Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Police arrests family members instead of wanted person in Buthidaung

14 March 2012
Buthidaung, Arakan State: Police from Buthidaung arrested family members 
of a wanted person while  unable to arrest the wanted person himself, in 
Buthidaung, on March 6, according to an elder from Buthidaung.

Villagers accuse Burma Army of forced labor abuses

13 March 2012
Villagers living along the Tavoy-Kanchanaburi Highway linking Burma to 
Thailand accuse Burma Army soldiers of demanding they provide trucks 
to transport foods and munitions for the military.
Burma Army battalions under Coastal Command headquarters based at 
Myitta Sub Township, Tavoy, in the Tenasserim Division have since January 
this year ordered villagers from Sin Phyu Dai, Wartaw, Amo, Htee Htar, 
Maw Htar, and Htee Khee villages to use their trucks to move 
military equipment. A local villager – for security reasons did not want 
to be named – told Karen News.

Hunger, poverty reduction complex problems in Asia

13 March 2012
(Mizzima) – With food prices twice as high as a decade ago, feeding 
nearly 600 million people suffering from hunger and malnutrition in 
the Asia-Pacific region is becoming more difficult.
“Eradicating hunger has become more complex and challenging in 
this region,’’ according to regional representatives of the Food and 
Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO), which opened 
a major regional conference in Hanoi this week.

Complaint on Recruitment of Child Soldier Filed with ILO

13 March 2012
Parents from Pauktaw in Arakan State have recently lodged a complaint 
with the International Labour Organization through a local human rights 
group, stating their underage son was tricked and recruited into 
the Burmese military.