SPDC soldiers arrest and kill villagers on allegations of contacting KNU/KNLA

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SPDC soldiers arrest and kill villagers on allegations of contacting KNU/KNLA

Published date:
Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Using sweeping powers to confine civilians without charge, SPDC forces operating in Dooplaya District in southern Karen State have detained, tortured and in some cases killed villagers. The grounds for these actions have been alleged contact with the KNU, which the SPDC deems an illegal organisation. As the SPDC seeks to arbitrarily and violently utilise the civilian population to locate KNU personnel, many civilians have responded by fleeing to Thailand in the hopes of finding sanctuary. This report includes testimonies from four villagers who fled from Kawkareik Township, Dooplaya District following such persecution by SPDC personnel.

Footnotes

[1] SPDC Press Conference, June 11th 2006. Accessed at www.myanmar.com/press_conference/2006/11-6a.html on January 16th 2008.

[2] The Unlawful Associations Act, Article 17. (1). Accessed in English on the Burma Lawyers' Council website at www.blc-burma.org/html/Suppressive%20Law/ulaa_e.html on January 15th 2008.

[3] Article 3 common to all four Geneva Conventions and representing well established rules of customary IHL prohibits "violence to life and person" and the "taking of hostages" of those "Persons taking no active part in the hostilities". The full text of Article 3 is available at the ICRC website at www.icrc.org/ihl.nsf/FULL/380?OpenDocument.  Accessed on January 16th 2008.