Weekly Update in HURFOM Targeted Areas [Week Four: March 2022]

March 28, 2022

Indiscriminate firing last week led to the death of a 17yr old Karen teenager as civilians continue to be targeted. Consequences await the junta.

Full Analysis:

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As the month of March comes to an end, in HURFOM targeted areas there continues to be ongoing threats to survival and civilian safety and security. The war being forced upon innocent people has led to hundreds of thousands displaced across the country leaving many in crippling levels of poverty. Inflation has crippled households who are struggling to provide for their families with the bare minimum. Civil society organizations have attempted to fill these gaps, however, the ongoing blocks of aid and humanitarian assistance have made basic provision of services and delivery extremely difficult, and high risk.

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Alongside increased security by the Burma Army, which includes warrantless raids and road stops. This has subsequently led to unlawful detainment. On 25 March, a 41 year old man named Chit Chit from Goh Goh Village, Thaton Township, Mon State reportedly died during a military interrogation after being abducted and arrested by the junta at one of the military detention centers in Thaton. U Hla Myo Chit and an innocent civilian were arrested by the junta forces where he was accused of having a connection with the local People’s Defense Force (PDF). Other sources told HURFOM that his arrest was also linked with an assassination of the junta-appointed Administer in Win Sein village on 27 September 2021.

Military violence also continues to take lives and devastate communities. Indiscriminate firing and shelling led to the death of a teenage girl in Karen State when the military junta shot artillery into her village. Four other villagers were seriously injured in the attack which also damaged several homes and shops. As Karen civil society organizations made clear, this is a crime against humanity and one in violation of international law. The Karen National Liberation Army (KNLA) confirmed the perpetrators were from the Military Operation Management Command who also stated the junta had been intentionally shelling the village for hours. There were no Karen soldiers in the area, leading the KNLA to state; “They were deliberately attempting to kill us.”

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