Coup Watch April 2023 – The illegal junta commits mass murder ahead of Buddhist new year

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Key summary points:

  • As of 28 Apr, there were at least 22,103 armed clashes and attacks, displacing 1,499,400 people since Feb 2021. Junta troops continued their violent crimes.
  • The junta’s 17 air strikes in April kill more civilians than during the entire period of Feb 2021 – Mar 2023.
  • Junta carries out its deadliest air strike to date, killing 200 civilians in Sagaing before Thingyan; follows up with clearance operation.
  • Clashes with junta forces near shadowy development project displaces over 10,000 civilians.
  • Junta engages in witness tampering over Rohingya genocide case at the ICJ.
  • Junta escalates attacks on healthcare workers and facilities in the first half of April.
  • Junta head Min Aung Hlaing approves a 51% jump in military spending for 2023 – 2024.
  • India and Thailand circumvent ASEAN, deal directly with the regime during secretive Track 1.5 meetings.
  • The illegal junta continues to weaponize courts, jails ethnic religious leader and other activists.
  • AAPP reports the regime handed out a total of 151 death sentences since the failing coup began.
  • EU launders junta’s reputation through MADE in Myanmar garment sector project.
  • Foreign beverage giants benefit from boycotts of local brands; slake junta’s thirst for tax revenue.
  • Former UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon pays visit to coup leader at junta’s invitation; engages NUG after backlash.

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