Brig-Gen Tin Soe, who was trained at Japan’s Ground Self Defense Force Staff College, was involved in the burning alive of 35 civilians in Kayah State, HRW said.
People's defense forces in Sagaing and Magwe regions and Kachin and Shan states say they have successfully ambushed and killed large numbers of junta troops.
Min Aung Hlaing’s offer of dialogue with ethnic armed organizations is a sign he knows the junta faces an uphill battle against the resistance movement.
IDPs in Kayah State are now afraid to use blue tarpaulins for shelter because junta pilots are targeting them, an aid worker said.
The suspected traffickers were shot dead in Chiang Rai province near Shan State, which has seen a rise in drug production since the Feb. 1 coup.