An international human-rights group says Burma's military is waging a campaign of torture, rape and murder against civilians in the country's Shan state.
New York-based Human Rights Watch says in a report today-Friday that 100,000 Burmese army troops have recently begun an offensive against the Shan State Army -SSA.
Brad Adams- spokesman for the rights group says the troops, ostensibly carrying out a counter-insurgency campaign, have set fire to entire villages and have singled out young ethnic-Shan men for execution.
Human Rights Watch says it relied on information from Thai government officials for its report, but it nevertheless criticized Thailand for refusing to recognize as refugees the hundreds of Shan villagers who have fled the fighting.
The group says this is a violation of international law. Human Rights Watch is calling on Thailand to offer refuge to all civilians fleeing the fighting and abuses in Shan state.
Information for this report is provided by AFP.