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(Thread) ⬇️🧵#Myanmar is tons of “rare earths” #China covets for virtually every electronic devices we all use.

Now do you understand the Myanmar war crimes?

#MyanmarMilitaryTerrorists still murder with impunity, 888 days into a genocidal junta coup.

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#Myanmar exported more than 140,000 tonnes of rare earth deposits, worth more than $1 billion, between May 2017 and October 2021, said an official …Jul 17, 2022 m.economictimes.com/news/internati… Myanmar emerges as key source of rare earth minerals for #China.
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@AP did an in-depth story today on #Myanmar, green energy and the brutal mining industry for rare earth. #China exports 80-85% of rare earth. We buy. apnews.com/article/75df22… #WhatsHappeningInMyanmar #MyanmarMilitaryTerrorists #myanmarcivilwar #Burma
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THREAD: Tough to see any real improvement if @ASEAN & #Myanmar #military fail to see eye-to-eye on how far 5-point consensus has come in last 16 months. #ASEAN has just given #Myanmar #military 3 more months till Nov to show results of 5-point plan. 1/5 #WhatsHappeningInMyanmar ImageImageImageImage
But in latest rebuttal to @ASEAN, #Myanmar #military remains obstinate & defiant as it objected to #ASEAN's accusation that military has shown "lack of progress" in implementing 5-point plan to resolve crisis. Military staged #coup on Feb 1, 2021. 2/5
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#Myanmar #military in turn accuses @ASEAN of making "1-sided assessment" of its 5-point consensus implementation efforts & that bloc was not appraising results in an "objective and fair manner based on the factual updates and situations on the ground" 3/5 #WhatsHappeningInMyanmar ImageImageImageImage
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“The #Myanmar junta’s execution of four men was an act of utter cruelty. These executions, including of activist Ko Jimmy and opposition lawmaker Phyo Zeya Thaw, followed grossly unjust and politically motivated military trials" said @hrw today. #WhatsHappeninginMyanmar #Burma
"This horrific news was compounded by the junta’s failure to notify the men’s families, who learned about the executions through the junta’s media reports" added @hrw, decrying the executions of these 4 political prisoners. #WhatsHappeninginMyanmar #Myanmar #SaveMyanmar
"The junta’s barbarity and callous disregard for human life aims to chill the anti-coup protest movement. European Union member states, the United States, and other governments should show the junta that there will be a reckoning for its crimes" says @hrw. @POTUS @WHNSC @eu_eeas
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Myanmar statement on the panel discussion on the Rohingya and other minorities (HRC50)
Myanmar will:
• submit a motion to its legislature – the Committee Representing Pyidaungsu Hluttaw – seeking the repeal of the Race and Religion Protection Laws of 2015
• prioritise the amendment or replacement of the Citizenship Law of 1982 with a law that bases citizenship on birth in Myanmar or birth anywhere as a child of Myanmar citizens
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• ensure that all new national laws and policies are developed in consultation with the Rohingya and other minority communities and their representatives
• advocate for the formal acceptance of Myanmar’s Article 12(3) Declaration under the Rome Statute,
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#Myanmar #military soldier recounting cruel, senseless killing in @RadioFreeAsia report described as "horrifying" by at least 1 #Yangon diplomat. Diplomat told me this "provides damning evidence" of military crimes. Urges @CIJ_ICJ & @ASEAN to take note. #WhatsHappeningInMyanmar
#Myanmar-based diplomat adds @ASEAN should ban #military from upcoming June 22 defence ministers' meeting as report shows "Myanmar military is not a professional military". Calls regime’s promise of investigation "a farce" as army enabled atrocities
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2 other diplomats agree with condemnation of #Myanmar #military actions telling me @RadioFreeAsia report shows "awful reality of the junta's repression & the war it wages on its own people." (All pics are from @RadioFreeAsia report) #WhatsHappeningInMyanmar
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🧵Lone Ma | A Sad Story From Myanmar

"Give Me Water my son, I had drunk 3 bottles of poison", a 17 years old boy woke up to his mother's call on the morning of April 2, 2022, in Myanmar. Even though the boy had called the neighbors, and relatives and(1/)
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tried his best, his mother had passed away within minutes.

His mother, Lone Ma, a 45 years old woman who had been suffering due to oppression of the Junta since her birth had committed suicide in April. So, Is Lone Ma such a weak person who chose suicide? (2/)
How much did she suffer before the decision of suicide?

