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July 2021 - Myanmar Special Weapons News
- Six Months After Myanmar's Coup, Life is Worse in Nearly Every Metric: Analysts Radio Free Asia 30 Jul 2021 -- Six months after Myanmar's military staged a coup to remove the country's democratically elected government, life in the Southeast Asian nation is worse by nearly every metric, according to analysts, who said the junta's prospect for maintaining power in the long term appears unlikely.
- Six months after coup, Myanmar's political, rights and aid crisis is worsening UN News 30 Jul 2021 -- It's been six months since the military coup in Myanmar where there's grave concern over the widening impact of the deepening political, human rights and humanitarian crisis affecting the country's people.
- Junta Troops Arrest Dozens of PDF Militiamen in Myanmar's Sagaing Region Radio Free Asia 29 Jul 2021 -- Troops loyal to Myanmar's junta arrested nearly 60 members of the People's Defense Force (PDF) militia in Sagaing region's embattled Mingin township on Wednesday with the help of a paramilitary group, prompting thousands of villagers to flee their homes for safety, according to sources.
- Many Hurdles on the Way to Accountability for Rohingya and Uyghur Atrocities, Experts Tell US Hearing Radio Free Asia 29 Jul 2021 -- Holding perpetrators of genocide in China, Myanmar, and elsewhere accountable for atrocities is a worldwide goal but there are many obstacles to seeking justice through courts, panelists told a Washington hearing this week.
- Myanmar, in Coup Aftermath, Faces Exploding Pandemic VOA 29 Jul 2021 -- Six months after its coup, Myanmar now faces a mushrooming COVID-19 pandemic.
- Junta-Run Public Hospitals Rejecting Even Myanmar's Sickest COVID-19 Patients Radio Free Asia 29 Jul 2021 -- The sickest COVID-19 patients in Myanmar are now being denied admittance to military junta-run public hospitals, family members and relief workers said Thursday, as the country's healthcare system has been pushed to the brink of collapse during a poorly managed third wave of the coronavirus.
- Heavy rains displace thousands of Rohingya Muslim refugees in Bangladesh Press TV 29 Jul 2021 -- Torrential monsoon rains have ruined the sprawling camps of Rohingya Muslim refugees in southern Bangladesh, turning settlements into fast-flowing rivers overnight and leaving thousands of refugees without a shelter.
- Issues Related to Rohingya Muslims India PIB 28 Jul 2021 -- Illegal migrants (including Rohingyas) pose a threat to national security. There are reports about some Rohingya migrants indulging in illegal activities.
- Desperate COVID Families Hoist Flags For Donations in Myanmar's Cities Radio Free Asia 28 Jul 2021 -- Families stricken with COVID-19 are hoisting flags above their homes in Myanmar's most populated cities to solicit much-needed donations during a third wave of the coronavirus that critics say has been poorly mismanaged by the military regime.
- 'No Fewer Than 10' Bodies Discovered in Graves in Myanmar's Kani Township Radio Free Asia 28 Jul 2021 -- Five unidentified bodies have been discovered in Myanmar's remote Sagaing region, days after junta troops arrested several people in the area, a scene of heavy fighting for months, and two weeks after villagers found more than a dozen corpses left to rot in a nearby forest.
- Myanmar's junta cancels 2020 election results Press TV 28 Jul 2021 -- Almost six months after taking power in a coup d'Ă©tat, Myanmar's junta has canceled the results of last year's elections, in which the party of former de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi secured enough seats in parliament to form a government.
- Coup, COVID-19 Deal Dual Blows to Myanmar's Economy Radio Free Asia 28 Jul 2021 -- Violent political conflict since the February military coup and a deadly third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic have pummeled Myanmar's economy, with the World Bank predicting a double-digit contraction of GDP this year and many urban residents struggling with shrinking incomes and rising food prices.
- Bangladesh: Deadly flooding, landslides devastate Rohingya refugees UN News 28 Jul 2021 -- Three days of strong winds and heavy monsoon rain on sprawling refugee sites in Bangladesh's Cox's Bazar have taken Rohingya refugee lives and wreaked havoc and destruction, the UN refugee agency said on Wednesday.
- More Than 100 Teenagers Have Been Killed in Myanmar Protest Violence Radio Free Asia 27 Jul 2021 -- Myanmar security forces have killed more than 100 teenagers following the Feb. 1 military coup that overthrew the country's democratically elected civilian government, according to figures tallied by a human rights monitor group.
