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Showing posts with label Myanmar. Show all posts
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Saturday, March 6, 2021

Myanmar: 38 Died on Deadliest Day Yet for Military Coup Opposition, Says UN

LATEST LY
Agency News PTI
Mar 04, 2021

Myanmar security forces were seen firing slingshots at protesters, chasing them down and even brutally beating an ambulance crew in video showing a dramatic escalation of violence against opponents of last month's military coup.

Yangon, March 4: Myanmar security forces were seen firing slingshots at protesters, chasing them down and even brutally beating an ambulance crew in video showing a dramatic escalation of violence against opponents of last month's military coup.

A UN official speaking from Switzerland said 38 people had been killed Wednesday, a figure consistent with other reports though accounts are difficult to confirm inside the country. The increasingly deadly violence could galvanise the international community, which has responded fitfully so far. 

Myanmar Shuts Down All Passenger Flights in Country Amid Political Crisis. 


“Today it was the bloodiest day since the coup happened on February 1. We have today — only today — 38 people died. We have now more than over 50 people died since the coup started" and more have been wounded, the U.N. special envoy for Myanmar, Christine Schraner Burgener, told reporters at UN headquarters on Wednesday. 

‘She Is a Hero’: In Myanmar’s Protests, Women Are on the Front Lines

The New York Times

A protester offered roses to the police in Yangon, Myanmar, last month.Credit...The New York Times


Despite the danger, women have been at the forefront of the movement, rebuking the generals who ousted a female civilian leader.

A protester offered roses to the police in Yangon, Myanmar, last month.Credit...The New York Times


Ma Kyal Sin loved taekwondo, spicy food and a good red lipstick. She adopted the English name Angel, and her father hugged her goodbye when she went out on the streets of Mandalay, in central Myanmar, to join the crowds peacefully protesting the recent seizure of power by the military.

Friday, March 5, 2021

China worries over rare-earth supply disruption from Myanmar coup

NIKKEI ASIA
KENJI KAWASE, Nikkei Asia chief business news correspondent
March 4, 2021 

Decade after drastic cut in exports to Japan, Beijing sees the tables turned
China heavily relies on imports of rare-earth minerals, mainly from the U.S. and Myanmar. (Source photos by Reuters)


HONG KONG -- While China reigns as the largest producer of rare-earth elements, the recent military coup in Myanmar has reminded Beijing of its reliance on and vulnerability to its Southeast Asian neighbor.

China owns the largest reserves of these strategic minerals, which are indispensable in churning out a wide variety of tech products, from smartphones to electric vehicles, wind power generators and missile defense systems, but it also heavily relies on imports, mainly from the U.S. and Myanmar.

The latest annual report by the U.S. Geological Survey states that China produced 140,000 tons of rare-earth oxide equivalent in 2020, almost 60% of the global total. Its reserves were 44 million tons, double those of Vietnam, which are the second-largest in the world.

ASEAN Members on Myanmar: Agreeing to Disagree

IRRAWADDY
KAVI CHONGKITTAVORN 
3 March 2021
An informal meeting of foreign ministers of 10 ASEAN member states on March 2.

It is clear that the ASEAN foreign ministers hold different views on the situation in Myanmar and this has attracted global condemnation. However, when they joined up and aired their disagreements, they agreed to disagree. For the time being, that will be the modus operandi. But this platitude will not last very long. Depending on the junta’s behavior, ASEAN will make necessary adjustments as it responds to the level of pressure and measures on its peer.

Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines have been vocal about the military junta in Naypyitaw for obvious reasons. The island republic’s sharp criticisms were well timed and internationally exposed, reflecting its political vision for Myanmar. Singapore still retains its leadership role in ASEAN in setting forth the grouping’s trajectory. In tandem, both Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and Foreign Minister Vivien Balakrishnan have done well in outlining their positions against Myanmar and earned praise for their democratic aspirations.

Thursday, March 4, 2021

NY Times: Myanmar uses Israeli war vehicles, American software, European hardware in Crackdown

ABANA
March 3, 2021 
A New York Times report said on Monday that Myanmar’s crackdown on protesters is being implemented with the help of ‘Israeli’ war vehicles, American software and European hardware.

AhlulBayt News Agency (ABNA): A New York Times report said on Monday that Myanmar’s crackdown on protesters is being implemented with the help of ‘Israeli’ war vehicles, American software and European hardware.

The military junta in charge of the country is using “‘Israeli’-made surveillance drones, European iPhone cracking devices and American software that can hack into computers and vacuum up their contents” to enforce its rule.

Myanmar journalist livestreams as security forces fire near apartment

NEW YORK POST
By Reuters
March 2, 2021

 
A Myanmar journalist live-streamed police firing near his apartment on Monday night, March 1, before his arrest in the coastal city of Myeik.

