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“'Every piece of real estate in #Bangladesh is populated, and this entire area is underwater,' said Sheldon Yett, the United Nations Children’s Fund representative to the country, referring to the northeast."

nytimes.com/2022/06/24/wor… #Sylhet #FinnegansWake
1/ "But this year, the #rains have been especially intense, a harsh reminder that #climatechange is bringing more extreme weather around the world."
2/ "In #China, where recent #flooding has displaced hundreds of thousands of people, the state-run news media reported this week that water levels had surged beyond flood levels in more than a hundred #rivers."
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Today @StateDept formally announced that violence perpetrated by Myanmar’s military against the #Rohingya constitutes genocide and crimes against humanity. This should bring renewed attention to the role of Facebook @meta in fuelling the #Rohingya genocide. 1/6
It has been 5 years of promises from @meta to “do more” and “do better.” So, are they? No. @Global_Witness had 8 ads with explicit hate speech about #Rohingya approved for publication. 👎👎👎AP News: bit.ly/3wpZiD5 2/6
This negligence is unacceptable. I saw this behavior over and over from Facebook - it ultimately led me to become a #whistleblower. @meta chronically underfunds and understaffs the teams responsible for keeping us safe — especially in the most vulnerable places in the world. 3/6
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The public hearing on the #Rohingya #genocide case at the Int’l Court of Justice (#TheGambia v. #Myanmar) resumes today. We’ll hear today from The Gambia on why the case should proceed. Begins momentarily: 1:30pm The Hague/ 7:30am ET / 7pm MYA. Watch via: media.un.org/en/asset/k1z/k…
Needless to say @NUGMyanmar should be represnting #Myanmar at the court & not the junta, but we stand w The #Gambia & more importantly #Rohingya people everywhere in seeking to justice. Defeating the junta at the ICJ will be a massive step toward justice. #WhatsHappeningInMyanmar
The Gambia’s state agent set the stage, clarifying its interest in responding to the #Rohingya #genocide & the considerable support for the case. Now hearing from Gambia counsel Paul Reichler on the coup & the importance & effectiveness of the provisional measures.
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THREAD: The significance of the UN Special Rapporteur report on arms transfers to the #Myanmar junta can't be overstated. It exposes who supplied weapons to the military since the Feb 1 coup & since the #Rohingya #genocide. Link to the full report via: ohchr.org/EN/NewsEvents/…
The report includes types & in some cases specific amounts of weapons certain states have transferred to the #Myanmar military. Since the coup, when the junta began attacking & murdering civilians nationwide, #China, #Russia, #India, and #Serbia all supplied weapons to the junta.
The report provides legal analysis: States that authorized arms transfers "knew, or should have known, that their arms would be used to target civilians. As such, these arms transfers to the Myanmar military are not only reprehensible, they also likely violate international law."
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Hearings resume today in the #Rohingya #genocide case at the Int’l Court of Justice (#TheGambia v. #Myanmar). We’ll hear today from the Pres of the court as well as the #Myanmar junta’s objections to the case. Begins 1:30pm The Hague/7:30am ET / 7pm MYA: media.un.org/en/asset/k18/k…
Here is the 160-page report by @FortifyRights, “They Gave Them Long Swords,” showing how the #Myanmar military planned for and carried out the crime of #genocide against #Rohingya.

fortifyrights.org/downloads/Fort…
The junta imprisoned #Myanmar's former State Agent at the court, State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi. And its legal team has changed. Int'l lawyer Christopher Staker will represent the junta and I'm told will be joined by lawyers Robert Kolb & Stephan Talmon.
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The #Myanmar military will appear at the #ICJ in The Hague on 21 February 2022. Their interest does not lie in defending the country against #genocide allegations. #whatshappeninginMyanmar judithbeyer.com/2022/02/18/who…
In this post I hold that after the attempted coup of 1 Feb 2021, the #Myanmar army "has at no point achieved full control of the country". I further reiterate that @NUGMyanmar "have established working relations with many states and international organizations, including the #UN"
The @NUGMyanmar declared that Ambassador U Kyaw Moe Tun is the only person authorised to represent #Myanmar in The Hague. They announced that the previous preliminary objections by Myanmar to the lawsuit should be withdrawn, thus encouraging the efforts to proceed with the case.
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UN Special Envoy calls for non-military-led dialogue with all parties to agree a power sharing agreement as first step towards long-term military transformation.

