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Who Killed Ja Seng Ing?

By The Ja Seng Ing Truth Finding Committee  •  December 8, 2014

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On 13 September 2012, Shayam Ja Seng Ing, a 14 year old Kachin girl, was fatally injured in Sut Ngai Yang village, Hpakant Township, Kachin State. Her father, Shayam Brang Shawng, and multiple eyewitnesses allege that she was shot and killed by Myanmar Army soldiers during a period of indiscriminate gunfire. The Myanmar Army alleges that she was killed by a mine detonated by the Kachin Independence Army (KIA).

Following the death of Ja Seng Ing, Brang Shawng sent complaint letters to President U Sein Thein and the Myanmar National Human Rights Commission. The letters requested that there be an investigation into the death of his daughter and that steps be taken to ensure that similar incidents do not occur in the future. In February 2013, a Myanmar Army officer submitted a complaint against Brang Shawng to the Hpakant Township Court, alleging that he made false charges against the Myanmar Army in his letter to the Myanmar National Human Rights Commission. Since that time, Brang Shawng has been required to appear in court more than 45 times to defend himself against charges under Article 211 of the Myanmar Penal Code. The case is ongoing. If convicted, he faces up to two years in prison.

This report includes a description of the events of 13 September 2012 from the perspective of many eyewitnesses. It does not answer all of the questions about that day, but it highlights the injustice suffered by Ja Seng Ing and her father, Brang Shawng.

Download the full report here

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This post is in: Ethnic Nationalities, NHRC Monitor

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