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Atrocities on both sides in Myanmar's war with Kachins, report claims

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Supporters hold up signs and wave the National League for Democracy party's flag during pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi's speech at Kachin National Manu park
Supporters hold up signs and wave the National League for Democracy party's flag during pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi's speech at Kachin National Manu park Reuters/Soe Zeya

As Myanmar prepares for a number of by-elections on 1 April, US-based international human rights monitor Human Rights Watch has issued a report on war abuses in the country's Kachin state. RFI speaks to one of the organisation's top Asia specialists.

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Civil war has been a feature of Myanmar , prreviously Burma, since 1948 when it gained independence from Britain.

Some ethnic groups have signed peace deals with the government since they announced reforms.

But in June last year, after a 17-year-old ceasefire collapsed, fighting between the Kachin Independence Army and the military resumed.

Human Rights Watch says abuses are being committed on both sides.

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