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Posts Tagged ‘Amnesty International UK’ (3 found)

More Murders, Same Patterns as Burma Army Acts with Impunity

flowersYet another astonishing act of barbarity was committed by the Burma Army as two young ethnic Kachin teachers were raped and murdered in a village in northern Shan State. Unfortunately, this is not an isolated case as this incident once again demonstrates the impunity that protects the perpetrators of such cruel acts.

According to Kachin Women’s Association – Thailand, (KWAT) Burma Army troops had arrived in the village of Kawng Kha Shabuk, near the town of Muse, northern Shan State on the morning of 19 January 2015. They had previously been involved in military operations against the Kachin Independence Army (KIA). In the early hours of the morning, villagers heard screaming from the church compound where the two teachers were staying. They went to check but could not ascertain what had happened. The next morning, a neighbor went to the compound to find the two teachers dead with signs of sexual assault and of being viciously beaten. Boot marks were found nearby their living quarters. According to KWAT, “There is strong circumstantial evidence that the rape and killing was carried out by the Burma Army troops which had arrived on January 19. These troops were stationed on guard around the village, and no one else would have dared carry out these crimes with the soldiers present.” […]

January 25, 2015  •  By Burma Partnership  •  Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , ,  •  Read more ➤

Burma’s Prisoner Review Must Include All Those Unfairly Detained

The Burmese government’s decision to form a committee to review political prisoner cases is a step in the right direction but the review needs to have a much wider reach, Amnesty International has said.

The government yesterday announced it would proceed with setting up the committee, which will look into granting amnesties to political prisoners […]

February 8, 2013  •  By Amnesty International UK  •  Tags: ,  •  Read more ➤

UK Military Ties With Libya, Somalia and Burma Must Have Human Rights Safeguards

Amnesty international has warned that any new military ties between the UK and Libya, Somalia and Burma must only be established if there are “comprehensive safeguards” against human rights abuses.

The UK’s “International Defence Engagement Strategy”, announced today by the Defence Secretary Philip Hammond, outlines a 20-year non-combat strategy with first examples to include “establishing a Defence Attaché and Defence Section in the British Embassy in Burma” […]

February 7, 2013  •  By Amnesty International UK  •  Tags: , , ,  •  Read more ➤