Since Thein Sein took office as Burma’s
President on 30 March, the regime has continued to perpetrate
crimes against humanity and war crimes with total impunity. Reports
of serious international crimes have increased significantly in
line with the escalation of the ongoing Tatmadaw offensives in
Kachin, Shan, and Karen States.
Women and children have been particularly vulnerable.
Tatmadaw soldiers raped and killed women during their offensive
in Kachin and Shan States. The regime also continued to recruit
children into the military in order to offset the steady increase
In the past six months, the following crimes
against humanity and war crimes have been documented:
• At least 30 cases
of rape and sexual violence perpetrated by military personnel.
• Over 400 complaints of children recruited as child soldiers.
• At least 35 civilians killed.
• Systematic use of forced labor in ethnic areas.
• Forced displacement during military attacks that targeted
• At least 11 activists and media persons arbitrarily detained
• Over 100 villagers arbitrarily detained in Kachin and
Shan State during “counter-insurgency” operations.
• Continued use of torture.
• Systematic persecution of Muslim Rohingya in Northern