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Chin Rights Group Says Myanmar Military is Forcing Villagers to Serve as Laborers and Porters

Ethnic Chin human rights group in western Myanmar’s Chin state says the government military has forced residents of four villages to serve as laborers, transporting food rations for troops who are engaged in intense fighting with a rebel ethnic army in the region.The military has demanded one laborer per family from households in Meezar, Kyauk Palin, Tharyargone, and Kyune Chaung Wa villages in Paletwa township and from families displaced by the armed conflict, the Chin Human Rights Organization (CHRO) said.CHRO spokesman Salai Taya said soldiers should not request that civilians provide mandatory labor because local transportation routes are closed in the area on account of fighting between Myanmar forces and the Arakan Army (AA), an ethnic Rakhine armed organization that seeks greater autonomy in Rakhine state, which borders Chin state.“As you know, [the villages] are very close to the conflict area,” he said. “If battles break out, these civilians will be affected. ....................

 

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