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New Briefing Paper: Crisis in Shan State

Burma Campaign UK

 

On March 13, Burma’s military dictatorship broke a 22-year-long ceasefire agreement with the Shan State Army–North. A total of 3,500 Burmese army soldiers have taken part in a military offensive in north-central Shan State, an area with a population of 100,000 people. Sixty-five clashes were reported in the first three weeks after the military government broke the ceasefire. There has already been a major increase in human rights abuses since the regime broke the ceasefire. Civilians, for example, are being targeted in the military offensive with mortars fired at civilian villages. Other abuses committed by the Burmese army include arbitrary execution, arbitrary detention, torture, looting, rape, forced relocation and forced labor, all of which are violations of international law. Since breaking the ceasefire, these abuses continue on a daily basis.

The briefing is available on the organization’s web site at <http://www.burmacampaign.org.uk/index.php/news-and-reports/burma-briefing>.


* Burma Campaign UK, founded in 1991and located in London, is one of the leading Burma campaign organizations in the world, playing a leading role in raising awareness about the situation in Burma and pressuring the international community to take action in support of the people of Burma.