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Posts Tagged ‘Karen’ (72 found)

Attacks on cardamom plantations, detention and forced labour in Toungoo District

This field report documents recent human rights abuses committed by SPDC soldiers against Karen villagers in Toungoo District. Villagers in SPDC-controlled areas continue to face heavy forced labour demands that severely constrain their livelihoods […]

May 13, 2010  •  By Karen Human Rights Group  •  Tags: , , ,  •  Read more ➤

Cross-border DKBA attack displaces households in Thailand

On April 21st 2010, Democratic Karen Buddhist Army (DKBA) soldiers from Battalion #7 of Brigade #999 crossed into Thailand and burned three huts in the Thai village of Hsoe Hta in Tha Song Yang District, Tak Province. The raid was ordered by Batallion #7 Column Commander Bpweh Kih, who believed that the villagers had been in contact with the KNLA and were withholding information about four DKBA soldiers who had recently deserted […]

April 30, 2010  •  By Karen Human Rights Group  •  Tags: , , ,  •  Read more ➤

Functionally Refoulement: Camps in Tha Song Yang District Abandoned as Refugees Bow to Pressure

Two temporary refugee camps established during June 2009 in Tha Song Yang District, Tak Province, Thailand, to provide refuge for villagers that fled increased conflict and exploitative abuse in Pa’an District have now been all but entirely abandoned. The camps were home to more than 2,209 refugees as recently as January 2010; over the last two months, the camp populations have dwindled as small groups have departed one by one. […]

April 1, 2010  •  By Karen Human Rights Group  •  Tags: , , , ,  •  Read more ➤

A Five-Month Old Baby Boy and His Five-Year Old Sister Killed by the Burmese Army

A five-month old baby boy Saw Htee Plar Htoo and his five-year old sister Naw Paw Bo were killed when the Burmese Army troops attacked their village Khaw Hta in Kler Lwe Htoo (Nyaunglinbin) District, Karen State on 22nd March. Their mother, Naw Pa Lah, was seriously wounded on the stomach […]

March 26, 2010  •  By European Karen Network  •  Tags: ,  •  Read more ➤

Burmese Army Shoots Five-Month Old Baby in Attack on Karen Village

On 22nd March a five month old baby boy, a five year old girl, and a 37 year old woman were killed in an attack by the Burmese Army on Khaw Hta village, Kler Lwe Htoo District (Nyaung Lin Bin District in Burmese), Karen State.

According to a local villager, Burmese Army Battalion 369 entered the village at 4.30pm and opened fire without warning, shooting at any villager in sight and firing into villager’s homes, […]

March 25, 2010  •  By Burma Campaign UK  •  Tags: ,  •  Read more ➤

Statement Requesting UN SG to Call on SPDC to Stop Attacks against Karen Civilians

While we, the Karen National Union (KNU), welcome UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon’s expression of concern regarding new attacks on the Karen people, we do not believe that this alone is an adequate response to the current crisis.

We would like to remind the Secretary General that these attacks have been taking place for more than 60 years, […]

March 4, 2010  •  By Karen National Union  •  Tags: , ,  •  Read more ➤

Forced Labor, Movement and Trade Restrictions in Toungoo District

This field report documents the continuing and worsening demands for forced labour and restrictions on movement and trade imposed on villagers in Toungoo District by the SPDC army.  These exploitative and restrictive practices undermine the livelihoods of both individuals living under SPDC control and villagers who have opted to live in hiding.  Heavy demands for […]

March 4, 2010  •  By Karen Human Rights Group  •  Tags: , , , ,  •  Read more ➤

Walking Amongst Sharp Knives

A report that reveals previously unreported abuses taking place against ethnic Karen women in Burma.

The practice of the Burmese Army to execute village heads has led to traditional Karen culture being turned upside-down, with women now being appointed village chiefs as they are seen as less likely to be killed. […]

February 25, 2010  •  By Karen Women Organization  •  Tags: , , , ,  •  Read more ➤

Pioneering women village heads targeted for systematic abuse by junta’s troops across Eastern Burma

Walking Amongst Sharp Knives reveals previously unreported abuses taking place against ethnic Karen women in Burma. The practice of the Burmese Army to execute village heads has led to traditional Karen culture being turned upside-down, with women now being appointed village chiefs as they are seen as less likely to be killed. However, this change […]

February 25, 2010  •  By Karen Women Organization  •  Tags: , , , ,  •  Read more ➤

Burmese Army Mortar-Bombs Schoolchildren

One schoolboy has been killed and two more injured when the Burmese Army fired a mortar bomb at a school in Northern Karen State.  The attack took place at 9am on Friday 19th February, in Mutraw (Papun) district in Northern Karen State. Burma Campaign UK sources say the school was in a temporary village for […]

February 24, 2010  •  By Burma Campaign UK  •  Tags: ,  •  Read more ➤