CASS Weekly Update 16 – 22 December 2021

To conclude a year that has seen an unprecedented expansion and escalation of armed violence throughout Myanmar, this final Weekly Update of 2021 looks at the civilian impact of violence in Kayin State along the Thai border and considers the prospect of more widespread fighting to come.

CASS Weekly Update 9 – 15 December 2021

On 11 December, the Chinland Joint Defence Committee issued a strong condemnation of the 5 December assassination of a leader of the People’s Defence Force (PDF)-Zoland, blaming it on the Zomi Revolutionary Army (ZRA), and further stated that it would take military action against any organisation that cooperates with the State Administration Council (SAC) and its forces.

CASS Weekly Update 2 – 8 December2021

The brutal murder of peaceful protesters by State Administration Council (SAC) forces in Yangon highlights the failure of international pressure to mitigate the SAC’s abuse of civilians and is eroding community confidence in international actors who continue to call for a peaceful resolution to the crisis while lacking the tools to reign in abuses. In addition to community acceptance challenges for agencies, this may have real implications for the trajectory of the conflict.

CASS Weekly Update 25 Nov – 1 Dec 2021

On 27 November, State Administration Council (SAC) forces deployed five military gunships to launch aerial attacks on anti-coup resistance forces in Tabayin Township, Sagaing Region. Reported resistance casualties range from 3-20 individuals, including at least two members of the Tabayin People’s Defence Force (PDF). Two weeks prior, the Tabayin PDF publicly claimed to control 70 per cent of the township, which may have prompted these SAC attacks.