Kachin Teachers Rape and Murder: Petition Calls for Action
On the 2nd anniversary of the rape and murder of two Kachin teachers in Northern Burma, this morning Burma Campaign UK joined with members of the Kachin community in the UK to deliver a petition and campaign postcards to the British government. Baroness Kinnock also joined us for the hand-in. Over 3,000 Burma Campaign UK supporters have called on the government to do more to help stop rape and sexual violence in Burma, and stop training the Burmese Army.
Two Kachin teachers, Maran Lu Ra and Tangbau Hkawn Nan Tsin from the Kachin Baptist Convention, were brutally raped and killed by the Burmese Army overnight on 19th/20th January 2015. Two years on, there is still no justice for them and their family. The attack took place in Kaunghka village, Northern Shan State. This area has faced conflict since 2011, when the Burmese Army broke a 17-year-old ceasefire with the Kachin Independence Army.
We will keep campaigning for justice for Maran La Ra and Tangbau Hkawn Nan Tsin.
Baroness Kinnock joins Burma Campaign UK staff and Kachin community for petition delivery at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in London today.
Earlier this week we asked you to email the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation asking them to support a UN Commission of Inquiry into the Rohingya crisis. Today, they held an emergency meeting on the crisis, attended by 56 Foreign Ministers. Sadly, they didn't decide to officially support a UN Inquiry, but as one door of opportunity closes, another could be opening.
The British government has changed its position and is no longer ruling out backing a UN Inquiry. We'll be in touch next week with information on how you can lobby the British government to back an Inquiry.
Military still the biggest problem in Burma
Increasing conflict in Kachin State and Shan States, use of rape as a weapon of war, the rape and slaughter of the Rohingya, all these human rights violations are committed by the Burmese military and they are being allowed to get away with it.