Three Mantaw villagers arrested in Kalemyo

Three Mantaw villagers arrested in Kalemyo  Three villagers who were fleeing fighting in Mantaw village, Kalemyo Township, Sagaing Division, were arrested on April 8 after being arrested by military council members, according to locals.  A Mantaw villager told RFA that their bodies were found at the top of Mantaw village the day after they were arrested by military council members.  "The three of them went to the village to buy rice and other things because they ran out of food and drink in the forest. The soldiers arrested them after being hit by military vehicles coming from Gangaw. The next day, they found the wounded and dead bodies at the top of the village."  Salai Ni Dun Sang, 19; Pa Thang Bik, 29, and Pa Lian Thio, 31, were killed.  RFA has not been able to independently confirm the deaths of the three, and the military council has not released any information.  Mantaw is about 35 miles from Kalemyo, near the Kalemyo-Gangaw highway, and for two months, villagers have been fleeing the village to a safe place in the jungle as troops pass by, according to locals.  The village has been the scene of frequent clashes between the military council and local militia since near the end of November last year.    The United States says members of the military council have been acquitted  The US State Department yesterday criticized members of the Burmese military for their human rights abuses.  This is stated in the 2021 Global Human Rights Report.  Extrajudicial killings; Torture; It reports credible reports of human rights abuses committed by the military council, including humanitarian acts.  Recruitment of child soldiers; Terrorist threats against journalists; Restrictions on freedom of the press, including arbitrary arrests; The right to peaceful assembly was banned. The report cites violations of religious freedom and other human rights abuses.  Targeting ethnic minorities; Tightening trade unions; The use of child labor is also pointed out.  He said those responsible for the human rights abuses had not been charged and were acquitted.  In addition, some ethnic armed groups and some PDF People's Defense Forces; The report points out that members of the group also committed human rights abuses.

Three villagers who were fleeing fighting in Mantaw village, Kalemyo Township, Sagaing Division, were arrested on April 8 after being arrested by military council members, according to locals.

A Mantaw villager told RFA that their bodies were found at the top of Mantaw village the day after they were arrested by military council members.

"The three of them went to the village to buy rice and other things because they ran out of food and drink in the forest. The soldiers arrested them after being hit by military vehicles coming from Gangaw. The next day, they found the wounded and dead bodies at the top of the village."

Salai Ni Dun Sang, 19; Pa Thang Bik, 29, and Pa Lian Thio, 31, were killed.

RFA has not been able to independently confirm the deaths of the three, and the military council has not released any information.

Mantaw is about 35 miles from Kalemyo, near the Kalemyo-Gangaw highway, and for two months, villagers have been fleeing the village to a safe place in the jungle as troops pass by, according to locals.

The village has been the scene of frequent clashes between the military council and local militia since near the end of November last year.

The United States says members of the military council have been acquitted

The US State Department yesterday criticized members of the Burmese military for their human rights abuses.

This is stated in the 2021 Global Human Rights Report.

Extrajudicial killings; Torture; It reports credible reports of human rights abuses committed by the military council, including humanitarian acts.

Recruitment of child soldiers; Terrorist threats against journalists; Restrictions on freedom of the press, including arbitrary arrests; The right to peaceful assembly was banned. The report cites violations of religious freedom and other human rights abuses.

Targeting ethnic minorities; Tightening trade unions; The use of child labor is also pointed out.

He said those responsible for the human rights abuses had not been charged and were acquitted.

In addition, some ethnic armed groups and some PDF People's Defense Forces; The report points out that members of the group also committed human rights abuses.
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