Wednesday, June 29, 2011

[Altsean-Burma] Ethnic Areas Update: Burma Heads Toward Civil War

Dear Friends,

ALTSEAN-Burma has released a briefer titled
"Ethnic Areas Update: Burma Heads Toward Civil War."

In hostilities that began in February, the
Tatmadaw rebuked longstanding ceasefire
agreements with the Kachin Independence
Organization (KIO) and the Shan State Army –
North (SSA-N). In May and June, Tatmadaw attacks
in Southern Kachin State and Northern and
Southern State escalated. The escalation of
hostilities caused 13,000 refugees to flee from
their homes in Kachin State. Tatmadaw forces
gang-raped 18 women in Kachin State – six of whom
were killed after being raped.

In Northern Shan State, the Tatmadaw's strategy
to sever the SSA-N's supply lines resulted in the
forced relocation and detention of hundreds of
villagers. Ongoing clashes caused the death of 11 civilians.

In Karen State, there were numerous clashes
between Tatmadaw forces with the Democratic Karen
Buddhist Army (DKBA) and the Karen National
Liberation Army (KNLA). Over 1,800 residents in
Karen State fled to Thailand as a result of the
hostilities and five civilians were killed. The
conflict has caused many soldiers in the regime
Border Guard Force (BGF) to desert and join the KNLA and the DKBA.

The briefer is available at: http://bit.ly/jUNxvE

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Yours, in solidarity,

ALTSEAN-Burma

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