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The Shadow Government Of Myanmar Have Launched Soldiers To Fight Myanmar Military

September 8, 2021

In what is called a “people’s defensive war,” Myanmar’s shadow government urged citizens to revolt against the military junta.
During a video address posted on his Facebook page on Tuesday, acting president of the National Unity Government (NUG) Duwa Lashi La urged militias and ethnic armed groups to attack military forces.
“The National Unity Government … launched a people’s defensive war against the military junta to protect lives and properties of the people,” Duwa Lashi La said.
The NUG is made up of former lawmakers, opponents of the coup, and ethnic minority leaders who seek recognition as the legitimate government of Myanmar. The organization operates undercover or through members based abroad.
Due to the nature of this revolution, all citizens of Myanmar will revolt against Min Aung Hlaing’s rule, said Duwa Lashi La, as he urged civil servants to resign their posts.
Min Aung Hlaing, Myanmar’s military chief, staged a coup on February 1, overthrowing Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy government. The junta leader declared himself prime minister and installed a caretaker government last month.
The military has waged a bloody crackdown on nationwide protests and opposition to its rule over the past eight months. According to advocacy group Assistance Association for Political Prisoners, more than 1,000 people have been killed and more than 7,800 arrested by security forces.
The local resistance has formed to defend towns and villages and carry out guerrilla-style attacks on military forces. The fighting between Myanmar soldiers and these militia groups has displaced thousands, particularly in ethnic minority areas.
In parallel with the global uprising, we must initiate a nationwide uprising in every village, city and town in Myanmar at the same time. “Our goal is to remove Min Aung Hlaing and eliminate dictatorship once and for all” says Duwa Lashi La.
Duwa Lashi La told ethnic armed groups to “immediately attack Min Aung Hlaing and the military council” and to “fully control your lands.”
Moreover, he encouraged police, military, and military-appointed government workers to join the resistance.
“This is a just revolution. A revolution necessary for building a peaceful nation and establishing a federal union,” he said.tary for comment.
Maj. Gen. Nerdah Bo Mya, commander of the ethnic armed group Karen National Defense Organization, which operates in southeastern Karen state, said it supports the NUG’s announcement.
“All the ethnic armed groups should coordinate and work together to fight and support each other,” he told CNN. “Today marks the beginning of Burma’s downfall from the military regime. D-Day is approaching.”
So far, international efforts to stop the violence in Myanmar have failed.
As Reuters reports, Western governments, including the United States, the United Kingdom, and the European Union, have imposed sanctions on the junta and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) named a special representative in Myanmar who is negotiating a visit to the country.
This announcement comes two weeks before the UN General Assembly meets in New York on September 21 and before a decision is expected on who will fill the Myanmar representative to the UN’s seat: a member of the military council, or NUG.
“The NUG will be aiming to show that the regime does not have ‘effective control’ over Myanmar to undermine its chances of being seated at the UN,” said Richard Horsey, senior adviser to the International Crisis Group on Myanmar. The NUG is looking to put its stamp on these efforts and give them a further boost.”
Despite widespread opposition in the country to the coup, it is unclear how much influence and controls the NUG has over various people’s resistance groups.
The violent confrontation is likely to continue, Horsey said, since the population is determined to resist and the regime is determined to hold on. The ASEAN mission still has not visited the country, and just three days ago, its special envoy called for a ceasefire.”

Myanmar Military Involved In Shootout With Opposition Troops

June 23, 2021

During the shootout, eight PDF fighters were killed and eight were arrested, while some junta troops were seriously injured, according to military-run Myawady TV.
The commander of the Mandalay PDF’s urban guerrilla warfare unit, who goes by the pseudonym Bo Tun Tauk Naing, told The Irrawaddy that only two resistance fighters were killed.
Students and civil servants on strike are among the six arrested.
“We also seized some weapons,” he said.
Early this morning, Junta troops reportedly raided a boarding school where PDF fighters were based in Hton Tone ward.
“They found us. They came to our base at the corner of 111st and 112nd streets on 54th Street and we fired at them as they approached,” Bo Tun Tauk Naing said.
As their colleagues from other parts of town rushed to rescue them, the PDF fighters attempted to withdraw from the base.
According to the PDF, grenades were used by Junta forces. The Junta also used snipers and armored vehicles in the clash.
“Junta troops arrived at 7 a.m. At 111th and 54th streets, the gunmen opened fire. The shooting was not heavy. At 8 a.m., there was an exchange of fire. 8.30 a.m. and 9.30 a.m. Until now, junta troops have not raided houses. While the clash was still going on in the morning, a resident of Hton Tone Ward said, “They are detaining every man they see.”.
Machine guns and grenades were heard, he said.
Recently, the US and Canadian embassies in Yangon called for an end to the violence and the protection of civilians, saying they were disturbed and concerned by the fighting in Mandalay.
The Mandalay PDF was formed by local resistance fighters who underwent military training provided by ethnic armed groups. Mandalay PDF is part of the National Unity Government.

