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November 2022 - Myanmar Special Weapons News
- NLD's Tun Tun Hein sentenced to an additional 20 years in prison Radio Free Asia 30 Nov 2022 -- Tun Tun Hein, a member of the Central Executive Committee of Myanmar's National League for Democracy, has been sentenced to 20 years in prison on charges of treason and rebellion. On top of a four-year term he received at the end of last year, the sentence takes his total prison time to 24-years.
- Bangladesh, Myanmar border police agree to work jointly against militant groups Radio Free Asia 29 Nov 2022 -- The Bangladesh and Myanmar border police forces have agreed to work jointly to prevent illegal crossings by militants along the countries' common frontier, the chief of the Bangladeshi border guard said Tuesday.
- Sagaing region prison court sentences 9 PDF medics to 12 years each Radio Free Asia 29 Nov 2022 -- A junta court in Myanmar's northern Sagaing region has sentenced nine People's Defense Force (PDF) medics to 12 years each in prison.
- Myanmar military, Arakan Army halt hostilities on humanitarian grounds Radio Free Asia 28 Nov 2022 -- The military and the ethnic Rakhine Arakan Army announced a ceasefire on Monday, following four months of intense fighting in western Myanmar, although there were no immediate plans for troop withdrawals or changes in political policy, official sources told RFA Burmese.
- Malaria cases on the rise along Thai-Burma border, health officials say Radio Free Asia 26 Nov 2022 -- Malaria rates are spiking along the Thai-Burma border, health officials in the area say, as people flee fighting in Myanmar that has forced them to live exposed to the elements, increasing their chances of getting bitten by malaria-infected mosquitoes.
- Nearly 800 properties seized by junta over alleged ties to armed resistance Radio Free Asia 22 Nov 2022 -- The number of properties seized by authorities in Myanmar over their owners' alleged ties to the armed resistance has risen to 789 since last year's coup, and has expanded to include those owned by relatives of the accused, RFA Burmese has learned.
- Junta takes in US $3.8 billion in foreign investment in Myanmar's energy sector Radio Free Asia 22 Nov 2022 -- Myanmar has raked in $3.8 billion in foreign investment in the nation's key energy sector as key Asian oil firms continue to do business with the military regime despite efforts to reduce cash flows to the junta since the February 2021 coup.
- Russia, Myanmar Only States to Use Landmines in 2022, Report Says VOA 21 Nov 2022 -- Russia and Myanmar are the only two countries to have used antipersonnel mines this year, according to the latest annual report from the International Campaign to Ban Landmines (ICBL). Neither country is among the 164 states that are party to the 1997 Mine Ban Treaty.
- Junta troops torch nearly 400 houses in a Sagaing region township Radio Free Asia 21 Nov 2022 -- The Myanmar junta's brutal arson campaign continues in the country's northern Sagaing region, with at least 385 houses torched in Khin-U township since the end of last week.
- Myanmar citizens blame uptick in crime on military's regime's prisoner amnesties Radio Free Asia 21 Nov 2022 -- Myanmar's military authorities are failing to arrest and charge perpetrators of violent crimes like armed robbery and murder, say crime victims and regime opponents, who accuse the junta of fighting political foes instead of crime.
- Myanmar crisis: Rights expert urges Korea to play 'enhanced leadership role' UN News 21 Nov 2022 -- Concluding a six-day official visit to the Republic of Korea (ROK), a UN-appointed independent human rights expert urged the country to help reverse the international community's failure to address the crisis in Myanmar by taking the regional lead in ending violence against civilians there.
- UN Expert Urges Targeted Sanctions Be Imposed on Myanmar Junta VOA 21 Nov 2022 -- The U.N. Special Rapporteur on human rights in Myanmar, Tom Andrews, urged the South Korean government to impose targeted sanctions on the Myanmar junta. South Korea, a strong regional power with a vibrant economy, can play a vitally important role to help reverse the international community's failure to address the crisis in Myanmar, he told a news conference Monday in Seoul.
- Laos, Thailand, Myanmar seek ways to crack down on drug trafficking in Golden Triangle area People's Daily 19 Nov 2022 -- Lao, Thai and Myanmar officials have met to discuss joint efforts to crack down on transnational crime, especially drug trafficking in the Golden Triangle border area, a media report said Friday.