Lone Ma Nyein Chan is the daughter of famous Poet AungPwint who was detained for 4th time for his bitter opposition to Coup and General Nay Win from 1977-to 1988. She was born while her father was detained in the prison(3/)
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1. This History Thread is about Britain’s relations with Burma (Myanmar.) A fraught legacy with centuries of trade, conflict, colonization, Independence, more trade, sanctions. #WhatsHappeningInMyanmar
2. Lands that would become Burma were of interest to British East India Company due to rivalry w. Portuguese, Dutch, French. Ralph Fitch visited 1587 for BEIC. 17th-18th C. British trade, teak shipbuilding, diplomatic relations w. Ava. Conflict on Arakan border w. British Bengal.
3. As Ava expanded west (Arakan, toward Assam, Manipur) 1st Anglo-Burmese War 1824-26. British military moved into Assam, Arakan & Irrawaddy River area but ravaged by diseases. Ava’s Gen. Maha Bandula killed. Treaty: British kept Arakan, Tenasserim + Assam, Manipur buffer zone.
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@TheEconomist seems to claim we are 'post-truth' in Myanmar becayse local and social media are overhyping successes of resistance

This seems like a straw man and is deeply misleading about the situation on the ground

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economist.com/asia/2022/05/1…
Firstly, local media and Myanmar Twitter/Facebook are constantly reporting on:

- Funerals of resistance fighters
- Desperate lack of weapons
- Lack of effective leadership
- Capture, torture, burnings of fighters & civilians believed to support resistance

What is being ignored?
There are indeed reports of the very real and historic losses that the Myanmar military faces on all fronts.

The following are happening every week

- Attacks on mil bases
- Losses of whole platoons
- SAC retreats from roads
- Defections
- Admin abandoning entire areas
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People's Soldiers Production Team has released their latest version of drone-dropped bomblets, claiming to have twice the energy of similar sized bombs.
This design looks interesting.
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For those who dont know, these bomblets are developed by resistance groups in the jungle of Myanmar to fight against Russia-backed junta.
We have been using drone for months.
This is the example:
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Sth interesting happened these days. Aung Than Oo, current serving minister of commerce at Ygn division under SAC, a senior member of USDP, ex-general and ex-MP during Thein Sein era was arrested at his office along with his entire family and properties seized.
Zaygabar U Khin Shwe, the crony capitalist who was also USDP member, ex-MP during Thein Sein era, parents-in-laws with Shwe Mann, close frd w/ Than Shwe was also arrested along w/ his son, as well as all their properties seized.
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The saga continues with ex-Yangon governor, Hla Soe, who was appointed by SAC just a few mths earlier & got replaced on Feb 22 was also arrested.
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1. This History Thread is a backgrounder on how Feb. 1, 2021 Russia-backed coup in Myanmar (Burma) relates to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine & response. Military & diplomatic support from Russia have enabled the Myanmar coup regime. 🌿#WhatsHappeningInMyanmar #IStandWithUkraine 🇺🇦
2. In 2010s enabled by Myanmar crony Tay Za, Russia outpaced China’s arms sales to Myanmar. Russian sold Myanmar military MiG-29 jets, helicopters, Yak-130 training/attack jets, air defense missile systems, Su-30 fighter/attack aircraft, drones. irrawaddy.com/news/burma/bur…
3. Just before Myanmar military’s Feb. 1, 2021 coup, Russian Defense Minister General Sergei Shoigu visited Myanmar to finalize a new deal to supply arms to the country. Many have considered this a go ahead meeting for Gen. Min Aung Hlaing’s coup. irrawaddy.com/opinion/analys…
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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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1. This History Thread is about Myanmar (Burma) People’s Defense Forces (PDFs) historical & cultural iconography. Designers use visual symbols to express power, pride, heritage for PDFs resisting Feb. 1, 2021 coup regime. Insignia pix via social media. #WhatsHappeningInMyanmar
2. In Sagaing Region, Sayar San PDF-4 of YMB (Yin Mar Bin Township) PDFs has a farmer’s hat with crossed swords as symbol & Depayin PDF uses Saya San picture. Saya San was charismatic leader of 1930-32 peasant revolt with sabotage campaign against British colonial rule of Burma.
3. Magway People’s Struggle Committee, a resistance group supporting PDFs, uses picture of Po Hla Gyi. Known as “the Ogre” he led Burmah Oil Company workers on strike for better pay & conditions 1938-9 which became a national general strike against colonial exploitation.
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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.

