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Myanmar's National Unity Gov. forms People Defense Force against the military junta, Analysis: Phil Robertson of Human Rights Watch Updated: 2021-05-06 17:17:53 KST

Now let's talk more about the dire situation in Myanmar with Phil Robertson, Deputy Director of Human Right Watch's Asia Division, joining us live from Bangkok.

The situation took a political turn after the ousted elected lawmakers, The Committee Representing Pyidaungsu Hluttaw (CRPH) formed National Unity Government in April. Could you first give us the latest about the NUG? How are they received among the people of Myanmar and on an international level?

While releasing its plan to form ‘People’s Defense Force’ to protect civilians from military attacks… the NUG said the move was a precursor to establishing a Federal Union Army. Could this be a game-changer?

Kachin, an ethnic rebel group claimed to have shot down a military helicopter on Monday, while local media reported that five people including an ousted lawmaker and police officers who were in a civil disobedience movement were killed by at least one parcel bomb on Tuesday. Are we seeing any changes in the latest development of the civil disobedience movement?

Various global efforts were seen in the past few days. ASEAN member nations reached a consensus on Immediate cessation of violence in Myanmar, while foreign ministers of G7 condemned continuing military violence. More than two hundred NGOs are calling for UN arms embargo on Myanmar What’s your assessment of recent global actions?

Phil Robertson of the Human Rights Watch for us tonight. Thank you.

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