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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. mizzima.com/article/two-ki…
@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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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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