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Myanmar's ex-ruling NLD party warns on Suu Kyi's health condition

Nikkei Asia

23-09-15 08:36

Myanmar's National League for Democracy (NLD) has expressed concern over the health of its deposed leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, accusing the military government of intentionally risking her life. The NLD claims that Suu Kyi is being detained in secret locations without the rights of a political prisoner and is not receiving adequate medical care or healthy food. Suu Kyi had previously requested treatment outside of prison for toothache and other complaints but was denied. The military government has denied these reports and stated that Suu Kyi has no health problems. Suu Kyi was detained following a military coup in February 2021 and has since been charged with corruption and other crimes. Her current whereabouts are unknown.
Beer at gunpoint: Myanmar generals deal with local boycott

The Sydney Morning Herald

23-09-15 08:06

Myanmar's military regime is reportedly threatening bar and shop owners at gunpoint unless they stock a beer manufactured by a junta-owned company. The threats are in response to the widespread boycott of products linked to the armed forces. The military is grappling with renewed protests by citizens and has been cracking down on businesses that fail to offer items linked to the military, ordering them to resume sales. The boycott has had a definite impact on the military, forcing it to take this drastic action. However, experts believe that people will be even more determined not to buy the beer if it is forced upon them.
If Biden can befriend Vietnam, he can work with Myanmar

Nikkei Asia

23-09-15 08:00

US President Joe Biden's visit to Vietnam has helped solidify a new American strategic partnership with the country, which aims to focus on present and future Asian challenges. Biden's visit is a reminder that he is not adhering to a simplistic narrative of a "global battle between democracy and autocracy," recognizing that this approach would hinder the wider pursuit of US diplomatic interests. Biden's trip to Vietnam has drawn criticism from American human rights activists concerned with Hanoi's crackdown on dissent, but Biden has emphasized Vietnam's importance as a "critical Indo-Pacific partner" for the US.
A year after Mahsa Amini’s death: Repression and defiance in Iran

Washington Post

23-09-15 20:05

A year after the death of Mahsa Amini in the custody of Iran’s morality police, women and young people are continuing to challenge the authority of the Islamic Republic. The Iranian government has responded to the protests with a crackdown, strengthening social controls, and implementing stricter punishments for those who defy the country’s strict dress code. Women who do not wear the hijab now face hefty fines, banking restrictions, business closures, jail time, forced labour, and travel bans. The government has also put cameras up around Iran to catch unveiled women. Meanwhile, human rights advocates are working to build cases against Iranian officials that could be tried abroad, and 150 countries have adopted a form of universal jurisdiction that could be used to prosecute Iranian officials for crimes against humanity.
Will China's scam crackdown have an effect in Australia?


23-09-15 18:54

Chinese authorities have conducted a series of raids in several Southeast Asian countries to crack down on cyber fraud operations targeting Chinese nationals. The raids have taken place in Myanmar, Laos, Thailand, and Indonesia. In Myanmar alone, 11 scam operations were shut down and 269 suspects were arrested. The crackdown comes as cyber fraud operations have grown in size and professionalism, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic. Criminal networks have been forced to look for alternative sources of revenue due to lockdowns and border closures, while migrant workers trapped in foreign countries are desperate for work. The Chinese public is increasingly concerned about the scams, as many of those working in the call centers are Chinese nationals who were lured with the promise of legitimate work and then held against their will. Some individuals who have escaped the scam centers have reported being threatened, beaten, or tortured. The raids in Southeast Asia are part of China's ongoing efforts to combat cyber fraud and protect its citizens from scams. It remains to be seen whether the crackdowns will have a sustainable impact on the operations.
Singapore’s US$1.3 billion probe exposes Chinese criminals’ paid-for passports

South China Morning Post

23-09-16 01:30

Chinese criminals are obtaining passports from countries such as Cambodia, Cyprus, and Vanuatu to evade jail and launder money from illegal activities such as phone scams, online gambling, and pyramid schemes. This has come under scrutiny following Singapore's seizure of $1.3bn in assets and the arrest of 10 Chinese suspects in a money laundering investigation. The suspects held passports from Cambodia, Cyprus, Turkey, and Vanuatu. The possession of multiple passports allows criminals to change their identities and evade detection.

