24 Jan '11, 1pm

Watchdog spotlights Myanmar rights abuse - Channel NewsAsia via @AddThis

Watchdog spotlights Myanmar rights abuse - Channel NewsAsia via @AddThis

BANGKOK: About half a million people are internally displaced by conflict in eastern Myanmar, where both the state army and rebels continue to recruit child soldiers, a top rights group said Monday. Human Rights Watch (HRW), in its annual report, said the state army was responsible for direct attacks and abuses against civilians in conflict areas, some of which have been wracked by civil war since independence in 1948. Among the abuses listed were widespread forced labour, extrajudicial killings, forced expulsion of the population, the widespread use of anti-personnel landmines and sexual violence against women and girls. The group also listed torture, beatings and the targeting of food production as well as confiscation of land and property in the ethnic areas where fighting continues. The report comes as Myanmar, military ruled since 1962, prepares to open a new parliame...

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