Myanmar’s human rights crisis has deepened in the two years since the military staged a deeply unpopular coup on February 1, 2021. Junta atrocities have included crimes against humanity against protesters and activists, and war crimes in ethnic minority areas. Myanmar’s economy has drastically declined with about half the population living below the poverty line. The military has extended a “state of emergency” and has slated sham “elections” for late 2023 in a bid to gain legitimacy. In general, the international response to Myanmar’s crisis has been weak, but in December 2022, the United Nations Security Council passed a resolution denouncing the military’s rights violations, but the resolution fell short of imposing a global arms embargo against the junta.

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