Communities in conflict-affected areas of Myanmar have faced severe threats to their security and wellbeing for generations. These threats include gross human rights violations as well more structural violence – for example, lack of access to public services and political representation. In the south-east, where Saferworld runs a community security project, new ceasefires have brought a steady reduction to insurgency-related threats, but amid increasing militarisation, communities continue to face significant security concerns such as landmines, land evictions, and forced recruitment. Together with the Karen Human Rights Group and the Karen Women’s Empowerment Group, Saferworld is improving community security in south-east Myanmar, while contributing to the development of a security sector that is more responsive to the needs of communities in Myanmar.
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