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Title: TRAINED TO TORTURE: Systematic war crimes by the Burma Army in Ta’ang areas of northern Shan State (March 2011 - March 2016)
Date of publication: 28 June 2016
Description/subject: CONCLUSION AND RECOMMENDATIONS: "...This report provides evidence that the Burma Army is committing war crimes – in particular torture, shelling of civilian targets, and enslavement of civilians as porters and human shields -- on a widespread, systematic scale during its ongoing offensives in Ta’ang areas of northern Shan State. The fact that the crimes are being committed with complete impunity, not only by locally based battalions, but increasingly by battalions deployed under combat divisions deployed from central Burma, indicates clearly that the crimes are being authorized from the central command. TWO is gravely concerned that the Burma Army, which remains exempt from civilian oversight under the current constitution, is not only continuing its offensives in the ethnic areas in defiance of the “peace process”, but is also systematically committing war crimes against the ethnic peoples in flagrant violation of international humanitarian law. It is urgently needed for the National League for Democracy (NLD) to act to curb the military’s power, its criminal practices and impunity. Simply sharing power with the Burma Army under the current government will only maintain the military status quo, perpetuating the war and condemning the ethnic peoples to untold ongoing suffering..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Ta'ang Women's Organization (TWO)
Format/size: pdf (2.85MB)
Date of entry/update: 29 June 2016


Title: Ta’ang (Palaung) Leader Tar Aik Bong: ‘Without Proper Political Solutions, There Will Be No Lasting Peace’
Date of publication: 11 November 2014
Description/subject: "Tar Aik Bong is a leader of the Ta’ang (Palaung) people, one of Burma’s ethnic nationalities that continues a daily struggle for survival in largely inaccessible areas in northern Shan State. He joined the Ta’ang liberation movement in 1987, and currently serves as Chairman of Palaung State Liberation Front (PSLF) and Head of the military commission of Ta’ang National Liberation Army (TNLA). TNLA is one of the few ethnic armies that continues to fight against the Burma army and vows not to lay down arms until equal rights and a lasting political solution is achieved. TNLA fights to “obtain freedom for all Ta’ang nationals from oppression, to form Ta’ang autonomous regions that guarantee democracy and human rights, to oppose and fight against dictatorship and any form of racial discrimination, to attain national equality and self-determination and to establish a genuine Federal Union that guarantees Ta’ang autonomy and to eliminate cultivation, production, sale and use of narcotics.” Tar Aik Bong is also a member of the ethnic alliance United Nationalities Federal Council (UNFC) council and Foreign Affairs Department. In an exclusive interview with Burma Link, Tar Aik Bong talks about the causes and current situation of the Ta’ang conflict, the role of the UNFC, and the brutal tactics that the Burmese military uses against Ta’ang civilians in order to cut the opposition movement. Tar Aik Bong also discusses the Burmese military’s instrumental role in the epidemic drug usage in Ta’ang areas, and TNLA’s plan to eradicate the drugs."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Burma Link
Format/size: pdf
Date of entry/update: 18 March 2016