The Myanmar Coup Has Made The World Refugee Problem Worse

June 22, 2021

The United Nations refugee agency reports that a record 82.4 million people have been displaced worldwide in 2020 because of violence and persecution, including 680,000 in Myanmar following ethnic conflict and the recent military coup.

According to UNHCR Director Indrika Ratwatte, in Bangkok on Friday, there have been an estimated 200,000 more internally displaced people (IDPs) within Myanmar since the removal of Aung San Suu Kyi’s civilian government in February 2021.

The majority of the recent IDPs come from the states of Kayah and Kayin, where ethnic groups are engaged in armed combat with the military. There are also tens of thousands of displaced people in Shan and Kachin states.

Ratwatte said the situation in Myanmar is of extreme concern, adding that life-saving assistance must be provided to the Myanmar refugees.

After a military crackdown in 2017, hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims fled to neighboring Bangladesh, while more than 100,000 of the persecuted minority remain in camps in Myanmar’s Rakhine state.

Forcibly displaced individuals continue to be a global phenomenon, and the numbers are increasing every day, he said.

According to the report, children make up 42 percent of all refugees worldwide, with nearly one million of them born as refugees between 2018 and 2020.

Nearly two-thirds of all people who fled abroad came from just five countries, including 6.7 million from Syria, 4 million from Venezuela, 2.6 million from Afghanistan, 2.2 million from South Sudan, and 1.1 million from Myanmar.

A record low of only 37,000 refugees were resettled in a third country in 2020 as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Many countries closed their borders because they feared infection vectors, which also meant that those seeking protection had limited access,” he said.

Ratwatte cited the plight of Rohingya, about 200 of whom died last year while attempting to cross from Bangladesh to a third country.

According to the report, the record number of refugees in 2020 is four percent higher than the previous record of 79.5 million refugees in 2019.

UNHCR oversees about 20.7 million refugees, including 5.7 million Palestinians and 3.9 million Venezuelans.

More than 800,000 Rohingya refugees have registered with the UNHCR in Bangladesh since the latest influx in August 2017. However, the actual number is likely to be much higher since some of them have not been registered, or arrived during earlier waves of mass migration.

“This is a group of people living in 34 refugee camps in an area with about 40,000 people per square kilometer of population density,” Saleh said.

The Rohingya refugees have become more vulnerable to the COVID pandemic, which, like most other countries, has hit Bangladesh.

The government in Dhaka has managed the disease’s spread in the country, as well as in the camps, but the situation remains “unpredictable” with COVID vaccines still in short supply, Saleh said.

A massive fire in Rohingya camps in recent months further worsened the refugees’ already dire situation, destroying about 10,000 of their shelters and making 60,000 of them homeless.

UNHCR reported that millions of people were displaced within their own countries as well as fleeing across borders.

Nader Nadery, a member of Afghanistan’s peace negotiating panel, said armed violence remained the driving force behind Afghanistan’s refugee crisis.

“Unfortunately, that is not likely to change anytime soon,” Nadery said, predicting that factors driving the refugee crisis will continue.

The violence has increased since the United States announced its withdrawal of coalition troops, with the Taliban and other armed groups increasing attacks on towns and villages, he said. There has also been an increase in targeted killings against certain sectors of society and ethnic groups, such as Hazaras.

The ongoing drought in Afghanistan has also contributed to the displacement, as has the continuing spread of COVID-19, Nadery said. At least 3,800 deaths have been reported due to COVID in the country so far.

