- A woman in Myanmar has been sentenced to six years in jail for posting nude photos on OnlyFans.
- Nang Mwe San, a model and former doctor, was convicted on Tuesday of “harming culture and dignity,” military officials said.
- Meanwhile, Miss Myanmar 2020 Thinzar Wint Kyaw is set to face trial in October after sharing photos of herself taking part in protests online.
- Han Lay, also known as Thaw Nandar Aung, a 23-year-old beauty queen from Myanmar, was denied re-entry into Thailand after she found that her travel documents were invalid while flying back from Vietnam.
- An estimated 15,600 people have been detained by the military since it took over, while more than 12,000 people are still in jail and nearly 2,322 political prisoners have died.
A woman in Myanmar has been sentenced to six years in jail after posting nude photos on OnlyFans.
Nang Mwe San, a model and former doctor, was convicted on Tuesday of “harming culture and dignity,” military officials said. She lived in martial law-controlled North Dagon Township in Yangon, where the right to a lawyer is often denied to people charged with such crimes, the BBC reported.
- Rapper-turned-politician U Phyo Zeya Thaw, who also went by the stage name “Nitric Acid,” was one of four democracy activists hanged by the Burmese junta on Saturday.
- Zeya Thaw was a close ally of ousted former leader and Democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi.
- Both were members of the National League for Democracy (NLD), which had been elected by popular vote to lead Myanmar before a military coup took place on Feb. 1, 2021.
- Zeya Thaw pioneered one of Myanmar’s first hip-hop groups, using music as a form of protest against the military dictatorship’s first round of rule in the early 2000’s.
- “With hip-hop, we can express ourselves without fear,” he said in an interview in 2011 after being released from prison for the first time. “Music can make us brave.”
Rapper-turned-politician U Phyo Zeya Thaw, who also went by the stage name Nitric Acid was one of four democracy activists hanged by the Burmese junta on Saturday.
The global community jointly condemned the ruling military after it was announced on Monday that four men, all of whom were accused of aiding a civilian resistance movement, were executed.
- Myanmar’s ruling military earned global condemnation after executing Hla Myo Aung, Aung Thura Zaw, democracy advocate Kyaw Min Yu and former lawmaker Phyo Zeya Thaw, a known ally of ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi.
- The men, accused of aiding a civilian resistance movement, were among the 117 sentenced to die by the military-run courts since the junta took over in February last year.
- The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), a regional grouping that Myanmar is part of, denounced the execution.
- The European Union, Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, Norway, South Korea, Britain and the United States released a joint statement describing the executions as "reprehensible acts of violence that further exemplify the regime's disregard for human rights and the rule of law."
- Meanwhile, China's foreign ministry urged opposing groups in Myanmar to resolve conflicts within the country’s constitutional framework.
- According to the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners, Myanmar security forces have killed over 2,100 people, a figure the junta said is exaggerated.
The Myanmar junta’s execution of four democracy activists has sparked condemnation from the international community.
On Monday, the country’s ruling military announced that it had executed Hla Myo Aung, Aung Thura Zaw, democracy advocate Kyaw Min Yu and former lawmaker Phyo Zeya Thaw, a known ally of ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi.
- Nobel laureate and former Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi, 77, has been transferred from house arrest to solitary confinement in a Nay Pyi Taw prison.
- The deposed civilian leader was first arrested when a military coup led by Commander-in-Chief Senior General Min Aung Hlaing overthrew the government on February 1, 2021, claiming a rigged election.
- Suu Kyi has been charged with at least 20 criminal offenses, totaling 11 years of jail time. It is unclear how long she will remain in solitary confinement.
- As the daughter of assassinated independence leader General Aung San and a global icon of democracy, Suu Kyi remains popular in both her country and others around the world.
- Human rights groups continue to monitor the situation in Myanmar as it falls once again into the hands of authoritarianism with the deposition of their elected officials.
Nobel laureate and former Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi, 77, has been transferred from house arrest to solitary confinement in a Nay Pyi Taw prison.
A BBC Burmese source reported that the leader was moved from house arrest to a prison in the capital of Nay Pyi Taw (also spelled Naypyidaw) on Wednesday.
- Thomas Andrews, the UN’s special rapporteur on human rights in Myanmar, revealed the Myanmar military junta’s attacks on children.
- In a June 14 report, Andrew detailed that the military attacks have displaced over 250,000 children, and more than 1,400 children have been detained. There are also 142 recorded cases of child torture.
- Andrew highlights Myanmar children as the most vulnerable to the junta’s brutality.
- If international action is not taken, Andrews warns that “Myanmar’s children will become a lost generation.”
Thomas Andrews, the UN’s special rapporteur on human rights in Myanmar, reported the Myanmar military junta’s “relentless attacks” on children.
Located in Southeast Asia, Myanmar is a country that borders Thailand, Bangladesh, India and China. While the majority of the population (54 million) identifies as Buddhist, there are multiple ethnic groups, including Rohingya Muslims.
- Fortify Rights, a human rights nonprofit, posted a video showing Thai soldiers destroying a footbridge used by Burmese refugees to flee from Myanmar to Thailand.
- In the video, which was uploaded to YouTube on Tuesday, a Thai soldier can be seen asking, “What are you filming, f*cker? You want to die?” Another soldier can be seen in the video dismantling one end of the bamboo bridge, whacking the wood apart with what appears to be a long blade.
