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Free Burma Rangers __ Reports_ Burma Army Troops Rape Four Women as Abuses Continue Against Villagers in Northern Karen State

Free Burma Rangers __ Reports_ Burma Army Troops Rape Four Women as Abuses Continue Against Villagers in Northern Karen State

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Burma Army commander Khin Maung Hsit (MOC5) charged with rapes, numerous other abuses.
Troops from MOC5 also perpetrating additional rapes of villagers.
Photos of landmine victim from Saw Wa Der area.
Increased Burma Army Presence in Wah Tho Kho Area.
Burma Army soldiers continue to defect from their units across areas of eastern Burma.
Burma Army commander Khin Maung Hsit (MOC5) charged with rapes, numerous other abuses.
Troops from MOC5 also perpetrating additional rapes of villagers.
Photos of landmine victim from Saw Wa Der area.
Increased Burma Army Presence in Wah Tho Kho Area.
Burma Army soldiers continue to defect from their units across areas of eastern Burma.

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05.09.09 21:45Free Burma Rangers :: Reports: Burma Army Troops Rape Four Women as Abuses Continue Against Villagers in Northern Karen StateSeite 1 von 5http://www.freeburmarangers.org/Reports/2009/20090904.html
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FBR REPORT: Burma Army Troops Rape Four Women as Abuses Continue AgainstVillagers in Northern Karen State
Karen State, Burma26 August, 2009
 
KEY DEVELOPMENTS
 Burma Army commander Khin Maung Hsit (MOC5) charged with rapes, numerous other abuses.Troops from MOC5 also perpetrating additional rapes of villagers.Photos of landmine victim from Saw Wa Der area.Increased Burma Army Presence in Wah Tho Kho Area.Burma Army soldiers continue to defect from their units across areas of eastern Burma. 
(Report first published 4 September, 2009)
Soldiers patrolling near Wa Tho Ko
Burma Army Commander Khin Maung Hsit Charged with Rapes, Numerous Other Abuses
 
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Commander Khin Maung Hsit has raped two women and engaged in numerous other abuses since he tookcontrol of Military Operations Command 5 (MOC5) operations in the area of Kler La (Bawgali Gyi) in ToungooDistrict, northern Karen State. Since taking command of the camp on August 15, Khin Maung Hsit has acted withimpunity in violating and abusing the residents of Kler La. The following are examples of his recent actions.After drinking one village's alcohol, he took the local teacher, Naw Paw See (all names have beenchanged), ordered her to strip, and proceeded to rape her.He also raped Naw Eh Hla, after forcing her to drink alcohol and give him a massage.After losing at a game of cards with the villagers, he arrested Saw Thoe Pan and had him tied up at Kler LaCamp.Again, after losing a game of Snooker, he had Saw Poe Ju arrested and taken back to Kler La Camp.Every time Commander Khin Maung Hsit comes to one of the nearby villages, he demands 3 bottles of whiskey. Each bottle is worth 30,000 kyat (approximately $30).According to the FBR team, soldiers from Light Infantry Battalion (LIB) 544, which is under MOC5, also rapedNaw Eh Wa and Naw Blu Paw, both from villages in the area of Kler La. 
 
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Map showing area of report (click for larger image)
Villages in the Kler La area, already facing extreme difficulty as a result of Burma army demands for forced labor,have to contend with the monsoon rains as well. The rains have damaged many fields as well as the roadbetween Kler La Camp and Kaw Thay Der. Because of the damaged road, the villagers have not been able toobtain food or sell their fruits.Some of the villagers have fallen ill with Dengue and other fevers, but have been turned away by the local doctor after seeking treatment, who suggested they should try to treat themselves. Village leaders have triedcomplaining to the local Burma Army authorities but they have been ignored.
Additional abuses and photos of landmine victim:
In an incident initially reported by FBR on 9 July, soldiers from LIB 373 and LIB 372 attacked villages in the SawWa Der Area. After the attacks, they laid landmines in the area and returned to their camp. One villager, SawGhay Meian, 20 years old, was carrying rice back to his village, Kaw Thay Der, when he stepped on one of thelandmines. This was on June 17th, 2009. He later died at the local clinic 
Landmine victim, Saw Ghay Meian, now deceased

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