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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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🔥 Documenting fires in Myanmar
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Today we look at methods for documenting the burning of civilian structures.

There are several methods we can use to verify that a fire occurred, and then to map that damage.

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Following reports of a village being burnt, the first thing that we try to do is verify the attack. For that we look for thermal anomaly detections from several satellites that orbit the globe twice per day. These are the VIIRS and Aqua/Terra Earth Observation satellites.
The data from these satellites regularly gets uploaded to a NASA website called FIRMS:
firms.modaps.eosdis.nasa.gov/map/#d:24hrs;@…

There are a lot of fires (mostly burning agricultural fields after harvest), but if you have specific info it is very useful to verify.
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မိမိဖုန်းကိုလုံခြုံအောင်ဘယ်လိုထားမလဲ……

ဖုန်းလုံခြုံရေးအတွက် အရေးကြီးတဲ့ အချက်များကို မျှဝေပေးချင်ပါတယ် 👇👇👇

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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...

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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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"As the junta attempts to forcibly bring the country under its control, it has inadvertently united many of Myanmar's diverse groups against it."

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KNDF: "We will take back step by step, slow and slowly," he said. "We will continue, day by day. We are getting stronger. We are winning day by day."

@YeMyoHein5 : "In the past, their strategy and objective was how to control the country. Now they are focused on how survive."
@khinsandarwin: "I have never seen this kind if unity in our history... We believe that we will win this time. We never think we will lose ... Whether we die or whether you die, this is our slogan,"
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For all those who see human rights activists & NGO types slogging away, day after day, on issues that seem intractable and wonder if it's worthwhile... if it actually works... if progress is even possible...

Let me tell you that, yes, it is. Image
Since overthrowing the democratically elected government on 1 February 2021, #Myanmar’s military has carried out nationwide crackdowns on anti-junta protesters, activists, journalists & political opposition, killing more than 1400 people. It amounts to crimes against humanity. Image
In addition, the #Myanmar junta's renewed attacks on ethnic minority areas have resulted in numerous war crimes.
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1. This History Thread is an overview of relations of ASEAN members with Burma (Myanmar.) Association of South East Asian Nations is regional political & economic organization which Myanmar controversially joined in 1997. Ineffective regarding 2021 coup. #WhatsHappeningInMyanmar
2. Thailand most significant of ASEAN members for relations w. Myanmar (Burma.) Constant Burmese-Siamese Wars 16th-19th C. Burma rulers repeatedly invaded Ayutthaya (Siam) & were invaded in turn. 19th C. British colonized Burma but Siam (wd. become Thailand) remained independent.
3. After Burma 1948 Independence & 1962 military rule, Thailand border rife with smuggling incl. drugs. Ethnic Armed Organizations fighting Burma (Myanmar) regime were tolerated by Thailand as buffer zone. Refugees fled Burma (Myanmar) mil. govt. human rights abuse to Thailand.
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My latest for @crisisgroup looks at Myanmar’s decades-old ethnic conflicts, how the coup has transformed the conflict landscape in #Myanmar, and what should be done. Thread below. #WhatsHappeningInMyanmar #Jan13coup 1/16
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Prior to the coup, most of Myanmar’s 20-plus EAOs had ceasefires with the central govt but political negotiations had stalled. Coup has killed the peace process launched in 2011 (despite what the regime and some EAOs say). 2/16
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Enter the National Unity Government. The federal army or “united front” against the regime that some hoped for was not plausible in wake of coup, but the cooperation to date between NUG and several EAOs has been very significant. 3/16
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As #Myanmar 🇲🇲 enters 2022 the #PDF and allied resistance groups are taking the initiative across the country, launching multiple hit-and-run attacks on the military.

Fighting is especially heavy in the #Demoso Township in #Kayah state irrawaddy.com/news/burma/mya…
#Myanmar 🇲🇲: one example was an attack by the Eagles Army (#PDF group in Tigayaing Township) on two military patrol boats going down the Ayeryawady river.

Around 20 soldiers were reportedly killed by mine attacks on the boats. #WhatsHappeningInMyanmar
#Myanmar 🇲🇲: another attack was launched by the Aung San Force (#PDF group in #Magway) who dropped explosives from a drone down on a military convoy of 150 soldiers below. #WhatsHappeningInMyanmar
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