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They found the maimed corpses that had been interred five leagues outside their houses in Maihkawng IDP camps in Myanmar, Kachin state riven by war. While they believed that Myanmar army troops were in charge, they did not anticipate anything to harm the offenders. Myanmar's army was first mentioned on Monday in the UN General Assembly's 2017 report on force aggression.
It is a patterns of force that the army, commonly known as the Tatmadaw, has been repeating for centuries - abduction, torture and murder of civilians with complete impunity. 2. This resulted in a hand-scratched paper that smashed the skull and gunshot marks in detail, making it virtually impractical for the Tatmadaw to justifiably disavow the crime of their troop.
The six guerrillas were sentenced to 10 years in jail by a military tribunal in January, seven month after the murders. "Khun Naung, president of the Kachin Legal Aid Network, also known as Shingnip, says, "Without this story, the troops would not have been doomed. Over the past few years, in a land where the army is regarded as inviolable, attorneys have contributed to a handfull of rarer condemnations of troops who violated people' s iniquities.
The Shingnip in Kachin's capitol Myitkyina was established in 2011, just after the collapse of a 17-year cease-fire between the army and the Kachin insurgents led to an increase in mistreatment by goverment forces against civilians, Khun Naung says. "They are working on all the cases that no one else dares," says David Baulk, a Myanmar-based Fortify Rights investigator, a group that oversaw the Maihkawng case.
In fact, there are questions as to whether the sentenced troops are actually doing time in this and other cases because the agencies are refusing to say where they are being detained. However, the investigation work of Shingnip and others with the militarily controlled policemen is the nearest to the responsibility for the Burmese population.
Singnip also assisted in obtaining a two-year homicide charge against a military man who killed a college kid called Gum Seng Awng in front of several eyewitnesses in the Myitkyina area. but Shingnip found two willing to make a statement. Shingnip insisted that the man be brought to justice for the assassination.
Army claims the boyfriends tried to take the soldiers' weapons and kill them, but the testimonies denied it. "Khun Naung said at a news briefing that he was returning to his station this way and was under attack by Gum Seng Awng," says Khun Naung, drawing a rough card of Mytikyina on a white board in his offices.
It is not clear why the army pursues certain cases, but the work of campaigners, attorneys and reporters who expose the facts is an important part. Early this months a tribunal condemned seven troops and officials to 10 years in jail for taking part in a slaughter of 10 Rohingya men during a violent suppression in Rakhine state, which the UN says may be tantamount to an outrage.
Two Reuters correspondents have uncovered the murders, and as a consequence they have been in jail for 14 years under an order of secrecy. A reporter, Wa Lone, had been instrumental in uncovering another 2016 slaughter in East Transcarpathia that resulted in five years in jail for seven troops. Neither has the army done anything to improve the regulations and policy that allow civilian abuses, says Sean Bain, Myanmar's judicial adviser to the International Commission of Jurists, a group dedicated to promoting peace, security, human rights advocacy and the Rule of Justice.