SLORC IN SOUTHERN SHAN STATE

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SLORC IN SOUTHERN SHAN STATE

Published date:
Saturday, August 20, 1994

In December 1993, SLORC launched its first-ever major offensive against the territory of the Mong Ta Army (MTA) led by Khun Sa, who is generally referred to internationally as a 'drug warlord'. The SLORC has put a lot of effort into publicizing this internationally as a military offensive to eradicate narcotics, and has even asked the U.S. for military assistance. The purpose of this report is not to discuss the politics behind the SLORC 's offensive, but to try to start giving a voice to those who are being ignored in all of this - the civilians who live in southern Shan State. while the Karen Human Rights Group generally focuses on Karen areas; we are concerned for all the peoples of Burma, and we could not help but notice that the people of Shan State are being almost completely left out of all the discussion of Khun Sa, SLORC, drugs and Shan Nationalism. So we went to the Shan/Thai border to hear what some Shan civilians had to say, and the result is included in this report