06 Mar Rights groups claims Army is targeting Kokang civilians

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Myanmar soldiers clear the area in Chin Shwe Haw town of Kokang, northern Shan State, Myanmar, February 16, 2015. Photo: Lynn Bo Bo/EPA
Myanmar soldiers clear the area in Chin Shwe Haw town of Kokang, northern Shan State, Myanmar, February 16, 2015. Photo: Lynn Bo Bo/EPA

A Shan Human Rights Foundation spokesperson claims that the Myanmar Army it threatening civilians in the Kokang region of Shan State, according to a report in Karen News on March 6.

According to the spokesperson for the NGO, whose name was not mentioned, the situation is very tense in the Kokang area of Shan State bordering China. Thousands of people have fled to the border.

“People are scared. They are scared of the Burma Army being in their villages. Only the very old have stayed behind,” the spokesperson is reported as saying.

The Shan Human Rights Foundation spokesperson said people who had returned to their villages to check on their possessions or livestock risk torture or death.

The rights group claims they have documented a number of cases to back up their claims of impunity by the Tatmadaw against civilians.

The documentation includes reports of shootings, bodies by the road, and verbal threats.