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Burma Army Accused of Abuses in Shan State

7 May 2013

Burma’s government army has committed numerous rights abuses, many of them targeting women, during its offensive in northern Shan State over the past four months, according to a new report. The report, focusing on ethnic Palaung areas and released on Monday by the Palaung Women’s Organization and Ta’ang Students and Youth Organization, accuses the army of raping female villagers and forcing young girls and other civilians at gunpoint to guide and porter for Burmese troops. It also says that villagers have been killed by landmines while tied up.