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Fighting in Myanmar’s Sagaing region kills 16 anti-junta fighters

Fighting over the weekend in northwestern Myanmar’s restive Sagaing region between the military junta’s soldiers and People’s Defense Force (PDF)  militias left 16 rebels dead, with some corpses showing signs of severe torture, local sources told RFA. “They had tortured them inhumanely. They cut the skins everywhere severely to keep them from being distinguished from…

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Iranian Revolution 2022

Two associates of Iran’s security forces have been killed in continuing Iranian revolution against the regime

Videos on social media show students and schoolgirls joining the demonstrations across the country. Dozens of protesters have been killed since the unrest began last month following the death of a young woman in custody. Mahsa Amini was detained in Tehran by the morality police for allegedly not covering her hair properly. The 22-year-old Iranian Kurd…

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Vietnam promotes ‘problematic’ bid for UN Human Rights Council membership

Vietnam is mounting an assertive campaign to win a seat on the United National Human Rights Council in an Oct. 11 vote, but critics say Hanoi’s poor record at home and diplomatic support for major rights violators abroad disqualify the one-party state. Fourteen seats on the 47-member Council will be filled by the U.N. General…

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China, Russia say North Korea launch provoked by US military drills

A U.S.-led push to condemn North Korea’s launch of a missile across Japan was blocked by China and Russia in the U.N. Security Council on Wednesday, with the veto powers saying Pyongyang was provoked by recent U.S. military drills. The meeting of the 15-member council was called by the United States after North Korea fired…

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Myanmar junta transfers dozens of political prisoners to notorious detention center

Authorities under the junta’s Ministry of Home Affairs have transferred dozens of political prisoners from Myanmar’s Insein Prison in Yangon to a facility infamous for its poor treatment of inmates, RFA has learned, prompting concern from family members for their well-being. Prison Department authorities transferred the estimated 250 political prisoners to western Bago region’s Tharyarwaddy…

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Myanmar activists say junta will use SIM card registration to target opposition

A recent order requiring anyone buying a SIM card to register their identity is a bid by Myanmar’s military regime to crack down on anti-junta activities by leveraging personal data, analysts and pro-democracy activists said Monday. On Sept. 19, the Department of Post and Telecommunications under junta’s Ministry of Transport and Communications announced that it…

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