Thai Bits: Some Schools Will Not Open On June 14th, Bangkok District Officials: SIlom Market COVID-19 Infections Are Being Exaggerating

June 11, 2021

Some Schools Will Not Be Open To Students On June 14th, 2021

The new school year will begin on June 14, 2021, but on-site learning will be prohibited in Bangkok and three neighboring provinces, the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration announced June 10, 2021.
Apisamai Srirangson, assistant spokesperson for CCSA, said the Education Ministry approved starting the new school year on June 14, 2021.
Classrooms will remain closed in Bangkok, Nonthaburi, Pathum Thani, and Samut Prakan, which will rely on remote learning for students.
Dr. Apisamai said the provincial communicable disease committees could halt the reopening of classrooms if an area was deemed unsafe due to transmission of Covid-19.
Bangkok, Nonthaburi, Pathum Thani and Samut Prakan are the areas hit hardest by the third wave of novel coronavirus disease.

Bamgkok District Believes That Number of People Infected From Silom Market Was Exagerated

The Bang Rak district office in Bangkok has denied reports that 310 people were infected with Covid-19 at the Lalai Sap market. The district is seeking vendors’ cooperation to suspend trading for 3 days between June 10 and June 12 2021 in order to conduct deep cleaning and mass testing. Silom market has been ordered indefinitely closed.
Recently, the district office said on its Facebook page that there have been just 13 infections at the market on Silom Soi 5 since May 26, 2021. Nine members of the family were deemed at risk.
The Covid-19 virus will be tested on 1,000 people at the market on Friday between 9am and 2pm, as well as local residents, officials said.
The district has asked vendors at the market for their cooperation in suspending trading from June 10 to June 12 for deep-cleaning and mass testing.
People are being urged to stop sharing fake news and help spread correct information.

Who Killed A Myanmar Mechanic and Why?

June 10, 2021

A 39-year-old motorcycle mechanic in Kalay, Sagaing Region, called his wife at 8 pm to let her know that everything was fine.
A group of about 50 soldiers and police had arrived at his house earlier that day and began searching for something. He would have to come with them for questioning after they could not find whatever it was they were looking for.
“They told his wife not to worry. According to a family member, he only had to answer a few questions and would soon be released.
The night Min Min called, he told his wife that he had been questioned at a local interrogation camp about a recent explosion near Kalay’s Basic Education High School 6.
He told his wife that he was not being tortured and told her not to worry, says a family member.
A soldier in plainclothes accepted some food and clothing from Min Min’s wife the following morning.
Approximately an hour after returning home, she was informed he had passed away. When she went to collect his body at the 100-bed hospital adjacent to the camp, she was told it was caused by “an underlying lung issue.”.
As a result of his diabetes, Min Min had peripheral neuropathy, a nerve disorder. He was otherwise in good health.
Min Min’s death was apologized for by a military officer who offered him compensation in the amount of 500,000 kyat ($300). However, no further explanations could be provided.
“When we went to retrieve his body, we were angry, but we couldn’t show it because we were concerned that they would harm the family. So we just nodded and left,” the relative said.
As the family cleaned Min Min’s body, they noticed that it was covered in bruises and other signs of severe trauma.
“We found bruises on his chest and about three more on his forehead, which we believe were caused by a blow with a gunstock. That part of his forehead was very mushy,” a relative said.
In addition to the blood on his mouth, there were bruises on the back of his neck and on his ankles. His hands looked like they had been cut with a knife and there were stab wounds made with some kind of pointed object as well, the relative said.
Min Min was tortured while in military custody, but his family knew there was nothing they could do to hold his torturers legally accountable.
According to his friends, Min Min was not involved in any protests and was not a member of the National League for Democracy.
Those who knew him to believe he crossed the wrong person.
“We suspect he was an informant. His neighbor didn’t get along with him. Politics, not personal reasons. According to a friend, his neighbor is a well-known informant in the city.
Min Min has been working as a motorcycle mechanic in Kalay’s Myothar ward for 10 years. A year or so ago, he moved his workshop to its current location near the Nan Kalein stream.
Though he didn’t demonstrate his opposition during the anti-coup demonstrations, each evening at 8 pm he banged pots and pans, demonstrating his opposition in another way.
It was a common practice in many parts of the country, but not everyone agreed with it.
Min Min’s neighbor sent him a letter late in March complaining about the distressing sound and warning him that he would be reported to the authorities if he continued.
It was unclear whether the neighbor followed through on this threat, but it seems Min Min took it seriously.
After receiving the letter, he closed his shop for about a month. Just three weeks before he died, he decided to reopen the business so he could provide for his family.
Due to his death, his wife and two children will have to struggle to make ends meet. Since then, they have moved to Tharsi, where he is buried at the local cemetery.
His funeral was attended by around a thousand people.
In the past four months, 21 people have been tortured to death in detention, according to the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (AAPP).
In Kalay, where some civilians are wearing hunting rifles as a response to the crackdown on protests, the first death has come at the hands of the regime’s forces. To our knowledge, he is the first person to be tortured to death in the region while being interrogated.

