The situation in Burma is an example of how the current approach, largely based on the principle of co-operating with governments, can leave survivors of sexual violence without even the most basic humanitarian support, let alone the specialised support they need.
British Foreign Secretary William Hague joined up with film star Angelina Jolie in London on Tuesday to host an international summit on rape in war zones, aiming to “shatter the culture of impunity for sexual violence in conflict”.
Four houses were burned in an attack against an interfaith couple in Nattalin village, Pegu Division on 16 April, according to local authorities. No one was injured and authorities said that calm has been restored.
A coalition of aid and relief groups working in Kachin State issued a statement on Monday warning that more than 3,000 civilians have been displaced by fighting in the southeast part of the state, which remains ongoing.
Fierce fighting between the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) and Burmese government forces in Mansi Township has forced hundreds of Kachin IDPs and villagers to seek sanctuary in Namhkam and at the Burma-China border.
Burma’s nascent democracy faces immense challenges in coming years, some with the capacity to “jeopardise” progress made since the country’s transition from military dictatorship to quasi-civilian leadership in 2011, a UN official concluded.
Brig-Gen Timothy Laklem of the Karen National Union Peace Council (KPC), an offshoot of the Karen National Union (KNU), has said that peace with Naypyidaw will only be possible once poverty has been reduced in Karen State.
A new report by ND-Burma has revealed more than 100 cases of human rights violations committed by the Burmese military in the second half of 2013 including torture, rape, extra-judicial killing, land grabs, unlawful arrests and detentions, arbitrary taxation and forced labour.