Countries such as Cambodia and Vanuatu offer citizenship and passports to individuals who invest in their countries. Cambodia charges $300,000 for citizenship, which is a small sum for criminals who earn billions from illegal activities. Vanuatu offers citizenship and a passport that allows visa-free entry to 96 destinations for investments starting at $130,000. The possession of multiple passports allows criminals to change their names and dates of birth, making it difficult for authorities to identify them.

Chinese criminals are using these passports to move money abroad, which has long been a problem in China due to restrictions on foreign currency transactions. Criminals are using underground banking systems and “mule” accounts to move money out of China and buy assets abroad. The volume of criminal cash from Asia’s illegal activities has led to the evolution of underground financial architecture, making it increasingly difficult for authorities to detect and prevent money laundering.

Closer intra-Asean ties are vital to realise region’s growth potential

South China Morning Post

23-09-16 02:30

The recently concluded ASEAN summit in Indonesia provides a dose of optimism for the region's future. With a population of 680 million and a young demographic, ASEAN has the potential to become a major economic powerhouse. The region has experienced remarkable growth over the past four decades, with an average annual growth rate of 5.7% from 2000 to 2019. In 2022, ASEAN grew by 5.7%, outpacing global growth. It also attracted a record $224 billion in foreign direct investment (FDI), accounting for 17% of global FDI flows. Manufacturing FDI in ASEAN reached a record $62 billion. ASEAN is projected to continue growing at a rate of 4.5-5% in 2023, outperforming the global economy. The region's youthful population and growing middle class create a strong consumption base and promising prospects for trade. To ensure that growth benefits ordinary Southeast Asians, ASEAN policymakers should focus on increasing intra-ASEAN trade, embracing the digital economy, and improving market inclusivity for micro, small, and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs). If ASEAN can harness its critical mass and play the long game, it has the potential to become the brightest global economic spot for decades to come.
‘I saw how grotesquely unqualified so many of us were’


23-09-16 12:00

Former UK cabinet minister Rory Stewart has called for a new approach to politics that combines the emotion of populism with the theory, empathy, and ethics of the centrist movement. In an op-ed for The Guardian, Stewart argued that the assumptions underlying the liberal global order no longer hold true. He said that instead of relying on experts and global institutions to drive development in poorer countries, a new model should trust the recipients of aid to decide how to allocate funds. Stewart is currently working for NGO GiveDirectly, which gives cash directly to those in need. He argued that such an approach could be used to address extreme poverty globally and help restore confidence in development budgets.
Hong Kong could join world’s biggest trading bloc next year: commerce chief

South China Morning Post

23-09-16 10:54

Hong Kong is likely to join the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), the world's largest free-trade pact, next year, according to the city's commerce chief, Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development Algernon Yau Ying-wah. Most members of the RCEP, which covers almost a third of the world's population and about 30% of global GDP, have expressed support for Hong Kong's membership. The trade pact aims to eliminate up to 90% of tariffs on imports between its signatories over a 20-year period. Any bid to join RCEP must be approved by member states.
There are no more decent politicians ... except my mother, says Suu Kyi’s son


23-09-16 17:52

Kim Aris, the son of Myanmar's civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi, is speaking out about the situation in Myanmar and the plight of his mother. Aris, who has previously stayed out of the limelight, is now actively raising awareness and promoting his new charity, Aid to Burma. He is unable to communicate with his mother, who has been imprisoned since the military seized power in February 2021. Aris fears for her health and believes that the current bloodshed in Myanmar may have been avoided if his mother had not been condemned over the Rohingya crisis.
As leaders convene, the UN pushes toward its crucial global goals. But progress is lagging

Associated Press

23-09-18 05:05

Progress towards achieving the United Nations' 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030 is lagging badly, with some indicators going backwards, according to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres. He is attempting to kick-start action on the SDGs at a summit this week. Only 15% of 140 specific targets are on track, according to a UN report, and at current rates it will take 286 years to reach equality between men and women. Guterres called for a "global rescue plan" for the SDGs and urged governments, activists, businesses, scientists and young people to work together to achieve the goals.
A truck-bus collision in northern South Africa leaves 20 dead, most of them miners going to work