- Leaked documents reveal Myanmar junta's plans to strike in Chin state Radio Free Asia 18 Nov 2022 -- The Myanmar junta is preparing to launch airstrikes against the Chin National Front in the country's western Chin state, a spokesperson for the ethnic armed organization told Radio Free Asia, citing leaked internal military documents.
- Myanmar Shadow Civilian Government Opens Office in Washington VOA 18 Nov 2022 -- Myanmar's government-in-exile, known as the shadow National Unity Government (NUG), on Friday prepared to open its first office in Washington to reach out to U.S. officials, international diplomats and the local community.
- Myanmar Junta Releases Prisoners After International Pressure, Ahead of 2023 Elections VOA 18 Nov 2022 -- Myanmar's junta Thursday released thousands of prisoners, including four foreigners as part of efforts to appease the outside world, experts and commentators say.
- Foreign detainees arrive home after Myanmar prisoner amnesty Radio Free Asia 17 Nov 2022 -- Australian economist Sean Turnell and Japanese journalist Toru Kubota arrived home Friday after an amnesty by the Myanmar junta for thousands of prisoners including four foreign nationals arrested since a military coup that has thrust the Southeast Asian nation into turmoil.
- Myanmar junta looks to placate ASEAN with prisoner releases Radio Free Asia 17 Nov 2022 -- The Myanmar junta's announcement that it is releasing several high-profile prisoners including a former UK ambassador and an Australian economist, is an attempt to stave off pressure from ASEAN as the military looks to win legitimacy for national elections slated for next year.
- Myanmar Releases Nearly 6,000, Including 4 Foreigners in Prisoner Amnesty VOA 17 Nov 2022 -- Myanmar's military-controlled government announced Thursday it was releasing nearly 6,000 prisoners under a broad amnesty.
- Myanmar junta to release 4 foreign prisoners as part of major amnesty Radio Free Asia 16 Nov 2022 -- Myanmar's junta says it is releasing four foreigners from prison, including a former British ambassador and an Australian economist, as part of a major amnesty to mark a national holiday on Thursday.
- ASEAN's strongest statement to date on Myanmar falls short, opposition says Radio Free Asia 16 Nov 2022 -- A joint statement issued last week by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations is the strongest to date on resolving member state Myanmar's political crisis, but should have barred junta delegates from attending its meetings, Myanmar's shadow government said Tuesday.
- Nearly 1.7 million new refugees of conflict in Myanmar since coup Radio Free Asia 16 Nov 2022 -- Nearly 1.7 million people have been displaced by conflict in Myanmar since last year's military coup, bringing the total number of refugees who have fled fighting in the country to more than 3 million and putting a heavy strain on aid resources in the Southeast Asian nation.
- Military jets bomb a mine in Kayin State, killing 3 civilians Radio Free Asia 16 Nov 2022 -- A junta air attack on a mine near the Thai-Myanmar border left three people dead. The attack happened in the early hours of Wednesday morning, according to local residents.
- The continued deterioration of human rights in Myanmar: UK Statement at UN UK FCDO 16 Nov 2022 -- Statement delivered at the UN Third Committee adoption of a resolution on human rights in Myanmar
- Myanmar's junta slams opponents with prison sentences of up to 225 years Radio Free Asia 13 Nov 2022 -- Myanmar's military junta has imposed prison sentences of up to 225 years on nearly 20 of its political opponents since taking power in a coup early last year, sending a clear warning to anyone who might dare challenge its rule.
- Myanmar Junta Facing Major New Armed Threat in Far West VOA 13 Nov 2022 -- Renewed fighting in Myanmar's far west between the military and a powerful rebel group is opening another deadly front in the country's post-coup chaos, piling pressure on a junta still struggling to consolidate power.
- Myanmar Crisis, North Korea Threat on Biden's Agenda at East, Southeast Asian Summits VOA 12 Nov 2022 -- U.S. President Joe Biden is in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, this weekend for meetings with leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations as the region faces a violent crisis in Myanmar, ongoing threats from North Korea, and the intensifying rivalry between Beijing and Washington.
