U.S. declares Myanmar military committed genocide against Rohingya

The U.S. previously described the Myanmar military’s campaign against the Rohingya as “ethnic cleansing” and imposed sanctions on top generals. Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Monday formally declared that Myanmar’s military committed genocide and crimes against humanity against the country’s Rohingya minority. “Beyond the Holocaust, the United States has concluded that genocide was committed seven times,”Continue reading “U.S. declares Myanmar military committed genocide against Rohingya”

Autocracy is Winning – The Atlantic

THE BAD GUYS ARE WINNING If the 20th century was the story of slow, uneven progress toward the victory of liberal democracy over other ideologies—communism, fascism, virulent nationalism—the 21st century is, so far, a story of the reverse. By Anne Applebaum The future of democracy may well be decided in a drab office building on the outskirtsContinue reading “Autocracy is Winning – The Atlantic”

All-women militia formed in Myanmar’s Sagaing region in response to military violence

Fighters say the group empowers women, who have been targeted by soldiers in village raids. Activists in Myanmar’s Sagaing region have formed the country’s first women-only anti-junta militia, a collection of students, teachers, farmers and white-collar workers fighting to take back the country from well-armed government troops who toppled the democratically elected government in aContinue reading “All-women militia formed in Myanmar’s Sagaing region in response to military violence”

UN investigator: Crimes against humanity under Myanmar junta

The head of the U.N. body investigating the most serious crimes in Myanmar said that preliminary evidence collected since the military seized power on Feb. 1 shows a widespread and systematic attack on civilians “amounting to crimes against humanity.” Nicholas Koumjian told U.N. reporters Friday that the Independent Investigative Mechanism for Myanmar, which he heads,Continue reading “UN investigator: Crimes against humanity under Myanmar junta”

Right’s group: 1,001 killed since military took over Myanmar

More than 1,000 people have been killed by security forces in Myanmar since the military seized power from the elected government of Aung San Suu Kyi about six months ago, a human rights group said Wednesday. The Assistance Association for Political Prisoners, which monitors protest-related arrests and deaths in Myanmar, said it confirmed two moreContinue reading “Right’s group: 1,001 killed since military took over Myanmar”

Locked up and tortured, Myanmar protesters have emerged defiant

Singapore: Thiha’s night at a military air base in Myeik, on Myanmar’s south coast, is one he won’t soon forget. “They forced us to strip, bow our heads and knee down before them, then asked us to act as we are protesting. They then hit us with batons and kicked us on the body and face,”Continue reading “Locked up and tortured, Myanmar protesters have emerged defiant”

Myanmar civil war fears grow after airstrikes on ethnic army

As the death toll among Myanmar’s protesters rose dramatically last weekend, military air strikes against one of the country’s largest rebel groups stoked fears of another problem: full-fledged civil war. The Karen National Union, which controls an area in the southeast along the Thai border, confirmed Monday that about 10,000 residents fled to a safeContinue reading “Myanmar civil war fears grow after airstrikes on ethnic army”

Army fires at funeral as Myanmar mourns day of ‘mass murder’

Defence chiefs of 12 countries condemn Myanmar army after 114 people killed in deadliest crackdown yet on protests. Myanmar security forces have opened fire on people gathered for the funeral of one of the 114 people killed on Saturday in the bloodiest day since the February 1 coup, as the defence chiefs of 12 countries condemned theContinue reading “Army fires at funeral as Myanmar mourns day of ‘mass murder’”

‘Shoot till they are dead’: Police who fled Myanmar reveal orders

Police officers who fled to India give first-hand accounts of how military ordered them to shoot peaceful protesters. When Tha Peng was ordered to shoot at protesters with his submachine gun to disperse them in the Myanmar town of Khampat on February 27, the police lance corporal said he refused to do so. “The nextContinue reading “‘Shoot till they are dead’: Police who fled Myanmar reveal orders”

Myanmar coup: Party official dies in custody after security raids

An official from Aung San Suu Kyi’s party has died in custody in Myanmar after being arrested during raids by security forces in Yangon. On Sunday the body of U Khin Maung Latt was released to his family, who were reportedly told that he had died after fainting. Photos show a bloodstained cloth around theContinue reading “Myanmar coup: Party official dies in custody after security raids”

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