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Conflict Map of the Karenni Region

  • May 8, 2022
  • ISP Admin
Of all Myanmar’s regions, the Karenni Region, which includes Kayah State and southern Shan State’s Pekon Township, has become one of the regions that has experienced some of the most sustained armed resistance to the post-coup military regime There were at least 247 skirmishes and 123 military airstrikes ISP-Myanmar Mapping shows the main areas of conflict in the Karenni region, locations of the clashes, where military airstrikes were conducted and houses burned down, as well as locations Read more...

Repression of Journalists in Myanmar Breaks 30-Year Record

  • May 4, 2022
  • ISP Admin
May 3 marked World Press Freedom Day Since the 2021 military coup in Myanmar, the State Administration Council (SAC) has gone to great lengths to crack down on independent news organizations by raiding editorial offices, arresting or shooting journalists as they attempt to report on protests across the country, conducting violent raids on journalists’ homes, and making arbitrary Read more...

China & Myanmar: Major Projects and Conflicts in the China-Myanmar Economic Corridor

  • May 1, 2022
  • ISP Admin
The majority of strategic projects designed to boost activity in the China-Myanmar Economic Corridor are, currently, going to be implemented in ethnic minority areas where armed conflicts are most frequent After the military coup, Myanmar’s internal conflict map expanded to incorporate escalating conflicts between State Administration Council (SAC) forces and Ethnic Armed Organizations (EAOs), as well as the burgeoning conflict between the newly formed local defense forces and SAC forces Read more...

Number of IDPs Increase By Over 58,000 In April

  • April 29, 2022
  • ISP Admin
Since the military coup on February 1, 2021, through to April 25, 2022, battles and skirmishes across the country have resulted in a total of 810,889 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) There were already over 497,200 IDPs prior to the coup; the total number of people displaced from their homes in Myanmar has now grown to more than 1,308,089 Additionally, there are over 1,002,000 refugees living in camps at Myanmar’s borders with Bangladesh, India and Read more...

Trade with Thailand Accounts for 75% of Myanmar’s Cross-Border Trade

  • April 24, 2022
  • ISP Admin
Trade with China accounted for the largest volume of Myanmar's cross-border trade overall during the 2021-22 mini-budget period However, trade with Thailand increased during this period by more than US$640 million compared to the same financial period last year This represents a rise from 34 percent of overall trade to more than 75 Read more...

Political Prisoners Account for Only 8% of 57,000 Released on Amnesty

  • April 22, 2022
  • ISP Admin
According to records from the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (AAPP), the State Administration Council (SAC) arrested a total of 13,293 people nationwide on suspicion of treasonous, anti-coup activities; these arrests were made between February 1, 2021 and April 18, 2022 March and April 2021 saw the highest number of arrests by the SAC - 2022 continues to see further arrests on the same anti-military basis These figures are taken from the currently available data; the true Read more...

Over 2,300 Civilians Killed Within a Year of the Coup

  • April 10, 2022
  • ISP Admin
According to records provided by the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (AAPP), and data compiled by ISP-Myanmar, a total of at least 2,345 civilians were killed nationwide between February 1, 2021, and April 6, 2022 The death toll includes those killed in violent crackdowns by the State Administration Council’s (SAC’s) forces; those killed during interrogation by the SAC, as well as those arrested and those who were shot and killed amidst armed conflicts These figures are based Read more...

Singapore, China Top Foreign Investors in Myanmar 

  • April 3, 2022
  • ISP Admin
Myanmar received more than US$530 million in direct foreign investment between October 2021 and February 2022, designated by the State Administration Council (SAC) as a mini-budget period ASEAN countries accounted for the highest investment collectively, with more than US$285 million Singapore topped the list of individual country investors with US$277 million, followed by China with US$118 million Other investors in Asia included Thailand (US$7 million), Japan (US$1 million), and Malaysia Read more...