Mon State at War
CIVILIAN USED AS HUMAN SHIELDS DURING OFFENSIVE
(Based on IMNA report: December 29, 2003)
Ye - The Burmese army abducted local civilians for human
shields during a military operation against guerrillas in
southern Mon State and northern Tenasserim Division.
Local sources reported, the Pa-An based Regiment No. 22 of
Southeast Military Command took civilians and forced them
to march in front of the BA during their offensive. 19 villagers
including Buddhist monks and village headmen were arrested
for interrogation and 7 people remained in army custody during
military operations in the rural area.
Since the area is defined as the black area, the BA restricts
movements of civilians to block off alleged support for the
rebels and villagers were prohibited from going out at night
from 5 PM to 7 AM.
According to a refugee who recently arrived at the Thai-Burma
border, over 40 civilians were arrested and 5 villagers were
killed during the brutal military operation.
A 25 year old son of Nai Pe from Hangan village was killed
near due to the curfew imposed by the army; and on December
23, Nai Kao Chan (19 years old) from Yang Dong village was
shot to death in his farm near the village.
On December 20, a former medic of the New Mon State Party
Nai Norn Ong and other member Nai A-zan were taken from their
houses and killed by the army after investigation. Another
victim Nai Zit (age 40), a hunter from Hangan village, was
also being shot and killed.
Local villagers were forcibly recruited to clear the bush,
weed and walk in front of the army and to shout out whenever
they were to come across armed opposition groups.
The front line operation office of about a thousand troops
was led by Colonel Nyi Nyi Swe and stationed at Khawzar village,
southern Ye township since in early December.
After the New Mon State Party reached a cease-fire with the
ruling military junta in 1995, a former NMSP member Nai Hloin
split from the Party and resumes fighting against the BA in
the rural areas of southern Mon State.