In a rare admission by Burma’s military, a senior general said on Wednesday that five villagers were killed by soldiers last month during an interrogation in northern Shan State.
The military is refusing to cooperate in the investigation into the rape and murder of two Kachin teachers in northern Shan State.
A child soldier has been returned to his family after media reports draw attention to his story in March this year.
Relief agencies warn that the increasing number of IDPs in Arakan State may soon stretch humanitarian resources to the breaking point.
A Stockholm-based think tank said military spending came to 2.3 percent of global GDP — a tenth of which would be enough to end poverty and hunger by 2030.
Two Burmese Army officers who oversaw the beating of a Shan State village chief and community leaders have been transferred out of the region.