- UN chief urges junta to end Myanmar's 'unending nightmare' Press TV 12 Nov 2022 -- UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres says the international community has failed Myanmar, urging the ruling junta to cut the "unending nightmare."
- ASEAN leaders call for measurable progress on Myanmar peace plan Radio Free Asia 11 Nov 2022 -- ASEAN leaders called Friday for measurable progress in their peace plan for Myanmar, amid growing criticism over the Southeast Asian bloc's failure to stem the deepening conflict in one of its 10 member states.
- Junta raid on Sagaing region village kills 8 civilians and 6 Defense Force members Radio Free Asia 09 Nov 2022 -- At least 14 people have been killed in a junta raid on Monywa township in Myanmar's Sagaing region, according to residents.
- Junta shell kills a woman and injures her husband and baby in Sagaing region Radio Free Asia 08 Nov 2022 -- A mortar shell fired by junta troops killed a woman and injured two family members when it struck their home in Wetlet township in Myanmar's Sagaing region, according to a local who declined to be named for safety reasons.
- Designation of the Burmese Regime's Military Aircraft Suppliers US Dept. of State 08 Nov 2022 -- Burma's military regime has waged a brutal campaign of violence against the people of Burma, carrying out lethal air strikes against the political opposition and the broader civilian population.
- Treasury Targets Major Arms Broker for Burma's Military Regime US Treasury 08 Nov 2022 -- Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) designated pursuant to Executive Order (E.O.) 14014 one individual and one entity that facilitate weapons purchases for Burma's military regime. This action, which is in conjunction with newly issued European Union sanctions, marks the second anniversary of the last general election in Burma on November 8, 2020, which was brutally overturned by a military coup on February 1, 2021.
- The Second Anniversary of the 2020 Elections in Burma US Dept. of State 07 Nov 2022 -- Two years ago today, people across Burma voted in credible and peaceful multiparty elections that were a milestone in the nation's progress toward democratic governance after a half-century of military rule.
- Troops kill 4 villagers and 4 anti-junta fighters in Sagaing region Radio Free Asia 07 Nov 2022 -- Junta troops killed four villagers and four members of a local People's Defense Force (PDF), in a five-day onslaught, during which the junta set fire to villages in the south of Sagaing region's Monywa township forcing more than 3,000 villagers to flee their homes.
- Junta shelling kills 2 family members and injures 2 more in Myanmar's Sagaing region Radio Free Asia 04 Nov 2022 -- Army shelling of a village in Sagaing region's Kanbalu township killed a teenager and his grandmother and injured two other members of the same family.
- Myanmar junta tries to win support of ethnic political parties to change constitution Radio Free Asia 03 Nov 2022 -- Myanmar's ruling junta is shoring up ties with pro-military political groups in the run-up to next year's elections in a bid to change the constitution to ensure its long-term rule in the Southeast Asia nation following its February 2021 coup.
- Amnesty International: Jet Fuel Sales to Myanmar Aiding Junta War Crimes VOA 03 Nov 2022 -- Chevron, PetroChina and other oil firms shipping jet fuel to Myanmar for civilian use may be inadvertently supplying an air force accused of widespread war crimes and should pause all deliveries to the country, rights group Amnesty International said in a report Thursday.
- Four people, including a pregnant woman, injured by shelling in Kayah State Radio Free Asia 02 Nov 2022 -- A pregnant woman and her husband were among four people injured by heavy artillery shells when the junta bombarded two villages in Myanmar's eastern Kayah State.
- Report criticizes ASEAN, international response to Myanmar humanitarian crisis Radio Free Asia 02 Nov 2022 -- A new report by lawmakers from Southeast Asia and other regions criticizes what they describe as a timid response to the post-coup crisis in Myanmar by countries and international blocs that claim to support democracy.
- More than 550 doctors fired by Myanmar junta for refusing to work in protest Radio Free Asia 01 Nov 2022 -- The junta's Ministry of Health has fired 557 government-employed doctors who left their jobs to protest against the military government, revoking their licenses at a time when medical professionals are in short supply, sources in the country's medical community said Tuesday, citing an official list.
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