At least 43 children killed in Myanmar since military coup

Clay Curtis
April 3, 2021

On Friday, the junta ordered Burmese providers to shut down wireless broadband, adding to the existing ban on mobile phone data to effectively cut most of the population off from the Internet.

Many laid flowers in honor of the dead. It was offering fiberoptic service of up to 40 megabits per second in its packages as of Friday, well below high-speed access, which is a minimum of 100 Mbps.

The state broadcaster MRTV announced the warrants for the 18 with screenshots and links to their Facebook profiles.

But "two were shot in the head", said a rescue worker in Monywa who had to pick up the bodies.

The bank did not disclose further personal details about her. Hundreds of civilians have been killed in a crackdown by security forces that has drawn global condemnation.

"Consider all available tools to take collective action and do what is right, what the people of Myanmar deserve and prevent a multi-dimensional catastrophe in the heart of Asia", she said.

Meanwhile, German-based Giesecke+Devrient (G+D), which supplies raw materials, supplies and system components for making Myanmar's kyat banknotes, said it was suspending all deliveries to the state-owned security printer, Security Print Works. The military has repeatedly said those killed had instigated violence. It said it had previously restricted business.

Any U.N. resolutions for actions such as a comprehensive ban on weapons sales to Myanmar would nearly certainly be vetoed by China or Russian Federation, which are political allies of the junta as well as major suppliers of arms to the military. It was unclear how much of an impact the German company's move would have.

Hundreds of people have been killed demonstrating since the Feb 1 coup, and many people have been using social media to publicise the security forces' excesses and to organise against military rule.

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"The leaders of the military council must be held accountable", said General Yawd Serk, leader of rebel group the Restoration Council of Shan State.

The United Nations special envoy on Myanmar, Christine Schraner Burgener, this week told a session of the UN Security Council that "a bloodbath is imminent" because of the military's intensified crackdown on anti-coup protesters. The airstrikes prompted thousands of people to flee through the jungle and over the border into neighboring Thailand. But most returned to Myanmar by Wednesday, which Thailand claimed was "voluntary".

The UN Human Rights Office for Southeast Asia called on countries in the region "to protect all people fleeing violence and persecution in the country" and "ensure that refugees and undocumented migrants are not forcibly returned", UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric told reporters in NY.

In earlier versions of the text, obtained by AFP, Western nations wanted to include a "readiness to consider further steps" - a reference to the possibility of global sanctions.

The group urged the worldwide community to stop selling "all explosive weaponry large and small, any advanced technology that is used to propagate war and jet fighters" to the armed forces.

Junta's bloodshed has angered some of Myanmar's 20 or so ethnic groups and their militias, who control large areas of territory mostly in border regions.

Authorities have issued warrants for 18 show business celebrities, social media "influencers" and two journalists under a law against material meant to cause a member of the armed forces to mutiny or disregard their duty, state media reported. Even in times of peace, relations have been strained and cease-fires fragile.

Myanmar activists held candle-lit protests overnight and scrambled to find workarounds for a new internet shutdown on Friday.

Lawyer Min Min Soe attended Suu Kyi's latest video hearing on Thursday and said she was unable to tell whether the ousted leader, the figurehead of Myanmar's decades-long fight against military dictatorship, was aware of the situation in the country.

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