner Malaysia’s Patronas and Thailand’s PTTEP.

May 5, 2022

As a new fundraising activity, the NUG announced the auction of the coup leader Min Aung Hlaing’s house in Inya Road, one of the poshest neighborhoods in Yangon.  Junta’s Ministry of Electricity and Energy blacklisted energy companies, mainly Chinese companies, for failure to complete solar projects in time.

May 6, 2022

Arakan Army (AA)’s commander-in-chief General Twan Mrat Naing warned Western Command Chief of Myanmar Army General Htin Lin Oo to stop whatever the army had been doing or AA would resume fighting regardless of the ceasefire status in Rakhine State.

May 9, 2022

Major ethnic armed organizations (EAOs) such as Karen National Union, Kachin Independence Army and Karenni National Progressive Party refused to take part in the coup leader’s peace dialogue.

May 10, 2022

UK Chargé d’Affaires Mr. Pete Vowles is stranded in Thailand as SAC refused to issue him a visa to enter Myanmar. This comes after the UK decided to downgrade Mr. Vowles’ title from ambassador to Chargé d’Affaires ad interim.

May 12, 2022

After finalizing the sale of Telenor Myanmar to Lebanon’s M1 Group, the group transferred control of the telecom company to the military-linked Shwe Byain Phyu conglomerate according to Justice for Myanmar. NUG’s Foreign Minister Daw Zin Mar Aung arrived in Washington D.C., and met with the US Deputy Secretary, and selected representatives of ASEAN states who were in D.C. for US- ASEAN Special Summit.  ASEAN leaders gathered at the White House to meet with President Joe Biden at the US- ASEAN Special Summit. The seat of Myanmar during the Summit was left empty as US continued ASEAN’s decision to extend invitation to non-political representatives of the junta, which led to Min Aung Hlaing not sending any representative.

May 13, 2022

Rumor spread on social media that the regime will impose compulsory registration of IMEI numbers of mobile phones, which can locate the users’ location or identify personal information of the user, what kind of applications are being used, etcetera.  Hun Sen, Prime Minister of Cambodia and Chairperson of ASEAN, remarked disappointment at the people of Myanmar for failure to heed Min Aung Hlaing’s calls for ceasefire talks with ethnic armed organizations (EAOs), saying “Myanmar protester are destroying their own country and killing innocent people” by rejecting so.

May 14, 2022

Junta’s spokesperson General Zaw Min Tun condemned the ASEAN’s engagement with the NUG, especially Malaysian foreign minister. He further threatened that if Malaysia continues to engage with the NUG and NUCC, necessary actions will be taken.

May 15, 2022

A total of 24 Rakhine youth organizations and student groups called on the Arakan Liberation Party (ALP) for agreeing to meet with the junta. Junta’s administration allowed issuance of tourist visas after two years suspension due to Covid-19.

May 16, 2022

NUG leaders met with the Arakan Army (AA) via videoconferencing, and exchanged views on the country’s political situation. The landmark meeting was widely welcomed by the people.

May 17, 2022

On the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT), NUG’s Ministry of Human Rights announced that 17 LGBTIQ have been killed and two were critically injured at the hands of the junta forces since February 1, 2021.

May 18, 2022

Joint forces of Karen National Liberation Army Brigade 6 and Cobra Column overran and seized control of Thay Baw Boe base in Myawaddy Township of Karen State after a long day of fighting.

May 20, 2022

The regime’s peace dialogues kicked off with the first meeting between General Yawd Serk of the Restoration Council of Shan State (RCSS) and junta Min Aung Hlaing in Naypyidaw.

May 21, 2022

A boat carrying at least 90 Rohingya from Rakhine State to Malaysia capsized and sank in the Bay of Bengal during a storm, killing more than a dozen people, including women and children, RFA Burmese reported. The passengers reportedly paid US$ 1,500-2,500 each to traffickers to take them to Malaysia where they hoped to find employment. The Indian government has reportedly asserted efforts to complete profiling and issue identity cards to all of the Myanmar refugees by the end of May, the Task Group on Myanmar refugees said.

May 23, 2022

The New Mon State Party met the coup leader Min Aung Hlaing as part of his peace dialogues. The armed group demanded the junta to write a new federal constitution. U Zaw Htay, prominent spokesperson of USDP-led government and NLD-led government during 2011 to 2020, passed away in his Naypyidaw home due to heart failure. He was widely criticized for his cover-up of the military’s genocide of Rohingya people in 2017.

May 24, 2022

The UNOCHA reported that about 14.4 million people in Myanmar are in need of humanitarian assistance, and that half of Myanmar’s population, 25 million people out of 54 million, were already living in poverty.  All communication channels such as telephone lines and internet networks have been cut off in nine townships of Sagaing Region since May 24. Due to the deployment of excessive forces, the PDF expected more townships to witness the blackout.

May 26, 2022

Due to two-day heavy rain, more than a thousand villagers displaced by clashes in Karen State are facing extreme hardship due to recent flooding along the Moei River. A relief worker said that there is a desperate need for food and other basic supplies, including firewood, raincoats, and cooking utensils in the camp. The regime’s Department of Basic Education announced that 16 private schools in Naypyidaw must be shut down due to political involvement.

May 25, 2022

On behalf of the family members of State Counselor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, two lawyers filed a complaint at the UN Working Group for Arbitrary Detention. The file mentioned that the current situation of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s detention is a ‘judicial kidnapping’ with no legal basis. With the arrangement of the Norway Mission, some ethnic armed groups (EAOs) had a meeting with the United Nations Security Council on May 25 according to the statement made by the Kachin Alliance.

May 27, 2022

Dr Zaw Wai Soe, NUG’s Minister of Health, arrived in the UK and had a meeting with UK’s Minister for Asia, Amanda Milling.

May 28, 2022

The military regime issued an internal directive which called back all veterans to service according to the document leaked by Khit Thit media. The justification for the call-back is that the threat of the Western influence looms, and the country’s nationalistic identities including the state religion is at danger. The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) failed to agree on a statement aimed at pushing junta Min Aung Hlaing to take steps towards a peaceful solution to the country’s ongoing crisis. The disagreement was between the UK, who drafted the text, and China, as the two countries blamed each other for the failure of negotiations over the statement.

May 29, 2022

Dr Zaw Wai Soe and Daw Khin Ma Ma Myo, NUG’s Minister for Commerce, met with the Myanmar community in London at London South Bank University.

May 30, 2022

areas, released a film named “Stateless” via YouTube. Streaming of the film will be contributed to fundraising.  NUG released photos of Interim President Duwa Lashi La meeting the people’s defense force (PDF) soldiers at a front line base.  United Wa State Army’s deputy chair U Law Yar met with the coup leader in Naypyidaw as a part of the peace dialogues, which marked the third EAO to participate.  The NUG’s Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management, KNU, KNPP and Chin National Front issued a joint statement condemning the ASEAN’s AHA Centre and UNOCHA for failing to include them in the humanitarian aid provision process. The groups claimed that ASEAN and OCHA did not consult with them, but only approached them to ask for “safe passage”.


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