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Post-Coup Arson: 86,000 Homes and Buildings Destroyed

  • September 29, 2023
  • ISP Admin
In over two and a half years since the coup, at least 86,134 houses and buildings (including religious buildings) have been torched and destroyed, with 64 percent of these happening in 2022 Read more...

Puzzle of Official Trade Gap Rises: China and Myanmar Trade Data

  • August 3, 2023
  • ISP Admin
A comparison between the statements of SAC and the General Administration of Customs of China (GACC) shows a nearly USD 17 billion gap in the previous 2022-23 financial year The amount represents illegal trade while showing an increase of almost two times compared to the 2020-21 financial Read more...

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...