- Myanmar Junta on Path of 'Total Self-Destruction' After Annulment of 2020 Election: Observers Radio Free Asia 27 Jul 2021 -- Myanmar's junta has chosen a path of "total self-destruction" by disregarding the will of the people in a bid to legitimize its power grab, an official with the deposed National League for Democracy (NLD) said Tuesday, in response to an announcement annulling the country's 2020 election results.
- More Than 80 Ethnic Chin Killed by Myanmar's Military Since February Coup: Watchdog Group Radio Free Asia 27 Jul 2021 -- Troops loyal to Myanmar's junta have killed more than 80 ethnic Chins in the country since the military took power in a Feb. 1 coup, including two infants and a 15-year-old rape victim, a Chin watchdog group said Tuesday.
- Myanmar: Rights expert calls for 'COVID ceasefire', urges UN action UN News 27 Jul 2021 -- The UN independent expert on the human rights situation in Myanmar on Tuesday called for a "COVID ceasefire" for the country, as infections and deaths soar even as the military junta escalates attacks against healthcare workers.
- Floods Add to Misery as Myanmar Struggles to Control Third Wave of COVID-19 Radio Free Asia 26 Jul 2021 -- Already grappling with a deadly third wave of COVID-19 infections in a health crisis made worse by chaos from the military coup, southern Myanmar was inundated by severe flooding over the weekend that hampered the efforts of healthcare workers and aid groups.
- Myanmar's Junta Annuls 2020 Election Results, Citing Voter Fraud Radio Free Asia 26 Jul 2021 -- Myanmar's junta has annulled the results of the country's 2020 election, which saw Aung San Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy (NLD) party win in a landslide, drawing condemnation from political parties who condemned the move as illegal and said they will not honor it.
- Prisoners of Conscience Stage Rare Protest in Myanmar's Insein Prison Radio Free Asia 23 Jul 2021 -- Several political prisoners staged a rare protest at Myanmar's notorious Insein Prison on Friday demanding that authorities grant their freedom, days after the ruling military junta announced an emergency COVID-19 amnesty for inmates charged with all minor crimes except defamation.
- Myanmar's Junta Must be Made to 'Feel There is no Alternative But to Stand Down': UN Expert Radio Free Asia 23 Jul 2021 -- Tom Andrews, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in Myanmar, recently warned that a steep increase in the number of COVID-19 cases during a third wave of the coronavirus coupled with the public mistrust of the junta following its Feb. 1 coup d'Ă©tat had created "a perfect storm of factors that could cause a significant loss of life in Myanmar."
- New batch of China's Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine arrives in Myanmar People's Daily 23 Jul 2021 -- A new batch of China's Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine and related materials arrived in Myanmar's Yangon on Thursday, according to a release from the Chinese Embassy in Myanmar.
- Myanmar Faces COVID-19 Surge Amid Political Crisis VOA 23 Jul 2021 -- Myanmar, already on the brink of widespread civil war after February's coup, is facing another crisis as COVID-19 cases surge.
- COVID-19 Patients Sheltering in Jungle Amid Clashes in Myanmar's Sagaing Region Radio Free Asia 22 Jul 2021 -- At least 30 people confirmed to be infected with COVID-19 are in hiding in the jungles of Myanmar's remote Sagaing region after fleeing fighting between troops loyal to the country's military regime and a branch of the People's Defense Force (PDF) militia, residents said Thursday.
- Myanmar junta accused of arresting doctors treating COVID-19 patients Press TV 22 Jul 2021 -- Myanmar's military junta has arrested several doctors treating COVID-19 patients independently as the health system struggles to cope with a record wave of infections amid ongoing turmoil across the southeast Asian country.
- International Religious Freedom or Belief Alliance members' statement on the crisis in Myanmar UK FCDO 22 Jul 2021 -- Fourteen countries stand in solidarity with victims of attacks by the Myanmar security forces and condemn attacks on places of worship.
- Myanmar on Brink of COVID-19 Catastrophe Due to Junta's Lack of Leadership: Medical Experts Radio Free Asia 21 Jul 2021 -- A failure to quickly control soaring COVID-19 infections and deaths amid a third wave of the coronavirus in Myanmar could bring the country to its knees, medical experts said Wednesday, while blaming the junta for allowing the national healthcare system to disintegrate after it seized power in February.
- Veteran Myanmar Politician Nyan Win Dies in Detention of COVID-19 Radio Free Asia 20 Jul 2021 -- Nyan Win, the spokesman for Myanmar's ousted National League for Democracy (NLD), died Tuesday after contracting COVID-19 in prison, prompting condemnation from observers who said the military had killed the veteran politician by detaining him during the deadly coronavirus pandemic.
