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Myanmar security forces detaining people while searching for protesters who participated in an anti-coup demonstration in Yangon in May 2021. Photo: STR/AFP via Getty Images

The United Nations' high commissioner for human rights on Friday condemned the ongoing military build up in parts of Myanmar, warning that escalating violence between the military junta and armed minority groups threatens to produce an "even greater loss of life."

Why it matters: Michelle Bachelet said the junta, which came into power by overthrowing Myanmar's democratically elected government in February, is “singularly responsible” for the “human rights catastrophe” unfolding across the country.

Context: Since claiming power, the junta has killed hundreds of people participating in anti-coup demonstrations and has arrested thousands more.

  • Elected lawmakers who were unable to take their seats in parliament because of the coup asked ethnic minority groups in Myanmar's borderlands to form an army to oppose government armed forces.
  • Government forces in response have launched attacks on territory controlled by the minority groups.

What they're saying: “As I had feared, armed conflict and other violence are intensifying in many parts of Myanmar, including Kayah State, Chin State and Kachin State, with the violence particularly intense in areas with significant ethnic and religious minority groups,” Bachelet said in a statement.

  • Citing credible reports, Bachelet said Myanmar security forces have used heavy weaponry like airstrikes against civilians and civilian buildings while fighting the armed minority groups.
  • She said the reports also indicated that security forces have used civilians as human shields, shelled homes and churches and blocked civilians from receiving aid by attacking humanitarians.
  • “More than 108,000 people have fled their homes in Kayah State over the last three weeks alone, many into forest areas with little or no food, water, sanitation or medical care. These are people in urgent need of humanitarian assistance."

The big picture: The human rights chief added that the escalation in violence is contrary to the commitments the junta made to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, a 10-member regional bloc that is attempting to end the crisis through a consensus plan.

  • “Myanmar’s military, the Tatmadaw, have a duty to protect civilians. The international community needs to unify in its demand that the Tatmadaw cease the outrageous use of heavy artillery against civilians and civilian objects and respect the principle of distinction."
  • "The newly formed 'people’s defence forces' and other armed groups must also take all feasible measures to protect civilians," Bachelet said.

Go deeper: Deposed elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi formally charged with corruption by Myanmar military

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Afghan women shop at a market area in Kabul on Aug. 23 following the Taliban's military takeover of the country. Photo: Hoshang Hashimi/AFP via Getty Images

UN human rights chief Michelle Bachelet on Tuesday said the Taliban's treatment of women and girls will be a "fundamental red line."

Driving the news: The resurgence of the Taliban has left many young Afghan women and girls fearing for their futures and the progress gained over the last two decades.

Fed signals it could yank economic support quicker as inflation sticks around

Federal Reserve chairman Jerome Powell testifies during a hearing before Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee today. Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images

The Federal Reserve will consider pulling back economic support sooner "as the threat of persistently high inflation has grown," chair Jerome Powell said during a congressional hearing on Tuesday.

Why it matters: This is the biggest signal yet the Fed is backing away from its stance that soaring prices would be fleeting — a change that could shift its policies that underpin the economy.

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Crypto meets the real world

Illustration: Megan Robinson/Axios

The two largest countries in the world seem intent on effectively banning their citizens from participating in crypto, which poses a serious threat to the crypto agenda.

Why it matters: The crypto world is global — but the real world is fragmented into nation-states, each of which claims control of what happens within its borders.