Daily Briefing in Relation to the Military Coup

Updated 22 May 2023

Since the February 1, 2021 coup and the emergence of the Spring Revolution, a total of (3,562) people, including pro-democracy activists and civilians have been killed through military crackdowns against the pro-democracy movement.

Since the coup, a total of (22,624) people were arrested and among them, (18,308) are currently under detention, (6,024) of whom are serving sentences. There are a total of (114) post-coup death row prisoners as of May 22, 2023. (121) people have been sentenced in absentia, of whom (42) have been sentenced to death. This makes a total of (156) people who have been sentenced to death. (4,316) people have already been released. 

These are the numbers verified by AAPP. The actual numbers are likely much higher. We will continue to update accordingly. 

According to monitoring by the Documentation and Research Department of AAPP, in recent weeks, the junta forces have been attacking villages and capturing civilians to use them as human shields. The junta forces attacked Ta Mar Hkaw and Taung Su (West) Villages, Kyaukkyi Township, Bago Region, and captured civilians to use as human shields. As a result, around 800 locals from two villages were in fear and fled for safety.

Moreover, the junta forces have been raiding civilian areas and employing arson attacks, despite an absence of clashes and unrest. As a result, the locals had to flee for safety. From May 18 to 21, a military column of Light Infantry Battalion-368 of the junta forces and Pyu Saw Htee militiamen with over 100 personnel in total, raided and set fire to Ma Gyi Kone, Su Tat, Hpoke Kone, Bote Kone and Pyit Taing Htaung Villages in Zee Kone Rural Area, Kanbalu Township, Sagaing Region. This lasted for 4 days. As a result, many houses were burned down and locals fled for safety.

According to information gathered today, on May 19, Monywa Prison Court sentenced Monywa Strike leader Wai Moe Naing to serve an additional 20 years in prison under Section 122 of the Penal Code. Hence, he now has a total of 52 years of imprisonment. On April 15, 2021, while he was peacefully protesting against the military dictatorship in Monywa Town, Sagaing Region, as part of a motorbike strike, the junta forces ran over his motorbike with a car, beat him and arrested him. Afterwards, he was sentenced to 10 years in prison under 5 charges of Section 505 A of the Penal Code, 2 years in prison under Section 25 of the Natural Disaster Management Law and 20 years in prison under Sections 505 A, 148, 323(a), 395 and 397 of the Penal Code. Thus, he was already sentenced to serve a total of 32 years in prison.

In addition to this, on May 19, junta forces came into Kyauk Kar Village, Palaw Township, Tanintharyi Region after an administration office in the village was bombed. On the morning of May 20, 7 locals, including a woman, were taken to Infantry Battalion-285 based in Palaw Town.

AAPP will continue to inform on verified daily arrests, charges, sentences, and fatalities in relation to the attempted coup, and update the lists with details of these alleged offenses. If you receive any information about detentions of, or charges against: CSO leaders, activists, journalists, CDM workers, other civilians and fallen heroes in relation to the military and police crackdown on dissent, please submit to the following addresses: fatality-data@aappb.org  detention-data@aappb.org 

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Released – bit.ly/3MbC3kd

Death Penalty in Detention – https://bit.ly/3BmDPO0 

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