The leader of a Tatmadaw-controlled Border Guard Force in a remote region of Kachin State has emerged as a key player in the global rare earth trade, and has turned the territory under his de facto control into a mining hub at a high environmental cost.
New restrictions on the sale and distribution of oxygen to the public have made it harder to treat COVID-19 patients at home and social welfare groups have warned the rules could result in more preventable deaths.
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Residents of the ruby mining town have been shaken by abductions and squeezed by demands for money from armed groups competing for influence in the multi-ethnic area.
Tech experts, rights groups, and citizens worry the junta's lightning-quick moves to shutdown and censor the internet will make Myanmar as cut-off as during the previous military regime. No one knows the military's endgame.
The warning comes after the junta issued arrest warrants for veteran democracy activists who have voiced support for anti-coup protests and the Civil Disobedience Movement.
The Arakan National Party’s decision to work with the new military regime has exposed divisions in a state where many regard the National League for Democracy with contempt.
The State Administration Council says it has remitted the sentences of more than 23,000 people to "please the public" but is continuing to arrest activists and dissenting civil servants.
Draft law would require ICT companies to keep data onshore and provide it to the government on request, while users deemed to have spread “misinformation” or “disinformation” would face a potential three-year prison term.