Regime Refuses To Release Civilians In Karenni State


By Kantarawaddy Times

The Tatmadaw is holding twenty-five people it arrested at checkpoints in Karenni State, according to Karenni Human Rights Organisation (KHRO).

Banyar, KHRO director, told Kantarawaddy Times that soldiers arrested some people without just cause between 27 August and 8 September and took them to detention camps.

“Soldiers arrested some of the travellers on suspicion when they found so-called potentially incriminating data or photos in their mobile phones, but others were arrested without any reason,” he explained.

Moreover, the military didn’t give their families and the community any information about what happened to them.

After the arrest of youths, Per Sakwah Leh and Pheday Leh, shocking pictures shared on Facebook showed them tied up with ropes and indications of torture on their faces and other parts of their bodies.

Others who were arrested from 9 to 13 September have already been released. They said the Tatmadaw had interrogated them to find out if they were members of the People’s Defence Force, which is fighting the regime throughout the country.

Faced with arbitrary arrests at newly established checkpoints across Karenni State, people are afraid to leave their homes. According to Karenni Civil Society Network (KCSN), the regime has arrested 179 people in the state since the coup almost nine months ago.

At the same time, the Burma Army has launched offensives against the Karenni Army and Karenni National Defence Force, resulting in massive displacement of civilians.

KCSN reported 129,449 people uprooted by the conflict.


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