16 February 2010 Myanmar’s government must halt its repression of ethnic minority activists before forthcoming national and local elections, Amnesty International warned in a major report released on Tuesday.
The top generals in the State Peace and Development Council (SPDC) insist that Burma is a safe place for children, where all young people are “regarded as precious gems.” But many children in Burma, particularly those affected by armed con!ict, do not have access to education, healthcare, or other child protection services.
This report State of Terror clearly documents the range of human rights abuses that continue to be perpetrated across Karen State as part of the SPDC’s sustained campaign of terror. The report focuses in particular on the abuses experienced by women and girls and draws on over 4000 documented cases of human rights abuses perpetrated by the SPDC.
The government of Burma, the State Peace and Development Council (SPDC), has been expanding its armed forces—the “Tatmadaw”—at an alarming rate; and this expansion is sustained by the recruitment of children.
After the 1988 people’s uprising in Burma, thousands of people were arrested and imprisoned. Nearly all have faced torture or ill-treatment at the hands of the authorities. Such torture and ill-treatment has resulted in death for many.
In June 2005, many world leaders gathered to call for the release of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, the General Secretary of the National League for Democracy (NLD) and Nobel Peace Laureate. Their actions imply a commitment to ensuring Burma begins an earnest transition to democracy.
Women in politics must combat the cultural landscape marked by male dominated households and political offices, which place women in the role of passive observer. Women are able to discuss the basic social issues, yet often are prohibited from decision making. The women’s position is that of domestic caretaker, not policy maker.