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Posts Tagged ‘Kachin State’ (265 found)

CSW Calls on Burma Army to Stop Attacks on Kachin and Begin a Peace Process After One Year of War

Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW) today urges Burma’s President Thein Sein and the country’s army to stop military offensives in Kachin State, and initiate a political dialogue and peace process with the ethnic armed group, the Kachin Independence Organisation […]

June 8, 2012  •  By Christian Solidarity Worldwide  •  Tags: , , , , ,  •  Read more ➤

The War in Kachin State: A Year of More Displacement and Human Rights Abuses

In the past year, the Tatmadaw has deployed nearly 25% of its battalions to Kachin State, escalating its war with the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) and bringing further suffering to civilian populations in Kachin State and Northern Shan State.

Tatmadaw soldiers have constantly targeted civilians in Kachin State and Northern Shan States as part of their military operations against the KIA. Human rights abuses have included extrajudicial killings, rape of women, arbitrary arrests, torture, forced displacement, the use of human shields, forced labor, and the confiscation and destruction of property. All of these systematic abuses would be considered war crimes and/or crimes against humanity under international law […]

June 8, 2012  •  By Altsean-Burma  •  Tags: , , , , , ,  •  Read more ➤

Ongoing Impunity: Continued Burma Army Atrocities against the Kachin People

This report provides an update of atrocities committed by the Burma Army against civilians since it broke its 17-year ceasefire with the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) one year ago. It highlights the particular suffering of women during the conflict, who have been forced to be porters, used as sex slaves, gang-raped and killed […]

June 8, 2012  •  By Kachin Women's Association – Thailand  •  Tags: , , ,  •  Read more ➤

Kachin and Supporters Protest at Embassy in Bangkok; Deliver Letter to President Thein Sein

Around 40 people staged a protest at the Burmese Embassy in Bangkok today to criticize the ongoing armed conflict and humanitarian crisis in Kachin State. The protesters, members of the Kachin community in Bangkok and representatives from the Overseas National Students of Burma, read out a statement and the text of a letter addressed to President Thein Sein calling for an end to the crisis situation […]

June 5, 2012  •  By Burma Partnership  •  Tags: , , ,  •  Read more ➤

Urgent Appeal to End the Humanitarian Crisis in Kachin State

Mr. President:

While we appreciate the efforts the current government is making towards establishing peace in Myanmar, it has now been one full year since the fighting in Kachin State began. With this letter we, the undersigned civil society and community-based organizations from Myanmar, urge you to immediately put an end to the humanitarian crisis that is now happening in our homeland […]

June 5, 2012  •  Tags: , ,  •  Read more ➤

International Community Neglects to Take a Stand as Humanitarian Crisis Deepens in Kachin State

In a week where the US has significantly eased sanctions against Burma, the plight of the Kachin people remains perilous as the humanitarian situation caused by Burma Army attacks worsens.

The Chairman of the Kachin Independence Organization (KIO) wrote a letter to UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, urging him to do more to help the tens of thousands of Kachin refugees who are suffering from the conflict. The letter speaks of “ethnic cleansing” by the Burma Army and appeals to take action to prevent the situation becoming more “complex.” The Chairman encourages Ban Ki-moon to “facilitate visits by UN personnel to conflict zones and IDP camps in Kachin State, so that appropriate assistance can be arranged and provided to the IDPs.”

With this appeal it is apparent the people of Kachin State are in a dire situation. Human rights abuses such as torture, forced labour and abductions are commonplace while the Kachin Women’s Association of Thailand (KWAT) issued a press release documenting an example of such atrocities whereby an ethnic Kachin woman, a 48 year old mother of twelve, was gang-raped by Burma Army soldiers earlier this month. According to KWAT, “About ten troops beat her with rifle butts, stabbed her with knives, stripped her naked and gang-raped her over a period of three days in the church.” As hundreds of cases have been well documented and reported by women organizations from Burma, the Burma Army uses rape as a weapon of war in its offensives against various ethnic resistance groups over the years. Over 60 cases have been documented since the conflict started in Kachin State nearly one year ago […]

May 21, 2012  •  By Burma Partnership  •  Tags: , , , , , ,  •  Read more ➤

Gang-rape in Church Highlights Burma Army Impunity for Sexual Violence in Kachin Conflict

The gang-rape and prolonged torture of a woman in a church near the Kachin-China border town of Pang Wa in early May show the ongoing impunity for sexual violence enjoyed by the Burma Army.

On May 1, 2012, a patrol of Burmese troops from two battalions (Light Infantry Battalion 347 and Infantry Battalion 118) arrived at Luk Pi village, Chipwi township, northwest of Pang Wa […]

May 18, 2012  •  By Kachin Women's Association – Thailand  •  Tags: , , ,  •  Read more ➤

Burma: Reports of Gang Rape in Church Near Kachin-China Border

Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW) has received reports of the gang rape and prolonged torture of a woman in a church near the Kachin-China border in early May […]

May 18, 2012  •  By Christian Solidarity Worldwide  •  Tags: , ,  •  Read more ➤

Artists Launch Peace Movement and Fundraising Campaign for IDPs in Kachin State

A group of artist led by U Ye Lwin has launched an awareness raising and fundraising movement in Rangoon. The group performed in public areas such teashops and restaurants in Rangoon and collect donation for war-fled displaced people Kachin State […]

May 15, 2012  •  Tags: , ,  •  Read more ➤

Statement of Extraordinary Meeting of the UNFC

The extraordinary meeting of the United Nationalities Federal Council (UNFC) attended by the UNFC central executive committee members and top leaders of the member organizations was held from May 8 to 9, 2012, at a certain place on the Thai-Burma border […]

May 10, 2012  •  By United Nationalities Federal Council  •  Tags: , , , , ,  •  Read more ➤