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SPDC and DKBA order documents: January 2009 to June 2010

By Karen Human Rights Group  •  September 14, 2010

This report includes translated copies of 94 order documents issued by State Peace and Development Council Army and Democratic Karen Buddhist Army officers to village heads in Karen State between January 2009 and June 2010.  These documents serve as supplementary evidence of ongoing exploitative local governance in rural Burma.  The report thus supports the continuing testimonies of villagers regarding the regular demands for labour, money, food and other supplies to which their communities are subject by local military forces.  The order documents collected here include demands for attendance at meetings; the provision of money and food; the production and delivery of thatch shingles and bamboo poles; forced labour as messengers and porters for the military; forced labour on bridge repair, the provision of information on individuals and households; and restrictions on trade.  In almost all cases, such demands are uncompensated and backed by an implicit or explicit threat of violence or other punishment for non-compliance.  Almost all demands articulated in the orders presented in this report involve some element of forced labour in their implementation.

Read the introduction and executive summary.

Download the full orders report.

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