Wednesday, October 12, 2011

[Altsean-Burma] Serious international crimes continue in Burma under ‘new’ regime

Dear Friends,

ALTSEAN-Burma has released a briefer titled "Serious international
crimes continue in Burma under 'new' regime"

Since Thein Sein took office as Burma's President on 30 March, the
regime has continued to perpetrate crimes against humanity and war
crimes with total impunity. Reports of serious international crimes
have increased significantly in line with the escalation of the
ongoing Tatmadaw offensives in Kachin, Shan, and Karen States.

Women and children have been particularly vulnerable. In the past six
months, Tatmadaw soldiers raped and killed women during their
offensive in Kachin and Shan States. At least 30 cases of rape and
sexual violence perpetrated by military personnel have been
documented. The regime also continued to recruit children into the
military in order to offset the steady increase in desertions.

Those governments that hoped for a new "civilian" regime to deliver
some form of progress must recognize that an impartial and
independent Commission of Inquiry (CoI) is a necessary measure to
address the root causes of political crisis in Burma and empower all
stakeholders to push forward the agenda for reform.

The briefer is available at: http://bit.ly/oU9VAr

Yours, in solidarity,

ALTSEAN-Burma

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