Mon State at War
RAPE USED AS WEAPON DURING MILITARY OFFENSIVE
(By Taramon, Kao Wao)
January 31, Sangkhalaburi -- The
Burmese Army used rape as a weapon of war against civilians
during military operation to wipe out Mon guerrillas in southern
Ye, Mon State.
Both married and unmarried women from Mon villages near the
patrolled areas of Light Infantry Battalion No. 299 have been
forced by the army commanders to sleep with them at night
according to local sources.
Mi San Myint from Krane Kanyeh village who fled to the border
area said the commander ordered women to cook for the soldiers
during the day and raped them at night. The troops took 3
women per day to stay for 24 hours in their bases.
The Army ordered 3 beautiful women from 15 villages to come
for a model show early this month.
A villager from Kaw Zar said, "The performers were sexually
abused, most were embarrassed and moved to other places; some
came to Thailand after the show."
The villagers complained that some women were raped while
staying at the military base before and after the model show.
"I stopped asking questions about the (rape) case because
she was so embarrassed and depressed," said Ms Mi Yin
Sein, a human rights worker from the Thai Burma border. Mi
Myint who was raped by the Army stayed at her house, Halockhanee
Mon Refugee Camp, on the way to Thailand with her husband
to work as migrant labourer.
According to Myint's husband, she was raped several times.
Even the victim was married; the commander forced her to perform
in the show because she is the most beautiful lady in her
The Burma Army has launched a major offensive against the
Hongsawatoi Restoration Party, the Mon guerrilla group that
operates in the area.
Human Rights Foundation of Monland issued a statement on
January 15, 2004 claiming that the Burmese Army based in southern
Ye, Mon State raped local women, tortured Buddhist monks,
killed villagers and used them as porters in the front-line
in late 2003 and early 2004.