A report on forced relocation and extrajudicial killings in Shan State, Burma by the Shan Human Rights Foundation April 1998
A report on forced relocation
by the Shan Human Rights Foundation
The Shan Human Rights Foundation
The SHRF is a non-governmental organisation formed on December 6, 1990, in the free territory of Shan State, with the support of the Buddhist brotherhood, the national resistance, expatriate Shans and many individuals inside and outside Shan State.
The SHRF has the following aims:
Contact address: The Shan Human Rights Foundation
P.O. Box 201
Since the publication of "Uprooting the Shan," the report by the SHRF detailing the forced relocation program carried out by the SLORC in Shan State during 1996, the SLORC military regime (recently renamed the State Peace and Development Council or SPDC) has been continuing to uproot more villages throughout 1997 and early 1998. Many of the relocation sites that were the results of 1996 relocations have been forced to move again. Human rights abuses such as mass killings, rape, torture and looting have been committed repeatedly by the SPDC troops against the displaced population.
This has prompted the need to publish this updated report, containing more complete lists and maps of the relocated villages, and detailing the many extrajudicial killings committed by the military regime in the areas of relocation. We hope that this report will give a clearer picture to the international community of the devastating effects of the forced relocation program on the population of Central Shan State.
The contents of the report have been based on numerous interviews with the victims of forced relocations and with people who witnessed the situation inside Shan State. We would also like to thank the Karen Human Rights Group (KHRG) and Images Asia for contributing data to the report.