Video pur­ports to show abuse by troops

The Washington Post Sunday - - THE WORLD -

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.

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