Ongoing Conflict in Kachin State
Attacks in Kachin state resumed five years ago.
* More than 100,000 civilians have been forced to flee their homes.
* The Burmese Army has used rape and sexual violence as a weapon of war.
* The government and military are restricting humanitarian aid to those forced to flee their homes. What aid is getting through isn’t nearly enough.
Take action: Rohingya refugees
Please write to the UN Secretary General, Mr. Ban Ki-Moon at firstname.lastname@example.org asking him to personally take the lead in negotiating access for humanitarian aid to all areas in Burma’s Rakhine State. A draft email is outlined.
There is a growing humanitarian and human rights crisis in Arakan State, with over 140,000 Rohingya people displaced.
- World Refugee Day: Burma Gov. and International Community Must Respect Voices & Rights of Refugees
- 56 Solidarity Groups Call for Immediate End to Offensives & Provision of Humanitarian Aid to IDPs
- International investigation needed into human rights violations against Burma’s Rohingya
- ASEAN, international community must prioritise Rohingya women and children in crisis
- International NGOS Urge Ban Ki-Moon to negotiate aid access to Rakhine State, Myanmar (Burma)
Please take action to help free Mading Zau Bawk
Mading Zau Bawk is a 23-year-old Kachin farmer who was arrested in May 2012. While he was farming, he was arrested by Burmese Army 37th battalion on suspicion of being a solider from the Kachin Independence Army (KIA). He was kept in a dark cell for several days when he was first arrested. During interrogation, he was beaten and hit on the head with a gun. He was brutally tortured and forced to confess.
According to a family member, he has been suffering pain all over his body due to severe beatings and he has had trouble hearing.
He is currently still on trial and he has been charged under the Unlawful Associations Act 17(1), which the military-backed government in Burma uses to ban people from associating with pro-democracy groups.
The military-backed government in Burma should stop using unlawful arrest and torture against innocent civilians.
Please take action for the release of Mading Zau Bawk and the remaining political prisoners in Burma.
31 Mar 2014
The current newsletter highlights the problems surrounding the census underway in Burma and the ‘epidemic’ of landgrabbing.