9 Dec 2021
@knoxblox Yup. I have not been sharing atrocity photos here (nor did AP in the link, thankfully). In this case they are particularly gruesome. None of this is helping Min Aung Hlaing. But it is what the military have always done.
I had skipped over the fact that on Dec 1st, the UN General Assembly has more formally put off any decision that would remove the former ambassador and current NUG ambassador, so no seat has been given to MAH/SAC. The decision is now “indefinite.” That doesn’t mean a permanent ban, it just means there are no further meetings of the credentials committee scheduled. Consider it the 2021-2022 policy. Activists will now push all UN agencies to stop entertaining any dialogue with coup representatives. It was the best option to hope for given the entirety of the circumstance including political realities within the UN.
On that note, there is much analysis in recent days over the utter failure of the coup to gain international legitimacy. A review is also well timed since they sentenced and are now angling at tougher charges against DASSK. Security analyst Mohammad Abdur Razzak of Bangladesh wraps it up pretty nicely.
Moe Thee Zun has been a very important figure in the historic resistance to tatmadaw rule. He was co-leader of the All Burma Students Democratic Front which formed after 1988.
In-country boycotters have put out a list of products that benefit the military and their cronies:
Late morning additions: I had forgotten to post this terrific piece on Christian Chin conservatives from Burma who have moved into the Texas heartland.
Also, FB has responded to Burma Campaign UK’s push for them to take down all the military related propaganda pages, at least ones they’re able to get awareness of. I’ve stumbled across these and they’re just so. fucking. obvious. Like calling DASSK a terrorist.
Although it was pushed by BCUK, it’s certainly a “things that make you go Hmmm” moment that they did this the same day the Rohingya filed their $150B lawsuits. Here’s Meta’s own timeline around this policy. It is pretty reprehensible that they’ve kept all the regime’s crap up there for ten months while they’ve been indisputably murdering, raping, torturing and disappearing civilians. And note that the ban they did months ago includes any praise for attacks against the military. That was, removal of “Praise and support of violence committed against civilians, the military or security forces in Myanmar.” Doesn’t the whole “both sides” thing sound familiar?
You may recall the astounding nationwide “Silent Strike” right after a young child was killed in their own home. The entire nation stayed indoors for the whole day in silent protest. The only people seen leaving their homes had been ordered to appear at the bank that day to get paid for their government jobs. 600 people in Mandalay. The other 54 million stayed home. I think because of this horrific war crime we’ve been discussing above as well as the car ramming incident, and to coincide with International Human Rights Day, there’s another one planned for tonight US time/tomorrow in Burma:
There is a big potential for a combination of terrorized and climate change-affected refugees which could be relevant in another piece of pending legislation, H.R.2826 - 117th Congress (2021-2022): To establish a Global Climate Change Resilience Strategy, to authorize the admission of climate-displaced persons, and for other purposes. | Congress.gov | Library of Congress. Certainly Bangladesh, where nearly a million Rohingya refugees now reside, is hit very hard by climate change. It is also starting to affect the displaced Chin, flooded out in the pics below from people who’ve been hiding in and around Mindat (photo: Mindat Post):
Mindat effectively became a ghost town after it was put under martial law as reported in Myanmar Now in June.
This is also pretty big, although I haven’t mentioned it before. There’s been a campaign to press jeweler Harry Winston to stop buying blood rubies and other gems from Burma. On the day of a planned protest and delivery of a petition… well, I’ll let Simon say it: