January 9, 2011

Evidence of Crimes Against Humanity in Burma’s Chin State

This report by Physicians for Human Rights (PHR), is the first widespread survey of Burma’s Chin State in Western Burma. Researchers found that almost 92 percent of households surveyed had experienced forced labour at least once in the year prior to interviews. Other key issues highlighted in the report include religious and ethnic persecution, rape, torture, arbitrary detention, disappearances, and recruitment of child soldiers by the military regime. In addition, the report illustrates how pillaging, forced cultivation of inedible crops such as jatropha (physic nut), forced labour and portering for the Burma army all directly contribute to chronic food insecurity.

The report also reveals that at least eight of the violations surveyed fall within the purview of the International Criminal Court (ICC) and may constitute crimes against humanity.

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