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Rights Group Accuses Burmese Soldiers of Gang-rape - 2003-02-12


A human rights organization says Burmese government soldiers raped an ethnic minority woman during a visit by International Red Cross officials to the region.

The Thailand-based Shan Women's Action Network says eight soldiers raped the woman January 30th in her home near the town of Laikha in northeastern Shan state.

The Red Cross delegation was in Shan state to investigate the human rights situation in Burma. The Associated Press quotes a Red Cross spokesman as saying the delegation did not know of the reported rape.

Burma's military government did not respond to the allegation, but has said it does not use rape as an instrument of war.

The Shan are among several ethnic minorities battling Burma's military to gain autonomy.

Information for this report is provided by AP.

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