11:00 AM, 27 February 2021 News Briefing

  • The NLD announced on Feb.26 that it does not accept the statement released by the military-appointed new chairman of the Union Election Commission(UEC) that Nov’s elections results have been annulled.  The  UEC’s chairman, Thein Soe stated that the results of the 2020 election, in which the NLD had won a landslide victory, was annulled during a yesterday (Feb26)meeting with 53 political parties in Naypyidaw.
  • UN human rights Special Rapporteurs, independent experts yesterday(Feb.26)  called on the Myanmar military to immediately end the violent crackdown on countrywide peaceful protests against its coup and allow free expression. 
  • Defying the Myanmar military,  United Nations ambassador, Kyaw Moe Tun  represented Myanmar’s ousted civilian government, and  delivered a speech addressing the UN General Assembly meeting on yesterday (Feb.26). The ambassador Kyaw Moe Tun denounced the military coup, and said “all strongest possible measures to stop the violent and brutal acts committed by the security forces against peaceful demonstrators, and end the military coup immediately”.
  • It is reported that security forces cordoned off the protest areas such as Hleden, Myaynigone in Yangon since this early morning before the protesters arrived. In addition, they also blocked the entire University Avenue Road where the State Counselor’s house and embassies are located.
  • As of February 25, a total of 748 people have been arrested, charged, or sentenced since the February 1 coup, among them, 686 are still under detention, according to the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners-AAPP.
  • As of 8 PM, 26 Feb, a total of 1,254 samples were tested, and found 34 more new cases. MoHS has reported 141,875 of total confirmed cases including 131,435 discharged, and 3,198 deaths.
  • Another woman was forcibly arrested in Pathein, Ayeyarwady region on Feb 26 while she returned from shopping with her daughter, said her daughter. A total of 7 anti-coup protesters were arrested in Pathein and they could not be reached so far.
  • In Sagaing, medical supplies including masks, oxygen cylinders, hand gels, and PPE,  donated by the Sagaing residents and Daw Khin Kyi Foundation were seized by police and troops at around 10 am on Friday, said a local. In this regard, township police chief Soe Moe Naing voiced “We seized in accordance with the law and will transfer the medical supplies to the hospital when it reopens.”
  • Riot police cracked down on the anti-military protest in Pakokku and arrested about 15 protesters including teachers and members of the Red Cross.
  • In Mandalay, the deposed NLD’s MP Daw Win Mya Mya and regional executive U Aye Thein were arrested in party office this morning.