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Kachin women denouncing offensive by the Burmese Army and atrocities against Kachin people

By Kachin Women's Association Thailand  •  June 17, 2011

We, the Kachin Women’s Association Thailand (KWAT), strongly denounce the Burmese military’s offensives against the Kachin Independence Army (KIA), and atrocities against civilians including rape, murder and abduction of young men. The Burmese military attack to a KIA post in Eastern Kachin State on the 9th June 2011 and subsequent fighting has driven thousands of civilians out of their homes into the Kachin- China border areas. KWAT is outraged about the implication of the offensive to the Kachin people, in particular, for the impact on women and children in the areas. KWAT demands the immediate stop of the offensive by the Burmese military against Kachin and other ethnic groups.

The offensive has increased displacement and human rights violations in the conflict areas. Young men have been abducted by the Burmese army, local people are being used as porters to carry the Burmese military supplies. And at least 6 women and girls have been raped by Burmese soldiers, and 3 were killed after rape. Kachin refugees and internally displaced people are struggling to find shelter, food and medical supplies. Local communities on Kachin- China border have been trying to give assistance to them with their very limited capacity. A Relief Committee has been set up to provide emergency assistance to the refugees and displaced people. Due to lack of resources and supplies, the Committee has been facing extreme challenges to provide assistance to the overwhelming number of refugees.

Meanwhile, Chinese authorities have restricted the movement of people and supplies along the Kachin – China border. This has increased difficulties for the relief workers to distribute food and supplies to refugees and internally displaced people.

Therefore, Kachin Women’s Association Thailand would like to:

  • Urge the Burmese military to immediately stop offensive against Kachin and other ethnic groups and to
    withdraw from the ethnic areas.
  • Urge the Burmese military to stop atrocities including rape of Kachin women.
  • Call on the Chinese Government to accept refugees and provide the humanitarian assistance and support
    to civilians
  • Call the ASEAN countries and neighborhood countries, in particular, China to mediate the conflict.
  • Urge the international community to condemn the Burma’s army offensive and to provide emergency
    support and humanitarian assistance to the affected civilians.

Media contacts:

Shirley Seng + 66 86- 9238- 854
Moon Nay Li + 66 85- 6251- 912

Email: kwat.coordinator@gmail.com/kwat@loxinfo.co.th

Kachin Women’s Association Thailand (KWAT) is a non profit-making organisation working on behalf of
Kachin women. We have a vision of a Kachin State where all forms of discrimination are eliminated; where all
women are empowered to participate in decision making at a local, national and international level; and where
all Kachin children have the opportunity to fulfill their potential.

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