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Rights Group Urges Burma to End Use of Landmines


A New York-based human rights group says Burma's military government is using landmines to terrorize and starve its civilian population.

In a statement today, Human Rights Watch said Burmese soldiers are placing landmines in front of houses and around rice fields in the eastern state of Karen.

The group said the mines are being used to keep civilians from harvesting their crops and that there has been an alarming rise in casualties.

The statement said dozens of civilians have been killed or injured by landmines this year in Karen during a massive government offensive against ethnic rebels.

According to the International Campaign to Ban Landmines, 231 Burmese were killed or injured by landmines last year planted by government or insurgent groups.

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