The military's brutal crackdown post-coup has been aided by an arsenal of surveillance and data extraction tools sourced from Western firms.
Military shells positions held by newly formed Chinland Defence Forces, which has led fighting in Mindat town in northwestern Chin State.
One hundred days after their takeover, Myanmar junta’s illusion of control is sustained mainly by its partially successful efforts to shut down independent media and to keep streets clear of large demonstrations by employing lethal force.
“The hardest hit will be poor urban populations and the worst affected will be female heads of household,” says Kanni Wignaraja, the UNDP’s assistant secretary-general for the region.
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.
Statement issued in the name of executive members of Aung San Suu Kyi’s party says authorities began raiding their offices in Mandalay and other regions and seized documents and laptop computers.
The clarification from the country's powerful military came after its commander-in-chief spurred fears of a coup when he suggested that the 2008 junta-scripted constitution could be repealed.
The Nobel laureate, once seen as an icon of democracy, took part in an election in which Rohingya Muslims and other ethnic minorities were not allowed to vote.
Thousands forced to flee their homes as swathes of Shan state have been embroiled in conflict for decades with a fiendishly complex web of ethnic armed groups fighting the military for land, resources and autonomy.
A UN Security Council delegation visited Myanmar's Rakhine state, from where hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims have fled military-led violence, and said they hope to help the refugees return quickly and safely to their homes.
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