International Media Puts the Spotlight on use of ‘Slave Labor’ in Thailand’s Fishing Industry

June 16, 2014  •  Author: Karen News

An extensive investigation by British newspaper, The Guardian, has uncovered evidence of endemic use of “slave” labour in Thailand’s fishing industry, with migrant workers being “beaten, tortured, and killed.” The investigation said that the 270,000 migrant workers... Read more ►

From One Hell to Another: Chin Refugees Fleeing Persecution in Burma – Victims of Sex Attacks In India

April 12, 2014  •  Author: Karen News

Chin refugees in India fleeing persecution in Burma are left to fend for themselves as the UNHCR and local organisations tasked with protecting them fall prey to a “culture of denial and victim-blaming,” says the Chin Human Rights Organisation. The Chin Human Rights Orga... Read more ►

Burma Army officer abuses and threatens villagers

June 23, 2013  •  Author: Saw Eh Na

Villagers accuse a Burma Army Battalion commander, based in Wah Kla (Wa Daw) in Southern Burma, of demanding villagers use their private vehicles to travel him around the area. Naw Hser Tha U Htoo, from Wah Kla village, told Karen News. “The battalion commander demands vil... Read more ►

Monks and BGF force villagers to build Papun bridge

June 18, 2013  •  Author: Saw Khar Sue Nyar (KIC)

Villagers taken from 30 villages were ordered to work on the construction of the HteeLah Eh Hta Bridge that crosses the Yunzanlin River, near Papun Township. The Karen Human Right Group’s report released on June 13, described how villagers from Meh Mwe, Day Wah, Kyaw P... Read more ►

Burma Army officer beats up Karen villagers

June 7, 2013  •  Author: Saw Khar Sue Nyar (KIC)

A Burma Army officer physically assaulted four villagers from Wa Daw last week for refusing his orders to do forced labor for him. Lt.Colonel Aung Win Htun, from Column 1 is accused of beating the four villagers from Wa Daw village, located in the Myitta sub-township, Dawei ... Read more ►

Govt militia continue to use villagers as forced labor in Karen State

April 30, 2013  •  Author: S'Phan Shaung (KIC)

Despite a ceasefire in place, a Karen Human Rights Group (KHRG) report criticizes a government-controlled militia, the Border Guard Force (BGF), for committing human right violations against villagers in Papun Township, Karen State. The KHRG’s report released on 23rd of Ap... Read more ►

Government’s militia forcing civilians into uniform

November 9, 2012  •  Author: Poe Kwa Lay (KIC)

Karen villagers have accused the Border Guard Force, a militia under the control of the government military, of forcibly recruiting villagers. The Border Guard Force (BGF) militia in the Nabu area, Hlaingbwe Township Karen State is alleged to have conscripted civilians since... Read more ►

FBR: Despite ‘peacetalks’ armed conflict, forced labour continue in Karen State

September 11, 2012  •  Author: Karen News

A humanitarian organisation that delivers aid to displaced communities in rural Burma reports that despite peace-talks between the Karen National Union and the Burma government armed clashes, forced labour and other abuses are still ongoing in Karen State. The organisation, ... Read more ►

Burma Army force civilians to use their cars and trucks as soldier transport

June 9, 2012  •  Author: Karen News

The Burma Army camp based east of Tenasserim division in Southern Burma has increased its demands on villagers to use their vehicles to transport military supplies. A pick-up owner who does not want to be named (for his own security), told Karen News that despite the cease-f... Read more ►

Taungoo Township villagers scared of forced labor orders and forest fires lit by Burma Army

March 19, 2012  •  Author: Saw Khar Su Nyar (KIC)

Villagers living in the Tandaung Township, Taungoo District accuse Burma Army soldiers of demanding of them force labor and threatening their ability to earn a living. A villager (who security reasons is not named) told Karen News that Burma Army battalions under Division 66... Read more ►

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