Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Spy expert Des Ball warns of continuing attacks on Myanmar's minority ethnic groups

A prominent Australian security academic who has advised one of Myanmar's largest armed rebel groups says the military continues to inflict grave human rights violations on ethnic groups in the country.
Professor Des Ball, who was recognised in this year's Queen's Birthday honours for services to international relations, has made a special plea for an end to violence against minority groups in Myanmar, formerly known as Burma.
Scandalised by the brutal treatment of the Karen people by pro-government forces, he began to advise the Karen National Liberation Army (KNLA) on military tactics a decade ago.
"A couple of particular guys were involved in taking large numbers of young girls, raping them, mutilating them and when they had finished with them, putting them in the bark and thatched huts and then burning the girls alive or just machine-gunning them," Professor Ball said.Read More+++