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Refugees from the SLORC Occupation of Tenasserim Division

15th May 1997

At the same time as it launched its Dooplaya District offensive, SLORC launched a mass offensive against Karen-held regions in Tenasserim Division, otherwise known as KNLA 4th Brigade area. They managed to capture the 4th Brigade headquarters and most Karen-held territory, but here they faced much stiffer resistance and the fighting is still ongoing. Several thousand new refugees fled across the Thai border, and many of them were denied access or forcibly repatriated by the Thai Army 9th Division. Most of the new refugees are villagers from villages in formerly KNU-held territory, but they have also been joined by many people who had already fled the free-fire zones of Palauk, Palaw, Mergui and Tenasserim areas (see ‘Tenasserim’ and related photos above) and were internally displaced along the Tenasserim River, only to have to flee again now. KHRG interviewed one woman from Aw Pu village in one of the free-fire zones who told us that she’d had to run from SLORC 7 times since September 1996. There is no indication yet of how many more times they will still have to flee. All photos relate to the report "Refugees from SLORC Occupation" (‘Offensives’).

The following photographs are part of a larger human rights report. Please follow the link for the full report:


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