Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)
- Blast Kills One Child, Injures Four Others in Myanmar's Shan State Radio Free Asia 31 Jul 2020 -- A five-year-old girl was killed and four other children were badly injured by a blast of unexploded ordnance in Myanmar's northern Shan state as they played with an explosive device left from recent battles in a decades-old armed conflict in the region, family members said.
- Interview: 'Security is Important' as Myanmar's Rakhine State Prepares to Vote Radio Free Asia 31 Jul 2020 -- As Myanmar gears up for general elections slated for Nov. 8, it remains unclear whether voting will be held in war-ravaged northern Rakhine state, where fighting between government forces and the rebel Arakan Army (AA) has raged for 20 months, leaving scores of civilians dead and displacing around 200,000 others.
- Myanmar Parties Select Candidates to Draw Youth And Women Voters in 2020 Contests Radio Free Asia 30 Jul 2020 -- Myanmar's political parties have put forward more female and young candidates for this year's general elections than in past polls, ramping up efforts to draw more ballots from the country's large proportion of women voters, analysts and party officials said Thursday.
- Bereaved Rakhine Families Attest to Rise in Deaths in Myanmar Army Custody Radio Free Asia 29 Jul 2020 -- In Myanmar's restive Rakhine state, civilian deaths in military custody have increased to at least 29 cases this year, with most of the victims ethnic Rakhine men detained and tortured for suspected connections to the rebel Arakan Army (AA), family members of the missing or dead told RFA.
- Ethnic Karens Press Myanmar Army to Remove Troops Over Killing of Civilian Radio Free Asia 28 Jul 2020 -- Thousands of ethnic Karens rallied in southeastern Myanmar's Kayin state on Tuesday, adding a demand that the government withdraw troops from their district to previous calls for justice for a woman shot dead by two soldiers in her home this month.
- Myanmar Army Defends Rakhine Internet Ban Rights Groups Say Hinders Aid, COVID-19 Awareness Radio Free Asia 27 Jul 2020 -- A government ban on internet service in western Myanmar's war-torn Rakhine state – criticized as harmful by rights groups and relief workers – keeps troop movements offline and secret while dampening speech that incites ethnic tensions, a spokesman for the country's military said Monday.
- Myanmar's Kachin Army Vows Investigation, Compensation For Two Shan Ni Teenagers Killed in Custody Radio Free Asia 24 Jul 2020 -- The rebel Kachin Independence Army in Myanmar has detained five of its fighters for killing two teenaged boys from the Shan Ni ethnic group after taking them captive on July 6, promising to punish the killers and compensate victim's families, sources in Kachin State said Friday.
- Myanmar Urged to Work With UN Rights Process Rather Than Resist Scrutiny Radio Free Asia 22 Jul 2020 -- Rights groups are urging Myanmar to work with international bodies to address allegations of rights abuse and failures to reform rather than rebut the accusations at the U.N. Human Rights Council in the run-up to the Southeast Asian country's next Universal Periodic Review in January 2021.
- Myanmar to Set up Complaint Process For War Violence Against Children Radio Free Asia 21 Jul 2020 -- With scores of children killed and maimed each year in Myanmar's long-running ethnic wars, and hundreds conscripted as laborers, the government is setting up a national complaint mechanism for reporting violence and sexual crimes against minors in regions under conflict, officials said.
- Coronavirus Pandemic Forces Myanmar's 'Neck-Coil' Women Home From Thailand Radio Free Asia 21 Jul 2020 -- Hundreds of ethnic Kayan women who used to sell textiles and crafts in Thailand have returned to Myanmar in recent months, forced to leave when the coronavirus pandemic triggered the collapse of the Thai tourism sector, with only grueling farmwork available back home.
- Myanmar Investigating Soldiers in Shooting Death of Karen Woman Radio Free Asia 20 Jul 2020 -- Myanmar's army said Monday it is holding two soldiers who admitted to shooting dead an ethnic Karen mother of three children in eastern Kayin state last week, a killing the local ethnic army reported as a violation of a fragile nationwide cease-fire pact.
- Myanmar's govt. disregards obligation to account for military atrocities: HRW Press TV 20 Jul 2020 -- Myanmar's government has so far failed to abide by its international obligations to account for the army's atrocities against minorities, particularly the Rohingya Muslims living in the state of Rakhine, Human Rights Watch says.
