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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U Hkyet Hting Nan is an Amyotha Hluttaw MP and chairman of the Unity and Democracy Party of Kachin State. He spoke to Frontier about his hopes for autonomy in Kachin State and for a federal Myanmar.
Myanmar has denounced a United Nations Human Rights Council resolution that called on the government to grant full citizenship to Rohingya Muslims in Rakhine State.