Coup in Burma (Myanmar): Issues for U.S. Policy [Updated March 18, 2021]   [open pdf - 748KB]

From the Document: "On February 1, 2021, Burma's military, known as the Tatmadaw, seized control of Burma's Union Government and detained State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi (the country's de facto civilian leader) and members of her political party, the National League for Democracy (NLD). The NLD had won parliamentary elections held in November 2020, and the coup came as the country's Union Parliament was preparing for its initial session. The military's action was widely condemned internationally as a blow to Burma's partial transition from military rule to democracy. An informal civil disobedience movement has grown that has staged large protests across the country as well as general strikes. The military declared martial law [hyperlink] in parts of Yangon on March 15, and has used lethal force against protestors on several occasions. The United Nations Human Rights Office reported that as of March 17, over 2,000 have been arrested and 149 killed [hyperlink]. [...] On February 1, President Biden called [hyperlink] for nations around the world to unite in support of defending Burma's democracy. On February 2, the State Department announced that the recent events constituted a 'coup d'état' [...], triggering certain restrictions on U.S. aid to the government. [...] On March 8, the Commerce Department added four Burmese entities [hyperlink] to its Entity List, strengthening export restrictions. On March 12, Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas designated Burma [hyperlink] for Temporary Protected Status so that 'Burmese nationals and habitual residents may remain temporarily in the United States.'"

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CRS Insight, IN11594
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