Mekong Memo Myanmar 20230926
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Myanmar and China Make Biometric ID Move
Myanmar's military regime is collaborating with China to implement a new electronic identification system, aiming to collect biographic and biometric data of its citizens. This move has sparked concerns among rights activists, fearing increased surveillance and potential human rights violations. The junta's officials recently visited China, discussing the project and seeking expertise. Critics argue that this system will be used to monitor opponents of the military coup, especially with China's vast experience in citizen surveillance. The junta has indicated that a national census is a prerequisite for future elections.
Military Product Drive Faces Resistance
In a bid to counteract significant revenue losses since the 2021 coup, Myanmar's military junta is pressuring merchants to stock and sell military-manufactured goods, which have been the target of widespread public boycotts. Leaked documents reveal the junta's directive to investigate stores not selling specific products, including certain SIM cards. This move is seen as an attempt to counteract the nationwide resistance movement's strategy of boycotting military-made products, such as Myanmar Beer and Mytel SIM cards, to financially strain the regime.
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