Senior Myanmar officials guilty of war crimes

Myanmar's President Thein Sein leaves after posing for pictures following a meeting at the presidential palace at Naypyitaw, in this Oct. 31, 2014 photo.

Myanmar’s President Thein Sein leaves after posing for pictures following a meeting at the presidential palace at Naypyitaw, in this Oct. 31, 2014 photo.

MYIN HLUT: An independent investigation by the Harvard Law School has found that troops commanded by Myanmar’s powerful interior minister and two other senior officials tortured and killed civilians over six years ago while fighting an ethnic rebellion.

Researchers spent four years collecting information about Home Affairs Minister Maj. Gen. Ko Ko, Brig. Gen. Khin Zaw Oo and Brig. Gen. Mang Maung Aye, said the report released on Thursday. They commanded troops during an offensive against rebels in eastern Karen state between 2005 and 2008, when soldiers fired mortars at villages and executed civilians, among other crimes, it said.

The report did not accuse the officers of directly ordering troops to commit abuses, but said they took place because of long-standing policies that sanctioned “the direct targeting of civilians and were designed to effect large-scale displacement.”

 
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