The draft bill has this week been sent to the Office of the Attorney General for ratification, before it is in turn passed on to the Union parliament for deliberation.
As war continues in Burma’s border areas, calls grow to end attacks on women.
Burmese government soldiers continue to perpetrate sexual violence against women on a widespread scale with impunity, according to a Women’s League of Burma report.
Hundreds of people staged separate peaceful protests in Rezua and Matupi, Chin State, on Monday and Tuesday, calling for an immediate end to sexual violence against ethnic women.
Burma Campaign UK have reopened allegations of the Burmese army’s use of sexual violence as a weapon, calling for an international commission into military abuse.
Human rights groups have condemned Burma for refusing to sign a new international declaration condemning sexual violence in conflict, which they say highlights its indifference to abuses perpetrated by the military