May 2022

1 May

POL The junta is proceeding with its plan to hold an election next year, announcing the addition of 46 new districts to the existing 75, for a total of 121.

ECN NGOs warn that Total Energies continue to fund the junta despite the fact that Total Energies and Chevron announced their planned withdrawal from Myanmar on 21 January.

VIO The military dropped several bombs on a village in territory controlled by the KNU. Clash: in Sagaing Region (the junta burned a village of 800 households).


2 May

POL Myanmar’s military regime filed 2 more charges of corruption against detained ASSK after handing her a 5-year prison sentence for corruption on 27 April.

INT Cambodian PM Hun Sen spoke with MAH over the phone about implementing the 5-point consensus, with a focus on “speedy progress on achieving three immediate priorities”, referring to cessation of violence, humanitarian aid and constructive dialogue and demanded release of all political prisoners, including Australian economist Sean Turnell, and ASSK.

VIO Clash: in Sagaing Region (PDF killed 35 junta soldiers and 1 300 houses were razed by the junta from April 29 to May 2). 


3 May

CDM The protesters climbed to Mya Leik mountain and unfurled a 30-foot-long banner that criticized the junta. 

VIO Clash: in Saging Region (42 civilians have been killed from 30 April to 3 May).

VIO Myanmar’s military regime detained 300 civilians for interrogation following an attack on a junta convoy in Kawhmu on the outskirts of Yangon.


4 May

INT CDM Migrants from Myanmar in New Zealand raised over $3 million funds to reportedly buy surface-to-air missiles and help PDF in efforts to fight the country's military junta.

INT UN Special Envoy to Myanmar Noeleen Heyzer met for the first time  with CRPH Chairman U Aung Kyi Nyunt to discuss humanitarian aid, an end to the Myanmar crisis, freeing political detainees, and the restoration of civilian governance.

VIO 30 Rakhine youths detained in Ayeyarwady Region and accused of associating with the Arakan Army were being tortured at a naval base. Clash: in Chin State (12 junta soldiers were killed when CDF-Mindat attacked the 70 vehicles convoy).


5 May

ECN NUG started selling MAH's house for US$10 million. In the following 3 days, people bought shares worth US$2 million.

INT The junta’s state-run MRTV app was removed from Apple’s App Store and the Google Play Store, a day after it was launched.


6 May

INT The Consultative Meeting on ASEAN Humanitarian Assistance to Myanmar was held in Phnom Pehn, Cambodia. It was attended by SAC Union Minister for International Cooperation U Ko Ko Hlaing. The meeting focused on how to deliver humanitarian assistance to Myanmar through the ASEAN Coordinating Centre for Humanitarian Assistance on Disaster Management.


7 May

VIO Clash: in Kayah State (25 soldiers were killed, 6 detained, and 4 military vehicles destroyed).


9 May

VIO Clash: Sagaing Region (8 PDF soldiers were captured and killed by the junta forces). 


10 May

POL The former deputy governor of the Central Bank detained by the junta for more than a year was formally accused of corruption by the military council—a charge that carries a prison sentence of 15 years.


11 May

INT More than 637 domestic organizations and 220 000 individuals signed an open letter to Biden, which lobbies to financially isolate the junta.

INT NUG foreign minister Daw Zin Mar Aung arrived in Washington, where she met with State Department Counsellor Derek Chollet and the president’s advisers for human rights and national security.

VIO 50 junta forces abducted 100 villagers to use them as human shields in Mon State. Clashes: in Chin and Kayah states and Sagaing Region (65 junta soldiers have been killed in the last 3 days).


12 May

INT A 2-day US-ASEAN Special Summit was held in Washington and concluded with a symbolic gesture: as regional leaders met with US Vice President Kamala Harris for lunch, the junta's absence was spotlighted with an empty seat at the table complete with food and drink. While the military was not invited, the parallel NUG Foreign minister Zin Mar Aung met with officials on the sidelines, including State Department Counsellor Derek Chollet and the president’s advisers for human rights and national security (on 11 May) and her Malaysian counterpart Saifuddin Abdullah (on 13 May).

VIO Clash: in Shan State (15 junta troops were killed). 


13 May

POL Committees representing 12 region and state Hluttaws issued a joint statement opposing any attempt to hold elections.

INT Malaysian Foreign Minister Saifuddin Abdullah met his NUG counterpart on the sidelines of the US-ASEAN Special Summit (12-13 May).


14 May

VIO Clash: in Sagaing Region (PDF fighters killed 18 junta soldiers). 


15 May

INT The junta started issuing tourist visas again (after 2 years of suspension). 


