Internal conflict in Myanmar
|Internal conflict in Myanmar|
| Republic of the Union of Myanmar
|Opposition forces[note 1]
KNU (since 1949)
|Commanders and leaders|
| Thein Sein
(President of Myanmar)
| Twan Mrat Naing
| 492,000[note 2]
|Casualties and losses|
|130,000–250,000 total killed
The Internal conflict in Myanmar (also known as Burma) refers to fighting between government soldiers and rebels in Myanmar, and began shortly after it separated from the United Kingdom in 1948. The Government of Myanmar has fought different rebel forces from various ethnic minority groups. The cause of the conflict is the government's refusal to give minority groups the amount of political power that they want, and a feeling that minority rights are not respected by the government. Since the beginning of the conflict, hundreds of thousands of civilians in Myanmar have been killed in the wars and millions have become refugees.
In January 2013, British and European politicians called on Myanmar to stop its military offensive in the mostly Christian Kachin State.
Notes[change | change source]
- Only groups of significant size or recent activity are shown.
- Includes an additional 72,000 reserve personnel.
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