24 STORIES TAGGED ‘FORCED LABOR’

Hundreds of Karen villagers forced to work at Burma Army camp

August 1, 2011  •  Author: Saw Thein Myint

Last week a researcher from the Karen Human Rights Group witnessed villagers in the Palu area been used as forced labor by the Burma Army. The KHRG eye-witness account comes on the back of other reports of forced labor occurring in other areas of Karen State in recent months... Read more ►

Burma army threats force villagers to abandon farms

July 8, 2011  •  Author: Saw Khar Su Nyar (KIC)

Threats from Burma army have forced more than 30 farmers in the Papun district of Karen state to abandon their farms and plantations. The villagers from Bu Tho Township sought help from the Karen National Union after the Burma army forced villagers to carry army supplies. ... Read more ►

Children forced to carry frontline supplies

July 3, 2011  •  Author: Saw Khar Su Nyar

The Burma government has repeatedly denied the use of forced labor to international organisations, but villagers from Dweh Loe township in Papun district say the Burma army has forced men, women and including children, some as young as 11 to porter rations for their troops. ... Read more ►

Cheated into Servitude: A Convict Porter’s Story

June 9, 2011  •  Author: Cha Mu

A former convict porter speaks to reporter Cha Mu about his arrest and imprisonment for drug use, and his subsequent conscription by the military as a porter in Karen State. My name is Tin Hlaing. I am a 35-year-old ethnic Burman. I’m single and have six siblings. On J... Read more ►

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