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The Myanmar Military Has Been Killing Off Opposition Officials One By One Since The Coup

June 9, 2021

Since the February 2021 coup, Myanmar’s armed forces have used violence against unarmed opponents; more than 800 people have been killed, mostly by military gunfire. The deaths of two members of the National League of Democracy – the party led by Aung San Suu Kyi – in military custody have cast a much darker light on the military’s actions.
The streets of Myanmar were on edge on Saturday,6 March 2021.
Three days earlier, they had experienced the most violent day since the coup in February, with 38 people reported dead by the UN.
On 1 February 2021, the army seized power by claiming – without evidence – that the NLD had won a previous election.
Aung San Suu Kyi and senior leaders were placed under house arrest, triggering waves of protests.
The military appeared unsure of how to respond to the protests for the first three weeks.
By the end of February, they were using increasing levels of lethal force. It was clear by the first week of March that there would be no restraint.
The historic downtown neighborhood of Pabedan in central Yangon has seen plenty of drama with its narrow alleyways between crumbling colonial houses.
Several clashes broke out during that week as activists built barricades to keep out the security forces.
Pabedan has a diverse population, including a large number of Muslims, as well as eight mosques.
In last year’s general election, Sithu Maung, one of two Muslim candidates fielded by the NLD, won the seat.
Khin Maung Latt, a veteran NLD activist based in Pabedan, was his campaign manager. He lived with the family of a Buddhist lawyer.
He also co-owns a tour company and runs a video rental shop. Since 1988, he has served as the chairman of his local chapter of the NLD. The community knew and loved him.
Sithu Muang told the press he prayed five times a day from where he is hiding from the military.
“He was loved by people of all faiths. He created new parks for children to play in, and he played a significant role in the NLD.
The neighbors identified the soldiers as members of the 77th Light Infantry Division, a notorious unit for human rights abuses.
Ko Tun Kyi, a friend of Khin Maung Latt, says the soldiers were actually searching for U Maung Maung, who was a more senior member of the NLD and had fled to hiding.
Due to this, they broke into Khin Maung Latt’s home and dragged him out, kicking and hitting him.
Ko Tun Kyi believes Khin Maung Latt was taken from Yangon City Hall, the first building seized after the coup.
Khin Maung Latt’s family was called early the next morning by the police to pick up his body from a military hospital in northern Yangon.
He fainted, and they were told to inform people he had suffered a heart attack.
But the family insists that the 58-year-old was in good health and had no known illnesses. They say his body showed signs of multiple wounds on it and was covered in a blood-soaked cloth.
During what may have been an autopsy, the body had been cut open and sewn up, but the family has not been given an official report on the cause of death. He was buried later that day in a Muslim ceremony.
The US-based human rights organization Physicians for Human Rights has examined the evidence, including photographs of Khin Maung Latt’s body.
While it is unable to make any definitive judgments, it has concluded that the cause of death given by the military authorities is implausible and that he is most likely to have died from “homicidal violence” while in custody.
Ko Tun Kyi believes he was deliberately killed. He was detained less than ten hours before his family was informed of his death; it was not the result of prolonged torture.
Having once been jailed and interrogated, I know how they get information out of you. Maybe they thought he was connected to the Committee Representing the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw (CRPH) – the rival government supported by the opposition,” he said.
Maybe they wanted to find out what the NLD is planning, or where activists were hiding?”
But the theory that the military was targeting Aung San Suu Kyi’s party gained more weight after the death of another NLD official, Zaw Myat Lynn, two days later.
Khin Maung Latt was less prominent in the opposition movement, and his treatment seems much more brutal.
The 46-year-old Zaw Myat Lynn worked as the director of a new vocational college in Shwe Pyi Thar, one of several that had been opened under the NLD government.
A dedicated NLD activist, he was chosen to be the local representative of the CRPH after the coup.
Before he was captured, he posted stirring messages on his Facebook page encouraging residents to keep up their revolution against the military, whom he referred to as dogs and terrorists.
“Zaw Myat Lynn was a political powerhouse,” an NLD official, who is now in hiding and cannot be named, told the press.
“He was an excellent speaker.”. The only person from our township who was able to unite people and lead the post-coup demonstrations was him. He persuaded government employees from various offices to join the civil disobedience movement.”

