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.
Also this week, the regime shows once again it is living in fantasyland, discussing plans for food security and tourism, even as it undermines both.
Currently, 10 members of the Myanmar military—including two senior officers—are receiving practical security training in the country.
Pro-military individuals and militias, USDP members and ex-soldiers are among those receiving weapons and tactical training from the regime.
A 26-year-old who less than a year ago was focused on social media and city life talks to The Irrawaddy about his new life fighting the regime from a jungle base.
The Irrawaddy looks at the individuals, groups and forces that shaped the course of events in one of the most tumultuous years in Myanmar’s modern history.