- The bridge originally crossed over the Wa Le River, which lies between Thailand and Myanmar.
- Countless people have been fleeing Myanmar since a military coup overthrew the country’s democratically elected leaders on Feb. 1, 2021.
- Fortify Rights called on Thai authorities to “investigate their forces’ treatment of refugees” and “abide by the principle of non-refoulement,” which is described by the United Nations as a fundamentental principle of international law that “guarantees no one be returned to a country where they would face torture, cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment and other irreparable harm.”
A nonprofit organization that focuses on the protection of human rights posted a video showing Thai soldiers destroying a footbridge used by Burmese refugees to flee from Myanmar to Thailand.
In the video, which was uploaded to YouTube by Fortify Rights on Tuesday, a Thai soldier can be seen asking, “What are you filming, f*cker? You want to die?” The soldier and the cameraperson stand on opposite sides of the river as the video is filmed.
- Democracy icon and formerMyanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi, 76, was found guilty of corruption and sentenced to another five years in jail in a court hearing on Wednesday.
- Myanmar has been under military rule since Commander-in-Chief Senior General Min Aung Hlaing overthrew the government in a military coup on February 1, 2021.
- Suu Kyi was charged with accepting 11.4 kilograms of gold and cash payments of $600,000 from the former Yangon Chief Minister Phyo Min Thein, who testified at the trial.
- Suu Kyi has denied all allegations, with the support of the international community and several human rights groups.
- President Biden will host the Leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in Washington, D.C., in May, and Suu Kyi’s imprisonment is expected to be a point of major discussion.
Democracy icon and former Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi was found guilty of corruption and sentenced to another five years in jail in a court hearing on Wednesday.
Myanmar has been under military rule since Commander-in-Chief Senior General Min Aung Hlaing overthrew the government in a military coup on February 1, 2021. Along with the other senior government officials of her party, Suu Kyi, 76, was taken at gunpoint and detained.
- Japanese Yakuza leader Takeshi Ebisawa was arrested alongside co-conspirators for plotting drug distribution and purchasing U.S. surface-to-air missiles for Myanmar rebels.
- Authorities said Ebisawa planned to sell heroin and methamphetamine in the U.S. and acquired the missiles to protect drug shipments.
- Ebisawa and his co-conspirators were detained in Manhattan, and each now faces a potential life sentence.
- Ebisawa’s drug and weapons network extends to Japan, Thailand and Sri Lanka and has been under investigation by the U.S. since 2019.
Japanese Yakuza leader Takeshi Ebisawa was arrested by U.S. officials Thursday on charges of plotting to sell drugs and for purchasing U.S. surface-to-air missiles for Myanmar rebels.
Ebisawa, 57, is described by federal prosecutors as a leader in a Japanese crime syndicate and is believed to have worked with co-conspirators. Their plot was discovered through their conversations with an undercover DEA agent. An unsealed criminal complaint Thursday revealed the missiles were meant to be used to protect drug shipments. Ebisawa had also schemed to sell heroin and methamphetamine in the U.S.
- Burmese families are posting notices in local papers to announce they are cutting ties with their relatives who are against the ruling military junta.
- The military junta took control of the country after successfully unseating former State Counsellor of Myanmar and Minister of Foreign Affairs Aung San Suu Kyi last year.
- Since seizing power, the army has allegedly killed over 1,500 people and arrested almost 9,000, according to the nonprofit Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (AAPP).
- The army announced in November that it will seize the properties of what it deems opponents and arrest citizens who shelter protesters.
- Since then, an average of six or seven notices disowning family members have started showing up in state-owned newspapers on a daily basis.
Hundreds of families in Myanmar are posting newspaper notices disowning their relatives who oppose the military junta, including their own children.
Burmese families have been posting an average of six or seven notices daily since November when the ruling junta announced that it would take over properties of enemies and arrest those who shelter dissidents, reports Reuters.
- Model and actor Paing Takhon from Myanmar was sentenced to three years in jail with hard labor for his participation in pro-democracy protests earlier in 2021.
- News of his sentencing broke at the same time entertainment website TC Candler named him the “Most Handsome Face” of 2021.
- TC Candler captioned their clip of Paing Takhon with the words “Free this man.”
Model and actor Paing Takhon was sentenced to three years in jail for speaking out during protests in Myanmar, in the same week he was named the “Most Handsome Face” of 2021 by entertainment site TC Candler.
Takhon was named the world’s “Most Handsome Face” of 2021, coinciding with the model and actor’s sentencing this week for his support of the anti-coup protests in Myanmar earlier this year. He was arrested in April, following his public support of protestors on social media.
U.K.-based aid group Save the Children has condemned the recent attack of the Myanmar military on Christmas Eve, which left 38 people dead and two staff members missing.
What happened: The victims were reportedly fleeing for refugee camps following a clash between armed resistance groups and the Myanmar military near the village of Koi Ngan, a villager told the Associated Press.
Civilians continue to get caught in the crossfire between the Myanmar military and ethnic Karen forces as fighting rages on.
Temporary haven: Between Dec. 16 and Dec. 21, 4,216 villagers fled from a territory occupied by the ethnic Karen minority in Myanmar to enter Thailand, reported The Associated Press via ABC News.