Mekong Memo Myanmar 20230919
Mekong Memo Myanmar Weekly, September 19, 2023: Business, politics, finance, trade & legal news.
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With that said, here is your Mekong Memo Myanmar for the week of September 19, 2023:
New Census Could Be a Trojan Horse for Surveillance
Myanmar's military regime is proceeding with a census despite lacking international support, raising fears that the data will be used to suppress dissidents and escalate conflicts. The United Nations and the United States Census Bureau have denied involvement, contradicting state media claims. Activists warn that the census could serve as a tool for surveillance and legitimize the regime's delayed election, now expected in 2025. The regime is also collecting biometric data, further heightening concerns about the safety of activists and their families.
Read more: Frontier Myanmar
Myanmar-Russia Relations Strengthen Across Multiple Sectors
The relationship between Myanmar's junta and Russia has reached a new peak, with discussions on cooperation in 12 sectors including defense, security, and trade. Both countries are exploring the establishment of Myanmar Consulates General in Russia. The strengthened ties come amid U.S. sanctions on Russia's central bank and suggest a potentially expanding military alliance that could include North Korea. The junta's foreign minister, Than Swe, expressed gratitude for Russia's consistent support, particularly in the United Nations.
Read more: The Irrawaddy
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