Reasonable common sense suggestions but lack attention to practical realities...

#WhatsHappeningInMyanmar
This is exactly what the UN has been calling for since the 1990s (at least) and what has been consistently blocked & avoided by the military.

This is not an accident. The military could not be more explicit. It knows what is best for Myanmar and its power cannot be questioned.
The closest Myanmar has come to power sharing is the '08 constitution.

The SLORC/SPDC held National Convention but dominated proceedings like a petulant monarchy, offended everyone, took no one elses suggestions and - of course - did not let the UN anywhere near the process.
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In the coming week, I will release a song called: "The #Rohingya", I produced for SOULOGIK 🇺🇸, DAMOLA 🇳🇬 & CIRCUS RECIPE 🇱🇸. Mixed and mastered by LTIP 🇿🇦

Cover #Art by ABUL KALAM 🇧🇩

Cc @Soulogik, @CircusRecipe, @LTip_, @kalamabul408 🔥🔥🔥🚀😎
#PEACE & #RESPECT to ABUL KALAM @kalamabul408 in Bangladesh for the amazing work he's doing on the ground to shine light on the desperate & heart wrenching plight of The #Rohingya.

It's an honour & privilege to work with him on our upcoming release: facebook.com/16277589766395…
SAN presents: The #ROHINGYA, COMING SOON!!

Guest appearances: SOULOGIK 🇺🇸, CIRCUS RECIPE 🇱🇸 & DAMOLA 🇳🇬

Mixed and Mastered by L TIP 🇿🇦

Cover #Art by Internationally Renowned Photographer 📸; ABUL KALAM 🇧🇩

Cc: @Soulogik @CircusRecipe @LTip_ @kalamabul408 🔥🔥🔥🚀😎 Image
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THREAD on #Myanmar army sending 2 large convoys (80+ trucks each with armoured vehicle escort) to Chin State.

- HUGE human rights / humnitarian concern

- Potential int' security concern for #India

- Unlikely to be strategic victory for MM military

#WhatsHappeningInMyanmar
This is a relatively small unit of troops. Report say max. 120 trucks. If 25 men per truck, that is 3,000 troops.

I'd expect only a handful of support personnel (comms, medics, intelligence) for every 100 and they will be greatly isolated, hens the long, high-profile journey
MAJOR THREAT that this relatively weak and poorly supported infantry force will lean into Tatmadaw strategem #1:

Abuse, terrorise, destabilise and disperse the local population, destroying food stores, clearing people from the region, and instilling terror in those who remain.
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Judge Furuqui of US DC District Court has ordered @Facebook to release content that related to #Myanmar govt dangerous speech targeting #Rohingya minorities. Judicial order at the @asilorg #ILIB link 1/
@Facebook @asilorg 28 USC §1782 allows requests of statements or documents for proceedings in for/int'l tribunals, subject to Stored Comms Act (SCA). SCA relies heavily on who is a "user" under the 1986 US Congress understanding of comms tech 2/
@Facebook @asilorg Gambia v. FB decision notes that SCA is not an internet privacy statute, but instead focused on comp networks instead (citing @OrinKerr's 2004 User's Guide to SCA from @GWLawReview). Gambia tries to argue that #Myanmar govt is not a "user" under SCA 3/
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We finally have the long-awaited decision in #TheGambia’s lawsuit in US federal court against #Facebook seeking disclosure of material for use in its pending case against #Myanmar at the #ICJ (alleging genocide against the #Rohingya). Here's an overview. 1/30
In brief, the federal magistrate judge handling this matter rejected #Facebook’s statutory & policy arguments and granted an order compelling Facebook to produce to #TheGambia the bulk of the material requested, but denying its request to depose a Facebook representative. 2/30
I previously tweeted about the party arguments in this litigation last year when the parties were filing their briefs. Those summaries can be found here: . In many respects, the federal magistrate judge has accepted #TheGambia’s arguments. 3/30
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THREAD: I am writing this thread on "democratic values", because there is some profound misunderstanding & some utterly stupid wrongheaded thinking around which needs to be knocked on the head. Otherwise we're all in real trouble. /
Let me start which two principles:

1. Among us who defend "democratic values" around the world, NO ONE I know wishes to impose anything on anyone;

2. Supporting "democratic values" is NOT about dropping a Westminster-style Parliament or US Congress in the middle of the desert/
Instead, support for "democratic values" is about SUPPORT for those around the world who wish to live in freedom, with human dignity, without fear and with the chance to pursue their potential.