The Creator Of Sonic Leaves Company and Could Be Retiring Soon

June 9, 2021

Yuji Naka, the creator of Sonic the Hedgehog, has confirmed that he will be leaving Square Enix.
Yuki Naka announced his departure from Square Enix via Twitter. He also hinted that he might retire from the video game industry. The prolific producer had this to say [translated via Twitter]:
“I will retire from Square ENIX at the end of April 2021 because I would like to contact the media and users. I can’t speak about the reason right now, but I hope I can when the time comes. I am 55 years old, so I may retire in the near future. Sega Hard Historia took the photo.”
Although Yuki Naka seems relatively optimistic about his future within the industry, his departure may also be related to the failure of Balan Wonderworld, his latest project. The game was released back in April and sold less than 2100 copies in Japan during its first week, in addition to failing to reach the top 40 in the UK physical games chart [via Eurogamer].
What could Yuki Naka do next? Well, the producer’s tweet does appear to suggest he’s moving on to a secret project. Although Naka’s statement is double-edged, it also implies that he might retire. Nevertheless, a transition in Yuki Naka’s legacy in the industry may be taking place, which could mark the end of his career. 
Yuki Naka is probably moving on to something exciting and new. The legendary producer surely deserves to retire, but I hope he gets to see one last Sonic-sized hurrah.

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Facebook Adds Unit 2 Games To Its Growing Gaming Company Collection

June 6, 2021

Crayta, free-to-play game creation, and sharing tool was developed by Unit 2 Games, which Facebook acquired today.
According to the social network, the addition will increase the number of gaming content creators.
This will make the Facebook Gaming platform more accessible to people who create, publish, and share games and experiences.
Vivek Sharma, vice president of Facebook Gaming, said, “We can now make content creation easier than ever by bringing together our team and Unit 2 Games’ technology.”
Future Facebook users will be able to create experiences in a matter of minutes without having to learn to code, and advanced creators will be limited only by their imagination.
Unit 2 Games stated that there would be no layoffs since the company is staying together.
Unit 2 Games’ vision with Crayta was to democratize game creation, empowering more people than ever before to make, play and share games, regardless of experience or background.

A Movement Is Pressuring Governments To Sanction Myanmar Military Oil Company and Myanmar State Banks

