Buckle up- it's time for another weekly news round-up.

Scathing UN Fact-Finding reports, Facebook takes action, restricted aid access, numerous report launches, government denials, dams braking, ethnic groups being banned from meeting, podcasts, and more this week.
After spending last week in the Nepalese mountains for a work with no internet I am back, and just in time for an absolute whirlwind news week for Burma... and it doesn't seem like things will be settling down anytime soon.

Without further ado, let's get to it.

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Rohingya, Rakhine and the UN
-In an absolutely seething report the UN Fact-Finding Mission said that, “Myanmar’s top military generals, including Commander-in-Chief Senior-General Min Aung Hlaing, must be investigated and prosecuted for genocide in the north of Rakhine State, as well as for crimes against humanity and war crimes in Rakhine, Kachin and Shan States.”
-The Myanmar government has said that it does not accept the mission’s findings and will reject anything put forth by the UNHCR. They also said that they, instead, will rely on their own “independent commission” for the truth.
-General Min Aung Hlaing and other accounts were removed from Facebook for violating the website’s terms. Mine for AP.
-It seems that aid restrictions are being put in place on the Bangladeshi side of the border, with the Bangladeshi NGO Affairs Bureau cutting the operations of 41 non-governmental organizations working in Rohingya camps.
-Local podcast Doh Athan spoke to mission member Marzuki Darusman, which you can give a listen to here.
-Op Ed I enjoyed reading: The Rohingya are more than victims.

On the borders
-Human rights group Fortify Rights launched a report that documents and accuses Myanmar authority of war crimes for restricting aid access to civilians in war torn Kachin and northern Shan. Mine for AP. (Side note: the report includes beautiful photos from one of my favorite Myanmar photographers, Hkun Lat. Take a look for yourself.)
-The Karen Human Rights Group released a report about land confiscations in southern Myanmar, saying that “the acquisition of lands that are already occupied or used by indigenous communities, are on the upswing throughout Myanmar.”
-The government continues to systematically stifle freedom of expression for ethnic groups around the country. One of this week’s victims was the Committee for Shan State Unity, who were denied permission to schedule/hold a two-day meeting.
-Earlier this month I included a link to an investigation I worked on about the murder of six female TNLA army medics. This week I voiced a podcast on the same story.

Domestic affairs
-This week the Reuters journalists were supposed to find out the verdict of their case. At the last minute it was announced the judge was not feeling well, and that the verdict would be announced this coming Monday. Myself and Aung Naing Soe for AP.
-Crisis Group released a report calling Aung San Suu Kyi’s government a “disappointment.”
-A dam was overwhelmed by monsoon rains and failed, causing flooding and blocking the Mandalay-Myanmar highway. (Side note: if you’re an NPR fan you may have caught me on the Newscast giving a radio report about this on Wednesday morning.)
-The falling value of the kyat looks like it might be bad for external loans that have been taken out.

Toli moli
-Yangonites! The 8th Wathann Film Festival is coming up. Get ready to watch some fun Burmese films.

And that is it for this week, or at least the skim of what has been going on. Here is a picture from last week when I ditched work for an hour so that I could sit in the grass and play soccer with some kids:
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