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USCRI Backgrounder: Myanmar

By USCRI July 30, 2021

A military coup on February 1, 2021, has stalled both Myanmar’s economy and its slow progress toward democratization. It is also worsening displacement trends in a country that was already the source of one of the most serious refugee crises in the world. Since the coup, thousands have fled their homes as the Tatmadaw military clashes with armed ethnic groups and other resistance organizations. Close to one million Rohingya Muslims remain in refugee camps across the border in Bangladesh, after the military began a campaign in 2017 that the United Nations has equated with ethnic cleansing. As the military continues to suppress dissent to its rule and detain the upper echelons of the country’s duly elected government, Myanmar faces an uncertain future as an international pariah whose societal and economic stability is undermined by mass displacement and a dangerous new turn in the coronavirus pandemic.

Read the full report: https://refugees.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/USCRI-Myanmar-Backgrounder.pdf


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