- Arakan Army Collects Taxes, Polices Streets in Parts of Myanmar's War-Torn Rakhine State Radio Free Asia 20 Jul 2020 -- The rebel Arakan Army has set up civil administrations in parts of western Myanmar's Rakhine state, collecting taxes and arresting illegal drug users – making good on a pledge to provide governance to underpin the ethnic Rakhine autonomy the armed group has been fighting for.
- Thousands More Myanmar Villagers Flee Armed Conflict in Rakhine State Radio Free Asia 16 Jul 2020 -- More than 3,000 civilians have fled villages in the far north of Myanmar's conflict-ridden Rakhine state after three days of heavy fighting between government forces and the rebel Arakan Army that killed one villager and injured three others, a relief worker said Thursday.
- Chinese-Backed Copper Exploration Plans in Myanmar Rekindle Fears Radio Free Asia 16 Jul 2020 -- The recent approval of plans by a Chinese-backed mining firm to explore a vast swathe of northwestern Myanmar for copper has alarmed residents who fear losing their farms in a repeat of earlier bitter clashes over land rights, pollution, and compensation that gripped the region.
- Grisly Death Highlights Increasing Civilian Detentions in Myanmar's Rakhine Conflict Radio Free Asia 15 Jul 2020 -- A family in western Myanmar's Rakhine state was ordered to collect the battered body of a 37-year-old man, days after he was detained by the army for suspected ties to the rebel Arakan Army – a victim of what rights workers say is a rising tide of arrests that has swept up hundreds of mostly young men.
- Number of COVID-19 infections rises to 326 in Myanmar Global Times 11 Jul 2020 -- The number of COVID-19 infection cases has risen to 326 as of Friday, according to latest figures by the Ministry of Health and Sports.
- 10,000 Rally Over Shooting of Civilians in Myanmar's Shan State Radio Free Asia 10 Jul 2020 -- Thousands of residents of northeastern Myanmar's Shan state protested on Friday over an incident last month when government troops allegedly killed one civilian and injured another in a clash with a local ethnic army, local residents said.
- Rohingya-based Party Urges Myanmar to Allow The Muslim Minority to Vote And Run For Office Radio Free Asia 09 Jul 2020 -- A political party representing Myanmar's persecuted ethnic Rohingya is pressing election authorities to allow members of the Muslim minority who hold temporary "white card" IDs to vote and to run in November nationwide elections.
- New to Myanmar's Rakhine Conflict, Landmines Claim Rising Toll Radio Free Asia 09 Jul 2020 -- A 66-year-old man who died after stepping on a landmine while tending cattle in western Myanmar's Rakhine state last week joined a growing list of mine victims in the 19-month armed conflict between government forces and the rebel Arakan Army.
- Myanmar Leader Triggers Debate With 'Illegal' Reference to Dead Jade Scavengers Radio Free Asia 09 Jul 2020 -- Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi raised eyebrows when she referred to recent victims of a jade mine landslide that killed at least 172 people last week as "illegal" in an online chat in which she lamented the lack of proper jobs in the country.
- Myanmar Army Actions in Rakhine State Should be Tried as 'War Crimes,' Says Amnesty Radio Free Asia 08 Jul 2020 -- Myanmar's army has shelled villages and burned homes in Rakhine state in recent months, killing and displacing civilians in "attacks that amount to war crimes" that should be tried by the top United Nations court, Amnesty International said Wednesday.
- Myanmar Military Kills Civilians in Indiscriminate Attacks, Amnesty Says VOA 08 Jul 2020 -- The Myanmar military has killed civilians, including children, in indiscriminate bombings in the nation's Rakhine and Chin states, Amnesty International said Wednesday.
- Corruption, Weak Rule of Law Cited as Myanmar Probes Latest Jade Disaster Radio Free Asia 07 Jul 2020 -- A team appointed by the Myanmar government to probe a massive landslide at a jade mine in northern Myanmar has begun its investigation into the deadly accident that killed at least 172 people, a Kachin state official said Tuesday.
- Rakhine Villagers Take Refuge in State Capital Amid New Offensive Radio Free Asia 03 Jul 2020 -- Myanmar's military is conducting offensives against the Arakan Army in Rakhine state's Rathedaung township, according to villagers who have taken refuge in the state capital Sittwe as talk of a gathering army campaign drove 20,000 from their homes over the past week.
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