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Karen Women Group Releases Report On Burmese Army Raping Women - 2004-04-03


An ethnic minority group in eastern Burma has accused the military government of using rape as part of its effort to crush a long-running insurgency in the country.

The group, Karen Women's Organization, issued a report Friday that mentions 125 alleged cases of soldiers raping women since late 2002. They say the cases were documented through statements from witnesses or those who were raped.

In its report, the group said some of those who were raped were later killed. Others were said to have been gang-raped.

There was no immediate comment on the report from the Burmese military.

The Karen National Union has been fighting for more than 50 years to establish an independent state in eastern Burma for ethnic Karens. It recently has been engaged in peace talks with the government.

Information for this report is provided by AP.

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