Article in Myanmar Times this week quotes Burma Campaign UK:
“Activists and human rights groups are urging Britain to maintain pressure on the government to combat sexual violence in conflict, as focus shifts to implementation of a plan to address the issue after Myanmar endorsed a UN declaration earlier this month.
“If sexual violence by the Burmese army continues unabated despite the government signing the declaration, it will be a blow not just to the credibility of the declaration, but also to the British government’s policy of soft diplomacy,” Mark Farmaner, director of Burma Campaign UK, told The Myanmar Times last week.”
At the Unison conference in Brighton today, where our campaign to highlight the British government’s rose-tinted view on Burma is getting a lot of support!
A delegation of women from Burma spoke at a meeting in the British Parliament today. They spoke about the ongoing use of rape and sexual violence by the Burmese Army, as well as the situation in Kachin State highlighting the ongoing military offensive and humanitarian assistance for IDPs, Karen and Shan State, refugees return, the peace process and new laws restricting freedom of autonomy to choose the religion and women’s rights.
The delegates from Burma include:
Tin Tin Nyo from Women’s League of Burma (WLB)/BWU
Naw Susanna Hla Hla Soe – Karen Women Empowerment Group
Wahku Shee – WLB/ Karen Women Organization
Moon Nay Li – WLB/ Kachin Women’s Association Thailand – KWAT
May Sabe Phyu – Kachin Peace Network
Nang Hseng Moon – WLB/ Shan Women’s Action Network (SWAN)
A delegation of women from Burma have joined the Global Summit To End Sexual Violence In Conflict being held in London this week, hosted by British Foreign Secretary William Hague and Angelina Jolie.
Moon Nay Li, coordinator at the Kachin Women’s Association Thailand (KWAT), writes in Mizzima: “If the international community is serious about ending sexual violence, it will have to be willing to change its engagement with Myanmar. It will have to issue a clear ultimatum to the Myanmar government: that either it establishes an independent investigation, with international expertise, into sexual violence in Myanmar, or the UN will conduct its own investigation.”
Moon Nay Li, K’Nyaw Paw, Zoya Phan, Tin Tin Nyo and Wakhu Shee at the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict.
Article in the Democratic Voice of Burma today as the British government hosts an international summit on rape in conflict, aiming to “shatter the culture of impunity for sexual violence in conflict”. A delegation of seven women representing Burmese civil society groups are attending the summit.
“Rape and sexual violence by the Burmese Army has continued unabated in conflict zones in Burma,” BCUK director Mark Farmaner told DVB on Tuesday. “In fact, since Thein Sein became president, Burma Campaign UK has received an increased number of reports of rape by the Burmese Army.”
“If the Burmese government is serious about ending sexual violence in conflict, it should set a timeline for the implementation of practical steps, including ending impunity and holding perpetrators of sexual violence to account; supporting an independent investigation involving international expertise; amending the 2008 Constitution that condones sexual violence by guaranteeing impunity for past sexual crimes; ensuring full women’s participation in peace negotiations as well as in political, social and economic development; repealing repressive laws against women, including making rape in marriage illegal; and allowing international support for civil society organisations, including women’s organisations such as the Women’s League of Burma, for their work in documenting cases of rape and providing support for victims of sexual violence.”
Article by Zoya Phan, Campaigns Manager at Burma Campaign UK, in the Huffington Post.
Read the full article here.
11 years ago the Depayin Massacre took place in Burma, where more than 70 supporters of Aung San Suu Kyi’s party the National League for Democracy were killed by the regime’s sponsored mob.
Burma Campaign UK quoted in CNN article today:
“The interfaith marriage laws play into the greatest fears of ethnic and religious minorities that the government sees the country as a Burman Buddhist country where ethnic and religious minorities are not considered equal.” Mark Farmaner, director of Burma Campaign UK
Buddhist monks attend a meeting at a Yangon monastery to discuss a law restricting interfaith marriage in June, 2013.
Burma Campaign UK’s poster is used in a demonstration in Magwe, central Burma on 7 May 2014 calling for media freedom.
Zaw Pe is a video journalist working for the Democratic Voice of Burma. He is based in the Magwe region of central Burma.
In August 2012 Zaw Pe and another man, Win Myint Hlaing, whose son is a student, went to the Magwe Division Education Department to conduct an interview about the qualification criteria for a Japanese funded scholarship programme. The government official at the department refused to answer their questions. Following their visit, they were charged with trespassing, and disturbing a civil servant at the department, under Sections 353 and 448 of the Penal Code.
On 7th April 2014, they were both found guilty of these offences and sentenced to one year in prison.