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Jul 2, 2020 3 tweets 4 min read
@Global_Witness says the landslide in #Kachin #Myanmar #Jade mine was "entirely preventable" as it's a "damning indictment" of government's "failure to curb reckless & irresponsible" practices. Adds #NLD government has failed to implement "desparately-needed reforms" over 5 yrs Image
Unfortunately such #jade mine landslides in #Kachin #Myanmar happen so regularly, killing dozens annually that it's disturbing how nothing seem to be done to prevent "pickers" from risking their lives. The last landslide happened just last week.…
@UNinMyanmar issues statement expressing deep sadness for "terrible loss" of lives in #Kachin #Myanmar #Jade mine landslide. Commends those who helped in rescue, recovery. At least 100 people have died in today's accident. Image

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🧵In less than 2 months, #Myanmar & #Russia met at least 3 times via high-level physical visits. #Military chief now making 2nd trip to Russia with his last one only in mid-July. Attending Eastern Economic Forum, he'll likely engage Russian defence again #WhatsHappeningInMyanmar
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Aug 5
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
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#ASEAN foreign ministers concluded #Cambodia meeting by giving #Myanmar #military another 3 more months till November @ASEAN leaders' summit to show progress in 5-point consensus & to resolve #coup crisis. Otherwise leaders forced to take additional steps #WhatsHappeningInMyamar
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THREAD: A year ago today Nov 8, #Myanmar held its elections where #AungSanSuuKyi #NLD won in an even bigger landslide than 2015 with over 80% of total contested seats. But this win has led to a #militarycoup takeover on Feb 1 (1/5)
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