Note: it's about supporting those aspirations, NOT imposing them!/
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At least 25 killed and 200,000 displaced by evacuations as torrential rain floods China's Henan province
Flooding in Turkey's Black Sea region
In Russia, a suspension bridge by the village of Uryum, east of Chita, collapsed when a truck tried to drive over it. The driver survived. Dozens of villages are flooded in this area of the Trans-Baikal region.
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As #Myanmar Army burns villages in Sagaing...

Let's discuss the 'four cuts' strategy and community resilience to it

4 cuts is NOT about cutting resources to civilians. No.

Civilians ARE the resource that is being cut.
#WhatsHappeningInMyanmar
myanmar-now.org/mm/news/7124
I have seen many posts lately framing food or water blockaids to civilians as 4 cuts (Phyet-Lay-Phyet)

It is all connected, but '4 cuts' is something much more evil.

'4 cuts' aims to cut off civilian support to armed groups, by displacing, killing and terrorising the civilians
There are disagreements about what the '4 cuts' actually are.

Many scholars have claimed the aim is to stop civilians from providing 4 things - often choosing 4 from food, funding, resources, recruits, sancturary, intelligence.

(It is all these things - take your pick.)
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Incredibly thorough work from @hrw has revealed what we all feared: UNHCR did in fact share personal + biometric data of #Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh with Myanmar (who oversaw genocide against them): hrw.org/news/2021/06/1…
@hrw Concerning highlights: There was no option for #Rohingya to opt out, nor receive the Smart Card without (seemingly implicitly) agreeing to having their personal data (which was also associated with their family members data) shared back with the very govt they were fleeing from.
@hrw No disclosure: The question of whether they consented to share data with Myanmar was only sometimes provided, and then only in written English – violating UNHCR’s own policy of providing refugees with data collection info in a language and manner they understand.
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Surveillance is a matter of life & death in Myanmar. What role did European companies & EU funds play in providing the military junta with the spy tech it used to counter mass protest against the coup it staged

@LHreports investigates>> Image
About the consequences of being tracked in #Myanmar, one former detainee told us: ‘There were detainees from the student unions, they were taken away with black hoods over their heads and they didn’t come back’
The #Myanmar military capacity to track its compatriots has been enhanced by EU companies & EU subsidies. Firms like swedish #MSAB and Italian SecurCube appear in leaked Myanmar ministerial budget documents we obtained
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This thread is getting attention, so I wanted to add a post-script: IMO, there are two reasons horrific treatment of the #Rohingya flies under the radar, both counter-intuitive in the west. 1) The concept of ethno-Buddhist hatred, which many find hard to credit, but is v real...
Exhibit A is Gen Manas, an amulet-wearing believer in Buddhist primacy, who saw Muslim Rohingya as subhuman in same way as, Exhibit B: diplomat Ye Myint Aung, who reject the idea that these dark-skinned "ogres" could possibly be connected to Myanmar scmp.com/article/669529…
Exhibit C is even more jarring: Aung San Suu Kyi. Yes, her with the Nobel Peace Prize, who tainted herself with genocide apologia, and sided with the militant ultranationalist Buddhist monks (also a thing) who sought to kill/expel the Rohingya nytimes.com/2019/12/11/wor…
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It gives me great pleasure to announce the death of Lt General Manas Kongpan, disgraced and bereft in a Thai prison, the most evil man I have encountered in 30 years of journalism...
Manas died Wed in a prison hospital. He got off lightly. In 2009, reporters Alan Morison & Chutima Sidasathian came to @SCMPNews with a tale so hideous it seemed impossible: The Thai military was secretly towing #Rohingya refugees out to sea on wrecks & casting them adrift...
@SCMPNews Hundreds were dying under the most nightmarish circumstances. Skeletal men, baked to death by the tropical sun in excrement-filled hulks, as they drifted. Dying of thirst, starvation. Drowning. How many? We'll never know
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"#Myanmar faces economic collapse due to the combined effect of the new coronavirus and the coup, which in its [@UNDP] worst-case analysis could put nearly half the country’s 54 million people into poverty." - @Reuters

