KAREN HUMAN RIGHTS GROUP INFORMATION UPDATE

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KAREN HUMAN RIGHTS GROUP INFORMATION UPDATE

Published date:
Friday, August 27, 1999

According to Karen National Union (KNU, the main Karen opposition group) sources, troops from as many as 5 different SPDC Light Infantry Divisions have been sent into the area for an operation to run from August to December 1999, intending to subjugate the area with a special focus on clearing landmines by using villagers as human minesweepers. Some villagers who encountered a KHRG volunteer while fleeing said that they were told the SPDC has already issued an order that all villages in the Meh Pleh Hta area are to be cleared out and that all villagers remaining there will be shot on sight. Other villagers interviewed in detail by KHRG say that they have been informed by Democratic Karen Buddhist Army (DKBA, a Karen group which works with the SPDC) units in their area that two SPDC Light Infantry Divisions are coming to the area to clear all villages; that all villagers will be forced to move into the centre of their villages and will be guarded there by SPDC troops, and that SPDC patrols will take the villagers and march them in front of the soldiers to set off any landmines. The DKBA reportedly told village elders in Pah Klu that the SPDC troops are coming to kill all of the villagers.