Families of Kachin Teachers Raped and Murdered Still Waiting for Justice: UK Petition Calls on British Government to Take Action

Human Rights activists, Burma Campaign UK delivered a petition to the British government to do more to help stop the rape of ethnic women in conflict divided Burma. Burma Campaign UK released a statement to mark the two years since the rape and murder of two Kachin teachers in Northern Burma.

Burma Campaign UK said that the two “Kachin teachers, Maran Lu Ra and Tangbau Hkawn Nan Tsin from the Kachin Baptist Convention, were brutally raped and killed by the Burmese Army overnight on 19th/20th January 2015.”

Burma Campaign UK noted that since the crime happened two years ago that “there is still no justice for them and their family. The attack took place in Kaunghka village, Northern Shan State. This area has faced conflict since 2011, when the Burmese Army broke a 17-year-old ceasefire with the Kachin Independence Army.”

Burma Campaign noted that since Burma’s government had been ‘pushed’ by the UK, to sign the Declaration to Combat Sexual Violence in Conflict in June 2014, it has done nothing to “implemented it in any way. The new NLD-led government has taken no steps to end impunity for rape and sexual violence committed by the Burmese Army against ethnic women and children.”

Burma Campaign UK explained that as the use of systematic sexual violence against women ethnic by the Burma Army, “the British government needs to speak out more.”

Burma Campaign UK said that the British government avoids “directly naming and criticising the Burmese Army for its use of rape and sexual violence.”

Ms Zoya Phan, the campaigns manager for Burma Campaign UK said that since the two years that the “two Kachin teachers were brutally raped and killed by the Burmese military… there is still no justice.”

Ms Phan demanded that the international should do more.

“Given the fact that the NLD-led government has taken no steps to end impunity for sexual violence in conflict, it is time the international community to act on this. More support needs to be given to civil society, especially local women’s organisations, which have been documenting sexual violence by the Burmese Army and assisting survivors. The British government should also stop training the Burmese Army until they take concrete action to end impunity for rape, and take other steps to prevent rape.”

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