Karen Human Rights Group_forced labour in Burma

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Unformatted text preview: Setting Up the Systems of Repression: The progressive regimentation of civilian life in Dooplaya District Karen Human Rights Group 7 September 2006 Setting Up the Systems of Repression: The progressive regimentation of civilian life in Dooplaya District Written and published by the Karen Human Rights Group KHRG #2006-04 / September 7 th 2006 The Karen Human Rights Group (KHRG) was founded in 1992 and documents the situation of villagers and townspeople in rural Burma through their direct testimonies, supported by photographic and other evidence. KHRG operates completely independently and is not affiliated with any political or other organisation. Examples of our work can be seen on the World Wide Web at www.khrg.org , or printed copies may be obtained subject to approval and availability by sending a request to khrg@khrg.org . This report published by KHRG, KHRG 2006. All rights reserved. Contents may be reproduced or distributed on a not-for-profit basis or quoted for media and related purposes, but reproduction for commercial purposes requires the prior permission of KHRG. This report is not for commercial sale. 1 An Independent Report by the Karen Human Rights Group September 7, 2006 / KHRG #2006-04 Setting Up the Systems of Repression: The progressive regimentation of civilian life in Dooplaya District While attention has been focused on the SPDCs violent attacks against villages in northern Karen State, the regime has been implementing a much more systematic campaign of repression in southern Karen State. The SPDC militarily occupied this region nine years ago, and has since been creating its model of society through extending roads and military control to every corner of the region, establishing and training local controlling authorities, forcing villagers to join SPDC organisations, forced registration of all people and resources, forced double-cropping and other agricultural programmes without the required support, movement restrictions and crippling taxation on trade and mobility, and land reallocation to those complicit with the regime. All of these are part of the process of setting up local control mechanisms to implement the SPDCs hierarchical vision of society, in which the main purpose of the civilian population is to serve the military and support those in power. In return, local people get nothing except additional work, and violent punishment including torture and killings whenever they are perceived to be uncooperative or disrespectful. Little or nothing is provided for their education or health, while their crops and possessions are systematically looted to keep them poor. Drawing on the SPDCs own order documents and over a hundred interviews with villagers in the region, this report finds that people in Dooplaya feel worse off than ever before, and that their suffering is not caused by conflict or lack of foreign aid, but by SPDC repression. aid, but by SPDC repression....
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