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Security forces stand guard after military authorities announced residents had to vacate the area in the Thianlyin township of Yangon in Myanmar on Oct. 28. Photo: STR/AFP via Getty Images

Preliminary evidence collected since Myanmar's military junta seized power shows a systematic attack on civilians “amounting to crimes against humanity," a UN investigator said on Saturday.

Driving the news: The Independent Investigative Mechanism for Myanmar has received over 200,000 communications since the army takeover in February and has collected over 1.5 million pieces of evidence that are being analyzed.

  • Since the military seized power, hundreds have been killed and thousands arrested as part of a crackdown on anti-coup demonstrators.

The big picture: Nicholas Koumjian, head of the Independent Investigative Mechanism for Myanmar, said the evidence will be analyzed so that "one day those most responsible for the serious international crimes in Myanmar will be brought to account,” according to the Associated Press.

  • Koumjian said investigators saw patterns of violence and "much more violent methods used to suppress the demonstrators" when determining attacks on civilians to be widespread and systemic.

What he's saying: “This was happening in different places at the same time, indicating to us it would be logical to conclude this was from a central policy,” Koumjian said, per AP.

  • “And, also, we saw that particular groups were targeted, especially for arrests and detentions that appear to be without due process of law," he added. "And this includes, of course, journalists, medical workers and political opponents.”

Go deeper: Myanmar will not address UN General Assembly after compromise

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U.S. journalist jailed for 11 years in Myanmar

Rose Fenster (L), mother of detained journalist Danny Fenster, with supporters in Huntington Woods, Mich., in June. Photo: Jeff Kowalsky/AFP via Getty Images

A Myanmar military court sentenced American journalist Danny Fenster to 11 years in prison Friday, his employer Frontier Myanmar announced after a closed hearing in Yangon.

Details: The 37-year-old Frontier Myanmar managing editor was found guilty of "breaching immigration law, unlawful association and encouraging dissent against the military," per the BBC. He's also facing further charges of sedition and terrorism.

Movie theaters go out of style

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Vaccination rates are going up, people are going out to restaurants again — although the new COVID variant may get in the way — but they still aren't rushing back to the movies.

By the numbers: Some 49% of pre-pandemic moviegoers are no longer hitting theaters, according to a study from the film research company The Quorum, as reported by the New York Times.

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Vaccine mandates lose steam in the U.S. while Europe doubles down

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

European countries are doubling down on pressure campaigns to get people vaccinated just as Republicans continue to wage war — often successfully — against vaccine mandates in the U.S.

Why it matters: The starkly different approaches create a sharp contrast between the regions' approaches to vaccination, even as the Omicron variant rapidly spreads around the world.