Summary of News

1. Ambassador U Kyaw Moe Tun calls on cutting off arms, jet fuel, and finance flow to the terrorist military at the UN Security Council

At the UN Security Council Joint Press Stakeout following closed consultations on Myanmar, Ambassador U Kyaw Moe Tun, Permanent Representative of Myanmar to the UN, stated, “The military junta uses fighter jets and helicopters to conduct aerial attacks on civilian areas in an indiscriminate and disproportionate manner” and “it is clear that we need to stop the flow of arms, jet fuel, and money to the military junta.” The Ambassador questioned the Security Council about “what they are waiting for to save the lives of the people.”

Since the illegal coup, the terrorist military has committed about 144 massacres, in which 1,595 people were killed.

2. 200 civil society organisations send an open letter to Singapore Foreign Affairs Minister Dr. Vivian Balakrishnan, calling for the Singapore government to block weapons transfers to the Myanmar junta and the junta’s access to the Singapore financial system

This week, as part of the Blood Money Campaign, 200 Myanmar civil society organisations at home and abroad, including Justice For Myanmar (JFM), sent an open letter to Singapore Foreign Affairs Minister Dr. Vivian Balakrishnan, urging the Singapore government on three points on blocking weapon transfers to the Myanmar junta.

The open letter urged the Singapore government to take measures against Singapore-based businesses involved in the transfer of arms and dual-use goods and technology to Myanmar directly or indirectly, including those helping transfer, transit, ship, or brokered through Singapore to the Myanmar military, to impose sanctions to prevent the direct and indirect transfer of them to the Myanmar military, and to block the junta’s access to Singapore’s financial system through targeted sanctions.

3. Military junta launched an unprovoked attack on a village in the eastern part of Hpruso by using drone drop bombs, injuring three children

According to an August 24 report of the Karenni Nationalities Defence Force (KNDF), on August 23, the No. 14 Military Training School based in conducted unprovoked aerial attacks on a village in the eastern part of Hpruso Township, Karenni State, by using drones without ongoing fighting.

The aerial strikes resulted in the destruction of a house in the village and the injuries of three children, ages 10, 9, and 8, with one of them in critical condition.

4. U.S. government expands its sanctions on Myanmar to target the jet fuel sector and imposes sanctions on two individuals and three entities involved in the jet fuel procurement and distribution for the junta

On August 23, the U.S. government announced expanding the use of its authorities on Myanmar-related sanctions to enable imposing sanctions on foreign individuals and entities determined to be involved in the jet fuel sector of Myanmar’s economy.

The announcement also included the designation of two individuals and three entities involved in jet fuel procurement and distribution for the junta. The sanctions were targeted against Daw Khin Phyu Win and three Singapore-based companies linked to her, PEIA PTE. LTD., and P.E.I Energy PTE. LTD., as well as U Zaw Min Tun, who is the owner of 11 companies of Asia Sun Group, which was previously designated for operating in the defence sector of Myanmar’s economy.

“This expands our ability to exert pressure on Burma’s military regime while further supporting the people of Burma,” said Matthew Miller, Spokesperson for the U.S. Department of State.

The Biden Administration is imposing more sanctions on the Myanmar regime, with 10 individuals and 15 entities targeted thus far this year, compared to 16 individuals and 9 entities targeted throughout the entire previous year.

In response to the coup in Myanmar, the White House has placed targeted sanctions on a total of 85 individuals and 55 entities that were associated with the military regime.

5. In Salingyi, a police private guarding Chinese Wanbao mining surrenders along with two firearms

This morning, a police private from Wanbao mining in Salingyi Township surrendered to the Salingyi Township ThamanKyar (Weretiger) Force along with two firearms. He revealed to Salingyi Township True News that he made an attempt to escape once before but failed and was successful on his second attempt.

The police private brought one Uzi gun, one G3 rifle, one box magazine, 10 rounds of 7.62mm ammo, 9 rounds of 9mm ammo, and a communication device with him to surrender to Salingyi Township ThamanKyar Force.

6. Gangaw PDF helps local farmers with sesame harvesting

Comrades of the Gangaw District PDF Battalion No. 12 are helping local farmers with sesame harvesting.

“The people and our PDF are like water and fish. So our PDF comrades who remain on the backline are with the people while other comrades are serving on frontline. We are sharing some pictures of us, the Gangaw District PDF Battalion No. 12, doing our best to assist people who are having difficulties harvesting sesame,” the Gangaw District PDF Battalion No. 12 notified on August 24.

In addition to arranging shelter accommodations for displaced locals, the people’s defence forces also assist locals in harvesting their cultivated crops.

7. In Hpasawng’s Mawchi, the cost of commodities, particularly food, is soaring, with eggs selling for 1,000 to 1,500 kyats per egg

According to local news sources, in the Mawchi area of Hpasawng Township, Karenni State, in August, the cost of commodities, particularly food, was soaring, with eggs selling for 1,000 to 1,500 kyats per egg, a tripled or four-fold increase.

Locals claimed that the lack of a supply chain and the inability of transport trucks to reach the area owing to bad weather and conflicts were the reasons for the high cost of commodities.

Locals in the Mawchi area are also paying much higher prices for basic foods such as rice, cooking oil, salt, chilli, and onion, which differ significantly from city pricing.

#Credit : Radio NUG

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