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Burma prisoners used as human mine sweepers

PRISON inmates sent to front-line fighting between the Burmese army and a rebel faction have been used by the regime's armed forces as human mine sweepers.

Some of the 600 prisoners sent to the border with Thailand suffered serious injuries after they were forced to walk ahead of troops across minefields.

One rights group said it amounted to a "crime against humanity".

The human mine sweepers had originally been forced into military service and used as porters carrying ammunition, according to three prisoners who escaped and made it to the Thai border town of Mae Sot. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

Irish Independent