Associated Press

23-09-18 09:58

A head-on collision between a truck and a bus in South Africa has left 20 people dead, according to authorities. The bus was ferrying workers to a mine in Limpopo province. Construction company Murray & Roberts Cementation said 17 of its employees died in the accident, with a further four injured. The cause of the collision is being investigated by traffic officials.
ASEAN troops launch maritime drills amid South China Sea tension

Nikkei Asia

23-09-19 02:00

Southeast Asian countries are set to launch their first joint maritime exercises amid tensions over China's claim to the South China Sea. The ASEX 01-Natuna exercises, organised by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), will involve noncombat activities such as sea and air maneuvers, search and rescue drills, and humanitarian and disaster relief. China has overlapping claims with several Southeast Asian countries in the resource-rich waters, and tensions have intensified in recent months. Some experts see the exercises as a way to demonstrate unity among ASEAN members at a time when the bloc is perceived to be facing stagnation.
India football coach took on Modi to get to Asian Games. Now he challenges China

South China Morning Post

23-09-19 00:30

Indian football manager Igor Stimac has revealed that he consulted an astrologer over team selection for the AFC Asian Cup qualifiers in 2022 on the advice of All India Football Federation officials. Stimac's team is currently ranked 19th in Asia. He also criticised the scheduling of the Asian Games, in which India begin their campaign on 22 March. The tournament's fixtures see India play Bangladesh 48 hours after their first match and complete their group fixtures three days later against Myanmar. Stimac's contract expires after the AFC Asian Cup finals in January and February.
China’s 5-star display too much for India as hosts get Asian Games off to a flyer

South China Morning Post

23-09-19 13:42

China got off to a strong start in their home Asian Games by defeating India 5-1. Tao Qianlong scored twice in the second half, while Dai Wai-tsun, Gao Tianyi, and Fang Hao also found the back of the net. Despite an early missed opportunity, China took the lead when Gao volleyed home from a corner. India equalized against the run of play, but China quickly regained the lead with Dai's goal. Tao then scored twice to secure the win for China. In another Group A match, Myanmar defeated Bangladesh 1-0. China will face Myanmar next and then wrap up the group stage against Bangladesh. South Korea also had a strong start, defeating Kuwait 9-0 in their opening match.
Meet the world’s new arms dealers


23-09-19 17:09

South Korea and Turkey are emerging as major players in the global arms market, benefiting from shifting geopolitics and the woes of their main competitors. South Korea has risen to ninth place in a ranking of arms-sellers, with the government aspiring to become the world's fourth-largest arms exporter by 2027. South Korea's success is due to competitive costs, high-quality weaponry, swift delivery, and the country's close ties to the US. The country has seen significant success in selling arms to Poland, including tanks, self-propelled howitzers, and fighter jets. It aims to renew Canada's aged submarine fleet in a $45 billion deal.
Labor scraps Peter Dutton's billion-dollar military drone plan


23-09-19 19:11

Australia has scrapped plans to purchase reconnaissance drones used by China and Russia under a $1 billion Navy project. The Schiebel S-100 CAMCOPTER, made under licence by Russia and purchased by China for use on its guided missile destroyers, was chosen over US and British rivals. This decision has raised concerns among human rights groups, who claim the drone has also been sold to Myanmar in an apparent breach of EU sanctions. The cancellation of the acquisition was made by the Labour Party, and Defence is now examining options for the future of the SEA129 Phase 5 project.
Torture, rape, killings: An Indian state's brutal conflict


23-09-19 23:37

India's northeastern Manipur state has been plagued by deadly ethnic conflict since May, resulting in over 200 deaths and the displacement of an estimated 60,000 people. Violence between the majority Meitei community and minority Kuki groups has led to brutal killings and sexual crimes against women. The conflict began after Kuki tribes protested against granting tribal status to Meiteis, leading to accusations of orchestrated attacks against minority families in Imphal and the surrounding areas. The Meiteis, who live mostly in the state's prosperous Imphal valley, are not allowed to buy land in the underdeveloped hill areas where the Kukis reside. The two communities are now physically segregated, with checkpoints and bunkers manned by armed civilians. Despite a police complaint being filed in May, no investigation took place into the parading and gangrape of two Kuki-Zomi women by Meitei men until a video of the incident surfaced on social media in July. The violence and the lack of government intervention have led to mistrust and anger on both sides. The Manipur police and Assam Rifles have not responded to questions about whether they have sided with either community.
Letter from Human Rights Watch to President Xi Jinping

