On Feb. 1 a change of regime took place in the small country of Myanmar (also known as Burma). The coup d’etat against the democratic nation was led by Min Aung Hlaing, the former commander-in-chief of defense services, now making the country a stratocracy. The coup took place a couple of months after Hlaing claimed fraud after the Nov. 8 election and claimed that he will “take action” against it.

Hlaing is responsible for genocide and has been condemned internationally for his acts. The ethnic cleansing of Rohingya Muslims has been taking place for years in the Rakhine State of Myanmar.

Along with the ethnic cleansing, BBC reported that children are being assaulted and women are being gang-raped. This has caused a dramatic increase in refugees fleeing from the area.

The United Nations Human Rights division pushed for an investigation and prosecution of the former chief of defense for crimes against humanity and war crimes back in 2018. Any action or resolution made is unknown.

Currently, Win Myint, Myanmar’s former president, and Aung San Suu Kyi, de facto leader, and former State Counsellor are being detained under the new regime. Kyi is known for being the biggest supporter of a democratic government in Myanmar, winning her a Nobel Peace Prize in 1991. Along with Myint and Kyi, Australian academic Sean Turnell has also been detained.

There have been protests for weeks opposing the coup. Protesters include students and doctors. During the endeavors, protestors have been getting attacked by military supporters. It is also being reported by The Sun that they have been getting shot , and killed, during their endeavors. Not much is known about the protests going on there due to the government shutting down the internet periodically.

Both the United States and New Zealand have refused to recognize the military regime as a legitimate government. According to PBS, in response to the coup, President Joe Biden issued an executive order to freeze Myanmar’s bank funds of $1 billion in assets. New Zealand has also suspended all military, political contact and pledged to block aid to the country. Facebook has also barred Myanmar’s military from promoting and advertising the regime.

According to MSN, Myanmar’s United Nations ambassador, Kyaw Moe Tun, has been pushing for Global Action from the U.N. and its allies to help take back the government from Myanmar’s junta. Tun said, “We need further stronger possible action from the international community to immediately end the military coup, to stop oppressing the innocent people, to return the state power to the people and to restore the democracy.” With support, Myanmar can regain its democracy and its duly elected leaders, and the U.N. chief pledges to take such an action.

Not much else is known about the situation. The United Nations is working to resolve the crisis and, there is talk of a new temporary parliament that will look into the allegations of voter fraud in the country.