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BURMA/MYANMAR: Farmers falsely accused of trespass and destruction of a teak field are prosecuted and imprisoned


Urgent Appeal Case : The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) is concerned about the case of a group of farmers who were accused of trespassing and destroying the teak field of a company, NRDC, in the forest reserve area in which the farmer had been growing their paddy for years. They were prosecuted and locked up in prison. Despite the fact that they pay regular taxes for the land; they had no chance to protect their property. The company received permission to grow teak in the area and occupied the paddy land used by the farmers. Read More...

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Torture in Burma

Anecdotal evidence is that torture is endemic although it is not possible to document and report systematically due to prevailing conditions in the country. Torture and cruel and inhuman treatment or punishment occurs in both political and ordinary criminal cases as well as in other settings, and is practiced by the police, military intelligence officers, soldiers, prisons officers, and executive officers (such as council officials) acting in a policing capacity.

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