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Citizens Used as Human Shields and Landmine Detectors

Citizens Used as Human Shields and Landmine Detectors

The Myanmar military has been using citizens, particularly women, as human shields and landmine detectors.

The Karen Women’s Organization (KWO) and Karen Human Rights Group (KHRG) released a statement in early September condemning this tactic as a violation of human rights, highlighting two incidents as evidence. On September 1st at 2pm, the military clashed with the Karen National Liberation Army in Paing Kalan Done Village in Karen State. From that village, the military seized a 30 year-old woman named Naw Mu Htee Kaung. They forced her to walk in front of them as they marched further into Karen National Union territory, using her as a human shield against rebel armies.

On August 19th, two Light Infantry Battalions interrogated, arrested, and beat three women villagers. These two battalions forced the women to carry military materials and had them walk in front of the army as human shields until they reached Kyaw Hta Loh River. They were released from forced labor there after sustaining minor injuries.

Naw K’Nyaw Paw, secretary of the KWO, told Karen News, “It’s especially worrying for women when Burma Army soldiers come to civilian areas. Physical violence is not the only problem, sexual abuses such as rape are also a real concern for women… We are concern not only for the safety of the women, but also for the safety of children.”

While the use of civilians as shields has been brought to light by the Karen Women’s Organization, this human rights violation is not limited to women alone. Whole villages of civilians have been used by the military as human shields.

In Kayah and Shan State, at least 30 civilians were used as human shields against rebel armies. Fifteen of them are still being detained. Ko Banyar, spokesman for the Karenni Human Rights Group, told the Irrawaddy, “Passers-by were seized by troops. They were tied in pairs and used as cover when soldiers entered villages. They were not fed properly. It is the terrible crime of kidnapping, using as human shields and slavery. It is a war crime under the Geneva Convention.”

 

Prayer Requests

1. Pray for the Lord to shield citizens from the eyes of the military and those who would seek to harm them or use them in any inhumane way.

2. Pray the Lord’s protection over whole villages and all their citizens, showing them mercy and revealing Himself as the One who hears and answers their prayers.

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