- Myanmar's Crackdown on Free Press Driving Journalists to Thailand VOA 21 Jul 2021 -- On an early April evening in a thick patch of jungle in eastern Myanmar, Win, a journalist with a local news outlet, waited anxiously for nightfall before slipping across a quiet stretch of border and safely into Thailand.
- Interview: 'Up to 400,000 Lives Could be Lost' Without Prompt Action by Myanmar Junta Radio Free Asia 19 Jul 2021 -- Dr. Zaw Wai Soe, leader of the COVID-19 taskforce in Myanmar before the Feb. 1 military coup d'Ă©tat overthrew the country's democratically elected government, serves as health minister of the National Unity Government (NUG), the three-month-old shadow cabinet set up to oppose the military junta. The former rector of the Yangon Institute of Medicine spoke the Khin Khin Ei of RFA's Myanmar Service about the NUG's approach to the COVID-19 crisis and mistakes it says the military regime is committing that threaten the country's 54 million people..
- Myanmar's Shadow Government Warns One-Tenth of Population Could Die in COVID-19 Third Wave Radio Free Asia 19 Jul 2021 -- Myanmar's shadow government warned Monday that a tenth of the country's population of 54 million could die if the military junta mismanages the battle with a third wave of COVID-19, as dire shortages of oxygen caused daily death tolls to spike and the United Nations warned of devastation.
- Anti-coup activists in Myanmar expand demonstrations nationwide Press TV 19 Jul 2021 -- Anti-coup activists in Myanmar have expanded demonstrations nationwide, demanding the return to power of the democratically elected government.
- Detained Myanmar Leader Aung San Suu Kyi Excluded From Martyrs' Day Observance Radio Free Asia 19 Jul 2021 -- Detained Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi was excluded by the military junta from annual Martyrs' Day observances Monday honoring her father, Gen. Aung San, who led Myanmar to independence from British rule, while opponents of army rule staged protests in several big cities.
- Myanmar: 'Brute force terror campaign' targeting rights defenders, UN experts say UN News 19 Jul 2021 -- Human rights defenders in Myanmar are being targeted under a "brute force terror campaign" by the military junta, United Nations independent experts said on Monday, calling again for a stronger international response to the coup.
- 3,000 tons of liquid oxygen from China arrive in Myanmar to help fight pandemic People's Daily 18 Jul 2021 -- A total of 3,000 tons of liquid oxygen from China arrived in Myanmar's second largest city Mandalay on Saturday, according to a release from the Chinese Embassy to Myanmar.
- Myanmar to receive 6 mln doses of COVID-19 vaccine from China: AFP People's Daily 16 Jul 2021 -- Myanmar will receive 6 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine from China by August, according to a report by Agence France-Presse (AFP).
- Nearly Two Dozen Killed Amid New Clashes in Myanmar's Beleaguered Sagaing Region Radio Free Asia 16 Jul 2021 -- At least 19 troops loyal to Myanmar's junta and two members of a militia formed to protect residents from the military were killed during a firefight in Saigaing region's war-torn Kalay township, sources said Friday, as fighting drove some 3,000 civilians to flee for safety in the nearby mountains.
- Half of Journalists Arrested Since Myanmar Coup Remain in Detention Radio Free Asia 15 Jul 2021 -- Nearly half of the 87 journalists arrested by Myanmar's junta in the five months since its staged a coup on Feb. 1 remain in detention, mostly on charges of defamation, prompting their colleagues, family members, and media watchdogs to call for their immediate release Thursday.
- More than 700 Refugees of Fighting in Myanmar's Kayah State in Dire Need at Thai Border Radio Free Asia 15 Jul 2021 -- More than 700 refugees from Myanmar's embattled Kayah state are in dire need of assistance after fleeing fierce fighting between junta troops and a branch of the Karenni National Defense Force (KNDF) militia formed to protect them from military offensives, sources said Thursday.
- Telenor Withdrawal Will Hobble Myanmar's Economy, Protections on Privacy: Experts Radio Free Asia 14 Jul 2021 -- The decision by a Norwegian telecommunications firm to pull out of Myanmar following the junta's Feb. 1 coup d'Ă©tat will deal a blow to the country's already struggling economy and grant the military significantly more control over the privacy of its citizens, according to experts.