Human Rights Watch

23-09-21 10:00

September 21, 2023

Re: China’s Forcible Repatriation of North Korean Refugees

Dear President Xi Jinping,

We are writing to express our concern about the resumption of forcible returns of North Koreans detained in the People’s Republic of China to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK or North Korea), which had stopped since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020. We are concerned regarding news of North Korea’s border reopening, with the registration of around 200 athletes, coaches and officials to attend the 19th Asian Games in Hangzhou, China (23 September to 8 October 2023),[1] and your government’s resumption of forcible repatriations of reportedly 2,000 North Koreans detained in China.[2]

The 2014 United Nations Commission of Inquiry on human rights in the DPRK (DPRK COI) found that the North Korean government committed crimes against humanity against persons forcibly repatriated from China.[3] According to the DPRK COI, North Koreans who flee their country are at risk of torture, sexual and gender-based violence, arbitrary detention, enforced disappearance and even execution and forced abortion and infanticide upon their forcible repatriation.[4] However, China, which is a party to the UN Refugee Convention and Protocol and the Convention against Torture, which codify the principle of non-refoulement, continues to arbitrarily detain and hold North Korean escapees waiting for North Korea’s border opening to forcibly return them.[5]

The DPRK COI recommended “China and other States” to “respect the principle of non-refoulement” and “abstain from forcibly repatriating any persons to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, unless the treatment there, as verified by international human rights monitors, markedly improves.”[6] There has been no documentation of such improvement of treatment in North Korea. On 16 December 2013, the DPRK COI wrote a letter to Beijing summarizing its “concerns relating to China’s policy and practice of forced repatriation of DPRK citizens [including] particular concern about Chinese officials providing specific information on such persons to DPRK authorities,” and urging Beijing to “caution relevant officials that such conduct could amount to the aiding and abetting of crimes against humanity where repatriations and information exchanges are specifically directed towards or have the purpose of facilitating the commission of crimes against humanity in the DPRK.”[7]

However, China’s policy and practice of forced repatriation of North Koreans has continued since then. During the height of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea; the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention and the Special Rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment sent a letter to Beijing bringing to its attention information concerning “the arrest, detention and threat of repatriation of at least 1,170 individuals of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) in China, who have been arrested and detained for over a year since the borders between the DPRK and China were shut in January 2020 due to COVID-19 concerns”.[8] The letter also referred to information that “on 14 July 2021, [the Chinese government] repatriated over 50 individuals of the DPRK who had been detained over a year in Shenyang”.

At a conference entitled “Actions to Tackle Forced Repatriation of North Korean Escapees in China” held in Seoul on September 7, 2023, James Heenan, the Representative of OHCHR Seoul, stated that: “Credible reports suggest a large number of North Koreans have been reportedly detained by Chinese authorities [over the] last three years but whom the DPRK would not accept back into the country due to the border closure and other COVID-19 prevention measures. As the DPRK begins to reopen its borders, these individuals could be repatriated at any time. For those that do not wish to return, the repatriation would be forcible”.[9]

The UN Special Procedures, including the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea and the Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances, and treaty bodies, especially the Committee against Torture and Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women, have repeatedly called upon China to respect the principle of non-refoulement for North Korean escapees.[10] Various countries have made the same recommendations to China during its Universal Periodic Reviews.[11]

China claims to address North Korean escapees in accordance with China’s domestic law, international law and humanitarian principles. However, China has failed to institute the “screening process” for North Korean asylum seekers or to provide them with “temporary identity certificates issued by public security organs” under article 46 of the Exit and Entry Administration Law, enacted in 2012.[12]

China justifies the deportation of North Koreans under the bilateral treaties with North Korea such as the Bilateral Agreement on Mutual Cooperation for the Maintenance of State Safety and Social Order (July 1998), which provides in article 4(1) that those “who do not hold legal documents or have used a crossing point not specified in the documents will be treated as illegal border crossers” and in article 4(2) that “[i]llegal border crossers will be returned to the other side with information on their identity and specific situation.” However, such bilateral treaties cannot enable the forced return of North Korean refugees in violation of the principle of non-refoulement under article 33 of the Refugee Convention and article 3 of the Torture Convention.

