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Burmese Living in Australia Admits to War Crimes

A guilty conscience can be a powerful thing. It’s been known to drive one mad or as in this case, to finally admit to heinous crimes against humanity done in the past.

Burmese refugee, Htoo Htoo Han, has been living as a political refugee in Australia. He has now admitted to the Australian press that he murdered 24 people and had indirect involvement in about 100 more murders some 20 years ago in Burma. He's said to have infiltrated activist groups while working as an undercover officer for Burmese military intelligence.

While in Australia Htoo Htoo Han has been working in support of human rights and speaking out against the Burmese government. He now risks going to prison for his acts in the past, but he claims that he can no longer live with the guilt.

Here are a couple of articles regarding Han's admission: Voice of America and The Sidney Morning Herald. There are others on the web.

Life is brutal for many people in Burma. The Burmese are typically wonderful people, but they live in constant fear of their government. I hope that they will find peace and a democratic government one day, but it won’t be an easy process – even if the military rulers allowed for fair elections. Strong security will need to be in place for many years to protect against territorial conflicts between various warlords throughout Burma. end of article icon

Posted on Monday, July 18, 2011 in Politics


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