- Myanmar's Junta Broke Law in Arresting Ousted Leaders, Must be Tried: Veteran Lawyer Radio Free Asia 14 Jul 2021 -- Myanmar's junta broke the law in arresting Aung San Suu Kyi on the day it orchestrated a coup d'Ă©tat, and its leadership should face trial for this, according to one of the country's most prominent lawyers, who urged authorities to drop charges against the former State Counselor and set her free.
- US Joins Calls Pressing ASEAN to Appoint Special Envoy to Myanmar Radio Free Asia 14 Jul 2021 -- The United States added its voice Wednesday to international calls pressing ASEAN to appoint a special envoy to Myanmar, with Secretary of State Antony Blinken saying the regional bloc had to act urgently to resolve a post-coup crisis there.
- Coup, COVID fuelling 'perfect storm' in Myanmar, UN expert warns UN News 14 Jul 2021 -- Surging COVID-19 cases as the Delta variant spreads, a collapsed health system, and "deep mistrust" of the military junta, are a "perfect storm" of factors that could lead to further major loss of life in Myanmar, the UN independent expert on the human rights situation in the country warned on Wednesday.
- Mass Murder of Civilians in Myanmar's Sagaing Region Amounts to 'War Crime,' Says Rights Lawyer Radio Free Asia 13 Jul 2021 -- The murder of more than a dozen people whose bodies exhibited signs of torture and were left to rot in a forest in Myanmar's remote Sagaing region this week was carried out by troops loyal to the country's junta and should be classified as a "war crime," witnesses and a rights lawyer said Tuesday.
- US Calls Out Genocide, Atrocities Committed in 6 Countries VOA 12 Jul 2021 -- The United States called out genocide and atrocities happening in six countries â€”Myanmar (also known as Burma,) China, Ethiopia, Iraq, Syria and South Sudan â€” as part of a report highlighting how the U.S. government is using financial, diplomatic and other measures to try to stop them.
- Briefing with Acting Assistant Secretary for Conflict and Stabilization Operations Robert Faucher On Release of the 2021 Congressional Report Pursuant to the Elie Wiesel Genocide and Atrocities Prevention Act US Dept. of State 12 Jul 2021
- Secretary Antony J. Blinken Remarks to the Press on Release of the 2021 Congressional Report Pursuant to the Elie Wiesel Genocide and Atrocities Prevention Act US Dept. of State 12 Jul 2021
- Oxygen Shortage Killing COVID-19 Patients in Myanmar as Junta Restricts Sales Radio Free Asia 12 Jul 2021 -- COVID-19 patients in Myanmar are dying due to a shortage of oxygen amid a third wave of infections in the country, healthcare workers said Monday, even as the military regime recently restricted sales of the gas, citing scams and price gouging.
- Criminal Hearings Resume for Myanmar's Deposed Civilian Leader VOA 12 Jul 2021 -- Aung San Suu Kyi, the leader of Myanmar's now-defunct civilian government, was back in a courtroom in the capital Naypyidaw Monday for a new round of hearings on corruption-related charges brought against her by the military junta that ousted her from power.
- Head of Aid Group Reports Increased Attacks by Myanmar Military in Border Areas VOA 11 Jul 2021 -- The head of a Thai-based volunteer aid group, speaking from inside Myanmar, has described increasing attacks by that country's military in the ethnic areas along the country's borders with China and Thailand.
- Myanmar Struggles to Contain COVID Outbreak VOA 11 Jul 2021 -- Myanmar is experiencing a surge in COVID-19 cases prompting a shortage of oxygen supplies that COVID-19 patients desperately need, officials say.
- Iron wire on China-Myanmar border built during virus spike in Sep 2020, prevents illegal border crossing amid COVID-19 resurgence Global Times 09 Jul 2021 -- Pictures and videos of the walls made of iron wire standing along the border line between China and Myanmar have gone viral in recent days as the sudden spike of COVID-19 cases in some border cities of Southwest China's Yunnan Province has attracted national attention on strengthening epidemic prevention from overseas.
- China Builds Fences, Walls in Clampdown on Secret Myanmar Border Crossings Radio Free Asia 09 Jul 2021 -- China, which has recently closed its border with Myanmar amid a wave of COVID-19 cases, is enforcing the closure with a newly built barbed-wire fence spanning around 600 kilometers between Ruili, Lijiang, and the Gaoligong mountains in its southwestern province of Yunnan, local residents told RFA.
