Burma/Myanmar: Drop charges against Chin activists; end impunity for sexual violence

Burma/Myanmar: Drop charges against Chin activists; end impunity for sexual violence

Tuesday 15 July 2014
PRESS RELEASE: for immediate release

Burma:Drop charges against Chin activists; end impunity for sexual violence

[Chiang Mai, Thailand] The Chin Human Rights Organization (CHRO) today condemned the Government of Burma for pursuing legal proceedings against 8 Chin activists who demonstrated against sexual violence perpetrated by Burma Army soldiers, and failing to deliver justice for Chin victims of sexual violence.  CHRO urged the Burmese authorities to immediately and unconditionally drop the charges against the activists, and reiterated its long-standing call for an independent and impartial international mechanism to investigate serious human rights violations in Burma, including sexual violence, in order to deter further violations and help end the culture of impunity.

On 10 June, a 55 year-old woman from Rezua sub-township in the Matupi township area of Chin State was brutally beaten during an attempted rape by Burma Army soldier Private Myo Thura Kyaw from Light Infantry Battalion No. 269.  It is unclear what action if any is being taken against the perpetrator. Rezua locals reported to CHRO that they have heard that Private Myo Thura Kyaw may face charges in military court in Matupi. To date it is not possible to verify this, or if any further action will in fact be taken. In a related development, Burma Army Tactical Commander Colonel Naing Lin Tun staged a public ceremony in Rezua – apparently intended to appease local people – during which he presented the victim’s husband with 15 packets of noodles and 100,000 kyats.

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