June 6, 2021

Electoral parliamentarians and campaign groups are pressing foreign governments to impose sanctions on Myanma Oil and Gas Enterprise (MOGE) and state banks, which are now under junta control.
40 French lawmakers recently called on their government to support EU sanctions against MOGE, calling it a significant financial windfall for the junta.
Parliamentarians also asked for official recognition of the National Unity Government (NUG) and the Committee Representing Pyidaungsu Hluttaw.
Six US senators requested sanctions against MOGE in a letter to US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen and Secretary of State Anthony Blinken in April 2021.
“When the junta was in place previously in the 1990s, gas revenues from Total and Chevron/Unocal helped them withstand international sanctions as their reserves diminished. Specifically, we believe that the Tatmadaw should be prevented from having access to a steady supply of international resources,” the senators wrote,
The Washington Post published an editorial urging action on oil and gas revenue flows to the junta the same month.
By passing sanctions on MOGE, the Biden administration could break the deadlock. These sanctions could allow Total and Chevron to continue gas production while preventing profits from being transferred. The Treasury department might also sanction accounts in Thailand and Singapore where MOGE collects royalties, according to the paper.
In recent weeks, campaign groups have increased their efforts.
Daniel Eriksson, CEO of global anti-corruption organization Transparency International, sent a letter to European Commission Vice-President Josep Borrell Fontelles on May 25 calling for EU action to stop oil and gas revenue flowing to Myanmar’s military government.
Daniel wrote, “The junta will likely use [oil and gas revenues] to control the government apparatus, finance atrocities against the local population, purchase arms, and seize portions for private gain.”
The letter called for sanctions against MOGE, Myanma Foreign Trade Bank and Myanmar Investment and Commercial Bank, the intermediary banks that collect oil and gas revenue.
The campaign for sanctions intensified after TotalEnergies and Chevron announced that dividends from the Yadana pipeline project will not be paid, costing the junta tens of millions of dollars.
408 civil society groups released a statement on Friday demanding that TotalEnergies and Chevron “support targeted sanctions rather than lobbying for exemptions.”
The company’s chairman, Patrick Pouyanné, told its shareholders recently that it would comply with any future sanctions.
The Human Rights Watch responded to TotalEnergies and Chevron’s announcement by stating that a suspension of pipeline profits is not enough without targeted sanctions.
Human Rights Watch’s John Sifton said Chevron and Total’s recent decision is a step in the right direction, but it affects less than 5 percent of the natural gas revenue the Myanmar government receives. “For real impact, governments and companies need to stop the junta from receiving funds or accessing bank accounts that receive payments.”
Human Rights Watch has also expressed concern about the role played by Thai oil company PTT and called on governments that have sanctioned military conglomerates to pressure Japan, Singapore, and Thailand to take similar measures.
As echoed by the Committee Representing Pyidaungsu Hluttaw, Global Witness called for targeted sanctions and oil and gas funds to be kept in a protected account.
“To capture the rest of these revenues, the international community must impose targeted economic sanctions against the military’s economic interests in the oil and gas sector. The proceeds from the sale of Myanmar’s natural gas will be held for a future, the legitimate government rather than funding the military regime,” said Keel Dietz of Global Witness.
A Myanmar budget document drawn up before the coup predicted Myanmar would earn 2,305 billion kyat (about US$1.4 billion) from oil and gas in 2022. Just over 10% of total government revenues will come from the sector this year.

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ASEAN Wants Talks With Myanmar Military To Work Or Myanmar Will Get More Sanctions From The European Union

June 6, 2021

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) is set to hold talks with Senior General Min Aung Hlaing as Myanmar enters its fifth month of crippling unrest since the military seized power on February 1, amid fears of more European Union sanctions.

Since the coup, Myanmar has been in chaos with its economy paralyzed; more than 800 people have been killed in a brutal crackdown on dissent, according to local monitoring groups.

Brunei’s second minister for foreign affairs Erywan Pehin Yusof and ASEAN Secretary-General Lim Jock Hoi are in the Myanmar capital Naypyidaw, a senior official who declined to be identified told AFP.

The envoys will meet Min Aung Hlaing on Friday morning, the official added, and military representatives told journalists that more information would be released shortly about the meeting.

ASEAN, which includes Myanmar, has led diplomatic efforts to resolve the crisis, but the group operates based on non-interference in each other’s affairs and acts on consensus. The effectiveness of its initiatives has been questioned.

There was no immediate word on whether the envoys would also meet with leaders of the National Unity Government (NUG), which has largely ousted parliament members from Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy.

“ASEAN diplomacy is doomed from the beginning,” Myanmar analyst David Mathieson said.

“This visit will likely lead to the West showing Naypyidaw a clear sign that its coup is working.”

Recently, the NUG announced an amendment to the country’s citizenship laws that would allow for the recognition of Muslim Rohingya as citizens, saying it would “build a prosperous and democratic federal union where all ethnic groups of the Union can live together peacefully.”

In 2017, hundreds of thousands of Rohingya fled the country following a brutal military crackdown that is now being investigated as a possible genocide. Aung San Suu Kyi and her elected government had previously defended the actions, even traveling to the Hague to testify.

Peter Maurer, the president of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), was the most senior leader of an international organization to visit Naypyidaw when he met Min Aung Hlaing.

Maurer said the people of Myanmar need assistance and protection urgently.

In his remarks, he discussed that the use of force during security operations and called for better humanitarian access to conflict areas and the resumption of Red Cross prison visits, according to the statement.

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