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Over 24,000 Houses and Buildings Torched in Early 2023

  • July 28, 2023
  • ISP Admin
At least 81,899 houses and buildings (including religious buildings) have been torched and destroyed since the coup two years ago Of that number, almost 30% (at least 24,138 houses and buildings) were burned down in the first six months of 2023 Read more...

Conflict Declined by 50% Near Chinese Projects

  • June 30, 2023
  • ISP Admin
Within a span of two years between the coup and May 31, 2023, at least 2,248 clashes occurred in 61 townships where China-Myanmar Economic Corridor (CMEC) projects are set to be implemented or where other Chinese projects are already underway Read more...

Counting the Cost: Civilian Deaths Reach Record High in Early 2023

  • June 14, 2023
  • ISP Admin
In the first five months of 2023, the number of civilian deaths reached a record high, with at least 748 individuals losing their lives in clashes This figure accounts for nearly 60 percent of the total civilian casualties reported in the previous year Since the coup, at least 8,640 civilians have been killed Approximately 2,183 of these deaths were caused by gunshots inflicted by the State Administration Council (SAC), either during protests or while individuals were in SAC detention Read more...

Energy Sector: 70% of Total Inflow and Key in Foreign Investment

  • May 31, 2023
  • ISP Admin
Myanmar has attracted more than USD 54 billion in foreign investment within over two years since the coup Of these, 70 percent (approximately USD 4 billion) is directed to the energy sector The extent of foreign investment in the energy sector includes USD 25 billion - part of China's Mee Lin Gyaing LNG Power project, which was approved in May Read more...

Recurring Clashes Between EAO-PDF and SAC Forces

  • May 19, 2023
  • ISP Admin
At least 9,347 clashes have occurred across Myanmar in more than two years since the coup, with 1,407 of them happening in just the first four months of 2023 More than half of these 1,407 clashes—about 58 percent— broke out between the combined EAO (Ethnic Armed Organizations) and PDF (People’s Defense Force) forces and SAC’s (State Administration Council) forces The number of clashes between the combined EAO and PDF forces and the SAC’s forces within these four months is the second Read more...

2,153 Political Prisoners Released after Chinese Foreign Minister Visit to Naypyitaw

  • May 3, 2023
  • ISP Admin
Traditionally, political prisoners in Myanmar are granted freedom by the military junta within two years since the coup, often coinciding with auspicious national holidays such as Myanmar New Year, Union Day, National Day, and Independence Day However, this year marks the first time that political prisoners were released on the religious full-moon day of Kason, which falls on the second month of the traditional Burmese calendar The timing of this amnesty is notable, as it occurred just one day Read more...

An Increase of Over 2.5 Million IDPs Since the Coup

  • April 27, 2023
  • ISP Admin
Since the coup, at least 2,694,567 people have been internally displaced as of April 20, 2023 due to violent clashes Prior to the coup, there were some 497,200 internally displaced people (IDPs) In total, there are over three million IDPs in Myanmar Furthermore, at least one million people, including the Rohingya, remain IDPs who have fled across borders to Read more...

SAC's Offensive Operations Ramp Up in Shan and Kayah States

  • April 27, 2023
  • ISP Admin
The State Administration Council (SAC) imposed martial law two years since the coup and stepped up their offensives in areas where there was substantial resistance The frequency of airstrikes increased as fighting between the military and local resistance forces grew more intense in Kayah State, Southern Shan State, Kayin State, Chin State, and the Sagaing Region Battles between armed forces are occurring more frequently and throughout wider geographic areas because of the military's offensives Read more...

Behind the Trade Gap Between China and Myanmar

  • February 23, 2023
  • ISP Admin
When comparing official announcements of the two-way trade figures of Myanmar and China, there is a gap of almost USD 11 billion This applies to data in the eight months of the 2022-2023 fiscal year from April to November According to announcements of the State Administration Council, trade value with China for the period was over USD 6 billion But it was almost USD 17 billion in the corresponding China announcements ISP-Myanmar will explain in brief how this gap has occurred and other Read more...

Almost 20,000 Houses and Buildings Torched Within Two and a Half Months

  • January 26, 2023
  • ISP Admin
During post-coup armed conflicts and clashes, at least 57,807 houses and buildings (including religious buildings) have been torched and destroyed as of January 15, 2023 Between November 2022 and mid-January 2023 alone, at least 19,239 houses and buildings were torched and destroyed Moreover, at least 673 houses and buildings have been torched and destroyed in 10 townships that had previously experienced no acts of arson Among them, Myingyan township, Sagaing Region experienced the largest Read more...