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UN says climate risks have increased since the 2021 military coup; Chinese navy ships arrive in Yangon

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UN says climate risks have increased since 2021 military coup

The U.N. Special Rapporteur for human rights in Burma, Tom Andrews, and his colleague David Boyd, said that since the 2021 military coup climate vulnerability has increased for the people of Burma. 

“The military junta has accelerated the exploitation of Myanmar’s natural resources, including timber, jade, and rare earth minerals, to fund its human rights abuses,” added Andrews and Boyd. The U.N. experts stated that resource extraction by the military and other armed groups has polluted water sources and destroyed forests. 

They outlined how some pro-democracy and environmental groups are developing climate and conservation policies to protect the environment. The U.N. states that Burma is one of the countries most vulnerable to climate change. 

More cyber scam suspects repatriated to China

The Shan State Progress Party (SSPP/SSA) stated that it repatriated 88 Chinese nationals on Nov. 27 arrested in a raid on a cyber scam compound in Namkham Township. A total 116 people, including 28 Burmese citizens, were arrested on Nov. 23 for allegedly working at cyber scam centers. 

The SSPP claimed that it will prosecute the Burmese citizens suspected of being involved in cyber scams. It also seized 145 computers, 200 mobile phones, a vehicle, and 19,150 Chinese Yuan ($2,701.64 USD) during the Namkham raid. 

Burma Navy personnel greet their Chinese counterparts at Thilawa Port in Yangon on Nov. 27. (Credit: Regime media)

Chinese navy ships arrive in Yangon

Regime media reported that three naval ships from China, carrying around 700 officers, arrived at Thilawa port in Yangon on Nov. 27. The Burma Navy and the Chinese embassy welcomed them as they are set to participate in security exercises. 

“We respect peaceful coexistence and have a strong friendship between the two governments and armies,” said regime spokesperson Zaw Min Tun. The Chinese conducted military drills near the border with Burma on Nov. 25. Beijing has called for a ceasefire since the Brotherhood Alliance launched its offensive in northern Shan on Oct. 27. 

News by Region

ARAKAN—Two Rohingya children and a woman were killed and six were injured by artillery in Kyakmauktaung village of Buthidaung Township on Nov. 27. “[They] are now being treated at the hospital. The Burma Army has blocked all access to them,” said a Buthidaung resident. 

The Burma Army withdrew from over 40 inspection gates and four military outposts in Maungdaw, Buthidaung and Rathedaung Townships since fighting resumed with the Arakan Army (AA) on Nov. 13. Maungdaw residents told DVB the soldiers were redeployed to other parts of their township. 

MANDALAY—Fifteen Burma Army personnel were killed and four were arrested when the Mandalay People’s Defense Force (PDF) and Ta’ang National Liberation Army (TNLA) captured a military outpost in Madaya Township on Nov. 27. 

“We seized it after two hours of fighting. We have taken fifteen soldiers as prisoners of war so far, including these four. They are kept in good condition in accordance with the law,” said Osmond, the Mandalay PDF spokesperson. 

SHAN—Three people, including a child, were killed and at least five were injured in an airstrike on the Muse 105 Mile Trade Zone on Nov. 27. “Two people lost limbs and were killed. A seven-year-old boy died at the hospital the next morning,” said a Muse resident. 

The airstrike displaced many living in Muse. Fighting between the Burma Army and Brotherhood Alliance broke out at the Muse 105 Mile Trade Zone on Nov. 27. It is a hub for trade between Burma and China.

Healthcare workers from Namkham General Hospital have fled due to fighting between the Burma Army and Ta’ang National Liberation Army (TNLA) in Namkham Township since Oct. 27. The hospital’s patients had to move to private hospitals. 

“Only a few staff are left in the hospital. Now, TNLA medical officers are posted there and are treating TNLA troops,” said a Namkham resident.  The TNLA has set up roadblocks outside of Muse.  

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