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Myanmar army has 'committed egregious violations against civilians, sometimes amounting to war crimes'

Ethnic minorities suffer rights abuses in Myanmar's north

An ethnic Kachin woman and her elderly mother in Karuna-run St. Paul IDP camp in Jai Maing Kaung, on the outskirts of Myitkyina, the capital of Kachin State, in April. (ucanews.com photo)

John Zaw, Mandalay
Myanmar

June 19, 2017

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Myanmar's military have committed appalling rights violations against ethnic minorities in Kachin and northern Shan, says rights group Amnesty International.

The Myanmar army has committed egregious violations against civilians, sometimes amounting to war crimes, says the London-based rights group in a report released June 14. As part of that, the report detailed a massacre of 18 young men from a village allegedly committed by government forces.

"The international community is familiar with the appalling abuses suffered by the Rohingya minority in Myanmar's Rakhine State, but in Kachin and northern Shan states we found a similarly shocking pattern in the army's targeting of other ethnic minorities," said Matthew Wells, senior crisis response advisor at AI.

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