Video purports to show abuse by troops
Human rights advocates called on Burma to investigate the actions of some of its soldiers on Saturday after footage of people being treated violently by uniformed men went viral.
Burma’s armed forces have often been accused of abuses by human rights groups and Western governments during decades of conflict with myriad ethnic armed groups.
The footage, which was posted on Facebook early Saturday, surfaced as some of the country’s armed rebel groups gathered in the capital, Naypyidaw, for a new round of peace talks with Burma leader Aung San Suu Kyi after a first year in power that saw the worst fighting in years.
The footage appeared to show several members of Burma’s military beating and kicking three men as at least six unidentified men were handcuffed and questioned. The video showed soldiers kicking men in the face on the ground as well as holding a machete to a man’s throat.