#WhatsHappeningInMyanmar

reuters.com/business/finan…
Poverty and food security have long been concerns for families in #Myanmar's ethnic states after decades of conflict and neglect. Kind, tenacious people, they want peace and self-sufficient tools to keep their children safe, healthy, and in school.
#WhatsHappeninglnMyanmar Image
We’ve been working alongside our friends in #Myanmar for 27 years. Over this time we have formed deep relationships with #Kachin, #Karen, #Shan and #Rohingya communities, always consulting with them to find out exactly what their needs are responding as rapidly as possible. Image
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#THREAD The United States Commission for International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) declared India as a ‘Country of Particular Concern (CPC)’ in its 2020 Report.

CPC is a nation guilty of particularly severe violations of religious freedom under International Religious Freedom Act
CPC tag for India, can lead to crippling economic sanctions, once accepted by the US govt

The Report is a result of planned lobbying effort to influence #USCIRF by US based Islamist Fronts such as ICNA & IAMC, affiliated with terrorist org. like Jamaat-e-Islami, HM, LeT and SIMI
The MEA in India had already rejected the #USIRF locus standi & its Report, but no one realized that US Islamist lobby was behind it.

They operate under various names
- Justice for All
- Save India
- Free Kashmir
to hide their affiliations but are run by the same set of people.
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CJI SA Bobde led bench to shortly hear an urgent plea by a member of the Rohingya community, Mohammad Salimullah, seeking directions to release and protect over 150 Rohingya refugees reportedly “detained” in Jammu and to grant them refugee card
#Rohingya
#SupremeCourt
@pbhushan1
A Jammu based NGO, Forum for Human Rights and Social Justice has also filed an application stating that an earlier plea filed to stop the Rohingya deportation must not be entertained since the settlement of the Rohingyas in Jammu was "a part of a larger design"
#Rohingya
Advocate Prashant Bhushan: This is the Rohingya issue

CJI: Where is the ICJ judgment? We have not recieved it
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CJI SA Bobde led bench to shortly hear an urgent plea by a member of the Rohingya community, Mohammad Salimullah, seeking directions to release and protect over 150 Rohingya refugees reportedly “detained” in Jammu and to grant them refugee card
#Rohingya
#SupremeCourt
@pbhushan1
A Jammu based NGO, Forum for Human Rights and Social Justice has also filed an application stating that an earlier plea filed to stop the Rohingya deportation must not be entertained since the settlement of the Rohingyas in Jammu was "a part of a larger design"
CJI SA Bobde says matter to he heard tomorrow

Advocate Prashant Bhushan seeks permission to file a judgement by International Court of Justice. Bhushan: It's very important judgment has a bearing

Solicitor General: All judgments are important and not only ones that favour us
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#WhatsHappeningInMyanmar
#Mar22Coup #OpCCP
#MilkTeaAllianceMyanmar

Situations in Myanmar on March 22, 2021

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⚠️May contain graphic contents⚠️

Note : ongoing internet blackouts in Myanmar. The atrocities may be more than what’s recorded here.
Categories for the thread

✊- civilians strike
🪖- junta’s violence
🕯- night strike

📍#Mandalay Region
No human strike by the medical professional family of Mandalay City, #Myanmar
Source - Khit Thit
STRENGTH OF UNITY
#WhatsHappeningInMyanmar
#Mar22Coup
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@pbhushan1 @pbhushan1 Rohingya will be deported because:-
A. India is not Signatory of 1951 Convention.

B. On a balance of convenience between National Security & Refoulement. The first shall prevail.

C. Bogus and unmindful identification/ verification conducted by @Refugees.
@pbhushan1 @Refugees Not binding :-

•CERD General Recommendation No. XXX, U.N. Doc. HRI/GEN1/Rev.9
•Articles 2(1), 6 and 7 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR)
•Articles 2(2) & 3 of the International Covenant on Economic and Social Rights (ICESCR)
@pbhushan1 @Refugees •Article 2 of Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW)
•Article 2(1) of the Convention on Rights of the Child (CRC)

#Rohingya have serious exclusion triggers involved in direct engagement with Myanmar military in the past.
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