December 2022

1 December

VIO CDM Myanmar sentenced 11 young citizens to death for their resistance movement against the military regime.


2 December

INT The UN Human Rights Chief Vokler Türk condemned the Myanmar military for holding secretive courts in human rights violations and called for the suspension of all executions and a return to a moratorium on the death penalty.

VIO The military forces carried out a 3-day attack on a Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army base located on the northern Shan state’s border with China.


3 December

VIO Clashes: Shwebo and Htigyaint Township in Sagaing Region (200 houses burnt).


5 December

INT Russian Economic Development Minister Maxim Reshetnikov visited Naypyitaw and signed 7 agreements with local businesses regarding trade, disease control, education, and science.


7 December

INT POL Junta Foreign Minister Wunna Maung Lwin visited Cambodia and met with Prime Minister Hun Sen to discuss bilateral relations and ASEAN issues.


9 December

INT The US House passed the Burma Act (previously passed by the US House in April 2021) with new amendments. The bill has yet to pass the Senate before becoming law.


11 December

VIO Clashes: Sagaing Region (the military set fire to 8 villages).


12 December

INT Thailand’s new ambassador to Myanmar, Mongkol Visitump, held meetings with Myanmar military personnel.

INT The UNGA Credentials Committee  rejected the Myanmar military’s attempts to take Myanmar’s seat in the UN and agreed to uphold NUG-backed ambassador Kyaw Moe Tun’s status as Myanmar's ambassador to the UN. 

INT The US will not immediately replace the current outgoing ambassador to Myanmar, Thomas Vajda, in an attempt to avoid possible interpretations legitimizing the military government. 


13 December

VIO Clashes: in Shan State (30 airstrikes were launched by the military).


14 December

INT The first-ever summit between the leaders of EU and ASEAN member states (EU-ASEAN commemorative summit), marking 45 years of diplomatic relations, took place in Brussels without any representatives from Myanmar. The NUG criticized both the EU and ASEAN for failing to take action against the military regime at the summit.

POL Several activists were given harsh prison sentences, such as Shwe Htoo (former political prisoner under Than Shwe), 17 years, Sue Sha Shinn Thant (LGBTI+ activist), 22 years. 


16 December

INT The US Senate passed the Burma Act (passed by the US House on 9 December), broadening the government’s authority to impose sanctions and aid resistance groups (it does not include arms).


18 December

VIO An explosion on a passenger ferry injured 17 people.


19 December

VIO Clashes: Insein Prison (8 killed in the bombing).


20 December

POL VIO 20 village administrators resigned out of fear for their safety amid rising tensions between the military and the AA in Rakhine State; in total, 100 village administrators submitted their resignations over 2 months. 

VIO Clashes: Indaw Township (40 junta soldiers were killed). 


21 December

VIO Clashes: in Sagaing Region (30 junta soldiers were killed).


22 December

INT The UN Security Council adopted its 1st resolution on Myanmar in 74 years, demanding an end to violence and for the junta to free all political detainees.

INT Thailand hosted an informal regional talk on the crisis in Myanmar. Representatives of Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia met with 3 junta ministers (the NUG was excluded), while Malaysia, the Philippines, Indonesia, Singapore, and Brunei did not attend the meeting. 


23 December

INT US President Biden signed the Burma Act into law.


24 December

VIO 30 civilians were burned in their vehicles in Kayah State.


26 December

VIO Clashes: in Sataung Township (the military destroyed 707 houses in 5 villages).


28 December

EXM Chief editor of Kamayut Media U Han Tha Nyein was sentenced to 5 additional years in prison under the electronic communications law.

INT Representatives of 7 EAOs held an introducing meeting with the new Chinese special envoy to Myanmar, Deng Xijun, in China’s Yunnan Province.


29 December

POL ECN MAH approved an additional military budget of more than 440 billion kyats (US$155 million) to fund his multi-front war.