Kachin State

Mizzima Business Weekly - - ETHNICS NEWS ROUNDUPS -

The Kachin In­de­pen­dence Army’s (KIA) has re­leased nearly 60 Ta’ang and Lahu eth­nic peo­ple it had de­tained in a vil­lage in Myan­mar’s north­ern Shan state in early March, RFA re­ported. KIA Bat­tal­ion No. 8 un­der the com­mand of Bri­gade No. 4 de­tained the 57 sug­ar­cane plan­ta­tion work­ers, most of whom were eth­nic Ta’ang from Man Phang vil­lage, on March 4. The de­tainees were let go be­cause the sit­u­a­tion on the ground did not al­low for them to be prop­erly ques­tioned, ac­cord­ing to a KIA state­ment is­sued Mon­day, which did not spec­ify what the soldiers wanted to in­ter­ro­gate them about. Area res­i­dents said they sus­pected that the KIA de­tained the work­ers to force them to be­come soldiers, but a spokesper­son told RFA that the Kachin army’s pol­icy for­bids forced re­cruit­ing.

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