- One Million Children Unvaccinated in Myanmar Amid Post-Coup Turmoil Radio Free Asia 09 Jul 2021 -- Nearly one million children in Myanmar have been denied routine vaccinations amid the political upheaval of the military's coup d'Ă©tat, healthcare workers said Friday, while the ongoing turmoil has stymied efforts to control a new coronavirus outbreak in the capital Naypyidaw, according to residents.
- Myanmar Junta Reportedly Arresting Dissidents' Family Members VOA 09 Jul 2021 -- Myanmar's post-coup ruling State Administration Council has, since the last week of February, been arresting family members of dissidents in an effort to pressure the dissidents to turn themselves in, according to dissidents, lawyers helping those charged, and an official of the opposition National Unity Government.
- China Closes Border With Myanmar Amid COVID-19 Surge Radio Free Asia 08 Jul 2021 -- China on Thursday closed the last two of its 10 border crossings with Myanmar amid a recent surge in cases of COVID-19 infection, suspending cross-border trade and leaving more than 1,300 trucks stranded on the Myanmar side, sources in Myanmar said.
- Secretary Blinken's Meeting with Representatives from Burma's Civil Society Organizations US Dept. of State 08 Jul 2021
- Families of Victims of Crackdown Call on ICC to Prosecute Myanmar Junta Leaders Radio Free Asia 08 Jul 2021 -- Families of the victims of a brutal crackdown on anti-junta protests in Myanmar are calling on the Netherlands-based International Criminal Court (ICC) to prosecute those responsible for the death or dismemberment of their loved ones.
- UN Investigator Calls for Myanmar's Generals to be Restrained VOA 08 Jul 2021 -- A United Nations investigator is calling for international coordinated action to stem abuse by Myanmar's military leaders against its people. In a report to the U.N. Human Rights Council, the U.N. special rapporteur lists measures for bringing the country's generals into compliance with international human rights norms.
- Hundreds March in Myanmar to Honor Protesters Killed in a 1962 Massacre and to Oppose Today's Junta Radio Free Asia 07 Jul 2021 -- Hundreds of young people turned out in cities across Myanmar on Wednesday to mark the anniversary of a 1962 student uprising against a military coup, calling on citizens to continue the decades-long struggle against the army, which again overthrew civilian rule in February.
- UN Human Rights Chief Presses ASEAN to Appoint Special Envoy to Myanmar Radio Free Asia 07 Jul 2021 -- The U.N. human rights chief pressed ASEAN on Wednesday to urgently appoint an envoy to Myanmar, with the regional bloc having not yet named a special emissary more than two months after Southeast Asian leaders agreed to do so.
- Interview: 'It is so Obvious That the Whole Population is Rejecting the Military Dictatorship' Radio Free Asia 07 Jul 2021 -- Captain Surgeon Min Maung Maung was an army surgeon in the No. 14 Military Medical Unit before he joined the anti-junta Civil Disobedience Movement in support of the Spring Revolution, which what opponents of the military junta that seized power on Feb. 1 call their protest campaign. Khin Maung Soe of RFA's Myanmar Service spoke to the doctor by telephone about what he said were massive cover-ups in medical examinations of detainees who died during military interrogation.
- Myanmar Rights Envoy Urges Coordinated International Action Against Military Junta VOA 07 Jul 2021 -- The international community is failing the citizens of Myanmar, a U.N. human rights official said Wednesday as he called for a coordinated imposition of oil and gas sanctions on the military junta ruling the country.
- UN Official Says Myanmar at Risk of Civil War as Despair Rises VOA 07 Jul 2021 -- U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Michele Bachelet warns Myanmar could plunge into war as despair among the civilian population rises in the wake of the military coup in February. Bachelet's report is being discussed as part of a special interactive dialogue on Myanmar at the U.N. Human Rights Council.
- Nearly 500 people die from COVID-19 in Northwestern Myanmar Radio Free Asia 06 Jul 2021 -- Nearly 500 people in northwest Myanmar's strife-torn Kalay township are believed to have died of COVID-19 over the past 30 days, as the country struggles with a third wave of the coronavirus.
- Russia Backs ASEAN's Myanmar Efforts, Criticizes US-led Quad in Veiled Jab Radio Free Asia 06 Jul 2021 -- Russia strongly supports diplomatic efforts by the ASEAN regional bloc to end the post-coup crisis in Myanmar, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said during talks in Jakarta with his Indonesian counterpart Retno Marsudi on Tuesday.