16 May

POL The NUG met with the AA. The statement afterward stated the two sides held “cordial discussions on the current political situation” in Myanmar and exchanged “views.


17 May

ECN POL Senior AA officer urges Rakhine people not to invest in the new town project in Gwa Township and to boycott military products. 

INT US Senator Mitch McConnell met with NUG Foreign Minister Daw Zin Mar Aung at the US Capitol in Washington DC. They discussed Myanmar’s current situation and the “the importance of continued support from the US and friends of freedom around the world”. 

VIO The Mandalay home of NUG secretary of defense Naing Htoo Aung was bombed by a group of unidentified armed men in plainclothes.


18 May

POL The junta stopped issuing passports to striking civil servants in an effort to prevent them from leaving the country. 

INT The junta Minister for Investment and Foreign Economic Relations Aung Naing Oo participated in the ASEAN Economic Ministers’ Meeting. Covered items included challenges due to the Russian invasion of Ukraine, COVID-19, boosting regional economic cooperation, and preparations for the 12th WTO Ministerial Conference in June.

VIO The KNL Army and allied resistance forces scored a decisive victory in Kayin State’s Myawaddy Township, storming and seizing a military outpost in Thay Baw Boe village that has been under military control for 32 years.


19 May

POL NUG Interim President Duwa Lashi La has announced that judicial bodies have been formed in 15 townships in Sagaing Region and judicial powers had been delegated to them.


20 May

POL General Yawd Serk, the chairman of the Restoration Council of Shan State Army-South, met with regime MAH, becoming the first ethnic leader to join the junta’s peace talks.

VIO Clash:  Sagaing Region (junta torched around 500 houses and 5 000 people have been forced to flee their homes). 


21 May

INT US President Joe Biden and South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol released a joint statement after Biden’s visit to South Korea. Among other international topics, both leaders condemned the military takeover in Myanmar and called on all nations to grant asylum to Myanmar nationals and prohibit arms sales to Myanmar. 


23 May

POL The country’s major EAOs rejected the junta’s recent offer of peace talks as neither genuine nor all-inclusive, the NMSP became the 2nd EAO, after the Restoration Council of Shan State Army-South, to meet with MAH in Naypyitaw.


24 May

EXM The regime has cut phone and internet services in nearly a dozen townships in resistance stronghold areas in Sagaing Region.

INT Leaders from the Quad met in Tokyo to discuss matters related to the Asia Pacific, including Myanmar. In a joint statement released after the meeting, the leaders called for the “immediate end to violence in Myanmar” as well as the release of all political prisoners and engagement in “constructive dialogue”.

VIO Clash: in Sagaing Region (38 soldiers and 2 PDF fighters were killed).


25 May

INT NUG Health Minister Dr Zaw Wai Soe held a meeting with the Amanda Milling, UK Minister of State for Asia and the Middle East and Member of Parliament in London.


26 May

ECN Myanmar's central bank has ordered ministries and local governments not to use foreign currencies for domestic transactions, to help relieve pressure on the kyat currency.

CDM POL The Department of Basic Education has banned 16 private schools in Nay Pyi Taw accused of being involved in politics from opening for the 2022-2023 academic year.

VIO POL The NUG Ministry of Defense stated that those joining SAC People’s Security Teams would no longer be regarded as civilians and would be targeted by military action. NUG urged them to defect to the PDFs with arms.

INT Cambodian PM Hun Sen met with UN Special Envoy to Myanmar Noeleen Heyzer during the World Economic Forum in Switzerland, where the 2 discussed Myanmar and Cambodia’s role as the ASEAN chair.

VIO Clash: in Sagaing Region (10 000 civilians from 19 villages fled their homes since 25 May).


27 May

INT The UNSC failed to agree on a statement aimed at pushing Myanmar’s junta to take steps toward a peaceful solution to the country’s ongoing crisis. China and the UK, which drafted the text, blamed each other for the failure of the day-long negotiation.


28 May

VIO Clash: in Sagaing Region (30 soldiers and Pyusawhti members were killed).


29 May

INT NUG Health Minister Dr. Zaw Wai Soe discussed the support being provided by the NUG to the PDFs at a meeting with Myanmar revolutionary families at London South Bank University.

VIO Clashes: in Bago Region (2 regime vehicles attacked) and in Sagaing Region (16 soldiers were killed).


30 May

POL The junta met with a delegation from the United Wa State Party (being the 4th EAO in the peace talks). The group continues committed to its neutrality.


31 May

POL Businessman Maung Weik, the key witness in a corruption case against ASSK, testified that an alleged bribe paid to her was really a donation to her charity. 

VIO The regime council warned residents of 2 Mandalay townships that it will punish all their relatives if a family member provides aid to PDF.

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