“Help! Help! They are shooting at me,” said Democratic Voice of Burma (DVB) reporter Kaung Myat Hlaing in the video.

Japan's Myanmar Dilemma: How Hard To Push Against Military Coup Leaders? March 2, 202112:00 PM ET

npr
ANTHONY KUHN
March 2, 2021

Myanmar people and supporters march during on Feb. 14 in Tokyo to protest the military coup.Eugene Hoshiko/AP


SEOUL — The military's killing of at least 18 protesters on Sunday in Myanmar has increased pressure on foreign governments to use their influence to push for the release of the country's elected leaders, including Aung San Suu Kyi, from detention, and restore some measure of democratic rule.





Among Asian countries, Japan is one of the most influential. How it decides to handle Myanmar's coup could have a major impact on the Biden administration's bid to put democracy and alliances at the heart of its foreign policy.

A revolution in the making is taking place in Myanmar

openDemocracy
Khin Zaw Win
02 Mar 2021
Thousands took to the streets of Yangon, Myanmar, on 2 March 2021, the 30th day of protests against the military coup |ZUMA Press, Inc. / Alamy Stock Photo


The military has made a blatant power grab, unseating the elected civilian government. That is the story in Myanmar, according to a legion of Western journalists and political analysts. There is a palpable unreality to these reports. Dramatic though the coup may have been, it is the aftermath that is seismic for the people of Myanmar.

A fight is brewing over Myanmar's seat at the United Nations

CNN
Richard Roth and Caitlin Hu, CNN
March 3, 2021

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(CNN)The fight for control of Myanmar has now officially arrived at the United Nations.

In a letter seen by CNN, Myanmar's UN Ambassador Kyaw Moe Tun has told the international body that he still represents Myanmar, after making an impassioned speech last week rejecting the country's military takeover.

Meanwhile, a deputy ambassador to the UN from Myanmar will claim that he is now the man the military authorities want to represent the country.

Both sides have sent the UN letters to make their case on official letterhead.

Indipendent Investigative Mechanism for Myanmar

Tuesday, March 2, 2021

MEDIA STATEMENT – UN Human Rights Office urges military to halt violence against peaceful protestors across Myanmar


Comment by UN Human Rights Office Spokesperson Ravina Shamdasani on Myanmar

Geneva, 28 February 2021



“We strongly condemn the escalating violence against protests in Myanmar and call on the military to immediately halt the use of force against peaceful protestors.

Throughout the day, in several locations throughout the country, police and military forces have confronted peaceful demonstrations, using lethal force and less-than-lethal force that – according to credible information received by the UN Human Rights Office – has left at least 18 people dead and over 30 wounded. Deaths reportedly occurred as a result of live ammunition fired into crowds in Yangon, Dawei, Mandalay, Myeik, Bago and Pokokku. Tear gas was also reportedly used in various locations as well as flash-bang and stun grenades.

Statement by National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan on Violence Against Peaceful Demonstrations in Burma

The White House
STATEMENTS AND RELEASES
FEBRUARY 28, 2021 

The United States is alarmed by the Burmese security forces’ violence against peaceful protestors. The killings today represent an escalation of the ongoing crackdown on pro-democracy protestors since the February 1 coup. I offer my heartfelt condolences to the families of the courageous protestors who have lost their lives while peacefully demonstrating in support of democracy in Burma.

The United States stands in solidarity with the people of Burma, who continue to bravely voice their aspirations for democracy, rule of law, and respect for human rights. We will continue coordinating closely with allies and partners in the Indo-Pacific region and around the world to hold those responsible for violence to account, and to reinforce our support for the people of Burma. To that end, we are preparing additional actions to impose further costs on those responsible for this latest outbreak of violence and the recent coup. We will have more to share in the coming days.

Link : Here

SHOCKING SCENES OF VIOLENCE ON STREETS OF MYANMAR PUT AT RISK LIVES AND WELL-BEING OF CHILDREN AND FAMILIES


STATEMENT
28 FEBRUARY 2021 - MYANMAR
Save The Children



Following news of casualties among demonstrators in Myanmar, a Save the Children spokesperson said:

“The shocking scenes of violence on the streets of Myanmar today put at risk the lives and well-being of children and their families. Save the Children condemns the use of lethal violence and other excessive force against peaceful demonstrators. World leaders must come together and act in unison to protect the lives and liberty of people in Myanmar against the brutal force being shown by the security forces. Many of those arrested, injured or killed today are students and young people. Demonstrators must be allowed to raise their voice to call for the reinstatement of democracy and the release of elected leaders. Save the Children calls on the security forces and other authorities to refrain from violence and to respect the rights of their own citizens, including their rights to freedom of assembly and expression. The world is watching and will not look away.”

