Burma Army's atrocities of killing and displacing Karens condemned (Burma)


Bangkok, 05 May, (Asiantribune.com): Eleven thousand people have been displaced in the latest actions of the by Burmese Army in the Western and Northern Karen state.


(04.05.2006)

At least 11 civilians were killed, some of them viciously mutilated. Villagers have been shot at point blank range in coordinated attacks, and others shot as they fled.

The Alternative ASEAN Network on Burma (Altsean-Burma), exposes the Burmese atrocities and pointed out that Villages have been burned and the livelihoods of the villagers destroyed. The State Peace Development Council's (SPDC) Army has laid landmines to kill and injure any villager who dares to return.

The Alternative ASEAN Network on Burma (Altsean-Burma), a network of human rights organizations in Southeast Asia, has urged the UN Security Council to immediately intervene in the latest security crisis in Burma, to insist that Burma's military regime, the State Peace and Development Council (SPDC) ceases its aggression and human rights abuses against ethnic nationalities.

"The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), by failing to take a strong stand on Burma at its recent Foreign Ministers' Retreat in Bali, is also indirectly to blame for these continuing violations. ASEAN has a moral duty to step up its advocacy on Burma and add its voice to our call for a UN Security Council resolution."

Altsean-Burma pointed out, "Eleven thousand people have been displaced in latest actions of the SPDC Army in Western and Northern Karen state. At least 11 civilians were killed, some of them viciously mutilated. Villagers have been shot at point blank range in coordinated attacks, and others shot as they fled. Villages have been burned and the livelihoods of the villagers destroyed. The SPDC Army has laid landmines to kill and injure any villager who dares to return."

According to Altsean-Burma, the offensive began last November as the SPDC army increased its presence in the area east of Pyinmana, coinciding with the abrupt move of the capital. It further said that attacks have stepped up in the past weeks and the situation is deteriorating into a severe humanitarian crisis.

"Thousands are hiding in the jungles, without food, medicine or shelter. Around 2,000 of those in hiding are in areas of Mon Township and continue to be pursued by the SPDC army."

"Humanitarian agencies have been forced out of the area and the SPDC is preventing their return through increased travel restrictions imposed after the move to Pyinmana. The Thai-Burma Border Consortium has received 1,500 displaced persons from Northern Karen state and is 'concerned that reports of large new numbers of new internally displaced could result in many more people crossing into Thailand as refugees in the coming months'."

Altsean-Burma has urged in its statement that the UN Security Council and the international community must come forward to act immediately to stop the crisis and to find new and genuine ways to provide urgently needed humanitarian assistance to those trapped in the conflict zones. "The people of Burma, ASEAN and the world cannot afford any more foot-dragging on Burma," the statement castigated the international community for its lethargic approach..



Von: 05.05.06 http://www.asiantribune.com

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