Opponents of the military rule have marked the one-year anniversary of the army’s seizure of power with a nationwide strike to show their strength and solidarity amid international concerns.
The announcement from the humanitarian body came as Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo claimed to capture 34 rebels in a joint military operation in eastern DRC.
Nationwide "silent strike" comes after deposed leader Aung San Suu Kyi was sentenced to four years in prison.
At least five demonstrators were killed in Yangon where anti-coup protests still continue after the military toppled the civilian government on February 1.
The killing of at least 65 protesters in Myanmar’s biggest city of Yangon earlier this year was "planned" and premeditated, says Human Rights Watch.
The general's announcement would place Myanmar in the military's grip for nearly two and a half years – instead of the initial one-year timeline the junta announced days after the coup.
Meanwhile deposed leader Aung San Suu Kyi has suffered a legal setback after a judge denied her lawyers’ motion to disqualify prosecution testimony against her on a sedition charge.
Despite international pressure, the junta continues to hold power and has not given ground to protestors.
Military shells positions held by newly formed Chinland Defence Forces, which has led fighting in Mindat town in northwestern Chin State.
New designation means anyone including journalists speaking to lawmakers and politicians ousted in a February coup can be subjected to charges under counter-terrorism laws.
Karen rebel group calls for unity among all ethnic fighters as seven people are reportedly shot dead in fresh protests against military regime.
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,
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