Thursday, February 20, 2014

BurmaCampaign Digest, Vol 69, Issue 2

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1. Why is Britain training the Burmese Army? (Info)


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Date: Thu, 20 Feb 2014 14:08:43 +0000
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Subject: [BurmaCampaign] Why is Britain training the Burmese Army?
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Dear friend

The British government is spending ?87,850 on military training for the
Burmese Army without setting any preconditions on the Burmese military
improving human rights and supporting democratic reform.

They don?t know whether the people they are training have committed human
rights abuses, and cannot monitor soldiers after they have been on the
course, so have no way of assessing the effectiveness of the training or
whether they go on to commit abuses.

Even though the British government says it wants to end impunity for rape
and sexual violence in conflict zones, they didn?t even get an agreement to
end the Burmese Army?s use of rape as a weapon of war.

The best way to stop the Burmese Army committing human rights abuses is to
ensure they are held accountable for their crimes. The British government is
not taking any action to ensure this happens. Instead they are providing
training as part of their policy of trying to win favours from the Burmese
government in order to win business contracts.

What is the point in training Burmese Army soldiers about human rights when
it is their military and political masters who are the ones ordering them to
commit human rights abuses?

The best way to end human rights abuses by the Burmese Army is for soldiers
who commit human rights abuses, and those who order them to commit human
rights abuses, to be put on trial and jailed. In this way, for the first
time, soldiers and their political and military masters would know that they
can?t get away with committing these abuses.

Tell the British government to stop training the Burmese Army until it takes
action to end human rights abuses and agrees to democratic reform.

Ethnic people in Burma have suffered enough at the hands of the Burmese
Army. They don?t want a better trained and more efficient Army coming to
their villages and committing abuses.

Take action here
> :

Thank you.


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