Myanmar Coup Tracker

Myanmar Coup Tracker is a website dedicated to mapping key events following the military coup staged by Tatmadaw, Myanmar's military, which occurred on 1 February 2021, in an attempt to grab power from the civilian government.

For the sake of clarity, we also include a few entries before 1 February 2021 and the results of the 2020 general elections, which were used by the Tatmadaw as a justification for the coup. However, the election results and the complaints about irregularities are not necessarily in a causal relationship with the coup. There are more explanations and speculations about the erosion behind the coup, and it is not the aim of this initiative to uncover it.

The Myanmar Coup Tracker is an open-access, crowd-sourced tool for anyone working on Myanmar, whether it is in research, advocacy, or policy. It is a long-term initiative and the entries are updated every week, focusing on internal politics, the CDM movement, international responses, occurrence of violence, and freedom of expression/media.

If you have any comments, suggestions, or events to add to the Tracker, please reach out to our colleague Dr. Kristína Kironská (Head of Project), or use the form below.

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AA | Arakan Army

AAPP | Assistance Association for Political Prisoners

ANC | The Arakan National Council

ASSK | Aung San Suu Kyi

CDM | Civil Disobedience Movement

CRPH | Committee Representing Pyidaungsu Hluttaw (Assembly of the Union)

CSO | Civil society organization

EAO | ethnic armed organization

IDP | internally displaced people

KIA | Kachin Independence Army

KNLA | Karen National Liberation Army

MAH | Min Aung Hlaing

MEC | Myanmar Economic Corporation

MEHL | Myanmar Economic Holdings Limited.

MNDAA | The Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army

NCA | National Ceasefire Agreement

NLD | National League for Democracy

NUG | National Unity Government

PDF | People’s Defense Force

SAC | State Administration Council

SNLD | Shan Nationalities League for Democracy

TNLA | Ta'ang National Liberation Army

UEC | Union Election Commission

UNGA | United National General Assembly

UNSC | United Nations Security Council

USDP | Union Solidarity and Development Party

Coup Tracker

January 2021

26 January

  • The spokesman for the Armed Forces Zaw Min Tun said the military would “take action” and use all available options including the Supreme Court. When asked if he could rule out a coup, he said “cannot say so”.

28 January

29 January

February 2021

1 February

2 February

3 February

4 February

5 February

6 February

7 February

8 February

9 February

10 February

11 February

12 February

13 February

  • SAC made changes to privacy laws which now allow authorities to enter private residences without warrants and detain people without permission from a court.

  • The military threatened civil servants who refused to return to work.

  • The junta issued arrest warrants for 7 people, including a singer, writer, think tank director, social media influencers, and former 88 generation student leaders Min Ko Naing and Jimmy, charging them under the Penal Code for “using their popularity to destabilize the country”.

14 February

15 February

16 February

17 February

18 February

19 February

20 February

  • NCA signatories announced that they will no longer negotiate with the junta.

  • Norway froze state-to-state knowledge development programs in Myanmar.

  • Singapore said the use of lethal force against unarmed protesters is inexcusable.

  • The UK said it will consider further action against those involved in violence.

  • The EU's Foreign Policy Chief condemned the deadly violence.

  • US State Department spokesperson said the US is “deeply concerned”.

21 February

22 February

23 February

24 February

25 February

26 February

27 February

28 February

March 2021

1 March

2 March

3 March

4 March

5 March

6 March

7 March

8 March

9 March

10 March

11 March

12 March

14 March

15 March

16 March

17 March

18 March

19 March

20 March

22 March

23 March

24 March

25 March

26 March

27 March

28 March

29 March

30 March

31 March

April 2021

1 April

2 April

  • Australian government stepped up calls on the junta to release Sean Turnell.

3 April

4 April

5 April

6 April

7 April

8 April

9 April

10 April

11 April

  • “Flash Strike”, aiming flashlights into the night sky to signal rejection of the coup.

12 April

13 April

14 April

15 April

16 April

17 April

18 April

19 April

20 April

21 April

22 April

23 April

24 April

25 April

26 April

27 April

28 April

29 April

30 April

May 2021

1 May

2 May

  • Several bomb blasts in Kyauk Myaung, Tharkayta, Thingangyun, South Okkalapa, South Dagon, and North Dagon.

3 May

4 May

5 May

6 May

7 May

  • 16 military troops killed and several wounded during shootouts with civilian resistance forces in Sagaing Region. Protesters are using more sophisticated weapons against the military than in the beginning.

8 May

9 May

10 May

11 May

12 May

13 May

14 May

15 May

17 May

18 May

19 May

20 May

21 May

22 May

23 May

24 May

25 May

26 May

27 May

28 May

30 May

31 May

June 2021

1 June

  • The military bombed villages in Katha, Sagaing Region, a day after the Katha PDF ambushed a convoy of junta soldiers.

  • The military shot at Buddhist monks from Ma Soe Yein Monastery who recited religious verses in protest against the military.

  • The military invaded a refugee camp in Putao and threatened unarmed refugees with the suspicion that KIA intelligence was stationed at the camp.

  • DVB and Mizzima reporters sentenced to 2 years in prison.

  • A Thai court sentenced 3 Myanmar journalists from DVB and their 2 associates to 7 months imprisonment for entering Thailand illegally.

  • 40 French MPs urged the country’s administration to declare support for the NUG and to increase pressure on Total.

  • 5 civilians accused of being military informants from two villages in Gangaw, Magway region found dead.

3 June

4 June

5 June

6 June

7 June

  • PDFs formed in Monywa, and Chaung-U, Sagaing Region.

  • The NUG will classify all organizations supporting the military as terrorists.

  • ASSK asked civilians to donate money to cover her legal fees and basic living expenses; she is under house arrest refuses the assistance provided by the SAC.

  • The junta judge overseeing ASSK’s trial to complete the hearing of the 5 cases against her within 180 days, and proceedings in the first criminal case set to finish on 28 June. The hearings would take place every Monday and Tuesday.

  • ASEAN met with China in accordance to help in carrying out its 5-point consensus to resolve the crisis in Myanmar.

  • ASEAN ministers pressure Myanmar after 'painfully slow' progress.

8 June

9 June

11 June

12 June

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