MURDER, RAPE & EXTORTION IN KYAUK KYI

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MURDER, RAPE & EXTORTION IN KYAUK KYI

Published date:
Wednesday, December 8, 1993

The following information was provided by villagers from Kyauk Kyi Township, Pegu Division, and was gathered by the National League for Democracy - Liberated Area (NLD-LA). It is simply a list of known cases of murder, rape and extortion in Kyauk Kyi Township in the period September to October, 1993. Even though it only covers one township in one short time period, it is still probably not complete, but only consists of the cases which were reported by villagers. It shows that even while the SLORC makes propaganda about "peace", it continues to murder and abuse Karen and Burmese civilians even in areas like Kyauk Kyi, where there is no fighting going on. In most cases, the murders were not witnessed by the villagers; the victims were simply taken away by SLORC troops and "disappeared". As they have not returned to their villages since and nothing has been heard of them, the villagers are certain they have been murdered. The SLORC often murders villagers in this way, and leaves their bodies in remote areas of forest where they are often found months later. Though generally charged with being "KNU sympathizers", none of the villagers listed in this report are involved in the resistance.