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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Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s words at the genocide hearings at the International Court of Justice were always unlikely to convince the global human rights community. But one element of her defence had even her most ardent critics sputtering out their tea.