What began in the 1940s as a revolutionary army created to liberate Myanmar from British colonial rule soon turned repressive. The country has been a military dictatorship on and off since 1962.
After arresting Aung San Suu Kyi once again, the army is clearly not ready to relinquish control.
The story of Nigeria's #EndSARS movement shows just how durable law enforcement institutions are – and why the road to reform goes straight uphill.
In Myanmar, spousal abuse is legal and stigma stop most women from reporting sexual violence. A bill championed by feminists but long stalled in Parliament may soon give women their basic rights.