HUMAN RIGHTS IN NORTHERN KARENNI (KAYAH) STATE

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HUMAN RIGHTS IN NORTHERN KARENNI (KAYAH) STATE

Published date:
Sunday, April 10, 1994

The following account describing the situation in northern Karenni (Kayah) State and the southern tip of Shan State northwest of Loikaw was given by Khon Mar Ko Pan, who is Kayan and was elected as a Member of Parliament in the 1990 elections representing the DOKNU (Democratic Organisation for Kayan National Unity) Party. He was a delegate to SLORC's National Convention when it began in January 1993, but after one month he decided that the National Convention was just "a fraud which has been arranged by the SLORC only to perpetuate their inhuman, illegal and dictatorial rule in Burma", and left for the Revolutionary Areas. He has now just returned from 3 months in areas west of Loikaw (capital of Karenni State) in Karenni and Shan States, and describes some of the ongoing political problems and human rights abuses happening there.