Oppressed twice over: SPDC and DKBA exploitation and violence against villagers in Thaton District

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Oppressed twice over: SPDC and DKBA exploitation and violence against villagers in Thaton District

Published date:
Thursday, March 20, 2008

Throughout Thaton District the SPDC has persistently worked to expand and entrench military control not only by increasing its own troops, but also by heavily relying on the DKBA as a local proxy force. Both groups exploit the civilian population to support their respective military hierarchies and local villagers thus face a double burden on their lives. This report looks at various forms and specific incidents of forced labour, extortion, violence and other abuse against villagers in Thaton District which SPDC and DKBA personnel have perpetrated up to February 2008.

Footnotes

[1] For details on the SPDC consolidation of Thaton District see KHRG reports around 1999 to 2001, such as Thaton District: SPDC using violence against villagers to consolidate control, KHRG, March 2001.

[2] 'Set tha' is a Burmese term for forced labour as a messenger at army camps, but also involving other tasks when no messages are in need of delivery.

[3] Universal Declaration of Human Rights Articles 11 and 9.

[4] SPDC Press Conference, June 11th 2006.

[5] The Unlawful Associations Act, Article 17. (1). Available in English on the Burma Lawyers' Council website.