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Kachin National Organization (KNO) Condemns Rape and Murder of Two Kachin Teachers and Calls for Inqury on Crime against Humanity

By Kachin National Organization  •  January 22, 2015

KNO strongly condemned the rape and brutal murder of Maran Lu Ra (20 years old) and Tangbau Hkawn Nan Tsin (21 years old), who were volunteer teachers of the Kachin Baptist Convention’s Education Ministry Program. They were gang-raped, severely tortured and murdered in Kawng-Hka village, Nam Tau, Mung Mau district in Northern Shan State by Burma Army soldiers from 503 Light Infantry Regiment, commanded by Major Aung Soe Myin, stationed at the village since 17th January 2015.

KNO calls for UN to dispatch a team of experts to prompt, independent, impartial and effective investigation to this case.

This brutal killing is not an isolated incident. It is one of many systematic and widespread state-sponsored rapes as a weapon of war in Burma’s ethnic communities’ area. Therefore, head of state, President Thein Sein and Commander in Chief, Senior General Min Aung Hlaing must be held accountable and must refer to the International criminal court in the Hague to investigate war crimes and crimes against humanity under international criminal law.

Today, those two volunteer Kachin teachers represent hundreds of thousands of Kachin and ethnic people of Burma, who are facing continued violence and injustice from a brutal Burmese military. May their sacrifices be rewarded with the eternal peace. We express our sincere condolences and sending our deepest sympathies to Maran Lu Ra and Tangbau Hkawn Nan Tsin’s families, relatives and loved ones.

We take this opportunity to warn the people of Burma, must be aware that the Burma Army’s intention is to attack the ethnic nationalities in the name of ‘Myanma Tatmadaw’ and to divide the Burman majority from other ethnic nationalities by creating racial tension between us.

Central Committee
Kachin National Organization

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