Twelve MPs, led by Labour MP Ms Valerie Vaz, have called on the British government to support an international investigation into sexual violence in Myanmar and to fund women’s organisations which help survivors and document abuses, according to the report of an Early Day Motion tabled in the UK parliament on December 2.
Article in Foreign Policy quotes Burma Campaign UK:
Will the Burmese army ever face justice for its past war crimes?
“Those who committed crimes against my people are not only free but still in government,” said Zoya Phan.
She’s an ethnic Karen activist with Burma Campaign UK (BCUK), who fled her home in Manerplaw, eastern Burma, when it was invaded by the Burmese army in 1994. She was 14.
Burma Campaign UK is quoted in Karen News:
“The human rights advocacy group, Burma Campaign UK, has called on David Cameron’s government to support a UN Commission of Inquiry into violations of international law in Burma, amid concerns that the country’s reform process under President U Thein Sein has stalled.
“Anna Roberts , Executive Director of Burma Campaign UK, said that the report showed that Burma’s government was running out of time to convince the international community of its reformist agenda.”
Article in Mizzima:
UK MPs have called on the British government to reassess their relations with Myanmar, concerned about continued fighting in the ethnic states, the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war, and the effective block on constitutional change.
“This Motion reflects how the mood of Parliament has changed,” Mr Mark Farmaner, director of Burma Campaign UK, told Mizzima on December 4. “There is now a much greater understanding that serious human rights abuses are continuing, and that the reform process is deeply flawed. The British government is also facing growing pressure from MPs over its policy of supporting President Thein Sein.”
Burma Campaign UK is quoted in the Irrawaddy:
“Anna Roberts, the executive director of Burma Campaign UK said, “the Foreign Affairs Committee has taken a much stronger stance on human rights in Burma than the British government. There is a growing recognition of the many problems with Burma’s reform process and of the huge scale of ongoing human rights abuses.”
Article by Zoya Phan of Burma Campaign UK.
“Despite some limited reforms taking place in Burma in the past four years, women in Burma continue to suffer and we continue to require international support. As a country with a strong commitment to ending sexual violence in conflict, Britain should take the lead in building global support for an international investigation into rape and sexual violence committed by the Burmese military.”
Zoya Phan, Campaigns Manager at Burma Campaign UK, is quoted in DVB:
“The London-based NGO’s Campaigns Manager, Zoya Phan, thinks that Britain should take the lead in such an investigation. The group’s press statement quoted her as saying, “As a country with a strong commitment to ending sexual violence in conflict, Britain should take the lead in building global support for an international investigation into rape and sexual violence committed by the Burmese military.”
Today, on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, Burma Campaign UK delivers 2,000 campaign postcards to the British Foreign Office calling on Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond to support the establishment of an international investigation into rape and sexual violence committed by the Burmese Army. The postcards were signed by supporters of Burma Campaign UK.
Burma Campaign UK is having an auction of special gifts donated by celebrities, including a signed Hagrid wand from Harry Potter, a signed photo of M from James Bond, and signed books by Jane Asher and Phillip Pullman. They’d make great Christmas presents!. Check them out.
Burma Campaign UK is supporting the campaign by United To End Genocide to tell Obama to #justsaytheirname ‘Rohingya’ when he visits Burma next week. You can support the campaign here: http://endgenocide.org/actions/president-obama-say-rohingya/
Mizzima news story including our picture from the London protest at Thai Embassy in support of migrant rights activist Andy Hall.