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Poisoned Hills: Opium Cultivation Surges Under Government Control in Burma

By Palaung Women Organization  •  January 1, 2010

Through community assessments, this report shows that opium cultivation is increasing dramatically in Burma’s northern Shan State. The amounts are far higher than reported by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), and are flourishing in areas controlled by Burma’s military regime, not in the ceasefire areas claimed by the UN.

This report of Palaung Women’s Organization (PWO) also explains how the government authorities, so-called “anti-drug teams” are making profits from extortion of opium farmers. Population of men over the age of 15 addicted to opium is claimed increased significantly from 2007 to 2009 in the report.

Download this report in English, and Burmese

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