[JURIST] Violence and rights abuses continue in Myanmar's northern state of Kachin, Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] reported [text, PDF] Tuesday. HRW claims that a significant number of civilians are subject to abuses due to the conflict between Myanmar's armed forces and the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) [BBC backgrounder]. The report showed through interviews that Myanmar's army attacked Kachin villages, razed homes, pillaged properties and displaced civilians. The army also reportedly utilized torture and threatened civilians in order to...

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