Link : Here

Monday, March 1, 2021

the ambassador to the UN dismissed from his post

Saxon
February 28, 2021
The junta in Burma on Saturday dismissed its ambassador to the United Nations, the day after its spectacular break with military power which intensified the repression of demonstrators in the country.

On Saturday evening, state television MRTV announced that Kyaw Moe Tun was no longer Burma’s ambassador to the UN. He “did not follow the orders and direction of the state, and betrayed the country“, she announced.”Therefore, he is dismissed from his post as of today“.

Saturday, February 27, 2021

Facebook Takes a Side, Barring Myanmar Military After Coup

The New Your Times
By Paul Mozur, Mike Isaac, David E. Sanger and Richard C. Paddock
Feb. 24, 2021

The move puts the social network squarely on the side of Myanmar’s pro-democracy movement after years of criticism over how the military has used the site.


Soldiers set up barricades in Yangon, Myanmar, this month as tens of thousands gathered to protest the coup that ousted the civilian government.Credit... The New York Times 



Facebook said on Wednesday that it had barred Myanmar’s military from its platforms, weeks after the country’s fragile democratic government was overthrown in a military coup.

The move, which also bars military-owned businesses from advertising on Facebook, plunged the social network more directly into Myanmar’s post-coup politics. The decision left little question that the company was taking the side of a pro-democracy movement against a military government that had abruptly seized power.

Rohingya Refugees From Myanmar Adrift In Indian Ocean

NPR
Heard on Morning Edition
February 25, 2021

Human rights groups say a boat trafficking over 90 Muslim minority Rohingya from Myanmar has broken down. They have little food & water and nobody wants them




RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

Human rights groups say more than 90 Muslim-minority Rohingya who fled Myanmar are now adrift in the Indian Ocean. The boat trafficking them has broken down. They've got little food or water on board, and it seems like there's little interest in saving them. Michael Sullivan reports from neighboring Thailand.

UN experts: Toddlers as young as three among over 1,000 Myanmar nationals deported by Malaysia

MALAY MAIL
THASHA JAYAMANOGARAN
Thursday, 25 Feb 2021 
An immigration truck carrying Myanmar migrants to be deported from Malaysia is seen in Lumut February 23, 2021. — Reuters pic



KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 25 — A group of United Nations (UN) experts have called out Malaysia for deporting over 1,000 Myanmar nationals which also included minors and toddlers — including a three-year-old — despite a court order halting their return on Tuesday.

The group of experts said they were appalled by Malaysia’s action to deport vulnerable individuals as well as unaccompanied minors which could endanger their lives.

“The Malaysian authorities in defiance of the court order breached the principle of non-refoulement, a rule of jus cogens, which absolutely prohibits the collective deportation of migrants without an objective risk assessment being conducted in each individual case.

Thursday, February 25, 2021

Secretary-General condemns deadly violence against protestors in Myanmar

UNITED NATION
Political and Peacebuilding Affairs

















UN Secretary-General António Guterres has condemned the lethal use of force against peaceful protestors in Myanmar, where demonstrations against the military takeover of the Government have been growing.

At least two people were killed on Saturday in protests in Mandalay, the nation's second largest city, according to media reports.

“I condemn the use of deadly violence in Myanmar,” the UN chief said in a post on his official Twitter account later that day.

“The use of lethal force, intimidation & harassment against peaceful demonstrators is unacceptable. Everyone has a right to peaceful assembly. I call on all parties to respect election results and return to civilian rule.”

Protests growing steadily

US sanctions two more Myanmar generals after protest crackdown

Aljazeera
23 Feb 2021

US move follows military’s use of force against peaceful protests over the weekend that left two dead.
Demonstrators flash the three-finger salute as they take part in a protest against the military coup in Yangon on Monday [Reuters]



The United States has imposed sanctions on two more generals involved in the February 1 military coup in Myanmar and said it did not rule out additional action after hundreds of thousands took to the streets on Monday despite the threat of violence.

The Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control said on Monday the action was “in response to the security forces’ killing of peaceful protesters” after two people were killed over the weekend, and a 23-year-old woman died from her injuries after being shot in the head on February 9.

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

UN chief Antonio Guterres demands immediate halt to Myanmar 'repression'

THE ECONOMIC TIMES
Feb 22, 2021,
Police advance towards protesters demonstrating against the military coup in Yangon on February 22, 2021


UN chief Antonio Guterres on Monday condemned the "brutal force" used by those behind Myanmar's coup and urged the military to immediately halt the repression and release prisoners.

In his annual address to the UN Human Rights Council, Guterres mentioned only one country by name: Myanmar.

"Today, I call on the Myanmar military to stop the repression immediately," he said, speaking in a pre-recorded video message at the opening of the Geneva-based council's 46th session.
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