Moreover, any humanitarian consideration should result in the granting of a legal status for the North Korean escapees and the stopping of their deportations back to North Korea where torture, sexual and gender-based violence, forced abortion, imprisonment in brutal labor camps and even executions await them. We note that the UN Refugee Agency in 2004 categorized North Korean escapees in China as “persons of concern” meriting humanitarian protection and proposed that China create a special humanitarian status for them to provide them with temporary documentation, access to services, and repeatedly called for protection against refoulement.[13]

The official slogan of the 19th Asian Games Hangzhou 2022 is “Heart to Heart, @Future.” As Martin Luther King, Jr. said, we will not only win our freedom for ourselves, we will so appeal to your heart and conscience that we will win you in the process, and our victory will be a double victory. In this regard, we urge you to officially end the policy of forcible repatriation of North Korean escapees and to implement the procedure for the individualized determination of refugee status.

Thank you.


Signature organizations and individuals (as of September 21, 2023):


David Alton

Independent Crossbench Member of the House of Lords & Co-chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on North Korea

Sonja Biserko

Former Commission of Inquiry (COI) member on the situation of human rights in the DPRK & current chair at the Helsinki Human Rights Committee in Serbia

Roberta Cohen

Co-Chair Emeritus of the Committee for Human Rights in North Korea (HRNK)

Marzuki Darusman

Former UN Special Rapporteur/Commission on Inquiry (COI) member on the situation of human rights in the DPRK

Lee Yanghee

Former UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar & Former Chairperson of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child

Tomás Ojea-Quintana

Former UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the DPRK

Suzanne Scholte

Seoul Peace Prize Recipient & President of Defense Forum Foundation (USA)


ACAT - Belgique (Action des Chrétiens pour l’Abolition de la Torture)

ACAT - France (Action des chrétiens pour l’abolition de la torture)

ACAT Germany (Action by Christians for the Abolition of Torture)

ACAT UK (Action by Christians for the Abolition of Torture)

Advocates for Human Rights

Anti-Death Penalty Asia Network (ADPAN)

Asian Federation Against Involuntary Disappearances (AFAD)

Asociación Pro-Búsqueda de Niñas y Niños Desaparecidos

Association of Family Members of the Disappeared

Balay Alternative Legal Advocates for Development in Mindanaw, Inc. (BALAOD Mindanaw)

Centro para la Apertura y el Desarrollo de América Latina (CADAL)

Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW)

Citizens’ Alliance for North Korean Human Rights (NKHR)

Commission for Disappeared and Victims of Violence (KontraS)

Committee for Human Rights in North Korea (HRNK)

Death Penalty Focus

Disarmament and Non-Violence

Federal Association of Vietnamese Refugees in the Federal Republic of Germany

Families of the Disappeared (FoD)

Free Jonas Burgos Movement

German Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty (GCADP)


Human Rights Hub

Human Rights Watch (HRW)

Human Rights Without Frontiers (HRWF)

Ikatan Keluarga Orang Hilang Indonesia (IKOHI)

International Coalition Against Enforced Disappearances (ICAED)

International Coalition to Stop Crimes against Humanity in North Korea (ICNK)

International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex (ILGA) Asia

Italian Federation for Human Rights (FIDU - Federazione Italiana Diritti Umani)

Judicial Reform Foundation (JRF)

Karapatan Alliance Philippines (KARAPATAN)

Korean War POW Family Association

Legal Literacy

Madres de Plaza de Mayo - Línea Fundadora

Network for North Korean Democracy and Human Rights (NKnet)

Non-Violence International

North Korea Freedom Coalition (NKFC)

Peace and Hope International

Safeguard Defenders

Save North Korea

Stepping Stone

Taiwan Alliance to End the Death Penalty (TAEDP)


Transitional Justice Working Group (TJWG)

UK All-Party Parliamentary Group on North Korea

Viet Tan

World Coalition Against the Death Penalty (WCADP)

[1] Kyodo News, “North Korea eyes sending 200-strong delegation to Asian Games in China”, May 13, 2023, North Korea eyes sending 200-strong delegation to Asian Games in China (accessed September 5, 2023).