Title: Listening to Voices: Myanmar Foot Soldiers Speak - ျမန္မာ့ေျခလွ်င္တင္သားမ်ား ဖြင့္ဟေျပာဆိုသံမ်ားအား နားေထာင္ျခင္း
Date of publication: April 2014
Description/subject: Listening to Voices: Myanmar Foot Soldiers Speak - ျမန္မာ့ေျခလွ်င္တင္သားမ်ား ဖြင့္ဟေျပာဆိုသံမ်ားအား နားေထာင္ျခင္း.....စာတမ္းအက်ဥ္းခ်ဳပ္: "ဤပုံႏွိပ္ထုတ္ေ ၀ မႈသည္ တိုင္းရင္းသား လက္နက္ကိုင္အဖြဲ႕ ( ၆ ) ခုမွ ေျခလ်င္တပ္သားမ်ား၏ စကား သံမ်ားအား ဖြင့္လွစ္ထုတ္ေဖာ္ ၿပီး ၊ ျမန္မာ့ၿငိမ္းခ်မ္းေရးလုပ္ငန္းစဥ္ ႏွင့္ထိုသူတို႕၏ အနာဂါတ္ ဆိုင္ရာလိုအပ္ခ်က္မ်ား၊ ေၾကာင့္ၾကမႈမ်ား ႏွင့္စိန္ေခၚမႈအခက္အခဲမ်ား အား မီးေမာင္းထိုးျပသျခင္းျဖစ္သည္။ 1 ဤစီမံကိန္းသည္ နားေထာင္ျခင္းနည္းပညာ / ဥပေဒႆကိုအသုံးျပဳ၍ ၊ ျ မန္မာႏိုင္ငံလုံးဆိုင္ရာ ေက်ာင္းသားမ်ား ဒီမိုကရက္တစ္ တပ္ဦး (ABSDF) ၊ ခ်င္းအမ်ိဳးသားတပ္ဦး (CNF) ၊ ကခ်င္လြတ္ေျမာက္ေရးအဖြဲ႕အစည္း (KIO) ၊ ကရင္အမ်ိဳးသားအစည္းအရုံး (KNU) ၊ ကရင္နီအ မ်ိဳးသားတိုးတက္ေရးပါတီ (KNPP) ႏွင့္ မြန္ျပည္သစ္ပါတီ ( NMSP) တို႕မွေျခလ်င္တပ္သား ၁၀၀ တို႕ျဖင့္နားေထာင္ျခင္းစကားစမည္ ၀ ိုင္းမ်ား စီစဥ္ျပဳလုပ္ခဲ့သည္။ ထိုစကား ၀ ိုင္းမ်ားမွ အဓိကအေၾကာင္းအရာေခါင္းစဥ္မ်ား ႏွင့္ အမ်ားလက္ခံေ သာ အေၾကာင္းအရာတို႕အား ေဖာ္ထုတ္ခဲ့ၾကၿပီး ၊ ေအာက္တြ င္ပါ ၀ င္မည့္အခန္းမ်ားတြင္ အေသးစိတ္ေဖာ္ျပမည္ျဖစ္သည္။ ၿငိမ္းခ်မ္းေရးႏွင့္ ပဋိပကၡအေရးေလ့လာမႈစင္တာ ( CPCS ) သည္ ျမန္မာျပည္ ပဋိပကၡအတြင္းပါ ၀ င္ေသာ လက္နက္ကိုင္အဖြဲ႕မ်ားႏွင့္ ၎အဖြဲ႕မ်ားမွပုဂၢိဳလ္မ်ားအၾကား မတူကြဲျပားေသာ စကား သံ တို႕အား အသိအမွတ္ျပဳ လ်က္ရွိပါသည္။ နားေထာင္ျခင္းန ည္းပညာ သည္ လူပုဂၢိဳလ္မ်ား၏အႀကံဥာဏ္မ်ားအၾကား ၊ အမ်ားလက္ခံ ေသာအေၾကာင္းအရာမ်ားသာမက ၊ ကြဲျပားျခားနားေသာအေၾကာင္းအရာမ်ားအား ရွာေဖြေဖာ္ထုတ္လ်က္ရွိပါသည္။ ဤနည္းပညာကိုအသုံးျပဳကာ NSAG မ်ားမွအႀကံဥာဏ္မ်ားအား စုေဆာင္းျခင္းအားျဖင့္ အဖြဲ႕မ်ားအၾကားရွိ အမ်ားလက္ခံေ သာအေၾကာင္းအရာမ်ား ႏွင့္ ကြဲျပားျခားနားခ်က္မ်ားအား မီးေမာင္းထိုးျပသႏိုင္ခြင့္ရရွိခဲ့ၿပီး ၊ ထိုအေၾကာင္းအရာမ်ားအား ဤစာအုပ္၏ေ နာက္ဆုံး အခန္း ရွိ အဖြဲ႕မ်ား ဖြင့္ဟေျပာၾ ကား ခ်က္ အက်ဥ္းခ်ဳပ္ မ်ား၌ အေသးစိတ္ေဖာ္ျပထားပါသည္။..."
Language: Burmese (ျမန္မာဘာသာ)
Source/publisher: Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies (CPCS)
Format/size: pdf (1.72MB)
Alternate URLs: http://www.centrepeaceconflictstudies.org/publications/browse/
http://www.burmalibrary.org/docs21/CPCS-2014-04-Listening_to_Voices-Myanmar_Foot-Soldiers-Speak-bu....
Date of entry/update: 27 September 2015


Title: Listening to Voices: Myanmar’s Foot Soldiers Speak
Date of publication: April 2014
Description/subject: "Soldiers explained that mutual respect between all parties is needed for the peace process to be successful. Mutual respect was often mentioned in relation to the need for adherence to ceasefire agreements, reports of breaches to ceasefire agreements and concerns about the sincerity of the peace process. Generally, foot soldiers identified the need for all parties to respect the terms and conditions of agreements equally. Soldiers expressed a desire to create stronger links between what is discussed and agreed upon in peace/ceasefire agreements and implementation. Specific points of contention included soldiers carrying arms outside of their demarcated territory when agreements restricted this movement. Soldiers voiced a need for Tatmadaw soldiers to ask permission before entering their territory. One KNU soldier expressed: “Tatmadaw soldiers bring arms when they come into our regions. Don’t we have the right to hold arms? We follow the rules”..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies (CPCS)
Format/size: pdf (746K)
Alternate URLs: http://www.centrepeaceconflictstudies.org/publications/browse/
http://www.burmalibrary.org/docs21/CPCS-2014-04-Listening_to_Voices-Myanmar_Foot-Soldiers-Speak-en....
Date of entry/update: 27 September 2015