SPDC & DKBA ORDERS TO VILLAGES: SET 2003-A

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SPDC & DKBA ORDERS TO VILLAGES: SET 2003-A

Published date:
Friday, August 22, 2003

This report presents the direct translations of 783 order documents and letters, selected from a total of 1,007 such documents.  The orders dictate demands for forced labour, money, food and materials, place restrictions on movements and activities of villagers, and make threats to arrest village elders or destroy villages of those who fail to obey.  Over 650 of those selected were sent by military units and local authorities of Burma’s ruling State Peace and Development Council (SPDC) junta to village elders in Toungoo, Papun, Nyaunglebin, Thaton, Pa’an and Dooplaya Districts, which together cover most of Karen State and part of eastern Pegu Division and Mon State (see Map 1 showing Burma or Map 2 showing Karen State).  The remainder were sent by the Democratic Karen Buddhist Army (DKBA) or the Karen Peace Army (KPA), groups allied with the SPDC.  All but a few of the orders were issued between January 2002 and February 2003.