Kachin 'tortured' while under obscure detention law
Dozens of ethnic civilians in the northern state have been jailed and allegedly tortured after being accused of having affiliations with rebels under a century old statute, and given the notoriously corrupt and arbitrary legal system their prospects for a fair trial appear extremely remote
In June 2011, some four months after giving birth to her third child, 40-year-old Ze Nyoi was supposed to be looking after her young ones and tending to her livestock, but events out of her control forced a change of plans.
FAMILY MAN: Brang Shawng La Htaw, far right, poses with his family before his detention for suspicion of having ties with rebels.
A 17-year ceasefire between the Kachin Independence Organisation (KIO) and the Myanmar military had just evaporated in dramatic fashion, unleashing some of the heaviest fighting to hit northern Myanmar since World War II.
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