New report by Kachin Women’s Association Thailand: Burmese military strategies fuelling Kachin drug crisis
Date: 8 October 2014
A new report exposes how anti-insurgency strategies of the Burma Army are fuelling the drug crisis in Kachin areas, particularly since the renewal of conflict against the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) in 2011.
“Silent Offensive” by the Kachin Women’s Association Thailand (KWAT) reveals how the Burma Army is allowing its local militia to grow opium and produce heroin and other drugs in exchange for fighting against the KIA. As Burmese troops and their allies have progressively seized control of KIA areas, drug production has been increasing.
KWAT team is happy to share our 7 years activity report (2007-2013) with you all.
This report is a comprehensive compilation of KWAT's goals, accomplishments, activities, and roles within society from 2007-2013. Since its formation in 1999, KWAT has been active in Thailand, Kachin State, and in Northern Shan State in Burma for the past 15 years.
KWAT is very concerned at the recent escalation of attacks by the Burma Army in southern Kachin and northern Shan State, which have caused fresh displacement and suffering. These systematic operations to seize control of key trade routes and economic zones along the China-Burma border throw strong doubt on the government’s sincerity towards the peace process.