MYAWADDY-KAWKAREIK AREA REPORTS

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MYAWADDY-KAWKAREIK AREA REPORTS

Published date:
Sunday, January 15, 1995

This report expresses the testimonies from civilian villagers in the area between Myawaddy and Kawkareik Townships in Karen State. A new cross-border bridge between Myawaddy and Mae Sot, to be part of the "Asia Highway", is now being built as a joint venture between the Thai Government and SLORC. It is called the "Thai-Myanmar Friendship Bridge". On the Burma side of the border, the bridge seems to be an underlying cause of a SLORC clampdown in the area, including forced relocation, torture and increased harassment of villagers, due to SLORC's paranoia that the bridge will be sabotaged.