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Tomas Quintana, the UN special rapporteur for human rights in Myanmar, said in prepared remarks that Burma’s “systematic militarization” continues to promote “land confiscation, forced labor, internal displacement, extrajudicial killings and sexual violence,” despite the country’s much-touted transition to a civilian-led democratic government.
“The authorities have now reached the final step of their 7-step roadmap to democracy, but democracy requires much more,” Quintana said….

Quintana addressed the media at the Foreign Correspondents Club of Thailand in Bangkok on May 23 following his one-week mission to assess the human rights situation in Burma. He has not been allowed to visit the country since March 2010, when he recommended the establishment of a Commission of Inquiry to investigate possible crimes against humanity and war crimes in Burma.

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KAREN NEWS is reported and written by Karen journalists to provide information on issues that shape Karen communities in Burma and around the world. KAREN NEWS provides a window to Burma and the international community on what is happening in Karen state.
Our journalists live and work in Karen communities, know the issues that affect Karen people and aim to bring those issues to the attention of people across Burma, in the diaspora, and to all readers interested in the struggles and triumphs of the Karen people.

Karen state has remained a conflict zone for more than half a century, during which the Burmese army has waged war against the Karen people. Since 1996 more than 3,600 villages have been abandoned or destroyed, and as many as 500,000 people have been displaced as a direct result of armed conflict.

For KAREN NEWS journalists, everyday stories cover a range of crimes against humanity – extrajudicial killings, sexual violence, forced labor, child soldiers, forced displacement, human trafficking. Among the carnage, however, are stories of hope, love and dignity.

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