Since the February 2021 military coup in Myanmar, the junta has driven the country further into a human rights and humanitarian catastrophe. Faced with opposition from the general population and anti-junta armed groups, the military has struggled to maintain control over the country. The junta’s widespread and systematic abuses against the population – including arbitrary arrests, torture, extrajudicial killings, and indiscriminate attacks on civilians – amount to crimes against humanity and war crimes. The junta has kept in place a state of emergency imposed since the coup, and dozens of townships across the country are under martial law. Some countries have imposed targeted sanctions, but the international response to the crisis has not placed adequate pressure on the Myanmar military to end its abuses.


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