Exploitation and recruitment under the DKBA in Pa'an District

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Exploitation and recruitment under the DKBA in Pa'an District

Published date:
Monday, June 29, 2009

While recent media attention has focused on the joint SPDC/DKBA attacks on the KNLA in Pa'an District and the dramatic exodus of at least 3,000 refugees from the area of Ler Per Her IDP camp into Thailand, the daily grind of exploitative treatment by DKBA forces continues to occur across the region. This report presents a breakdown of DKBA Brigade #999 battalions, some recent cases of exploitative abuse by this unit in Pa'an District and a brief overview of the group's transformation into a Border Guard Force as part of the SPDC's planned 2010 election process, in which the DKBA has sought to significantly expand its numbers. Amongst those forcibly recruited for this transformation process was a 17-year-old child soldier injured in the fighting at Ler Per Her, whose testimony is included here.

Footnotes

[1] "Shoot first, talk later in Myanmar," Brian McCarten, Asia Times Online, June 25th 2009.

[2] For recent accounts of the DKBA's forced recruitment in Pa'an District, see Joint SPDC/DKBA attacks, recruitment and the impact on villagers in Dooplaya and Pa'an districts, KHRG, May 2009.

[3] The KNLA is the armed wing of the Karen National Union (KNU).