The Myanmar regime is mandating new biometric IDs for foreign travel and public services, in a move that could boost its surveillance powers, but a clumsy rollout is creating bottlenecks and fuelling illegal migration.
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The Myanmar regime is mandating new biometric IDs for foreign travel and public services, in a move that could boost its surveillance powers, but a clumsy rollout is creating bottlenecks and fuelling illegal migration.
A University of Oslo sociologist called the Civil Disobedience Movement an exemplary response to the military's power grab that could "inspire other non-violent pro-democracy movements elsewhere at a time when democracy is under pressure from authoritarian forces".

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