The country has been in an uproar since the military ousted civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi on February 1, triggering a massive uprising, which authorities have tried to quell by deploying lethal force and live ammunition.
UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar Tom Andrews said the junta crackdown uprooted nearly 250,000 people in Myanmar, urging the world to act immediately to address the humanitarian catastrophe in the country.
Early prisoner releases are customary during major holidays, but this is the second time the ruling junta has done so since it overthrew the elected government of Aung San Suu Kyi,
Activists ditch usual Thingyan new year holiday festivities to focus on campaign against the generals who seized power in a coup.
United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet urges countries not to repeat deadly mistakes of the past in Syria and to take action to stop the junta’s “slaughter of its people” in Myanmar.
Some 120 high-profile critics, including actors, social media influencers, singers and models, are facing accusations of spreading dissent against the military.
Demonstrators hold "flower strikes" across the restive country, leaving bouquets, some with messages of defiance, at places associated with anti-coup activists killed by the security forces.
Thursday was only the second time an outside visitor was able to see ousted Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi since she was detained during the coup.
UN special envoy to Myanmar Christine Schraner Burgener urges the Security Council to consider all available tools to prevent an imminent "bloodbath" and "civil war" in Myanmar as the military regime continues its severe crackdown against protestors.
Kachin rebels attack police station in northern Shwegu town following military raids on Karen rebel villages in the east, an indication of deepening role of ethnic minority armed groups in support of anti-coup protests.
The junta on Saturday staged a major show of might for its annual Armed Forces Day as the death toll since the February 1 coup climbed to at least 423, according to a local monitoring group .
More than 3,000 people flee southeastern Karen state following military air attacks on an area controlled by ethnic rebels.
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