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

Damning reports against the Myanmar military, fresh sanctions, ICC responses, no chances for citizenship, and vigilante violence.
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Rohingya and Rakhine
 
It’s been a week of damning reports for the Burmese military. Amnesty released a report saying that the Myanmar military committed crimes against humanity, and Reuters released a report about the violence the infamous 33rd and 99th light infantry brigades. A sickening opening quote: “Are you going to eat Bengali meat?”
 
In the same week the EU and Canada imposed sanctions against seven military and police officials. Senior general Min Aung Hlaing is not included in the list, but one military official was fired (allegedly) in response. Australia is also being urged to cut ties.
 
The ICC gave Myanamr a deadline to respond to a prosecution request that it consider a case on the alleged deportation of the Rohingya. Myanmar’s response? “The ICC has nothing to do with Myanmar. Whatever [steps toward] prosecution the ICC has made, Myanmar has no reason to respond.”
 
UN Special Rapporteur Yanghee Lee gave a speech to the UN Human Rights Council saying that accountability for crimes committed in Myanmar “is the only way” to end the long-term cycle of violence.
 
And when it comes to full Myanmar citizenship for the Rohingya? Doesn’t look promising.
 
National affairs
 
Panglong was announced… again. This time the date is set for July 11th.

Bangkok Post had a piece come out inferring that a coup might be on the horizon. Myanmar's official response: nah, everything is cool here between the military and democratically-elected government, guys.
 
A movie about the Tatmadaw came out over the weekend. Not everyone is impressed with it.
 
On the borders
 
Myanmar Muslims working in Thailand are facing increasing difficulties, as Myanmar continue to make obtaining a national ID difficult to near impossible for Muslims living in the country.
 
Three local Myanmar Now journalists were detained, questioned, and threatened with arrest while reporting.
 
 
Toli moli (“miscellaneous” in Burmese)
 
The return of vigilante violence takes a look at the role of “plainclothes thugs” in 2015 and recent violence. I saw a lot of these people firsthand at the protests last month.

And that's it for this week! Enjoy this photo of my banana vendor who tells me how much weight I've gained/lost every week:
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