[2] Report of the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the DPRK to the General Assembly (October 13, 2022), A/77/522, para. 9 (“The Special Rapporteur has received information that as many as 2,000 escapees from the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea are currently detained in China as “illegal migrants” and are at risk of being repatriated to their country once the border reopens.”), A/77/522 (accessed September 5, 2023).

[3] Report of the detailed findings of the commission of inquiry on human rights in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (7 February 2014), A/HRC/25/CRP.1, para. 1098-1114, (accessed September 5, 2023).

[4] Id., paras. 380-434.

[5] Id., paras. 435-477.

[6] Id., para. 1221(a).

[7] Id., para. 1197.

[8] Joint allegation letter to China by Tomás Ojea Quintana, Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea; Miriam Estrada-Castillo, Vice-Chair of the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention; and Nils Melzer, Special Rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, JAL CHN 8/2021, August 23, 2021, (accessed September 5, 2023).

[9] Ha Chae-rim, “UN Human Rights Office Head Says “North Korean escapees in danger of torture if repatriated to North Korea; China should not forcibly repatriate” [유엔인권사무소장 “탈북민 북송시 고문위험…中, 강제송환 안돼”]”, Yonhap News, September 7, 2023 [in Korean], 유엔인권사무소장 "탈북민 북송시 고문위험…中, 강제송환 안돼" | 연합뉴스 (accessed September 10, 2023).

[10] Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women, Concluding observations on the ninth periodic report of China (May 31, 2023), CEDAW/C/CHN/CO/9, para. 29, CEDAW/C/CHN/CO/9 (accessed September 5, 2023); Committee against Torture, Concluding observations on the fifth periodic report of China (February 3, 2016), CAT/C/CHN/CO/5, paras. 46-48, CAT/C/CHN/CO/5 (accessed September 5, 2023); Committee against Torture, Concluding observations on the fourth periodic report of China (December 12, 2008), CAT/C/CHN/CO/4, para. 26, CAT/C/CHN/CO/4 (accessed September 5, 2023).

[11] Report of the Working Group on the Universal Periodic Review: China (including Hong Kong, China and Macao, China) (December 4, 2013), A/HRC/25/5, paras. 186.66, 186.241, 186.242 and 186.243, A/HRC/25/5 (accessed September 5, 2023).

[12] Exit and Entry Administration Law of the People’s Republic of China (Adopted at the 27th meeting of the Standing Committee of the Eleventh National People’s Congress on June 30, 2012),\_regulations/2014/09/22/content\_281474988553532.htm (accessed September 5, 2023).

[13] The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), Press Release, UNHCR chief calls on states to respect non-refoulement after North Koreans deported from Laos, May 30, 2013, (accessed September 7, 2023); Shin Hyon-hee, “UNHCR ups efforts to protect N.K. defectors,” Korea Herald, March 2, 2014, UNHCR ups efforts to protect N.K. defectors (accessed September 7, 2023).

Myanmar state media say 12 people are missing after a boat capsized and sank in a northwest river

Associated Press

23-09-21 09:42

Twelve people, including three members of the security forces, are missing after a boat capsized and sank in a river in the Sagaing region of northwestern Myanmar, state-run media reported Thursday. The vessel was part of a goods-carrying convoy that came from further north, and rescue operations are ongoing. Sagaing is a stronghold of armed resistance to the ruling military, which seized power in February 2021 from the elected government of Aung San Suu Kyi. The Chindwin River, which flows through Sagaing, has become one of the major routes to transport food, reinforcements, and equipment for the army. Locally formed resistance groups along the river often attack military vessels and convoys.