- Russia Supports ASEAN's Approach of Non-Interference in Myanmar Affairs, Lavrov Says Sputnik 06 Jul 2021 -- Moscow supports the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)'s approach to the settlement in Myanmar, as the parties are unanimous in their rejection of external interference and sanctions, which only deepen the crisis, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said.
- Myanmar: From political crisis, to 'multi-dimensional human rights catastrophe' â€“ Bachelet UN News 06 Jul 2021 -- What began as a coup by the Myanmar military has 'rapidly morphed' into an all-out attack against the civilian population that has become increasingly widespread and systematic, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights warned on Tuesday.
- Myanmar Junta Court Rejects Aung San Suu Kyi Objection on Evidence Radio Free Asia 06 Jul 2021 -- A court in Myanmar on Tuesday rejected objections by the defense team of deposed country leader Aung San Suu Kyi to the introduction of prosecution evidence against her on a sedition charge, arguing that it failed to follow established judicial procedure, a member of her legal team said.
- Criminal Hearings Resume for Myanmar's Deposed Civilian Leader VOA 05 Jul 2021 -- Myanmar's ousted de facto civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi returned to a courtroom in the capital Naypyidaw Monday for a new round of hearings on corruption-related charges brought against her by the military junta that overthrew her government earlier this year.
- The United States Takes Further Actions against the Burmese Military Regime US Dept. of State 02 Jul 2021 -- In response to the brutal campaign of violence perpetrated by the Burmese military regime and to continue imposing costs in connection with the military coup, the U.S. Department of the Treasury's Office of Assets Control is designating today 22 individuals connected to the regime, pursuant to Executive Order 14014 "Blocking Property With Respect to the Situation in Burma."
- Treasury Sanctions Senior Officials and Family Members Connected to Burma's Military US Treasury 02 Jul 2021 -- Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) designated 22 individuals connected to Burma's military regime.
- Commerce Increases Restrictions on Burmese Military by Adding Four Entities to Entity List in Continued Response to the Recent Military Coup US Dept. of Commerce 02 Jul 2021 -- The Commerce Department's Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) has added four entities to the Entity List in its latest action in response to the February 1, 2021 military coup in Burma
- US Levels New Sanctions on Junta Figures, Calls For Restoration of Democracy in Myanmar Radio Free Asia 02 Jul 2021 -- The U.S. government on Friday announced new sanctions targeting Myanmar nationals and entities with ties to the country's military regime, which has violently suppressed protests in the wake of its February coup, and vowed to take additional actions unless the junta agrees to step down from power.
- US Targets Myanmar's Military With Another Round of Sanctions VOA 02 Jul 2021 -- The United States on Friday announced sanctions against military officials and individuals and companies tied to Myanmar's military in the latest response to the February 1 coup in the Southeast Asian country.
- Rakhine NGOs Raise Concern Over Rising Number of Child Rape Cases in Western Myanmar Radio Free Asia 01 Jul 2021 -- The number of rape cases, including those involving children, has been on the rise in Myanmar's western Rakhine state for the past few years amid armed conflict and ongoing political instability in the region, according to local aid groups.
- Spate of Civilian Killings in Myanmar Prompts Call to End Violence Radio Free Asia 01 Jul 2021 -- Nearly 40 civilians have been killed in Myanmar in less than two weeks as the result of assassinations by both pro- and anti-junta forces, prompting rights groups to warn that the violence will likely worsen unless the military yields to popular demand and hands power back to a civilian government.
- Report: Corrupt Myanmar Jade Industry Causes Armed Conflict and Enabled Coup Radio Free Asia 01 Jul 2021 -- Corruption in Myanmar's lucrative jade sector has been an engine of armed conflict, with the country's military increasing its control over the industry even as Aung San Suu Kyi's democratically elected government tried to enact reforms in years leading up to the Feb. 1 coup, a corruption watchdog group said Tuesday.
- Interview: UN Vote Shows Myanmar Events 'Unacceptable to Most Countries' Radio Free Asia 01 Jul 2021 -- Kyaw Moe Tun, Myanmar's Permanent Representative of Myanmar to the United Nations, is the most prominent of his country's diplomats to reject the military junta that overthrew the elected government on Feb. 1 and join the anti-regime shadow government known as the National Unity Government (NUG).
- Myanmar's Junta Woos Moscow to Balance Beijing VOA 01 Jul 2021 -- The decision by Myanmar's junta leader Min Aung Hlaing to visit Russia before next-door neighbor China highlights his military's easier relations with Moscow and hopes of drawing the Kremlin closer to avoid relying on Beijing alone, analysts say.
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