The Burmese military dictatorship regularly describes people or organisations that support democracy as terrorists.

Frequent false claims of terrorist attacks by KNU are made by the dictatorship.

Unlike the dictatorship, the KNU and Karen National Liberation Army (KNLA) does not target civilians.

The KNLA was set up to defend civilians, and KNLA soldiers risk their lives every day defending Karen villagers against military attacks by the Burmese Army which the United Nations has described as war crimes, as the Burmese Army deliberately targets civilians.

It is worth noting that while the dictatorship has signed articles I,II and III of the Geneva Conventions, it has not signed article IV, which relates to protection of civilians in conflict.

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Karen National Union